Avon Lake High School
Softball '15: Bulldogs top Shoregals, tourney next|
On Monday, the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs defeated Avon Lake, 4-1, in a Southwestern Conference fastpitch softball matchup.
Now, both teams can turn their attention to the OHSAA Tournament. In fact, all area teams enter tournament play this week.
In Division I, Avon is seeded No. 2 and Westlake No. 4 in the Avon Lake District. The Eagles will host the winner of Thursday\'s North Olmsted-Midview sectional semifinal on Friday at 4:30 p.m. That same day, the Demons will host the winner of Thursday\'s Avon Lake-Lorain...
Lacrosse '15: Demons, Pirates take on tough foes|
As the boys lacrosse season nears its conclusion, area teams are finding some big challenges ahead of them.
There were important matchups for both Rocky River and Westlake this week, with both the Pirates and the Demons facing a pair of conference leaders in OHSLA play. And in both games, the both Hudson and Chagrin Falls showed why they will be formidable opponents in the upcoming playoffs.
Chagrin Falls, the No. 11 team in Ohio and the leader of the Division 2 Northeast Conference, dropped Westlake 16-5 Tuesday night...
Lacrosse '15: Bees, Shoregals battle to a 7-7 draw|
With the girls lacrosse season coming down the stretch, a number of area teams are vying for spots in the Ohio Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association post season tournament.
The Avon Lake Shoregals, which had won seven straight games, hit a bump in the road Friday night as they battled to a 7-7 draw with Brecksville at Memorial Stadium. It didn\'t get any easier for head coach Darci Gervaise\'s squad as they were scheduled for a road game with Rocky River Saturday night.
The 11-2 Pirates were ranked No. 17 overall in Ohio and were in second place in the OSLA Division 2 North.
Avon Lake, ranked eighth in the...
Titans get past Shoremen, stay in SWC title chase|
Berea-Midpark got strong pitching from Jaret Peterson band scored the winning run in the top of the sixth inning for a hard-fought 4-3 win at Avon Lake in Southwestern Conference baseball.
The Titans stayed in the thick of the SWC race as Peterson went the distance. He struck out 11 and didn\'t walk a batter, although the Shoremen did rally for a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth,
For Avon Lake, Jeremiah Campo laced a pair of doubles, while Luke Harris and...
Blue Devils rally, best Avon Lake to stay unbeaten|
Heading into the fourth quarter, Brunswick\'s undefeated start to the 2015 boys lacrosse season was in jeopardy. Host Avon Lake had led throughout the game and held an 8-6 lead heading into the final 12 minutes.
The Blue Devils, however, were able to answer the challenge.
The Brunswick defense shut out the Shoremen in the fourth quarter, and the offense responded with three goals in a come-from-behind 9-8 win Tuesday night at Memorial Stadium. With the win, the Blue Devils moved to 6-0 on the season.
Noah Smith and John Cellura both scored hat tricks for Brunswick, each scoring three goals and dishing out an assist. Justin Golod had one goal and one assist, while Marc Manocchio and Declan McCready...
Golf '14: Medina girls make return to state tourney|
Patience and perseverance were the words of the day last week for Medina\'s girls golf team during its state-qualifying round at the Massillon Division I District.
Because the Bees were able to adhere the words of second-year coach Mickey McGrath, they will head to Columbus on Friday and Saturday and erase a lengthy absence from the state tournament.
While individuals have made the trek down Interstate 71 South in years past, Medina, as a team, hasn\'t played at state...
Shoregals regroup to rally past determined Eagles|
With the regular season starting to wind down, two Southwestern Conference volleyball teams took the next step in trying to define not only their seasons, but themselves.
Avon Lake, playing in its third match without the injured Katie Coughlin, traveled to North Olmsted for a Saturday morning match. The Eagles, with their share of youth and lineup changes, were also in search of their first SWC win of the season.
In a tightly played contest, Devan Rybarczyk proved to be the difference. The senior outside hitter pounded out 20 kills, seven of them in the pivotal third set, to lead the Shoregals to a 25-17, 19-25, 25-22, 25-21 win over a feisty band of Eagles.
\"She\'s played phenomenally the last couple of matches,\" said Avon Lake head coach Dan Berkheimer of his senior outside hitter.
\"Against Berea-Midpark, she had 25 kills, and today...
Titans keep goals in sight, trample Shoremen 47-7|
It\'s only the midpoint of the regular season, but head coach Ray Hradek said he and his coaching staff periodically remind their Berea-Midpark football players that one of their goals is to reach Week 11.
The Titans took several more steps toward making that postseason objective a reality in Week 5 with their 47-7 Week 5 victory Friday night over perennial power Avon Lake at Tressel Field. They scored on six of their first seven possessions at Baldwin Wallace University\'s George Finnie Stadium.
Behind Nick Gassman\'s record-setting performance that featured five touchdowns in the first half, Berea-Midpark topped the Shoremen in a Southwestern Conference clash. Meanwhile, the Titans\' defense limited them to just...
Shoregals work fast and furious in win over Titans|
The Avon Lake and Berea-Midpark volleyball teams have two of the youngest rosters in the Southwestern Conference. With just five seniors in both starting lineups combined, there\'s a lot of learning going on during these early-season matches.
But Tuesday night, it was evident the two squads were at different points on that learning curve.
The Shoregals, playing at a faster pace offensively, shook off some early mistakes and rolled to a 25-20, 25-13, 25-13 win over the visiting Titans. With the win, Avon Lake continued its strong start in the SWC at 3-0.
Berea-Midpark, playing just its third match and without 6-3 sophomore setter Maggie Nedoma, fell to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the conference. Avon Lake, coming off a thrilling 5-set win over Brecksville, jumped out to...
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...
Football '14: Versatile Tupa to lead Bees' fortunes|
Two years ago, Brecksville-Broadview Heights coach Jason Black already knew what he had. He just didn\'t open it up until last season.
On a squad loaded with Tupas, Tim and Tom, Black kept budding freshman Tyler Tupa under wraps for a year before unleashing him. What followed was an offensive display as the versatile sophomore helped lead his team to the playoffs in 2013, while racking up team highs in receptions (56), yards (864) and touchdowns (10).
Add things up and the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Tyler Tupa averaged 15.4 yards per reception. But he\'s more than that as he will punt, kick, play safety and return kicks this season for Brecksville.
In other words, if the Bees aren\'t dragging their star junior to the bus, they didn\'t use him enough in the game. \"It\'s always great to have Tyler on your team,\" Black said. \"To know...
Dlugosz is back as Shoremen get prepared for '14|
It\'s hard to keep a good man down.
Avon Lake\'s Dave Dlugosz was content last season as an assistant coach on Avon Lake\'s football team after a 21-year stint as head coach with the Shoremen.
Then Larry Laird left for Strongsville, and the head coaching position came open again. A coach who led Avon Lake to 17 Southwestern Conference titles, Dlugosz couldn\'t say no.
Now he\'s back leading a team ready to pick up where it left off after yet another playoff appearance in 2013. \"I was getting comfortable with not having to do the paperwork and worrying about...
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...