August 3, 2015

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Dream slips away: Mistakes too costly as Avon falls in regional final to Big Walnut, the defending Division III state champ

ASHLAND — Avon coach Mike Elder had preached before every one of the Eagles’ playoff games how the team that made the least mistakes would come away with the victory. That theory was proven true Saturday night as Avon’s mistakes cost them a regional championship and ended their season. Defending state champion Sunbury Big Walnut Read More…

Most valuable, versatile: Gronowski rarely leaves field, which is a big reason Avon’s football team hasn’t left the playoffs

Garrett Gronowski hasn’t caught many breaks during his Avon football career. Then again, he rarely takes a break. The senior can haul in a touchdown pass from star quarterback Ryan O’Rourke on one play, line up for the extra point on the next, run down the field on the ensuing kickoff and then run to Read More…

Avon vs. Big Walnut scouting report: Walnut’s size and power could be tough for Avon to crack

Avon’s had its fill of fast teams through the first two rounds of the playoffs. Tonight, the Eagles put their unbeaten season, a regional championship and a trip to state on the line against a team known for its size and power. “My greatest fear, honestly, is just their sheer size,” Eagles coach Mike Elder Read More…

High school football: Avon vs. Big Walnut in regional final

TONIGHT’S GAME: AVON VS. SUNBURY BIG WALNUT WHAT: Division III, Region 10 championship TIME: 7:30 WHERE: Ashland Community Stadium RADIO: WEOL 930-AM, WOBL 1320-AM Avon Eagles COLORS: Purple and Gold CONFERENCE: West Shore RECORD: 12-0, 7-0 (1st in WSC) PLAYOFF HISTORY: 3rd appearance (last in 2004) PLAYOFF RECORD: 4-2 STATE TITLES: 0 COACH: Mike Elder, Read More…

Crowd has mixed reaction to middleweight title bout at mixed martial arts event

ELYRIA — Half of the fans at Elyria’s Roll Arena roared their approval, the other half booed after hearing the decision. With local fighters Trey Duplessie and Josh Gregorek — both 2-0 going into their middleweight championship bout — battling in one of the two main events of Friday night’s Superior Cage Fighting’s “War in Read More…

Unexpected drive: Dominic Jones didn’t plan to be a mixed martial arts professional, but he’s well on his way to being one

If Dominic Jones had his way, he might be a spectator tonight at Superior Cage Fighting’s “War in the Heartland” event at the Roll Arena in Elyria. “After my first fight I didn’t even want to do it any more,” Jones said. “I thought it was just going to be one fight and that was Read More…

Avon’s O’Rourke, Lutheran West’s Fackler named All-District top players

Avon turned in a perfect 10-0 regular season, captured its first West Shore Conference title and plays Saturday night for a Division III regional championship. So, it’s no surprise that the Eagles are littered all over the 2008 Associated Press All-District teams, led by senior quarterback Ryan O’Rourke’s selection as the Offensive Player of the Read More…

High school football: Avon downs Tiffin Columbian, advances to regional final as defense stands tall again

HURON — The Avon fans have found themselves in uncharted territory the last two weeks. After weeks of comfortably watching a string of blowout victories, they’ve been on the edge of their seats as the Eagles have squeaked out a pair of playoff wins — including Saturday night’s 13-6 nail-biter over Tiffin Columbian in the Read More…

Harrell still getting his kicks: Avon star running back making the most of his decision to give up soccer for football

It’s hard to believe, but the success the Avon football program is enjoying may have come down to a decision made by a 12-year-old. It was a decision that turned goals into goal lines, crossbars into uprights and yellow cards into yellow flags. “I started playing soccer when I was just 4 years old,” Eagles Read More…

Avon vs. Tiffin Columbian scouting report: Need for speed may prove crucial

Tiffin Columbian coach Steve Gilbert has been breaking down game film for the past 16 years at the Seneca County school, and has been preparing for playoff games seven of the last nine seasons. But even he didn’t need long to figure out the kind of team Avon was, probably because he saw that type Read More…