December 1, 2015


All-Ohio football: Elyria’s Simeon Lawrence, Midview’s Logan Bolin and Avon’s Jake Sopko make first team

Jake Sopko

It wasn’t his first choice, but making first-team All-Ohio was a nice consolation prize for Avon quarterback Jake Sopko. The senior was one of three area football players to be named first-team selections in Division I and Division II by The Associated Press on Monday. Elyria senior defensive end Simeon Lawrence made it in Division Read More…

High school football: All-Lorain County lists released

To the victors go the spoils, or so the saying goes. Such was the case with the 2015 high school football season in Lorain County. All but three of the nine players and five coaches who received individual honors when the annual All-Lorain County football teams were released Thursday were on teams the reached the Read More…

High school swimming: Avon’s Stark, Brooks there for each other, in and out of pool

Avon swimmers Rachel Stark, left, and Ben Brooks are teammates and a couple. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Training for high school swimming is tough. Putting in thousands of yards in the pool every day during the 16-week season can be grueling. An athlete’s endurance is challenged and maintaining one’s sanity isn’t always easy. Top-flight swimmers like senior Rachel Stark and junior Ben Brooks of Avon know the ropes. They train year round Read More…

Girls basketball: Avon bounces back from season-opening loss

AVON — Losing is never good, but Avon coach Meghan Larrick got quite a bit of mileage out of her team’s season-opening non-conference loss to Highland. The Eagles were much more careful with the ball Tuesday night, shot a high percentage and dominated the backboards in a 66-29 home victory over Avon Lake that opened Read More…

High school football playoffs: Avon can’t keep pace with Perrysburg

Avon's Carter Rudy, left, and Jake Frombach walk to the locker room after losing to Perrysburg. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

PERKINS TWP. — Mike Elder understands how the postseason works. “Sometimes you have to be lucky,” the veteran Avon coach said after his Eagles bowed out of the playoffs with a 48-21 loss to Perrysburg on Friday in a Division II, Region 4 semifinal at Perkins High School. As good as Avon was, it didn’t Read More…

High school football: Avon senior linebacker Alex Rimko had to wait for his time to shine, but he’s making the most of it


Former Avon linebackers Cory Ohradzansky and Tanner Doenges were known more for shedding blocks and making plays than for blocking. Blocking, however, is exactly what they were doing to Alex Rimko. Avon coach Mike Elder knew Rimko had enough talent to excel at linebacker, but last year when Rimko was a junior, he had a Read More…

High school cross country: Simon Perales, Alex Holtz, Shannon Wargo and Erin Laird named Lorain County MVPs

Clockwise from front left, Avon's Erin Laird, Keystone's Shannon Wargo, Oberlin's Simon Perales and Avon Lake's Alex Holtz are the Lorain County cross country runners of the year. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Oberlin senior Simon Perales just wrapped up a long cross country season with a trip to state. Time to kick back and relax, right? Well, maybe not. “It makes me hungry for track,” Perales said. “I’m looking forward to indoor state and outdoor state. I want to win an award in track (all-state). This gives Read More…

High school football playoffs, Week 1

Logan Bolin, right, of Midview intercepts a pass in the end zone intended for North Ridgeville's Jordan Montgomery in the fourth quarter. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

Live Blog High School Football playoffs Week 1  

High school football continues locally as seven teams make playoffs

Seven teams, six games and an unlimited amount of optimism. The area put together an impressive high school football regular season and now will be looking for one of its seven teams that made the postseason to make a strong run, hopefully, to the state tournament. The Ohio High School Athletic Association released the final Read More…

High school football: ‘Angry’ Avon rolls over Olmsted Falls

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE                                    
Avon High School senior wide receiver Jason Santora (11) celebrates a touchdown he scored with teammate senior wide receiver Jake Frombach (10) on Friday night, Oct. 30.

OLMSTED TWP. — Avon played angry last week in its impressive 48-point win over preseason Southwestern Conference front-runner Berea-Midpark. The Eagles, though, started slowly on Friday night — until they got angry again. A peculiar sequence on the Eagles’ second possession — on which Avon was penalized five times inside its 30 — served as Read More…