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Injuries to Maple Heights’ quarterbacks and a stiff defense by Avon Lake led the Shoremen to a 38-6 rout of the visiting Mustangs Friday in the opening round of the Division II playoffs.

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Last month’s announcement that the NCAA was starting the process of allowing student-athletes to make money off their image and likeness seemed to finally be a step in the right direction.

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The Rocky River Pirates football season came to an abrupt end at home Friday night. The Pirates fell behind early to Great Lakes Conference foe Elyria Catholic, and could not catch up in a 35-7 loss.

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Since the beginning of the season, the Avon boys soccer team, though young with just three returning starters, had been special defensively.

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For the Lutheran West Longhorns, Friday’s matchup against the Cuyahoga Heights Redskins had more riding on it than just another notch in the win column.

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Avon’s Aidan Lacko got his chance to be the hero Saturday night. Even after playing for more than 90 scoreless minutes in bad weather, the senior didn’t miss his opportunity.

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With its depth and next-man-up mentality, Avon has remained undefeated, pulling out a 24-14 victory Friday at Olmsted Falls

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Head coach Chris Dore’ described his Avon boys soccer team as predictable Wednesday night. His Eagles typically don’t play with many bells and whistles or smoke and mirrors.

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Bay's Buttari rushes for 205 yards, two scores in victory over rival Rocky River

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In need of a rebound, the North Olmsted Eagles instead ran into a buzz saw Friday night and lost 41-0 to rival Olmsted Falls, which piled up 429 yards.

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When Avon senior forward Karissa Kraszewski slipped her 11th-minute shot past North Ridgeville keeper Alexis Klingelheber, the entire Eagles team erupted. When sophomore Abby Koly doubled the lead just three minutes later, that eruption became euphoria.

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As his Chaos golf ball dropped into the cup on the 16th hole at Mallard Creek Golf Course on Oct. 7, Joe Shearer was in shock. The 83-year-old Sheffield Lake man had just sunk his third hole-in-one 17 years to the day after his first one.

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In a rematch of one of last year’s District semifinal volleyball games, the No. 1 seed Saint Joseph Academy Jaguars and the No. 4 Olmsted Falls Bulldogs squared off at Midview High School Tuesday night.

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To know the 2019 Westlake girls soccer team is to know that records, Division I tournament seedings and shot disparities don’t matter.

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When North Olmsted, the No. 6 seed in the Division I Elyria District, played host to No. 11 John Marshall on Oct. 16, the Eagles had to deal with not only the speed of the Lawyers, but a torrential downpour.

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As Westlake junior Dillon Kruger’s ninth-minute shot reached the back of the net, his eyes were closed. That goal, that came in the Demons’ Division I Sectional semifinal on Oct. 16, gave his team an early 2-0 lead over Midview.

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You’ll have to forgive Spencer Chippi and the rest of the Avon Lake boys soccer team’s nine-man senior class if they don’t remember the Shoremen’s last league championship.

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When the Westlake Demons football team arrived in North Ridgeville Friday, Tyler Richmond was ready.

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Avon volleyball’s Oct. 8 game against the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs began and ended with Emily Gardner. One of four juniors on a team that has a senior class just as strong as the one it graduated last season, Gardner recorded kills for the first and final points of the Eagles’ Southwestern Con…

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Avon shuts out North Olmsted, remains undefeated

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It took just an hour for the Avon Lake volleyball team to dispatch 12-seed Lorain in its Oct. 15 Sectional semifinal at Midview High School.

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The Elyria Catholic volleyball team made nothing easy for the Rocky River Pirates last Thursday night.

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In a contest between the top two girls soccer teams in the Southwestern Conference, where a victory would have all but clinched the conference title for either team, players and fans alike were kept in suspense for all 80 minutes.

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Anthony Guercio knew Friday night’s matchup against Midview was going to be a dogfight. And for three-and-a-half quarters, it was just that as the junior quarterback and the North Olmsted Eagles were tied with the Middies in the fourth quarter.

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Avon Lake putting SWC on notice

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Coming off a hotly-contested, straight-set loss to Avon on Sept. 19, coach Dan Berkheimer and the Avon Lake volleyball team preached finding and playing with a good pace on the court.

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In an already dominant season, the Avon Eagles boys soccer team had been searching for an offense that could match their record.

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After a week-and-a-half of confusion and uncertainty, Fairview High School’s football field is officially playable for the rest of the season. The city conducted a study from Sept. 23-25 of the turf and drainage system underneath a sinkhole on the field.

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Rocky River High School on Friday continued its remembrance of former student Patrick Green. Prior to the school’s homecoming football game, a marble bench and an engraved rock were unveiled next to the flag pole in front of the school.