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High school football 2014: Olmsted Falls ready to get back to winning ways

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With stability up front and in the pocket, Olmsted Falls is hoping to climb out of the cellar and back into contention. The Bulldogs have 11 playoff appearances to their name — most recently in 2011 when they went 7-3 and lost in the first round. Since then, Olmsted Falls has gone 3-17, including a Read More…

High school football 2014: Lutheran West wants to take next step, make playoffs

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Lutheran West took a step forward each of the last three seasons, going 2-8 in 2011, 5-5 in 2012 and 6-4 a year ago. Next step: playoffs. At least that’s the expectation from a team that returns 13 starters and gains an experienced coach in Frank Petroff to lead them. Petroff is no stranger to Read More…

High school football 2014: Westlake could be contender in SWC

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Westlake coach Mark Campo just smiles. He’s told after a Demons scrimmage that a lot of people are talking about his team, about Westlake again challenging for a Southwestern Conference crown, about running back Quan Hardy, about new quarterback Andris Balodis. “Let’s just say that I’m excited to coach them,” he says coyly. “As long Read More…

High school football 2014: North Olmsted hit hard by graduation

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Graduation can be cruel. After going 14-6 the last two seasons, and barely missing out on the playoffs both times, North Olmsted will need to look to a wealth of new faces to keep that momentum going. The program welcomes in 38 new players and will need to replace a total of 13 starters from Read More…

High school football 2014: Open Door looks to build on momentum

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ELYRIA — While the Open Door football program has existed for four seasons, last year was its first playing a full varsity schedule. As expected, the Patriots struggled at the beginning of the season, giving up no fewer than 32 points in each of their first six games, while only breaking the 20-point barrier once. Read More…

High school football: Black River optimistic despite players changes

Black River running back Colin Filak tries to punch through a wall of Clearview defenders last season. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

SULLIVAN TWP. — To say Black River is going through changes this year would be quite an understatement. There are only six returning starters for the Pirates and one of the offensive players to be replaced had 6,097 career rushing yards, 82 touchdowns and is considered one of the best players ever to suit up Read More…

High school football 2014: Vermilion looking for a new home … and more wins, too

VERMILION — There’s a Navy saying about having “gear adrift” when something is out of place or doesn’t quite seem to fit. That expression might be heard in Vermilion these days when talking about the Sailors — the high school football Sailor, that is. Vermilion is looking for a conference that fits, one that it Read More…

High school football 2014: Firelands still young, but no longer inexperienced

Firelands running back Aaron Stevanus pushes through the Wellington defense for a gain last season. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

HENRIETTA TWP. — Firelands had it rough in 2013. Not only did the Falcons go winless, they scored fewer than two touchdowns per game on average, while giving up more than 44 points a game. So why is Firelands so eager for this season to begin? The Falcons, who were forced to play a significant Read More…

High school football: Brookside players bond in offseason, hope it pays off in more wins

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SHEFFIELD — Brookside is hoping that going camping over the summer will pay off on the football field this fall. Fourth-year head coach Thom Lesiecki took his team to a camp at Hiram College over the offseason and he is already beginning to see changes in the team and their attitude as the season approaches. Read More…

High school football: New Oberlin coach Michael Law likes what he sees in Phoenix

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OBERLIN — Michael Law wasn’t totally sure what to expect when he made the move down the road from Oberlin College to become the new head football coach of a Phoenix team coming off a 2-8 season. So far he has been pleased with what he’s seen. “I wasn’t sure what was in the cupboard, Read More…