Avon/Avon Lake/Sheffield Village
By Joe Ostrica
Avon Lake swimmer Ethan O’Rourke has been having a terrific season so far, and it just keeps getting better for the Shoremen senior captain. O’Rourke set his second pool record of the week after the Shoremen defeated Olmsted Falls 99-82 Saturday. The Shoregals battled but came up short in a 103-83 loss to the Eagles.
After breaking the pool record at Midpark in the 100 back with a time of 55.25, O’Rourke broke the North Olmsted pool record in the 200 IM with a time of 2:00.62, breaking the previous record by five seconds. O’Rourke also led the Shoremen to wins in the 200 and 400 relays. Along with Zach Collins, Ryan Kipple and Mitchell Eichler, the Shoremen won the 200 relay with a time of 1:37.46. The combination of Joey Lyons, Trey Rhodes, Michael Callesen and O’Rourke won the 400 relay with a time of 3:35.92. Rhodes also took first in the boys 100 butterfly (1:00.90).
This season O’Rourke has placed first in every individual dual meet race in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 500 free, 100 fly, 200 IM and 100 back.
In diving events, Avon Lake’s Tyler Nock continued to impress, winning the 1 meter event with a 207.83, well ahead of second-place finisher Jon Levin of Olmsted Falls (170.48.)
Marissa Maiorca paced the Shoregals with a first-place finish in the girls 100 butterfly with a time of 1:08.11.
Shoremen land academic accolades
The Avon Lake High School football team followed its successful season on the field with a big win in the classroom. The Southwestern Conference champion Shoremen were recently recognized with Academic All-Ohio status by the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association.
Brett Bass, Jake Young and Brad Brill were named as individual student-athletes. Academic All-Ohio is a high academic achievement in athletic excellence. To qualify, the nominee must be recognized as a first-team selection at the conference, county or district level while maintaining an “A” accumulative grade point average. Only 116 of the more than 35,000 high school football players in Ohio qualify for this prestigious award.
The Avon Lake football team was also recognized for the fourth consecutive year as Academic All-Ohio. To qualify, the grade point average of the top 22 lettermen are averaged and ranked. Only 20 of the 700-plus high schools in Ohio qualify for this honor.
Hamp impresses at W&L
Avon Lake native and Elyria Catholic grad Caroline Hamp is having an impressive swimming season at the collegiate level as a freshman for Washington and Lee. Hamp’s school-record in the 100 fly was a highlight in a recent meet where the Washington and Lee women’s swim team finished second place at the two-day F and M Invitational.
Hamp took third in the 100 fly, setting a new school record with a time of 59.23. She broke the old mark of 59.54 previously held by Brittany Ross (class of 2013).
Hamp was also named a scholar athlete for the first semester, an honor given to students who have achieved a 3.50 GPA or higher.
Cardinals look to bounce back
After a 7-0 start, its best in nearly five decades, the Brookside boys basketball team has struggled as of late, dropping its last three games. Brookside battled, but fell, in a close 61-57 contest against Wellington Friday. The Dukes improved to 9-1 overall. The Cardinals dropped to 7-3.
Three Brookside players reached double figures, including Alex Robinson (13 points), Hunter Skolnicki (12 points, one 3-pointer) and Nathan Keith (10 points).
The Cardinals will look to bounce back when they host Firelands at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Pettegrew sets Avon swim record
Avon freshman swimmer Erin Pettegrew put on an impressive performance in the Lady Eagles’ 100-76 loss to Elyria Catholic last week. Pettegrew won the girls 100 butterfly with a time of 1:03.94, setting a new school record.