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GRAFTON – Avon has been chasing a wrestling conference championship ever since joining the Southwestern Conference in 2015. After four years of waiting, the Eagles finally reached the mountaintop Saturday afternoon, clinching a share of the SWC title with a conference tournament victory.

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BROOKLYN — The Avon Lake hockey team knew exactly what it was getting into when it matched up with St. Edward in a sectional semifinal Sunday.

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Even without star guard and Bowling Green quarterback commit Ryan Maloy, who was recovering from a leg injury, the Avon Eagles basketball team was still able to grind out a 47-41 win over North Ridgeville last Tuesday.

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AVON LAKE — By the time the Avon Lake boys basketball team settled into its regular season home finale Friday, it was already too late.

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ROCKY RIVER – Chasing a league title for the first time in nearly 60 years the Fairview Warriors made a late-season pit stop at Rocky River High School looking to extend their win streak to nine games last Tuesday.

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BROOKLYN – The Rocky River Pirates hockey team took to the ice Sunday looking to embark on another deep playoff run as the fourth seed in the Brooklyn qualifying bracket for the fourth year in a row.

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ROCKY RIVER – After strong showings at the District Championship meets last week, both the Rocky River boys and girls swim teams are sending swimmers to their respective State Championships this week.

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ROCKY RIVER — Through scoring runs and eight second-half lead changes, it was clear the Rocky River and Firelands girls basketball teams weren’t going to give each other an inch Saturday in a Division II Sectional semifinal.

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE – For the second time in seven days, the North Ridgeville Rangers girls basketball team squared off against the North Olmsted Eagles. And for the second time, the Rangers emerged victorious, 48-29. This time, however, much more was on the line as the win moved North Ridgevil…

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Within one quarter, it was clear that if the North Ridgeville girls basketball team was going to win last Saturday, it wouldn’t be on its own terms.

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NORTH OLMSTED – After beating North Olmsted 75-55 Friday night, the North Ridgeville Rangers team and coach were not celebrating exuberantly.

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ROCKY RIVER – When the Rocky River girls basketball team took the floor against in-town rival Lutheran West Saturday night for the first game of a girls and boys doubleheader, the game was about more than just bragging rights. While seeding for the upcoming girls basketball tournament is alr…

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Three Bay High School athletes made their college decisions official last week when the school hosted a signing day ceremony last Wednesday in the Bay cafeteria. (From left to right) Matthew Cover committed to Princeton to wrestle and study either economics or entrepreneurship, Haylee Duffy …

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AVON LAKE – Following a 10-2 season that included reaching the second round of the playoffs, one of the Avon Lake Shoremen’s main offensive players officially committed to continue his football career in college.

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SHEFFIELD – After a rough second quarter left the Brookside Cardinals girls basketball team trailing 27-10 at halftime last Wednesday night against the Firelands Falcons, the second-half outlook was bleak for the home squad.

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AVON LAKE – The Avon Lake Shoremen spent much of the first half of their 2018-19 season looking for consistency. After starting the season with alternating wins and losses, it seems they found something that works.

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NORTH OLMSTED – Despite two forfeits at 152 pounds and 182 pounds, North Olmsted’s wrestling team was well-within reach with just two matches left in Thursday’s Southwestern Conference meet against visiting Avon. Olmsted trailed just 30-24, but had to get through two of Avon’s toughest wrest…

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BROOKLYN – The second-seeded Normandy Invaders put on an offensive display as they played the seventh-seeded Westlake Demons in the opening round of the Baron Cup III at the John M. Coyne recreation center Wednesday night.

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BROOKLYN – The eighth-seeded North Olmsted Eagles hockey team entered last Wednesday’s match eager to show Mentor they were a different team than the one they played earlier in the season when they lost 9-2.

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BROOKLYN – Despite a stellar performance by goaltender Rob Holden, the Lakewood Rangers fell 1-0 to the Aurora Greenmen in round one of the Baron Cup III Tuesday night at Thomas J. Coyne Recreation Center in Brooklyn.

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Basketball coaches dream of the kind of all-around effort Olmsted Falls’ Jordan Eaton received last Saturday afternoon at North Ridgeville.

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AVON LAKE – As the Southwestern Conference season winds to a close, the Avon Lake Shoregals sit in third place with an outside shot of taking the SWC title.

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LORAIN – It took the Bay Rockets basketball team some time to get into the groove of things against Clearview last Tuesday. Once they did, though, they couldn’t be stopped.

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WESTLAKE – The halls of Westlake High School were abuzz Friday night.

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AVON – The 2018-19 season has not been kind to the North Olmsted Eagles girls basketball team. Coming into last Thursday’s matchup, they were still in search of their first win in the Southwestern Conference and second win overall.

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BROOKLYN — It was clear from the opening faceoff that Olmsted Falls’ Dom Conte had no intention of easing into a Baron Cup II first-round matchup Monday night.

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WESTLAKE – Westlake High School Athletic Director Tony Cipollone announced Monday afternoon that Dan LaRocco was hired as the new Demons football coach.

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ROCKY RIVER – The saying goes that a two-goal lead is the most dangerous lead in hockey. That proved to be the case for the Rocky River Pirates in their matchup against Holy Name on Jan. 16, that ended in a 3-3 tie.

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NORTH OLMSTED – For the North Olmsted Eagles basketball team, things have not come easy this season. With just one win and facing the second-place team in the Southwestern Conference, Olmsted Falls, the Eagles had a steep hill to climb last Friday night.

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ELYRIA – Once Open Door got into their groove against Lake Ridge, there was no stopping the Patriots offense from rolling to a season-high 100 points.

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LAKEWOOD – With a six-game win streak in their hip pocket, the North Ridgeville Rangers basketball team rode into Lakewood High School for a date with the defending Southwestern Conference champions looking to make a statement.

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WESTLAKE — Like a train gaining speed, there was no one moment the Westlake girls basketball team could point to as it mounted a second-half comeback last Wednesday.

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AVON LAKE – Carrie Liptak, Jeff Breese, Brian Engleright, Steve Parsons and the 1997-1998 Shoregals basketball team are the 2019 inductees into the Avon Lake Sports Hall of Fame.

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OLMSTED FALLS – Little separated the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs and Avon Lake Shoremen basketball team last Tuesday. Engaged in a heated Southwestern Conference rivalry clash, both teams played methodical, team-oriented games and kept it close throughout.

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Avon senior guard Elizabeth Flynn wasted no time giving the Eagles a lead. Back-to-back three to open the game, along with a field goal from Rachel Hapanowicz gave Avon an 8-1 and forced North Ridgeville’s coach Amy Esser to call a timeout just 2:03 in.

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Another offseason, another head coaching search for the Cleveland Browns. This marks the ninth time in the 21 years since the Browns came back in 1999 that the team will enter a season with a new coach.

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OLMSTED FALLS – Major Southwestern Conference implications were on the line last Thursday night as Olmsted Falls hosted North Ridgeville, Avon Lake and Berea-Midpark in a quad wrestling meet.

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NORTH OLMSTED — Successful teams have a knack for finding ways to win even when they’re not at their best.

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ROCKY RIVER – The third time was the charm for the Avon hockey team Jan. 8 as they defeated rival Avon Lake 2-1 in overtime, picking up its first win over the Shoremen in three tries this season.

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ROCKY RIVER – In picking up their second win of the season, the Brookside Cardinals boys basketball team leaned heavily on one of their key players, Jacob Cole.

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FAIRVIEW PARK – The Fairview High School volleyball team will have a new head coach roaming the sidelines for the 2019 season.

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FAIRVIEW PARK – It wasn’t pretty, but for Fairview head coach Andrea Petta, her team’s 41-35 victory over Lutheran West was as sweet as any of the Warriors nine wins this season.

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ELYRIA — A power-play goal scored by Tyler Waldecki 45 seconds into the second period had a snowball effect for the Amherst Comets hockey team.

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INDEPENDENCE – The Lutheran West bowling team is not used to losing. Prior to their match against Cuyahoga Heights on Dec. 8, the Longhorns hadn’t lost a regular season Greater Cleveland Interscholastic Bowling League match in two years.