September 18, 2014


High school football: Avon Lake shuts out Shaker Heights for first win

SHAKER HEIGHTS — Avon Lake versus Shaker Heights would have been a shootout Saturday afternoon — if football was played on a 60-yard field. But just about every time either team drove inside the 20, despite getting in the red zone consistently with relative ease, it came up empty. The Shoremen, however, managed to figure Read More…

Slow start not an option for Browns against Drew Brees, Saints

Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson paid Saints quarterback Drew Brees the highest of compliments. “Any receiver that he has to throw the ball to he can make them look a lot better than they are,” Gipson said Friday. “Not saying anything about the receivers they have, he’s just that kind of quarterback.” Gipson has the Read More…

High School Football: Elyria at Midview

Elyria High School sophomore runningback Chris Atkinson (26) celebrates after running in a touchdown for the Pioneers against Midview High School on Friday night, Sept. 12.

  EATON TWP. — Don’t pinch D.J. Shaw anytime soon. The first-year Midview coach punched all the right buttons and used his talented group of offensive weapons to near-perfection Friday night in rolling past Elyria 42-25 in non-conference play. “We had pretty high expectations coming into the season,” he said, referring to Midview’s 3-0 start. Read More…

High School Football: Firelands at Vermilion

Israel Bowen, left, of Firelands rushes against Vermilion's Louis Maynard in the fourth quarter. DAVID RICHARD

  VERMILION — Firelands quarterback Brad Thrasher decided to give a lesson in anatomy during Friday night’s game against Vermilion. With the Sailors leading in the second quarter, the junior took the game in his hands, put his team on his shoulders and used his legs to spark the Falcons to a 34-3 non-conference victory Read More…

High School Football: North Ridgeville at North Olmsted

Sr. running back Jonah Bowden breaks a huge run in the first half all the way to the North Olmsted 1 yard line, but it's called back due to a penalty. photo by Ray Riedel

  NORTH OLMSTED — After three quarters of Friday’s non-league game between neighborhood rivals North Olmsted and North Ridgeville, the thoughts of many in attendance had turned to postgame dinner plans and the possibility of a running clock. Those who stayed to the end were treated to an instant classic. The Eagles scored 21 fourth-quarter Read More…

High School Football: Galion at Keystone

Keystone quarterback Denny Szalai pushes the ball up the field on the carry as Galion's Jacob Fryer goes for the tackle in the first half Friday night at Keystone High School.

  LaGRANGE — Galion coach Chris Hawkins wasn’t going to let Keystone senior tight end and Kentucky recruit C.J. Conrad beat his team Friday night. Double-teamed the entire game, Conrad was held without a catch by the Tigers. The rest of the Keystone offense made some plays, but wasn’t able to put any points on Read More…

High School Football: Twinsburg at Avon

“In the end, it is impossible not to become what others believe you are.” — Julius Caesar AVON — The truth of that adage was on display clearly in Week 3 of the season as the Avon Eagles, a team that both observers and opponents the past several years have perceived as a well-balanced and Read More…

Carlos Carrasco picks bad day for an off game as Indians drop opener of big series with Tigers

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Friday. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT — Carlos Carrasco’s terrific month helped Cleveland keep its flickering playoff hopes alive. But the Indians are running out of time — and the right-hander finally faltered a bit. Carrasco allowed four runs in 6⅓ innings and Cleveland lost 7-2 on Friday night to the Tigers. Detroit moved into first place in the AL Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns: Josh Gordon expected to return this season, but still get 10-game suspension

Josh Gordon

BEREA — Receiver Josh Gordon, who led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards last season, is on the verge of playing again this year. The NFL Players Association board of representatives voted Friday to approve changes to the league’s substance abuse policy — effective immediately and applied retroactively — that will largely reduce the punishments Read More…

Boys golf 2014: Area players key to St. Edward’s run at a third straight trip to state

St. Edward’s golf team is counting on three players from the area to lead it to a third straight trip to the Division I state tournament. They are, from left to right, Wil Bethune (Avon Lake), Anton Krecic (Columbia Station) and Danny Zahn (North OImsted).  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

It’s been almost a year since the St. Edward golf team qualified for the Division I state tournament for the second-consecutive time. Last year, the Eagles, who had four golfers with local ties in their top four — Joey and Anton Krecic (Columbia Station), Wil Bethune (Avon Lake) and Danny Zahn (North Olmsted) — found Read More…