Avon High School
Track & Field '15: Area girls' top times, distances|
As a new feature this spring, we are going to compile the top times and distances for our area\'s track and field athletes.
We debut with some of the numbers put up by the girls at recent relays and invitationals, including the Ranger Relays in Lakewood and the Comet Relays in Amherst. We also realize this list is probably missing some pretty good performances this spring, so we welcome input from track and field head coaches in the Westshore and Southern Hills areas.
To report those performances, email email@example.com, or follow us on Twitter @BeAFanatic and use the...
CHAMPIONS! Pirates top Avon, win final WSC title|
The Rocky River Pirates made a little bit of hockey history Monday morning at the Hamilton Ice Arena.
The Pirates won their fourth straight West Shore Conference Tournament championship with an 8-1 win over Avon in the title game. It was also the final conference championship with the disbanding of the WSC upon the conclusion of the 2014-15 school year.
Cam Heider\'s shorthanded goal with...
Eagles overcome turnovers, hold on to defeat Bay|
It wasn\'t pretty, but it was still a win for the Avon Eagles.
Avon, despite committing 24 turnovers in the game, withstood a furious Bay rally in the game\'s final minutes to come away with a 51-45 win over the Rockets at The Launch Pad Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Eagles remained a factor in the West Shore Conference race at 4-2 while upping their overall record to 7-5.
\"We\'re continually working in practice on playing four good quarters all together,\" said Avon head coach Meghan Larrick, who saw her team\'s 15-point lead shrink to four with just under a minute left.
\"We\'ve been up and down throughout...
Middie comeback stuns Avon in DII playoff thriller|
During the regular season, Avon\'s West Shore Conference game at Midview proved to be one not for the faint of heart. In a shootout for the ages, the Middies came away with the 49-42 win and went on to claim the final WSC championship.
Friday night at North Royalton\'s frozen Serpentini Stadium, the two teams met again, this time in a Division II, Region 4 semifinal. The rematch did not disappoint, unless you were wearing purple and gold.
Top-seeded Midview tied the score with one second left in regulation, then came up with one of its biggest defensive stops of the year in overtime. The result was a 42-36 win over Avon that sent the Middies into next Friday\'s regional championship game with...
CHAMPIONS! Reis' OT goal gives Eagles DI crown|
It took a few extra minutes Saturday night, but Avon\'s unbeaten 2014 season continued on.
Down 2-0 at the half, the Eagles rallied with a pair of goals in the second 40 minutes to force the match into overtime. Then in the 100th minute, Vithor Reis took a pass from Christian Giraldo and buried the ball into the back of the net to give Avon a 3-2 win in the Rocky River Division I District Tournament championship match at Joe Firment Stadium.
The state-ranked Eagles, now 17-0-2, will take on the unbeaten Copley Indians Wednesday night at Nordonia in a Division I regional semifinal. Copley,now 18-0-1, defeated Medina, 5-2, to win the Brunswick District championship...
Eagles survive another WSC shootout with Pirates|
Most high school football fans anticipated a shootout between Rocky River and Avon, two of the area\'s most prolific offenses.
It took awhile for the fireworks to get started Friday night, but those in attendance at Rocky River Stadium certainly got their money\'s worth.
After Avon built a modest 21-7 at halftime, the flood gates opened in the second half. Seven touchdowns and 49 points were scored in the third quarter alone as the visiting Eagles soared past Rocky River, 63-35, in West Shore Conference football action.
Defense was optional, for the most part. The Eagles and Pirates combined for a total of 1,198 yards on the night, 692 of them coming from the Avon side. \"I don\'t know, it\'s all a blur...\"
CHAMPIONS! Sharer powers Eagles to WSC crown|
As Wednesday night turned into Thursday morning, nobody would have blamed Midview keeper Kellen McQuire if he saw a No. 20 flashing toward him in his dreams.
He saw plenty of that just hours earlier while he was wide awake.
That No. 20 belonged to Avon\'s Will Sharer. The Eagle senior scored five goals, all in the first half, to lead his team past the Middies, 8-0, in one of the final West Shore Conference boys soccer matches played on Wednesday night.
With the win at Joe Firment Stadium, state-ranked Avon remained undefeated at 14-0-2 and won the final WSC boys crown. It was the program\'s third under head coach Chris Dore, who led the Eagles...
CHAMPIONS! Title drought over, Eagles take WSC|
The year was 1989.
It may have been just another year for some, and ancient history for others. But it certainly was a year that was burned into the minds of the Avon volleyball team\'s coaches and players. It served as a daily reminder whenever they glanced up at the row of championship banners hanging in the school\'s gymnasium.
You see, 1989 was the last time an Avon volleyball team won a conference championship. That came in the Lorain County Conference, which no longer exists. The last one before that? It was 1979 when the Eagles won a title in the old Inland Conference.
Tuesday night on their home court, the Eagles did something that hadn\'t been done in 25 years. They defeated visiting Rocky River 25-19, 25-18, 25-20 to clinch the final...
Football '14: Rockets roar into state playoff chase|
Don\'t look now, but the Bay Rockets are in a playoff chase.
With half the season in the books, Bay is tied for first with Perry in Division IV, Region 11 in this week\'s OHSAA Computer Ratings. The 4-1 Rockets have been bolstered by wins over Division II Westlake and Division I Lakewood in the first half of the season.
They\'ll travel to North Olmsted, another Division II school, this Friday night. A bevy of computer points will be on the line, and a win over the 3-2 Eagles would go a long way in getting Bay into postseason play.
Bay and Perry each have a computer point average of 8.75, with Jefferson Area close behind with an 8.45. In fourth is Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin at 8.2, with Mantua Crestwood in fifth at 7.9. The top eight teams at the end of the regular season qualify for the tournament...
Avon outlasts Bay, takes lead in WSC soccer race|
The road to the final West Shore Conference boys soccer championship now officially runs through Avon.
The still-unbeaten Eagles, their offense controlling the ball for most of the second half, got the go-ahead goal from senior midfielder Will Sharer with 21:40 left in the match. The result was a hard-fought 3-1 win over state-ranked Bay Wednesday night at Avon\'s Joe Firment Stadium.
With the win, Avon moved to 10-0-1 on the season and took sole possession of first place in the WSC with a 4-0-1 mark. The Eagles, who received votes in this week\'s Division I OSSCA Poll, have Midview and Vermilion remaining...
Fast start gets Avon past Rangers in WSC opener|
This wasn\'t exactly what Lakewood had in mind to start West Shore Conference play.
The Rangers opened league play Friday night, but couldn\'t keep up with Avon\'s high-powered offense during a 35-0 loss at Joe Firment Stadium.
The host Eagles, unbeaten on the season at 4-0, jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead and never looked back.
\"Yeah, it was tough,\" admitted Lakewood head coach Michael Ribar, whose team fell to 2-2 on the season. \"We came out, and we knew what we had to do...
Pirates begin big week with shutout win over Avon|
The Rocky River girls soccer team went into Wednesday night\'s West Shore Conference game at Avon with a specific goal in mind:
Win the week.
After a playing a tough preseason schedule and possibly an even tougher first half of the regular season, the defending Division II state champions were looking to turn the corner in Week 5. With three road games in four days, including a pair of matches in Toledo, the Pirates knew that would be no easy task.
But on Wednesday night at Avon\'s Joe Firment Stadium, Rocky River notched its fourth victory of the season in convincing fashion. The Pirates scored a pair of goals in the first 11 minutes and ran away with a 7-0 win over the Eagles to remain tied with Bay...
Eagles topple Rockets, remain on top in WSC race|
Apparently Avon liked the challenge of coming from behind Tuesday night against Bay.
The Eagles came out sluggish in the first two sets. but managed to pull out a 25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 25-19 West Shore Conference volleyball win over the visiting Rockets.
It was Bay which was the aggressor early on as the Rockets went ahead, 7-0. to start the first set and 15-8 in Game 2. Maybe that was just the motivation the Eagles needed?
\"I\'m not sure what was going on,...
Eagles dominate in opener against rival Shoremen|
The 2014 high school football season opener at Avon Lake Memorial Stadium was a matchup between two similar teams.
Avon, winners of four straight West Shore Conference championships, is again expected to contend for another WSC title. And in the Southwestern Conference, Avon Lake is always in the mix in the conference race. On top of that, both teams are favored to repeat as OHSAA DII playoff participants this fall.
But on Friday night, that\'s where the...
Goals remain the same as Avon prepares for 2014|
For the past four seasons, the Avon varsity football team has dominated the West Shore Conference. In each of those four seasons, the Eagles have not only qualified for the state playoffs, but excelled, coming within a game of winning a state championship in 2011.
We now turn to 2014, which happens to be the final season for the WSC. After putting together a four-year conference game winning streak and taking four straight WSC championships, Avon\'s goals remain the same:
Win a fifth-straight WSC championship.
Qualify for a fifth-straight playoff appearance.
Win a state championship.
Leading the Eagles on their quest...
Eagles get their revenge with a win over Mustangs|
Successful teams are often taught to have short-term memories. There are exceptions to the rule, however, and Avon used an out clause Saturday in its 3-2 road win over Strongsville at the Ehrnfelt Soccer Complex.
Playing the team that knocked them out in overtime of last season\'s Rocky River Division I Sectional final, the Eagles looked to 2013 for motivation. Seven starters were back from last year\'s squad that gave up a goal just before halftime, then lost in overtime to the Mustangs.
Fast forward to Saturday, and Avon was fueled by motivation in the road win over Strongsville.
\'We wanted this one a lot,\" Eagles midfielder Will Sharer said. \"It\'s definitely one we circled on our calendar. We wanted to get back at them for ending our season.\" And get back Avon did, but it took everything...
Blue Streaks open their season by blanking Avon|
Magnificat couldn\'t have started out its soccer season any better.
The Blue Streaks dominated in every facet of the game Wednesday night as they blanked host Avon, 4-0, in their season debut.
\"That was one of the things we talked about before the season started was dominating,\" said Magnificat head coach Gretchen Micklitsch.
\"The way you dominate a soccer game is by possessing the ball and so that was kind of what we talked about. We need to go out every game and dominate by possessing the ball...
Fishleigh looks for a turnaround in Comet Country|
It was a quiet, late-June evening at Amherst\'s Memorial Field. A few joggers were getting in a workout on the track, and the field had just been lined for an upcoming seven-on-seven with Avon. It was a far cry from the packed stands that are prevalent there for Friday night football games.
Bill Fishleigh, who had just spent seven seasons as an assistant coach with the Eagles, was delving into his new job as the head football coach at Amherst. Hired in March, Fishleigh was still getting to know his new players and had just moved his family into the community.
With official practices now underway, the new Comet boss no doubt has a firm grasp on what\'s in store as the 2014 season approaches...
Football '14: Choat makes a big impression in Indy|
Often times, a kid is just excited to be part of the experience. When a coach gets to share in things, it can be a dynamic few get a chance to take part in.
Chris Medaglia, who coached the Browns team at the NFL High School Player Development 7-on-7 national tournament for the sixth straight year, had the chance to see things through Gerett Choat\'s eyes and came away very impressed by the Avon wide receiver.
Choat made the cut from 1,500 hopefuls and traveled with a select few to Indianapolis on July 14-15 for the 32-team event...
Football '14: Laird prepared for Mustang challenge|
The adage around coaching circles when taking over programs is you want to be the man that replaced the man that replaced the legend, not follow the legend.
Larry Laird doesn\'t know how to do that.
In taking over as the head coach for Strongsville\'s football team, Laird follows Russ Jacques.
That\'s Jacques, who led the Mustangs to 12 playoff appearances, eight conference titles and three Division I Regional final appearances. Jacques also had assistant coaching stints at Wisconsin, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Ohio University and Bowling Green...