May 5, 2015

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‘D’ is for dominating: Avon, Tabar shut down Defiance, lead Eagles to playoff football win

AVON — Senior linebacker Alex Tabar had plenty of reasons to turn in a big performance Friday night against visiting Defiance. Tabar — the team’s leader in tackles, tackles for losses, sacks and fumbles forced — wanted to lead by example. He wanted the Eagles, the No. 1 seed in Region 10, to shine in Read More…

High school football: Clearview’s regular-season perfection fades fast in lopsided loss to Ottawa-Glandorf

SHEFFIELD TWP. — The joyful feelings surrounding Clearview’s perfect regular season turned sour Friday night as the Clippers couldn’t get going on offense, couldn’t stop Ottawa-Glandorf on defense and fell apart on special teams. Mistakes mounted and the frustration flowed as the Clippers were handed a 56-12 loss by the Titans in a Division IV Read More…

Special delivery: O’Rourke’s ability as a passer and leader has put Avon on top

WHO: Avon (10-0) vs. Defiance (8-2) WHAT: Division III, Region 10 quarterfinal WHEN: Tonight, 7 o’clock WHERE: Avon Stadium RADIO: WEOL 930-AM, WDLW 1380-AM They call them Playstation numbers. They’re the kind of stats you normally rack up playing video games with the setting on “Easy” and using cheat codes to make your wide receivers Read More…

The game changer: Clearview’s Hitchens can dominate an opponent in a variety of ways and on both sides of the ball

TONIGHT WHO: Clearview (10-0) vs. Ottawa-Glandorf (6-4) WHAT: Division IV, Region 14 quarterfinal TIME: 7:30 WHERE: Tom Hoch Memorial Field RADIO: WEOL 930-AM, WOBL 1320-AM  Clearview running back Anthony Hitchens breaks through a hole in the line and sprints toward the opposing safety’s coverage zone.The defender has watched film on the Clippers star and knows Read More…

High school football playoffs: Four area teams prepping for postseason

 High school football teams waste no time getting started on preparation for the playoffs. “It’s still early and we’re still studying a lot of film,” Avon coach Mike Elder said of Defiance, the Eagles’ opponent in their postseason opener. “I do know against Kenton they had trouble with the pass.” That bodes well for Avon Read More…

Two area high school football teams look to finish with 10-0 regular-season records

Perfection doesn’t come easy in the world of sports. In thousands upon thousands of attempts, only 17 pitchers in major league history have managed to throw a perfect game. In 88 years of the NFL’s existence, only one team has managed to produce a perfect season. The NBA and NHL haven’t even bothered to create Read More…

Two more options added to mix in Avon-baseball-team-naming poll

Two more names were added to the list Wednesday for the new Frontier League baseball team in Avon. The Woollies and the Walleyes were added to the list, which already included the Groove, the Ironmen, the Red Tails, the Artichokes and the Crushers. Fans can read more about the regional significance of each and vote Read More…

Names winnowed for Avon ballclub

AVON — Sluggers from the new Frontier League expansion baseball team could trot out onto the field next spring as the Ohio Groove, Lorain County Ironmen, Avon Red Tails, Cleveland Artichokes or the Lake Erie Crushers. Those are the top five, or shall we say four real and one pretend, finalists in the Avon Professional Read More…

High school football Week 9: Avon Lake still grounding it out

 Don’t bother reading the name across the shoulders or trying to catch a glimpse of the number on the jersey. If you’re looking in Avon Lake’s backfield, you’re looking at one of the best football players in Lorain County. That’s the way it has been for years, as the Shoremen have easily been the class Read More…

When dream meets reality: Edwards excels in his first game in Monday Night Football spotlight

CLEVELAND — Receiver Braylon Edwards had a to-do list of goals for his first appearance in a Monday Night Football game. “It’s been a dream of mine just to play on Monday night in the NFL,” Edwards said. “You want to play on that stage in front of the world, you want to have a Read More…