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It didn’t take long for the Rocky River hockey team to run away with the game against Cleveland Heights at the John M. Coyne Recreation Center in Brooklyn on Feb. 12.

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For three consecutive games, Lutheran West has held its opponents to 20 or fewer points while the Longhorns have jumped out to huge leads of their own. On Saturday, that trend continued as they routed visiting Keystone 44-20 in a Division II Sectional semifinal.

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After blanking Strongsville 6-0 Saturday night at the John M. Coyne Recreation Center in Brooklyn, the Pirates got another crack at Mentor in the Baron Cup I final the following afternoon.

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Following losses to the Great Lakes Conference’s upper echelon of programs — Elyria Catholic, Holy Name and Parma — the Fairview Warriors rediscovered themselves last week by beating Normandy and, most recently, on the road Friday at Rocky River, 66-48.

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For the first time in over 10 years, the Avon High School cheer team had the opportunity to show off their skill set on a national stage. Between Feb. 7 and Feb. 9, the Eagles competed at the National High School Cheerleading Championships at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

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Going into the fourth quarter Tuesday night at home, the Westlake boys basketball team needed a spark. After leading nearly all of the first half, the visiting Bay Rockets cut into the Demons’ advantage and led 49-46 after three quarters.

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North Ridgeville’s gameplan was a simple one Friday night. On the road against Westlake, the Rangers boys basketball team executed it to perfection.

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North Olmsted, having not won a game this season, came out playing a methodical pace in the first quarter Friday at Avon, and the host Eagles almost fell into the trap. After the first eight minutes, Avon led just 7-6 and neither team attempted many shots as North Olmsted patiently worked th…

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In what felt like a matter of moments, the Westlake Demons turned a close 13-9 first-quarter lead into a blowout. Starting in the middle of the second quarter and running through the end of the third period, the Demons outscored host North Ridgeville 29-2 and took a commanding 48-14 lead int…

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Turnovers have plagued the Fairview Warriors throughout the season. That trend continued Wednesday in a 57-42 loss at Parma.

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In the final 50 seconds of Tuesday’s game against host Bay High School, Rocky River’s Tommy Ruma didn’t lose his focus. The senior traveled with 47.5 seconds left and the Pirates up 50-49. On defense, Ruma grabbed the rebound, was fouled and made both free throws.

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Tyler Malin, Westlake High School football linebacker and tennis player, will don the blue and white of the University of Kentucky next season. The senior committed to play football for the Wildcats in January and said he is incredibly excited to take the next step.

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In recent games, Bay girls basketball coach John Curran thought his team was missing a mean streak and called for more toughness last Saturday when it hosted arch-rival Rocky River.

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For more than three-and-a-half quarters Friday night, the Westlake Demons held with host Berea-Midpark. After numerous lead changes and momentum swings, the teams were tied 56-56 with less than three minutes left.

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Avon Lake guard Tanner Russell scored a game-high 22 points and the team’s seniors combined for 51 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists in a 63-59 victory over host North Ridgeville, the Shoremen’s fifth in their last six games.

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Just minutes into a key Southwestern Conference girls basketball game Wednesday, nothing was going right for the Westlake Demons.

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At halftime of Wednesday’s rivalry matchup between Magnificat High School and Saint Joseph Academy, the Blue Streaks girls basketball team held a 25-18 lead but lacked momentum.

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The Bay High School wrestling team picked up two statement wins over Great Lakes Conference competition at home on Thursday, defeating both Normandy (57-15) and Rocky River (63-18).

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Gina Adams spent countless time practicing pull-up jump shots with the Westlake coaches until she felt confident in the execution. All that work paid off last Saturday.

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It came down to free throws Wednesday night for North Ridgeville. On the road against the Midview Middies, the Rangers girls basketball team trailed by two points with 23.7 seconds left to play.

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It took a change of defensive strategy, but once the Fairview Warriors made the switch Friday night, a tight game at Bay turned into a rout.

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Bay soccer’s Kyle Cusimano has added yet another trophy to his case. At the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards on Jan. 22, surrounded by current and former Cleveland athletes, Cusimano was named the Male High School Athlete of the Year.

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Entering the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s game against Southwestern Conference rival Avon Lake, Avon’s Dominic Rini had just four points and was 1-of-5 shooting. The junior guard saved his best for last, evidently, as he added eight points and four rebounds in the final frame, paving the way …

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Down 40-32 with four minutes left Tuesday night, Avon coach Meghan Larrick called a timeout. She had seen enough struggling and knew her Eagles had plenty of time and gumption to make one last run against their bitter rivals Avon Lake.

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It came down to free throws Wednesday night for North Ridgeville. On the road against the Midview Middies, the Rangers girls basketball team trailed by two points with 23.7 seconds left to play.

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The first half of the 2019-20 season was a fortuitous one for the Rocky River Pirates girls basketball team. In their first 11 games, the Pirates went 8-3 (4-2 in the Great Lakes Conference) and were riding high despite dropping two in a row to Lakewood and Elyria Catholic.

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Trailing by just one point after a Cuyahoga Heights four-point play, Lutheran West’s Jalen Barnes didn’t hesitate. With less than 10 seconds left at home Tuesday, Barnes, who earlier this season notched his 1,000th point, pulled up from the top of the key and knocked down a three, sending th…

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When it came to defensive effort Jan. 8, the Bay girls basketball team brought the intensity on the road against Great Lakes Conference foe Holy Name and used its dominance on that end to run away with a 52-29 victory.

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Even in a 68-49 loss to the Southwestern Conference leading Berea-Midpark Titans on Friday, the North Ridgeville Rangers basketball team took steps in forming an identity.

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Taking a 3-2 lead into the third period of Saturday’s hockey contest against North Olmsted, the Avon Eagles had scratched and clawed their way to that one-goal advantage.

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Eric Flannery with more than 30 years of success at St. Ed’s

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When Avon Lake’s dynamic duo of guards, Arianna Negron and Emma Knick, combined for just two points and six total shot attempts in the first half of a 56-42 win last Saturday at North Ridgeville, nobody got nervous or started pressing. Instead, the Shoregals continued to hunker down on defen…

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If the Fairview boys basketball team was still searching for an official welcome to the Great Lakes Conference, it received one from visiting Elyria Catholic last Friday.

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Patient offense and aggressive defense was the name of the game for the Lutheran West girls basketball team Wednesday night at home. Facing conference rival Brooklyn, the Longhorns raced out to 22-4 lead after the first quarter, which eventually became a 45-28 victory over the Hurricanes.

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On Feb. 23, 1985, then-Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight was ejected from a game after throwing a chair onto the court. While Knight was known for his short temper, this incident became one of the most well-known outbursts in sports history.

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Trailing by one point with half-a-second left in Monday’s game at Holy Name, Fairview’s Elizabeth Williams heaved a desperation shot at the buzzer from near midcourt. The 3-pointer fell short of the basket and the Green Wave completed their come-from-behind 38-37 victory.

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As the Westlake girls basketball team celebrated its 48-41 win over visiting Avon Lake on Saturday, it felt as though the two Southwestern Conference rivals just finished a playoff game.

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Much has changed about the Bay boys basketball team since last season. But, luckily for the Rockets, much has stayed the same.

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As Ray Ellington’s fourth 3-pointer fell in the fourth quarter Friday night at Avon Lake, the visiting Westlake crowd erupted.

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As the Magnificat High School basketball team could be heard singing “This Little Light of Mine” in the locker room Wednesday night, it was clear how much its win over rival Saint Joseph Academy meant.

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Applying vice-like defensive pressure without getting into foul trouble is a difficult tightrope to walk. But the Rocky River girls basketball team has done well to keep its balance during a hot start to the season.

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Life is nothing like last season for eighth-year North Ridgeville coach Bryan Morgan’s team. The new-look Rangers are off to an 0-3 (0-1 Southwestern Conference) start after a 62-39 loss at rival Midview last Friday night.