February 6, 2016


Boys basketball: North Ridgeville embraces role as Southwestern Conference spoiler, hands Avon loss

Avon High School sophomore DelShawn Orr (10) takes the ball towards the hoop on Friday night, Feb. 5 as he is guarded by North Ridgeville High School senior Isa Abdul-Alim.

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The Rangers went hunting for Southwestern Conference title contenders this week. They ended up bagging a pair of Eagles. Fresh off playing spoiler against North Olmsted on Tuesday, North Ridgeville doubled down and decided to try and thwart Avon’s championship hopes Friday. It accomplished its goal with a 68-52 victory. The Rangers Read More…

Messages of hope adorn Genesis House fence


AVON — Students at Avon High School are painting messages of hope on panels that will soon be used to erect a fence for the Genesis House Domestic Violence Outreach building. Virginia Beckman, Genesis House executive director, said the outreach center at 3575 Elyria Ave. in Lorain is used to hold support groups for domestic Read More…

High school wrestling: Elyria gets spark from Tristan Brady’s last-second pin, qualifies to state dual team tournament


ELYRIA — Perrysburg had won three straight matches and was on the verge of taking the lead in the Division I regional final of the OHSAA Dual Team Tournament on Wednesday night. That’s when Elyria junior Tristan Brady provided a huge boost that the Pioneers used to roll to a 54-14 victory. The regional championship Read More…

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High school basketball: Avon rebounds from heartbreaker to beat Westlake


AVON — The Avon Eagles fell back on defense to bounce back against Westlake on Friday. The Eagles held the Demons to single digits in each of the first three quarters, then connected on enough of their free throws down the stretch to secure a 50-46 Southwestern Conference victory at Avon High School. Avon (11-6, Read More…

H.S. Wrestling: Avon starts fast, overpowers Lorain in dual team tourney


AVON — With Mansfield Madison excusing itself from the OHSAA Division I dual team tournament, second-seeded Avon found itself without a first-round opponent Wednesday. The Eagles (7-1) watched as Lorain (3-4) defeated North Ridgeville (2-8) for the second time in five days, 49-30, then jumped on the Titans with 11 consecutive victories to advance to Read More…

High school wrestling: Olmsted Falls beats Avon in battle of SWC unbeatens


WESTLAKE — The battle of Southwestern Conference unbeatens Olmsted Falls and Avon almost didn’t happen as billed Thursday night. That’s because host Westlake came within a whisker of pulling off one of the bigger upsets of the season in its last home regular-season duals of the season. The Demons led by 22 points with four Read More…

Girls basketball: Westlake holds off revenge-minded Avon

AVON — Taylor Hood said she and her once-beaten Westlake teammates figured they were in for a battle in their rematch with Avon on Wednesday night. It was logical thinking because the Demons whipped the Eagles by 20 points in their first Southwestern Conference encounter last month in Westlake. This time it was closer. Avon Read More…

Boys basketball: Avon continues hot stretch, downs North Olmsted to tighten Southwestern Conference standings


AVON — It took nothing extraordinary: Avon simply played better and harder than North Olmsted on Tuesday night, in a 72-57 Southwestern Conference win. Avon, down senior Jeff Laraway after he suffered a shoulder injury in his team’s loss to Olmsted Falls last week, rode DelShawn Orr and Damantie Thornton to its fourth win in Read More…

High school hockey: North Olmsted defeats Avon to win first Southwestern Conference tournament title in five years


NORTH OLMSTED — The drought is over. Thanks to the all-junior line of Kyle Sukenik, Shane Malinak and Zach Servidio and the outstanding goaltending of sophomore Ryan Godin, North Olmsted won its first Southwestern Conference hockey championship in five years Monday afternoon at the North Olmsted Rec. Final score: North Olmsted 4, Avon 1. Sukenik, Read More…