February 28, 2015


Amherst’s Nathan Nunez commits to play football at Dartmouth

Nathan Nunez

Nathan Nunez wanted a college that could offer him the best on and off the football field. The Ivy League proved to be a natural fit. The Amherst senior orally committed to Dartmouth College on Wednesday. He said he will receive his formal acceptance to the college April 1. “Coming from a student-athlete’s standpoint, Dartmouth Read More…

Avon’s Chris Maxwell headed to Yale to play football

Chris Maxwell

Avon senior Chris Maxwell’s quest to find a college that could fulfill his athletic and academic desires led him to one of the nation’s most prestigious universities. Maxwell, a 6-foot-2, 212-pound tight end orally committed Monday to continue his football career at Yale University. “I visited the Yale campus last summer and I felt like Read More…

Elyria Catholic names Dave Stupka head football coach

Dave Stupka

Elyria Catholic named Dave Stupka its new head football coach — appropriately on a Friday night — and the Panthers should see the easiest transition into the role in program history. Stupka served as a Panthers assistant last year, so he’s already familiar with the returning players, and he’s keeping longtime area coach Jeff Riesen Read More…

High school football: Westlake picks former Massillon coach Jason Hall to lead program

Westlake High School has a new football coach and he knows a thing or two about high-pressure situations. On Tuesday evening, the school announced former Massillon coach Jason Hall will take over the Demons football program, pending approval from the board of education. Hall will replace Mark Campo, who resigned at the end last season. Read More…

Elyria Catholic looking for new football coach after Mike Polevacik steps down

Mike Polevacik

Mike Polevacik is no longer the Elyria Catholic football coach, and while neither he nor athletic director Bob Thayer wanted to go into detail about his resigning, both sides stressed they approved of the decision. “After discussion about the future of the Elyria Catholic football program, it was mutually decided that Coach Polevacik would step Read More…

High school football: 18 Lorain Countians will be playing for the D-I title

A large contingent of Lorain Countians will be part of St. Edward High School’s team which will take on Huber Heights in Saturday’s Division I championship game. Seven of them are, front row from left, Sean Powers (Elyria), Kyle Tomshack (Vermilion), Ben Gauthier (Avon), Scott Koney (Avon Lake) and Drake Morris (Avon); back row from left, Alex Stump (Avon) and Matt Carandang (Avon). STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

When Avon’s Ben Gauthier and Matt Carandang and Elyria’s Sean Powers were shadowing students as eighth graders at St. Edward High School, the place was abuzz. The football team had just finished the season 15-0 and were celebrating a 35-28 win over Huber Heights Wayne in the Division I state football championship. The trio got Read More…

Keystone’s C.J. Conrad wins Golden Helmet award


LAGRANGE — C.J. Conrad’s senior football season was one that players dream about. Conrad began the year by accepting a Division I scholarship and orally committing to play for Kentucky. Then the 6-foot-5, 225-pound tight end/linebacker had a fantastic season on the field — both as an individual and as a member of the Keystone Read More…

High school football: Columbia’s Brandon Heidecker makes first team in Division V

Brandon Heidecker

In the case of Columbia offensive lineman Brandon Heidecker, success breeds success. The senior picked up Division V first-team All-Ohio honors from the Associated Press on Wednesday. It is the second time Heidecker was named to the All-Ohio team, earning second-team honors his junior year. Most athletes would revel in being named All-Ohio, but Heidecker Read More…

All-Ohio football: Clearview’s Billings named to first team in Division IV

Lance Billings

The toughest decision for the selectors of the Division IV All-Ohio honorees wasn’t if Clearview’s Lance Billings should be on the first team. It was should he be on offense or defense. For the second straight year, the Clippers’ 6-foot, 170-pound junior was named a first-team, All-Ohio wide receiver after catching 45 passes for 799 yards Read More…

High school football: Plenty of locals make first-team, All-Ohio


No one can say the West Shore Conference didn’t go out with a bang. On the heels of the league’s post-season success, three Lorain County players from WSC schools were named first-team, All-Ohio when the Division I and II teams were released Monday. Avon senior wide receiver Zack Torbert, Midview sophomore quarterback Dustin Crum and Read More…