August 21, 2014

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Blue Devils clinch first district title in volleyball in 29 years

Brunswick’s  Morgan Ritchie hits past Avon Lake’s Emily Pechaitis. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE MANHEIM)

EATON TWP. –– Mande Pyzik thought the reason Avon Lake roared to an eight-point lead in Game 1 was because her Brunswick volleyball team was spooked. “You could see the nerves,” Pyzik said. “We were playing it safe up front. I told (the players), ‘You can’t play it safe or (Avon Lake) will crush you.’” Read More…

Brunswick volleyball team gets a bit of revenge

Ally Badowski

EATON TWP. — The Amherst volleyball team couldn’t match Brunswick in height, but it could in grit and determination. That was what worried Blue Devils coach Mande Pyzik. “Amherst is one of the scrappiest teams around,” Pyzik said. “You know what you’re going to get from Amherst. They’re going to be scrappy and they’re going Read More…

Cavs’ Kyrie Irving gives kids thrill, advice

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/files/2012/08/08122012kyrieslide-150×107.jpgAVON LAKE — That must have been an awesome crossover move the kid from New Jersey had a decade ago.
“I went to the Boston University elite camp with my father,” said C… Read More…

Bats come alive for Blue Devils in River Division baseball play

Brunswick’s Tyler Greiner attempts to lay down a bunt. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE MANHEIM)

ELYRIA — It wasn’t a typical Brunswick victory, but it counted in the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division standings. The Blue Devils, a team that has leaned on defense and pitching, slugged their way to a 10-8 win over Elyria on Tuesday. “We scored 10 runs, so clearly the bats were working,” coach Todd Winston Read More…

Clutch shots end the drought for Buckeye

Bill Doerge

WESTLAKE — The Buckeye boys basketball team did two things better than Firelands in the second half of Tuesday’s Westlake Division II Sectional semifinal. Those two things were paramount in a 48-42 win. The Bucks, who won their first postseason game since 2001, hit 8-of-8 free throws in the game’s closing minute. Firelands made only Read More…

Brunswick junior Gabbie Bulic slams 32 kills

EATON TWP. — The three seniors on Brunswick’s volleyball team might want to think about writing thank you letters to their big junior teammate. Thanks largely to 6-foot-4 middle hitter Gabbie Bulic, the Blue Devils defeated Avon 25-17, 22-25, 25-16, 25-16 Wednesday in a Midview Division I Sectional final. Brunswick (11-12) will face Amherst Steele Read More…

High school volleyball: Errors hamper Buckeye

Buckeye’s Maggie Galashefski (10) and a teammate attempt to block Elyria’s Alexis Middlebrooks. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE MANHEIM)

ELYRIA — Beating a couple of Division I powers like Elyria and Stow would have been challenging even if Buckeye had been whole. Trying to do it minus Annie Bolton and Victoria Mesmer is far more difficult. It reduces the margin of error and, unfortunately, the Bucks made far too many of those. Buckeye lost Read More…

Cross country: Bucks runaway with a pair of titles

Buckeye’s Ryan Gallagher shows his winning form at the PAC Preview. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDD SMERGLIA)

CARLISLE TWP. — They did it again — all four of them. Buckeye won both the boys and girls divisions of the annual PAC Preview Meet at Carlisle Reservation. The Bucks also took both divisions in last year’s meet. The two individual winners — Ryan Gallagher for the boys and Emma Franz for the girls Read More…

Cloverleaf’s sophomore power takes Middies’ sails

Schleich

EATON TWP. — Three-point shooting is still Cloverleaf’s trump card, as evidenced by the Colts firing up 26 of them on Tuesday night. Yet it was a pair of steals and breakaway baskets that resulted from them that made the difference in Cloverleaf’s 49-44 victory over Midview in the semifinals of the Bob DiFranco Memorial Read More…

Senior duo paces Bucks

SHEFFIELD —Brendan Scott became his old self in Friday night’s final quarter. Nick Wilson became something else in the final minute. Scott, hampered by foot problems that caused him to miss the first two weeks of practice, scored 12 of his game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter to help Buckeye defeat Brookside, 57-55, in Read More…