July 30, 2014

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Lorain County athletes helping St. Edward football team in quest for state title

The Lorain County players that start on St. Edward’s football team include (from left) David Dowell (North Ridgeville), Benjamin Gaal (Sheffield Lake), Alex Stump (Avon), 
Ben Gauthier (Avon), Brad Shaver (Grafton), Gage Blair (Elyria), Adam Williams (Avon), Parker Knapp (Columbia Station), Grant Williams (Elyria), Matt Carandang (Avon), Andrew Dowell (North Ridgeville) and Tyler King (Lorain). KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

All of the Lorain County high schools have been eliminated from the football postseason, but several Lorain County football players still have their sights set on a state championship at St. Edward. The Eagles (11-1) are the No. 1 seed in Division I, Region 1, and will face No. 2 seed Mentor (12-1) on Saturday Read More…

High school football: Ex-North Ridgeville coach Jeff Riesen picks up Lorain County big-school coach of the year honors

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North Ridgeville coach Jeff Riesen, who was let go after the season after 16 years and two stints at the school, pulled off the biggest surprise, being named Big School (Divisions I, II and III) Coach of the Year.
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High school football: Midview turns to defensive coordinator DJ Shaw to take reins from longtime coach Bill Albright

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MIDVIEW — The search for Bill Albright’s replacement didn’t take long. DJ Shaw has been recommended by principal Tom Faska and superintendent Scott Goggin to be the first new Midview football coach in nearly three decades. The board of education will vote on the recommendation at its Dec. 18 meeting. “It’s really an honor,” Shaw Read More…

High school football: Avon’s first loss is a tough one as Highland edges Eagles 24-21 to make Division II final four

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BRUNSWICK — Time ran out on Avon’s bid to make the Division II final four Friday night as the Eagles fell 24-21 to Highland at Brunswick Auto Mart Stadium. “I’m disappointed in the outcome but I’m not disappointed with my kids and their effort,” Avon coach Mike Elder said. “Our kids played their hearts out. Read More…

Shaun Bennett: Loss hurts, but Avon’s future is in good hands

BRUNSWICK — The Avon Eagles could win a state championship with sophomore quarterback Jake Sopko leading their offense the next two years. If they do, senior quarterback Tommy Glenn will deserve a huge assist. Glenn followed the recent pattern of Eagles starting quarterbacks earning the role for the first time during their senior season. He Read More…

H.S. Football: Avon vs. Highland playoff game live feed

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The Avon Eagles will face the Medina Highland Hornets in the Division II, Region 4 final at 7:30 tonight at Brunswick Auto Mart Stadium in Brunswick. Are you going to the game? Share your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #playoffsCT. Not able to make it out to Brunswick? Listen to the game live on WEOL, and Read More…

‘Backers to the forefront: Four senior linebackers making sure Avon’s defense continues its dominating ways

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The amount of attention paid to Avon’s defense outside the Eagles locker room is wildly disproportionate to the attention paid to it inside.
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High school football: Veteran coach Jeff Riesen let go after two stints, 16 total seasons at North Ridgeville

Jeff Riesen

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Add North Ridgeville to the list of schools that will be in the market for a new football coach. After 16 years and two stints as the Rangers coach, Jeff Riesen was informed last week that his contract would not be renewed at the end of the school year. Riesen compiled a Read More…

H.S. Football Playoffs: Ticket information for Avon vs. Highland

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The Avon Eagles will face the Medina Highland Hornets in the Division II, Region 4 final at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Brunswick Auto Mart Stadium in Brunswick. Presale tickets are available for $7 at Avon High School. Tickets at the gate on Friday are $9. Ticket sales will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday; Read More…

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…