Avon Lake High School
Bechtel, Seipel to lead area's state track qualifiers|
Bay\'s Olivia Bechtel and Avon Lake\'s Max Seipel top the list of Westshore area track and field athletes headed to the OHSAA Track and Field Championships this weekend in Columbus.
Bechtel, a sophomore, won two championships and qualified in three events at the Amherst Division I Regional Meet at Richard S. Cooley Track. She won the long jump with a leap of 18-08.00 to edge out Berea-Midpark\'s Kyla Paster (18-07.75). She then went on to dominate the 400, turning in a time of 55.58.
Bechtel also ran the anchor leg of Bay\'s runner-up 4X800 squad. She joined Hallie Bechtel, Sarah Christel and Amanda Cusimano to run a 9:23.38 and qualify for the championships at Jesse Owens Stadium.
Seipel, a senior, will close out his high school career by competing in the shot and discus. He took runner-up honors in the discus with a throw of 180-01, then took third in the shot put with his 58-10.00.
Other area athletes advancing to Columbus...
Lakewood advances nine events to regional meet|
Host Lakewood qualified nine events while Bay\'s Olivia Bechtel took part in three wins at the Lakewood District Track and Field Championships at First Federal Lakewood Stadium
Bechtel, a sophomore, won two individual championships in winning the 400 and the long jump. She joined teammates Amanda Cusimano, Sarah Christel and Hallie Bechtel to win the 4X800 Relay title. In all, the Rockets qualified six events to the Amherst Regional Meet.
The Rangers were led by senior Nick Boatman...
Big second inning powers Rockets past Shoregals|
The 2014 fastpitch softball season has been a frustrating one for the Avon Lake and Bay squads. On Tuesday, the Rockets were able to shake off some of that frustration with a 9-7 win over the visiting Shoregals.
Bay, winning just its fourth game of the season, put together a four-run second inning to take a lead it would never relinquish. An RBI single from Liz Burns, and wild pitch and bases-loaded walks to Christina McGovern and Meredith Brewer...
Demons vanquish Shoremen, brace for a big week|
A busy week lies ahead for the Westlake boys lacrosse team.
The Demons, coming off a 12-5 win over Avon Lake Friday night, are scheduled to play four games this week. It all begins Tuesday when they travel to Orange. On Thursday, they come back to the west side and play at neighborhood rival Bay, which enters this week\'s play at 4-4.
Westlake, 7-3 under first-year head coach Brian Stepanek, will return to Read Field...
Demons rally, win defensive battle with Shoremen|
Down 22-16 at halftime, Westlake head coach Shawn Hood still felt like his team would find enough offense to somehow, someway get the job done against visiting Avon Lake.
After scoring just two points in the second quarter, that task may have seemed like a tough one to some. But the Demons turned up the heat defensively, and the offense followed suit in a hard-fought 44-36 win over the Shoremen Friday night in a Southwestern Conference slugfest.
Westlake, now 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the SWC, went on a 10-0 run to start the second half to take a 26-22 lead. A 3-pointer from senior guard Makis Beach and a fast break hoop by 6-9 senior Gavin Skelly capped off the run and had the Demons on top for the first time since a 14-13 lead early in the second quarter.
The run was a stark contrast to the second quarter...
Bees pull away late, top Shoremen in SWC opener|
Brecksville and Avon Lake may compete in the Southwestern Conference, but Friday night\'s boys basketball matchup between the two schools had a Big Ten feel to it.
Bees head coach Steve Mehalik made such comparison following his team\'s 47-34 win over the visiting Shoremen in the 2013-14 season SWC opener for both teams.
\"We pride ourselves that we just find a way,\" said Mehalik. \"Tonight was a grind out game. They are so good defensively. \"There were a lot of turnovers and there was some ugly basketball. But I think those are two pretty good defensive teams going at it,\" he said.
It wasn\'t the prettiest of games....
Voloshen, Shoremen get past Demons in overtime|
For 88 minutes, the two teams battled.
With the Rocky River Division I District title on the line, Avon Lake and Westlake had fought to a scoreless tie. The Shoremen, winners of 10 straight games, had nearly pulled it out early in the 80th minute, but a Nathan Greenberg save sent the game into overtime.
In the 89th minute, however, the Westlake keeper could not come up with another against Avon Lake senior Alex Voloshen....
It's a TD in OT for Lucas as Shoremen clip Eagles|
With the fans on both sides of Avon Lake Memorial Stadium standing in anticipation, quarterback David Winkel took the snap and handed off to running back Collin Lucas.
There was nothing extraordinary about the play. It was a play that had been executed hundreds of times by both Lucas and Winkel throughout their football careers.
But on this night, there was none bigger.
Lucas took the handoff, ran left and sped virtually untouched into the end zone for the touchdown that not only gave Avon Lake a dramatic...
Bees turn Shoremen turnovers into huge SWC win|
Winning or losing the turnover battle in football goes a long way in determining the outcome of games.
Friday night in Avon Lake, the Shoremen\'s turnover troubles plagued them drastically as they lost a pivotal Southwestern Conference matchup with visiting Brecksville, 24-14, at Memorial Stadium.
It was the fourth straight win for the Bees, who improved to 6-1 overall. They also now stand alone in first place in the SWC at 4-0.
\"It\'s a great feeling,\" said Brecksville head coach Jason Black. \"To play meaningful games in October, those are very fun to have. I don\'t know how to put it into words yet, but it\'s a great experience for them.\"
Avon Lake\'s five-game winning streak...
Shoremen get revenge with domination of Demons|
Avon Lake avenged last season\'s loss to Southwestern Conference co-champion Westlake with a dominating 35-3 victory over the Demons Friday night at Westlake\'s Lou Duchez Field.
The Shoremen, who dropped a 28-21 decision to the Demons in 2012, moved to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the SWC. Westlake dropped to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the conference.
Getting a complete team performance on both sides of the ball, Avon Lake head coach Larry Laird said the Shoremen have gone back to their roots to find success on the ground. \"I think we\'re a different team...
Ohm lights up the night as Shoremen defeat Titans|
With plenty of time remaining on the Memorial Stadium scoreboard clock, the Berea-Midpark Titans had momentum on their side.
Quarterback Dan States found senior wideout Nate Diggins all alone down field for a 38-yard touchdown that cut Avon Lake\'s lead to 16-8 with 10:35 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Titans\' defense, which had forced a three-and-out their last time on the field, had the Shoremen facing a third down and four at their own 22-yard line.
Avon Lake\'s response? Easy: Just hand the ball off to Wyatt Ohm.
Ohm, the Shoremen\'s 5-9, 185 bolt of lightning...
Shoregals fight off Demons, stay in the SWC hunt|
The Avon Lake varsity volleyball team went into Westlake High School Thursday night and made a quick night of it, defeating the Demons in three sets 25-18, 25-19, 25-17 in a Southwestern Conference match.
The match marked the third night in a row that Avon Lake had played. Even with the SWC victory, Shoregals head coach Dan Berkheimer thought his squad looked tired.
\"I would have to say that my team was not the sharpest tonight,\" he said. \"Those other two matches took a bit out of us, but I do have to say that they worked extremely hard. I was really proud of the effort they displayed.\" The Shoregals led in the first set 4-0 behind the serving of...
Experienced Mustangs shutout youthful Shoregals|
Bigger, faster and more experienced.
The Lady Mustangs were all those things Monday night during their 4-0 win over visiting Avon Lake in girls soccer nonconference play. Strongsville scored just over four minutes into the match and was constantly on the Avon Lake side of the field for much of the first half.
\"We struggled our last two games scoring and attacking and finishing,\" said Strongsville head coach Jon Felton. \"We kind of fell asleep in the second half, just complacent. I kind of went after the girls a little bit in terms of my desire for them to attack...
Shoremen respond, top Titans for Laird's first win|
It was the win head coach Larry Laird had been waiting over a decade for as his Avon Lake Shoremen trounced the Lorain Titans 56-7 in front of a big home crowd Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
Bouncing back from a rough week one loss to rival Avon, the Shoremen got back on track with a dominating performance on both sides of the football. Forcing seven turnovers on defense and accumulating 397 yards of total offense, the Shoremen showed they are still a dangerous football team.
For Laird, the win meant a lot to him personally.
\"It\'s always big, getting that first win as the head coach somewhere,” he said. “I\'ve worked hard over the years to put myself in this position, and it feels really good to finally be the head coach at Avon Lake. \"There\'s no other job that I\'ve every really wanted since I\'ve been here...
Glenn, Choats lead Eagles' romp over Shoremen|
Coming into this season, Avon head football coach Mike Elder had some question marks about his new offense after graduating a majority of his players last season.
Thursday night at home in front of a packed house and Fox Sports Ohio\'s cameras, Elder\'s questions were answered.
A host of Eagles combined for 480 yards of total offense in an impressive 41-10 victory over cross-town rival Avon Lake in the...
IT'S ON! Eagles, Shoremen resume rivalry tonight|
One of the oldest and perhaps strangest stories in American history is how railroads, once the cross thread of our nation, came to be standard at 4-feet, 8.5-inches across. As the story goes, when our forefathers started building the railroads some time ago, they used the same gauge the Romans used back two thousand years ago by the width of a warhorse.
It should only be appropriate then that the width of a warhorse is the only thing between newfound rivals Avon Lake and Avon.
Separated by the same 4-feet, 8.5-inches...
Shoremen prepare for another run at SWC crown|
As Week One of the high school football season draws closer, new head coach Larry Laird and the Avon Lake Shoremen have spent their August finding the players that will get them back into the state playoffs.
After a disappointing and early exit from last season\'s playoffs with a 28-0 loss to eventual state runner-ups Toledo Whitmer, the Shoremen are bringing back a host of different players as Avon Lake makes a return to Division II.
With returners at almost every offensive skill position and durable players returning to the Shoremen defense, Avon Lake is poised for another run at the Southwestern Conference crown with quarterback David Winkel leading the way.
Winkel was a crucial piece...
Laird begins his tenure as Avon Lake grid leader|
For the first time in 21 years, there is a new man in charge of the Avon Lake football program.
After posting a career record of 200 wins and 44 losses, including a state championship in 2003 and state runner up a year later, Dave Dlugosz handed off the reigns of the Avon Lake program to long time assistant coach at the school, Larry Laird.
The announcement of Dlugosz\'s retirement came earlier this year, but the Ohio High School Athletic Association hall of fame member won\'t be going out quietly as he will remain on staff as the offensive and defensive line coach.
\"For years, I told him \'when you retire, you don\'t have to worry about finding something to do, I would love for you be on our coaching staff,\" Laird said.
\"He\'s one of my best friends. Other than my wife and kids, I\'ve probably spent more time with him in the last 11 years...