April 19, 2014


H.S. Football: Avon’s Mitch Tomlin grabs his chance

Avon's Mitch Tomlin holds the football after recovering a fumble in the second quarter. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

HURON — Mitch Tomlin’s role wasn’t clearly defined when the season started. He was a senior backup linebacker just hoping to rotate in and out of Avon’s defense, but after injuries to Cory Ohradzanski and Alex Habeeb, Tomlin’s time arrived. “Mitch Tomlin’s been doing that for us for some time,” Avon coach Mike Elder said. Read More…

High school football: Avon overcomes five turnovers with fourth-quarter rally, downs Perrysburg to make regional final

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HURON — Win and move on. It’s a postseason philosophy Avon is familiar with and one the Eagles embraced Friday night. Despite throwing five interceptions and having to withstand an improbable playoff performance by Perrysburg sophomore backup quarterback Trevor Hafner, Avon rallied in the fourth quarter for a 24-21 victory over the Yellow Jackets in Read More…

H.S. Playoffs: Scores and more from Avon vs. Perrysburg

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The Avon Eagles travel to Kalahari Field at Huron Memorial Stadium to face the Perrysburg Yellowjackets in the Division II regional semifinal game at 7:30 tonight. Share your tweets and photos using #playoffsCT on Twitter and Instagram. Your posts will appear in our feeds below. Follow our Twitter feed for scores and updates from the game. Read More…

High school football: Eagles a passing threat in playoffs

When Avon passes, wideouts Braeden Friss, left, and Rhys Ratino are usually on the receiving end. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

When teams game plan for Avon’s potent offense, they must make a choice. Most teams don’t have the personnel to devote extra players to the secondary to limit the Eagles’ passing game and stop the run, as evidenced by Avon’s convincing 38-14 opening-round playoff win over Toledo St. Francis de Sales. The Knights limited Avon’s Read More…

High school football: Perrysburg QB done for season

Avon will face a backup quarterback in Friday’s Division II, Region 4 semifinal in Huron. The Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune reported late Monday that Gus Dimmerling, Perrysburg’s standout junior quarterback, will miss the remainder of the season with two broken ribs suffered in Friday’s 28-21 win over Akron Ellet, the Yellow Jackets’ first playoff win in Read More…

High school football: Avon travels to Huron to take on Perrysburg in playoffs

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What began as a robust field of five area playoff teams has shrunk to just one. A familiar one, true, but one just the same: the Avon Eagles. Avon, which went undefeated in the regular season to claim the West Shore Conference title, finish third in the Division II state poll and grab the second Read More…

High school football: Big plays, big calls don’t go Elyria’s way in tough opening-round loss to Stow

Elyria High School sophomore cornerback Shamar Lucky intercepts a ball from senior wide receiver Lewis Zaire in Stow's end zone Saturday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

STOW — It couldn’t get any more gut-wrenching. Elyria found itself on the short end of a 16-15 Division I playoff score Saturday at Stow. It was the same team that dominated the Pioneers just two weeks ago on the same field. Stow (10-1) moves on to play Mentor next Saturday in a Division I Read More…

High school football: Columbia gets off on wrong foot, never rights itself in season-ending first loss against Chippewa

Columbia's Jesse Lambert tries to get by Chippewa's Marty Harrell Saturday night. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — Things didn’t start well for Columbia on Saturday night. And they didn’t end well either. Read More…

High school football: Fairless kick returns, Black River mistakes big reasons Pirates get booted from playoffs

Black River's Andrew Vaughn can't hang onto an interception in the second quarter. JUDD SMERGLIA/CHRONICLE

SULLIVAN TWP. — The gifts came complete with bows on top, and Black River’s season came to an end because of them. The result was a 51-42 loss to fifth-seeded Fairless in a Division V, Region 15 quarterfinal at a packed and rowdy Art Stevenson Field. The points that doomed the fourth-seeded Pirates (7-4) came Read More…

High school football: Avon overcomes early stumble, rolls over Toledo St. Francis de Sales in postseason opener

Avon sophomore running back Gerret Choat punches in an early touchdown against St. Francis de Sales High School on Friday night, Nov. 8 during playoffs. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — It may be a new cast of characters, but it was the same old postseason show for the Avon Eagles on Friday night. First-year starting quarterback Tommy Glenn threw the ball all over the field, sophomore running back Gerett Choat set up camp in the end zone and the Eagles rolled to a Read More…