February 10, 2016


High school football playoffs: Highland knocked out of playoffs by Avon

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE                                    
Highland High School senior running back Manny Dela Cerna (14) is tackled by Avon High School junior linebacker Eric Steinmetz and senior center Michael Nose (9) on Friday night, Nov. 6.

AVON — First impressions can mean everything in high school football. The problem is it’s the last one that means the most in the playoffs. Sixth-seeded Highland looked good on its opening drive against third-seeded Avon in a Division II, Region 4 opener. But it soon found out the Eagles were worthy of their top Read More…

High school football playoffs: Hard-fought battle for Buckeye; losing in triple overtime

Buckeye High School principals (L-R) Gabe Tutor and Gerycz and Andy Vanboxel cook hot dogs at pregame tailgate prior to the Bucks playoff football game against West Geauga. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk

YORK TWP. — Guard Jalin Brock flipped off his helmet and buried his head into the cold, damp grass at Edwin Steingass Field. Quarterback Nathan Polidori did the same just feet away with helmet still attached. The Buckeye players, along with their teammates, had nothing left to give. They were battered, bruised and exhausted after Read More…

‘Thank you’ to an incredible team

Whether you live in Valley City, Litchfield or Mallet Creek — or anywhere in Medina County, for that matter — if you run across a Buckeye High football player in the next few days, pat him on the back. Tell him thanks for an incredible season. Tell him you’re proud of him. Tell him, maybe, Read More…

LIVE CHAT: High school football playoffs, Week 1

The Buckeye Bucks take the field against Brookside for the final regular season game of the year. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Live Blog High School Football playoffs Week 1  

High school football: Playoffs return to ‘Buck-O-Dome’ for first time in 10 years

YORK TWP. — The largest party in Medina County tonight will be inside the gates of the “The Buck-O-Dome.” That’s the quirky local nickname for Edwin Steingass Field, where the undefeated, third-seeded Buckeye football team will go to war with No. 6 West Geauga (9-1) in a Division III, Region 7 first-round playoff game. The Read More…

High school football: Highland meets Avon in playoffs — again

AVON — The Highland football team will play its fifth playoff game in the last three years tonight, and Avon is the opponent for the third time. The old Inland Conference members have developed plenty of familiarity recently, though many of the players are downplaying that importance. With so much roster turnover since they met Read More…

High school football: Rinard, Meacham serve as linemen Hunters for Hornets

Highland's Hunter Rinard. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

One is a late-blooming, shoot-from-the-hip jokester who has great footwork and enough self-confidence to proudly rock his on-point “Dad Bod.” The other is a naturally big-boned, polished-speaking veteran who manhandles defenders with brute strength. Left guard Hunter Rinard and left tackle Hunter Meacham are the Highland football team’s version of the odd couple. Sure, they Read More…

There no ‘I’ in Svagerko: Buckeye senior embraces unheralded fullback role

Buckeye fullback Kyle Svagerko (40) looks to block for Trevor Thome on a jet sweep. (RON SCHWANE/GAZETTE)

If Kyle Svagerko was paid a dollar for each time he saw fear in an opposing cornerback’s eyes, he’d, well, you know, never be considered poor. Touchdowns and personal glory be damned because Svagerko is the ultimate teammate — the unsung hero who does the dirty work so slotbacks Trevor Thome and Nathan Scott can Read More…

High school football: Bucks, Hornets qualify for playoffs

Playoff football is returning to Edwin Steingass Field for the first time since 2005. The OHSAA made that official Sunday when it released the playoff pairings, as undefeated Buckeye will battle West Geauga (9-1) in the Division III, Region 7 first round Friday. Highland (6-4) will travel to Avon (9-1) for D-II, Region 4 action the Read More…

High school football: Black River pulls through for win over Wellington

WELLINGTON — The tone was set on the opening touch Friday, when Wellington sophomore Trevor Porter took the opening kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown. Suddenly, Black River’s football team was down by 16 points midway through the first quarter just two possessions into the game. That’s when the Pirates turned to the running game Read More…