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High School Football: Firelands at Columbia

Firelands quarterback Bradley Thrasher, left, runs for a first down past Milo Drumm of Columbia in the fourth quarter. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA TWP. — Columbia wanted to do more than just win a game Friday night. The Raiders wanted to send a message to the rest of the Patriot Athletic Conference that they are still the team to beat in the Stripes Division. They were successful on all counts. The Raiders were led by the running Read More…

Boys soccer: Avon downs Rocky River to stay atop WSC

Avon senior midfielder Daniel Minotti (22) prepares to pass the ball away as Rocky River’s Chase Newby provides defensive pressure during the Eagles’ 2-0 victory Wednesday night. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Wednesday’s trip to Rocky River was one of the two main obstacles standing between Avon and the West Shore Conference boys soccer championship. Senior midfielder Will Sharer wasted little time clearing a path for the Eagles to soar to victory. Sharer scored in the fourth minute and again in the 22nd and Read More…

Girls soccer: Andi Widmer scores 4 goals as Elyria Catholic blows out Independence

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic senior forward Andi Widmer has recorded many hat tricks in her high school career but none as spectacular as the natural one she put together Monday night. Widmer scored the Panthers’ first three goals in a 4:47 span early in the first half to propel Elyria Catholic to an 8-1 win Read More…

High school football: Defense rises to occasion, leads Elyria Catholic past Beachwood

Elyria Catholic’s Zac Thurman (15) returns one of his two interceptions Saturday against Beachwood. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

BEACHWOOD — Elyria Catholic won’t have to award its defense game balls after Saturday’s visit to Beachwood. Almost everybody on the defense already got one courtesy of the Bison. The Panthers’ defense forced six turnovers in a 42-14 non-league win over a Beachwood team that made the playoffs last year but is still looking for Read More…

High School Football: North Ridgeville at North Olmsted

Sr. running back Jonah Bowden breaks a huge run in the first half all the way to the North Olmsted 1 yard line, but it's called back due to a penalty. photo by Ray Riedel

  NORTH OLMSTED — After three quarters of Friday’s non-league game between neighborhood rivals North Olmsted and North Ridgeville, the thoughts of many in attendance had turned to postgame dinner plans and the possibility of a running clock. Those who stayed to the end were treated to an instant classic. The Eagles scored 21 fourth-quarter Read More…

High school girls golf: Avon Lake’s Schroeder puts team title first

Avon Lake senior Niki Schroeder's top goal this season is to lead the Shoregals to a Southwestern Conference title. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Niki Schroeder finished second in the Division I state tournament as a sophomore, has already committed to The Ohio State University and is ranked among the top 50 junior golfers in the United States. With all of that on her resume, the Avon Lake senior had a simple goal coming into her final high school Read More…

Girls soccer: North Olmsted scores late goal to down Avon

North Olmsted’s Mackenzie Soneson, left, and Avon’s Marley Kalata battle for the ball during a non-conference match Monday night. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

AVON — In soccer, it’s usually the team that scores first that laughs last. Sophomore midfielder Sydney Dion’s goal in the 71st minute provided the margin of victory in North Olmsted’s 2-1 non-conference win over Avon on Monday night. However it could be argued that junior Madison Johnson’s first-half goal was actually the most important Read More…

Boys soccer: Elyria Catholic blanks Pioneers, keeps Elyria Cup

Elyria’s Christian Negron works to box in Elyria Catholic’s Liam O’Halloran during Saturday’s game. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic senior Spencer Fetcko knows what it means to hoist the Elyria Cup. Fetcko and the rest of his Panthers teammate will be the caretakers of the Cup for another year after defeating crosstown rival Elyria 4-0 Saturday in the annual event. “It means you’re the best team around. The best team Read More…

High School Football: New London at Firelands

HENRIETTA TWP. — If anyone was wondering if Firelands’ Week 1 offensive performance was a fluke, the Falcons had an answer for the skeptics Friday night. In fact, they had 35 of them. Firelands had its second big scoring game of the young season, easily handling New London 35-6 in a non-league game that was Read More…

H.S. Football: Firelands quarterback Brad Thrasher wants Falcons to soar

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Firelands junior quarterback Brad Thrasher discovered the perfect cure for the aches and pains that come with playing varsity football. Winning. After the Falcons broke an 11-game losing streak that dated back to 2012 last Friday with a 33-27 win over Lutheran West in overtime, Thrasher said everything felt different. “You really don’t feel the Read More…