September 1, 2015

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High School Football: Brookside plans to thank voters with play

SHEFFIELD — In May, the future of Brookside’s football team — and the school’s entire athletic program — was in doubt, hinged on a school levy the district’s voters needed to pass. Fast forward three months, and the Cardinals are back on the field for two-a-days, with a new head coach, coaching staff and new Read More…

High school football 2015: Oberlin coach thinks foundation set for future success

Oberlin Phoenix

OBERLIN — When coach Michael Law took over the Oberlin football program prior to last season, he knew it would be a long-term rebuilding project to get the Phoenix back to the top of the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division. Although the team finished 2-8 in his debut year, it ended the season on a Read More…

High school football 2015: Clearview will rely on veteran defense

Clearview Clippers

SHEFFIELD TWP. — When Clearview kicks off the season Aug. 28 at Vermilion, coach Mike Collier will have a number of players in the starting lineup getting their first experience  playing under the Friday night lights. Although the Clippers only have 14 returning letterwinners, they are hoping to ride the strength of a veteran defense Read More…

High school football 2015: Amherst out to reclaim past glory

AMHERST COMETS

AMHERST — There was a time when Amherst was one of the most feared high school football teams in the area. After four straight losing seasons, the fear is starting to fade. Second-year coach Bill Fishleigh is not used to losing and is looking to put some of that old attitude back into his Comets. Read More…

High school football 2015: Columbia wants to be ‘perfect,’ find ways to continue regular-season success in playoffs

Columbia Raiders

COLUMBIA STATION — Losing first-round playoff games in successive seasons has taught the Columbia Raiders a lesson they hope will pay dividends this year — being good isn’t good enough. The Raiders have won at least a share of the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division title every year since 2010. With 14 starters returning from Read More…

High school football 2015: Lorain wants to take last year’s success and run with it

Lorain Titans 10

LORAIN — While Lorain’s boys basketball team captured the hearts of their school and city by going 25-1 and reaching the regional semifinals, it was the Titans football team that set the tone for winning last fall. Under first-year coach Dave McFarland, who brought a track record of winning from his two stints at Elyria Read More…

High school football: Avon Lake expects to bounce back from tough season

Avon Lake Shoremen

AVON LAKE — Something wasn’t right about the last football season. Perennial power Avon Lake won only two games — the first time the Shoremen finished under .500 since 1991 (4-5). They had qualified for 18 postseason appearances and won the Division II state title in 2003. Admittedly, the Shoremen suffered some big losses but Read More…

High school football: Avon hopes to erase agony of defeat from last year

Avon Eagles

AVON — Mike Elder and his Avon Eagles are two weeks from erasing the wild, disappointing end to their 2014 season. Sort of. Oh, they’ll never truly rid that loss from their memories, but at least they’ll see a different uniform in a real, live game Aug. 28 at Strongsville. “It was very disappointing. Any Read More…

High school football 2015: Wellington is speedy but young, will need to be fast learners, as well

Wellington Dukes

Wellington may be young this season, but coach Sean Arno expects them to be fast. So it only makes sense for the Dukes to run a fast-paced offense to capitalize on the speed of their skill position players. “The kids have trained hard and we have a lot of two-sport athletes who have come together Read More…

High school football 2015: Keystone wants to keep the good times rolling

Keystone Wildcats

Keystone may have said goodbye to the top senior class in school history, but don’t tell the Wildcats to lower expectations this season. Fresh off its first playoff appearance last year and winning a piece of the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division title in 2013, Keystone is hungry for more. Gone, however, is a senior class Read More…