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High school football: New Oberlin coach Michael Law likes what he sees in Phoenix

Oberlin's Elijah Bugg runs against Brookside in a game last season. Phoenix first-year head coach Micahel Law likes what he sees in this year's team. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

OBERLIN — Michael Law wasn’t totally sure what to expect when he made the move down the road from Oberlin College to become the new head football coach of a Phoenix team coming off a 2-8 season. So far he has been pleased with what he’s seen. “I wasn’t sure what was in the cupboard, Read More…

High school football: Clearview looking to bounce back from lackluster season

Clearview's Lance Billings runs for a touchdown against Keystone last year. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Sometimes the toughest lessons yield the best results. Clearview finished the 2013 season in rough fashion, losing three of its last four games to finish with a 4-6 record — the first time in coach Mike Collier’s tenure that the Clippers finished below .500. This year’s team has learned from last year’s mistakes Read More…

High school football: Columbia hopes to ride recent streak of success

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COLUMBIA STATION — Good football programs have winning seasons. Great football programs have winning traditions. After three playoff appearances in the last four seasons, Columbia is on its way to becoming a great program. Although the Raiders graduated much of last season’s prolific offense, senior two-way tackle Brandon Heidecker doesn’t think the team will miss Read More…

High school football 2014: Avon Lake looking to contend once again

Avon Lake's Jeremiah Campo played wide receiver last season, but will take on the quarterback duties this year. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

AVON LAKE — There are a lot of changes and new faces in store for the Avon Lake football team, but that doesn’t mean the team’s perennial contention for a Southwestern Conference title and playoff berth will change. The Shoremen have a new (old) head coach, a new (old) offensive coordinator and new-ish offensive and Read More…

High school football 2014: Lorain senior class united, ready to lead

Lorain quarterback Eddie Williamson runs on a play. The three-year stater will lead the Titans this year. CHRONCILE FILE PHOTO

LORAIN — For the first time, the Lorain Titans football team will be Titans through and through. The seniors on the 2014 squad are part of the first class that did not start somewhere else. They were not Southview or Admiral King students that came together when Lorain City Schools consolidated its high schools. This Read More…

High school football 2014: Amherst has new coach, desire to get winning tradition back

Amherst's #2 Donte Dower runs for long yardage against Clearview last season. Comets' first-year coach Bill Fishleigh is ready to bring back winning ways to Amherst. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

AMHERST — If he would have been asked about football at Amherst High School back in 2007, when he joined Mike Elder’s staff at Avon, Bill Fishleigh never would have expected to talk about the need to “change the culture.” Amherst was a perennial playoff contender then, a power team in the Southwestern Conference. As Read More…

High school football 2014: Avon has no problem staying hungry

Avon's Gerett Choat finds running room in the Regional Final against Medina Highland last season. Choat had a breakout season as a sophomore and will be back for the Eagles this year. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Avon winning the West Shore Conference and making a playoff run seemingly have joined death and taxes as life’s only certainties. But on their way out of the WSC — the Eagles will move to the Southwestern Conference next season, along with Lakewood, Midview and North Ridgeville— can any league rival provide an unwelcome parting Read More…

High school football 2014: Wellington has new coach in Sean Arno, renewed confidence from last season’s strong finish

Wellington running back Jacob Kakos returns for the Dukes' 2014 campaign. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

WELLINGTON — It’s the dawn of a new era for Wellington football as Sean Arno returns to the area to take over as head coach of the Dukes. Arno’s football coaching career started in 1998 with a successful six-year run as freshman coach under Dick Kerschbaum at Elyria High. After a stint in southern Ohio, Read More…

High School Football 2014: Keystone looking for first trip to postseason

Several Wellington players attempt to bring down Keystone tight end C.J. Conrad after a pass completion in a game last season. The senior has already committed to college football so he can he enjoy his last season with the Wildcats. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

LAGRANGE — The Keystone football team has the same goal it had last year … only now it can point to the moment that goal was taken away. Last season in Week 9, Buckeye came to Keystone High in a battle for Patriot Athletic Conference supremacy. The Bucks were 4-1 in the PAC, Keystone was Read More…

High school football 2014: Returning skill players have Midview feeling fine

Midview's Brett Zupancic tries to run by Avon's Kevin Maloney in a game last season. The senior is likely to get the majority of the Middies' carries during the 2014 season. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

EATON TWP. — While serving as Midview’s defensive coordinator the past two seasons, D.J. Shaw was given added responsibilities from longtime head coach Bill Albright. It was Albright’s way of preparing Shaw to one day take over the program he guided to 172 wins over 27 years. That day is now. Shaw, a former standout Read More…