October 2, 2014

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Boys sectional golf: Avon’s Ryan Sikora and Westlake’s Patrick Steffen fire 2-under 69s, share medalist honors

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NORWALK — There were apparently no bad tee times Tuesday at Eagle Creek Golf Club. Avon’s Ryan Sikora played in one of the first groups to go out on the course at the Division I sectional tournament and shot a 2-under 69. Nearly three hours later, Westlake’s Patrick Steffen teed off in one of the Read More…

Boys soccer: Elyria Catholic staggers early against top-ranked Western Reserve Academy

Elyria Catholic's Drew Dziak, right, and Western Reserve Academy's Abimbola Babatunde get tangled up going for the ball. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Lessons were learned Monday in Elyria Catholic’s 9-2 boys soccer loss to Western Reserve Academy. First, the Panthers learned they will have to start playing with a renewed sense of urgency if they hope to make another deep run in the Division III tournament. And they learned the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Read More…

H.S. Football: Demario McCall scores 6 more TDs as North Ridgeville tops Rocky River 55-21

ROCKY RIVER — North Ridgeville junior Demario McCall’s performance Friday night against Rocky River was the stuff that makes teammates beam with pride, fans shake their heads in disbelief and future opponents break out in cold sweats. McCall scored a career-high six touchdowns as the Rangers defeated the Pirates 55-21 in a West Shore Conference Read More…

Girls golf: Niki Schroeder fires 4-under 68 to lead Avon Lake to third straight Southwestern Conference title

Avon Lake’s Niki Schroeder chips from just off the green Wednesday en route to a 4-under-par 68 at Sweetbriar. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

AVON — Niki Schroeder was the class of the field at Wednesday’s Southwestern Conference Tournament but the rest of the Shoregals stole the show, proving they are far from a one-woman team. Schroeder shot a 4-under-par 68 to lead Avon Lake to a 339 total and a 27-stroke win over Brecksville at Sweetbriar Golf Club. Read More…

Boys soccer: Elyria Catholic rides late goals to win over Columbia

Elyria Catholic's Jeff Ruiz, left, and Columbia's David Wos try to gain an edge going for the ball during Monday's game at Knights of Columbus Field. EC won 4-2. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It felt like late October at Elyria Catholic’s Knights of Columbus Field on Monday night and it had nothing to do with the unseasonably cool temperatures. The Panthers hosted Columbia in a match that was played with a level of intensity usually reserved for the district tournament, not a midseason, non-league game. Elyria Read More…

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…