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Avon High School

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DI Baseball: Demons nip Eagles for district crown

May 21, 2012 - It has been said that pitching is the number one component to winning a championship in baseball. If that is indeed the case, the Westlake Demons are feeling pretty good about their chances this week. The Demons have advanced to this week’s Division I regional semifinals on the strength of stellar back-to-back pitching performances last week. On Wednesday, Ben Neumann went the distance and out-pitched Kentucky recruit Eric Lauer in a 4-2 win over Midview at The Pipe Yard in Lorain. Then on Thursday, his cousin Kevin threw a four-pitch shutout as the Demons blanked top-seeded Avon, 1-0...    (5992 reads)

Schuerger, Watterson help Rockets shock Eagles

May 01, 2012 - Through six innings Monday afternoon, Avon senior Anders Mahon and Bay sophomore Marty Schuerger were engaged in a classic pitchers duel. The hits were few and far between, with both teams coming up empty in their limited scoring opportunities. Then came the bottom of the seventh inning, with the biggest hit of the game coming from the youngest player on the field. With the bases loaded and nobody out, freshman Griffin Watterson jumped on the first pitch he saw and drilled it to right field. That brought home Scott Pailes with the game-winning run as the Rockets prevailed, 1-0, to stun the Eagles and end their West Shore Conference win streak...    (6033 reads)

No mercy: Lee's arm, Avon bats overwhelm River

Apr 12, 2012 - Last spring, the Avon baseball team swept through the West Shore Conference schedule without a loss in claiming the outright championship. Wednesday afternoon, the Eagles showed why they are again the team to beat in the WSC. Avon scored seven runs in the first two innings and never looked back in a convincing 12-1 win at Rocky River. The Eagles remained undefeated on the season at 9-0 and ran their WSC record to...    (6327 reads)

Video: Shoremen shut down Eagles, grab OT win

Feb 29, 2012 - Avon Lake shut down Avon’s 3-point shooting and used a 12-2 run in overtime to take down the Eagles, 55-45, Tuesday night in the boys Division I sectional basketball tournament at Midview. Senior Claude Gray of Avon had a monster game, scoring 27 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. But it wasn’t enough to offset the scoring duo of Avon Lake’s Eric Stuczynski and Brandon Murway, who combined for 39 points with 19 and 20, respectively. Defense was also key for the Shoremen as they shutout Avon’s vaunted 3-point attack. The Eagles did rally to tie the game late in the fourth quarter and force the extra period, but could not sustain the rally from there. With the win, the Shoremen moved over the .500 mark at 11-10 and advanced...    (5248 reads)

DI Girls: LeDuc, Shoregals do it again, stun Eagles

Feb 26, 2012 - With the score tied at 49 and less than 14 seconds left in regulation, Avon Lake’s Lacy LeDuc took the ball in the backcourt and quickly made her way up the floor. As the clock ticked down, just about everybody in the Elyria Catholic Coliseum was on the edge of their seats. Weaving her way through the Avon defense as if it were an obstacle course, LeDuc made her way to the basket. The senior kissed the ball off the glass and got the shot to fall with five ticks left, giving Avon Lake...    (5740 reads)

Avon blanks Redmen for first district tourney win

Feb 16, 2012 - With 5:53 gone in the first period, center Eric Novakovic flicked the puck past Parma goaltender Nate Tracy from close range to give Avon a 1-0 lead. That goal will go down in Avon hockey lore as the Eagles’ first OHSAA tournament game-winner in program history. Novakovic went on to score three more goals and goaltender Kory Carter registered a shutout as Avon topped Parma...    (4394 reads)

Avon bounces back with win over North Olmsted

Feb 15, 2012 - After getting knocked out of the West Shore Conference race on Friday, Avon head coach Jim Baker had a challenge for his Eagles squad Tuesday night. “We talked about character. I mean really, nobody’s going to feel sorry for us,” said Baker, whose team was coming off a tough 54-51 loss at Bay that was settled on a 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Eagles accepted the challenge, regrouped and came away with a 63-59 home court win over North Olmsted’s Eagles in a non-conference game. “This was huge. This was absolutely huge,” Baker said after the game...    (5270 reads)

Wrestling: Scoring error clouds overall WSC title

Feb 15, 2012 - When is a championship not a championship? When a non-correctable scoring error says so, evidently. Last Saturday, the Avon wrestling team thought it had won a share of the West Shore Conference championship after edging regular season champ Midview, 160.5-159.5, in the WSC tournament at Avon High. The Eagles seemingly won the tournament when Rocky River heavyweight Jesse Singler...    (7462 reads)

Video: Lowrie's buzzer beater gets Bay past Avon

Feb 11, 2012 - It’s been a tough season for the Bay boys basketball team. But as it turned out, the Rockets had their say in the West Shore Conference race. Friday night, senior Bryan Lowrie drilled a 3-pointer to beat the buzzer and give Bay a thrilling 54-51 home-court win over Avon. The loss, combined with Midview’s 61-49 win over Vermilion, eliminated the Eagles from title contention. Lowrie led all scorers with 19 points, while...    (6136 reads)

Rockets hang on late, bring Eagles down to earth

Feb 05, 2012 - No one will argue that the Bay girls basketball team has gone through more than its fair share of ups and downs this season. But if Saturday afternoon was any indication, the elevator is definitely going back up for Chris Brewer’s Rockets. Bay took the lead early on and got some big plays down the stretch to claim a 49-45 win over visiting Avon and remain one game behind Rocky River in the West Shore Conference race...    (5387 reads)

Avon keeps pace in WSC race with win over River

Feb 04, 2012 - Two coaches. Two teams. Two very different viewpoints. First coach: “I thought it was very important to set the tempo early in the game. I thought we did a really nice job at both ends of the floor, especially defensively. We guarded the heck out of them tonight, and that was the key to our win.” Second coach: “It was a rough night for us on both ends of the court....    (5358 reads)

Avon, Westlake approved for entry into GCHSHL

Feb 03, 2012 - After two years of growing their programs from scratch, the Avon and Westlake hockey teams are taking the next step in their development. Both programs have been accepted into the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League and will begin division play during the 2012-13 season. Westlake is taking the biggest leap, moving into the White Division West, while Avon will compete in the Blue Division West...    (6608 reads)

Eagles execute in final minutes to top Shoregals

Jan 19, 2012 - With 4:28 left in the game, Avon Lake had taken a 32-28 lead over neighborhood rival Avon. With both teams struggling on offense, the narrow 4-point lead seemed larger. But despite making just eight field goals to that point, the Eagles dug down deep to make a run. They took advantage of key Shoregal turnovers and went on a 13-0 run to close out a come-from-behind 41-32 win Wednesday night in a non-conference girls hoops matchup...    (6018 reads)

Video: Buzzer beater leads Avon past Shoremen

Jan 18, 2012 - Ryan Poyle hit a layup to beat the buzzer and get Avon past visiting Avon Lake, 45-43, in a non-conference boys basketball game Tuesday night. The Eagles, who were led by Claude Gray\'s 17 points, went on a 13-4 run in the fourth quarter to pull out the last-second win and even their record at 6-6. Eric Stuczynski led all scorers with 20 points for Avon Lake...    (5463 reads)

Video: Avon grapplers get best of Pirates, 42-27

Jan 13, 2012 - Avon picked up a dual match decision at Rocky River Thursday night with a 42-27 win. The Eagles got pins from Kuconritha (120), Kirresh (180) and Holowecky, while Mahoney (113), Gallagher (160), Hamzai (170) and Singler (HWY) registered pins for the Pirates. Larry captured the action with his pictures and video...    (5389 reads)

Video: Eagles slip past Rocky River, 56-55

Dec 21, 2011 - Rocky River hosted the Avon Eagles in a West Shore Conference basketball game at the \'Pirates Cove.\' Check out the game and entertainment action Larry captured in this video, along with the 21 images on our Photography page...    (4969 reads)

Westlake icers close out strong in win over Eagles

Dec 12, 2011 - Seems like it was only yesterday. Just a little over a year ago, Avon and Westlake started their respective hockey programs. Since then, the Eagles and Demons have gotten to know each other well, even sharing practice time on the ice from time to time. On Saturday, the two club teams met on their shared home ice at the North Olmsted Recreation Center. The Demons, thanks in part to an early goal by freshman Nathan Greenberg...    (5735 reads)

Avon blanks Demons, earns first DI district crown

Oct 30, 2011 - There was a time not too long ago when things weren’t going very well for the Avon girls soccer team. “The wheels were coming off,” said Eagles head coach Tony DiMacchia. “It was midway through the season, and we were dealing with a lot of adversity and a lot of injuries. We weren’t playing well, and we weren’t finishing well.” All that seemed like ancient history as DiMacchia addressed the media at sun-drenched Reed Field. His Eagles had just finished beating top-seeded Westlake...    (5154 reads)

Third-quarter rally gets Falls past North Olmsted

Oct 29, 2011 - Throughout the first half and well into the third quarter, North Olmsted was having its way with arch rival Olmsted Falls. A 47-second span later in the third changed all that. That’s when Bulldogs quarterback Brennan Laird took advantage of an Eagle fumble and threw touchdown passes to Brendan Wall and Eric Meehan. The rally turned a 14-7 deficit into a 21-14 win at North Olmsted’s Mud Bowl that closed out the 2011 regular season. Olmsted Falls finished the regular season...    (5989 reads)

O'Rourke, Avon have big first half in win over Bay

Oct 08, 2011 - For the better part of the first quarter, Bay was holding its own against Division II powerhouse Avon. But in the second quarter, the Eagles showed why they are sitting at the top of the computer rankings and the team to beat in the West Shore Conference. Up 14-0, Avon exploded for 21 points in the second quarter to take a 35-0 halftime lead and roll to a 42-0 win over the Rockets Friday night at a packed Memorial Stadium...    (5211 reads)

Football: Avon thumps Pirates; Middies keep pace

Oct 01, 2011 - On Friday night, Rocky River fullback Nick Lima bulled over the goal line from three yards out. Xhuljo Harunaj tacked on the conversion kick, and the Pirates were on the board. The good part? The Pirates had their first score of the game. The bad part? The score came with 2:47 remaining. The worst part? They were still trailing by 35 points...    (5352 reads)

Football: St. Edward, Avon leading playoff chase

Sep 27, 2011 - With the first half of the 2011 high school football season in the books, the OHSAA Playoffs are about as far out of reach as they could be for most Westshore area teams. The only two sure bets at this point would be St. Edward in Division I and Avon in Division II. Other teams will need some big wins in the second half of the season to make the top eight in their respective regions...    (4083 reads)

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