October 24, 2014

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Boys soccer: Intensity pays off for Westlake

Westlake’s Omar Salem tries to control the ball next to Berea-Midpark’s Mikael Lucas on Wednesday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — In a well-played Division I district semifinal against two evenly matched teams, Westlake’s intensity in key moments proved to be the difference. The Demons scored in the 50th minute and, after Berea-Midpark equalized less than two minutes later, responded in the 61st minute in a 2-1 victory over the Titans at Read Field. “Intensity is Read More…

Boys soccer: Elyria Catholic holds off Lake Ridge rally to return to championship game

Elyria Catholic’s Gage Jarvis, left, works up the field Wednesday against the defense of Lake Ridge’s Antonio Pineda. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Elyria Catholic saw a two-goal lead disappear in the district semifinal game against Lake Ridge on Wednesday night, but the Panthers regrouped for a 4-2 win at Lutheran West High School. EC, the defending Rocky River district champion, will face Oberlin in the district championship game Saturday at 3 p.m. The site Read More…

Browns Notes: CB K’Waun Williams hopes to share field with childhood idol Charles Woodson

Cleveland Browns defensive back K'Waun Williams is helped off the field after an injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers Oct. 12. (AP Photo/David Richard)

BEREA — Nickelback K’Waun Williams was back practicing Wednesday after missing a week with a concussion, said he did “pretty much everything” and declared himself ready to return Sunday against Oakland. “If the coaches feel confident to put me in, I’m here,” he said. “I’m back. I’m clear, so I’m ready.” Williams, an undrafted rookie, Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer ‘angry’ over performance, but confidence isn’t shaken

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer walks off the field after throwing an interception to Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith Sunday.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

BEREA — Brian Hoyer’s poor performance in the 24-6 loss to Jacksonville left him angrier than he’d ever been. The emotion lingered until he got back on the field Wednesday for practice. “Of all the games I’ve ever played, that’s the worst I’ve ever felt after one and it’s something you have to deal with Read More…

Lorain’s Rashod Berry commits to Ohio State

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Rashod Berry has received advice from countless people during his recruiting process, but it was a conversation with one of Lorain’s greatest football players last weekend that sparked a whirlwind week for the Lorain High senior. “I talked to Raymont Harris (last week) at the Rutgers game (in Columbus),” Berry said. “He told me how Read More…

District volleyball: Elyria continues postseason roll with semifinal win

Elyria’s Mariah Johnson, left, and Tyra Darden apply the defense to Midview’s Cassie Haight during the Pioneers’ win Tuesday night. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Losing does not appear to be in Elyria’s vocabulary right now. The seventh-seeded Pioneers continued their amazing run through the Division I volleyball tournament at Midview High School with a 25-20, 19-25, 25-14, 28-26 win over the host Middies to return to the district championship game at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, against second-seeded Brunswick. Read More…

District volleyball: Elyria Catholic gets another shot in title game

Elyria Catholic’s Sarah Schuckman digs a ball Tuesday night during the Panthers’ win over Trinity. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Determined is an appropriate description for Elyria Catholic and the postseason. The Panthers are determined to make up for what they’ve failed to accomplish the past couple years. After Tuesday’s Division III sweep of Trinity, EC (17-7) is back in the district finals. The Panthers eliminated the Trojans, 26-24, 25-20, 25-14, and will face Read More…

Scott Petrak: Bad loss to Jaguars doesn’t mean season is over

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer fumbles the ball as he is hit from behind by Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

A modest two-game winning streak ended Sunday in Jacksonville. The season didn’t. As pathetic and dismaying as the Browns’ 24-6 loss was, it was only one game. It doesn’t erase the impressive win over Pittsburgh seven days earlier — or quarterback Brian Hoyer’s eight previous starts. The Browns are 3-3 — a lot better than many Read More…

Rick Noland: Cavaliers have met the the preseason hype

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, right, drives to the basket against Chicago Bulls' Mike Dunleavy Monday in Columbus. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Expectations surrounding the Cavaliers were so high it would have been virtually impossible for them to exceed them in the preseason, but let’s be honest: They’ve looked pretty darn good as they prepare for their exhibition finale tonight in Memphis. Here’s a look at some of the positives, followed by a few areas of concern Read More…

World Series: Bumgarner pitches Giants to Game 1 win

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws during the first inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jamie Squire, Pool)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants put a sudden stop to the Kansas City Royals’ perfect postseason roll. Bumgarner pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence homered early and the Giants showed off their October poise, shutting down the Royals 7-1 Tuesday night in the World Series opener. Read More…