July 3, 2015

Elyria
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Nightmares lose despite outstanding defensive effort

EATON TWP. — If you could have selected the Lorain County defense in your one-day fantasy league you would probably be counting your winnings right now. In the real world, winning isn’t quite that simple. The Nightmares defense forced five turnovers, scored three touchdowns and blocked an Indianapolis field goal in the closing minutes of Read More…

Doing their homework: Avon Lake’s Brian Mihalik and Westlake’s Jake Ryan enjoy NFL Rookie Symposium in Berea

BEREA — Two hundred and fifty-four players are participating in the weeklong NFL Rookie Symposium. But only two of them grew up within biking distance of the Browns’ training facility, which hosted the NFC Play 60 youth football clinic Friday. Eagles defensive end Brian Mihalik played high school football at Avon Lake, while Packers linebacker Read More…

Browns Notes: Coordinator Jim O’Neil out to fix run defense, says key is eliminating explosive plays

Browns defensive lineman Danny Shelton (71) scrimmages at rookie minicamp on Friday afternoon, May 8. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

BEREA — Much of defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil’s offseason was spent looking for ways to fix the run defense that ranked last in the league last year. The same can be said of Cleveland’s draft. The Browns took nose tackle Danny Shelton with the No. 12 pick, outside linebacker Nate Orchard at 51 and end Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel apologizes to Browns, fans in statement and vows to regain trust, respect

Johnny Manziel took “full responsibility” for his actions, apologized to the Browns organization and fans and vowed to work hard to regain trust and respect in a statement released Friday through the Browns. The nine-sentence statement was Manziel’s first public comment since leaving a treatment facility last week after spending 10 weeks there. Manziel confirmed Read More…

High school football: Avon’s first loss is a tough one as Highland edges Eagles 24-21 to make Division II final four

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BRUNSWICK — Time ran out on Avon’s bid to make the Division II final four Friday night as the Eagles fell 24-21 to Highland at Brunswick Auto Mart Stadium. “I’m disappointed in the outcome but I’m not disappointed with my kids and their effort,” Avon coach Mike Elder said. “Our kids played their hearts out. Read More…

‘Backers to the forefront: Four senior linebackers making sure Avon’s defense continues its dominating ways

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The amount of attention paid to Avon’s defense outside the Eagles locker room is wildly disproportionate to the attention paid to it inside.
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H.S. Football: Playoffs final scores

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Five local high school teams advanced to the football postseason. Friday’s games: Toledo St. Francis de Sales 14, Avon 38 Preview: Glenn following long line of solid Avon quarterbacks Recap: Avon overcomes early stumble, rolls over Toledo St. Francis de Sales Avon Lake 21, Highland 28 Preview: Opening lopsided loss motivated Avon Lake Recap: Avon Read More…

High School Football: Week 10 Final Scores

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Can you believe it’s the last week of regular season high school football? Follow our live feed below for updates and commentary on games around the region. Are we missing a game? Let us know by adding your own score updates into the chat. All games are at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Tonight’s games: Read More…

After big win, Rangers deliver game ball to recently retired football coach

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — North Ridgeville High’s Rangers football team came up big in the second half Friday night, coming from behind to beat the Elyria Catholic High School Panthers 23-15. But even as the game ended, the team wasn’t done for the night. After delivering a big win for the home crowd, the team boarded Read More…

Keystone’s Tyler Gullett hasn’t missed a beat going from baseball to football, tailback to quarterback

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When Tyler Gullett left St. Edward and came back to Keystone last year, it was too late for him to play football. His impact on the baseball diamond, however, was immediate. Not only did he lead the team in hitting with a .464 average, 14 home runs and 64 RBIs, but he also stole 24 Read More…