January 31, 2015

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Elyria native David Burkhard learned how to defend himself, then almost made Olympic boxing team

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David Burkhard was never a household name. But there was a time was when he could have been, maybe should have been. Back in the late 1960s, Burkhard might have been talked about as one of the best amateur boxers of his era, a native Elyrian who fought in places halfway around the globe. He Read More…

Girls basketball: Amherst’s depth makes all the difference against North Ridgeville

Amherst’s Jayla Hall shoots a jumper over North Ridgeville’s Danielle Blagojevic during Monday night’s game. Hall, a sophomore guard, scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Comets past the Rangers. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Opponents try their hardest to neutralize Amherst’s Brooke Wallace. The 6-foot senior post is not only tall, but also strong and can get off her feet. In short, she’s difficult to move under the basket, scores a lot and collects numerous rebounds. North Ridgeville’s neutralizing strategy was to get Wallace into foul Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic holds off Avon to stay undefeated

EC’s Josie Carandang draws contact as she drives against Avon’s Alyssa Douzos (left) and Catie Kelly. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Uncanny foul shooting by Riley Schill and two big 3-point baskets by Josie Carandang helped Elyria Catholic pass its toughest test of the season Saturday. This is not to suggest the junior guards get all the credit for the Panthers’ difficult 41-34 West Shore Conference win over Avon at the Coliseum. It’s just Read More…

Boys basketball: Midview slows down, knocks off Elyria Catholic

Midview’s Jacob Wells takes it to the basket as Elyria Catholic’s Jacob Kuchta defends. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — It won’t go down as an instant classic, or even a delayed classic. But it will be remembered as a very fan-friendly West Shore Conference battle that produced seven ties and six lead changes Friday night. And it was a thriller that saw Midview hand Elyria Catholic its first loss of the Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic downs Mayfield to stay undefeated

EC’s Julia Scarpelli gets ready to put up a shot against Mayfield’s Courtney Favazzo during Monday’s game. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Unbeaten Elyria Catholic routed Division I Mayfield 63-34 Monday night in non-conference action. It was the Panthers’ sixth victory. Mayfield (0-5) led only once, 2-0, in the first minute. But Division III EC, with superior depth and balanced scoring, quickly took over and had it under control at 21-6 after eight minutes. At Read More…

Girls basketball: Junior shines for Clearview, but depleted Clippers can’t keep up

Clearview's Tahjanae Flowers-Coleman shoots while defended by Lake Ridge Academy's Maria Janasko, left, Brianna Kirk and Pella Baker. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Clearview is without two starters — one injured, one academic headache. This means the Clippers needed to rely for offense mostly on junior Tahjanae Flowers-Coleman. Flowers-Coleman was up to the task Thursday night. The rest of the Clippers missed freshman Brandyce Smith and senior Angel Blakely. Smith and Blakely are expected to Read More…

Girls basketball: Firelands shakes off jitters, wins opener against Vermilion

Firelands’ Keely Hall puts in a shot while Vermilion’s Catherine Schaefer defends. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — Firelands opened its girls basketball season Wednesday night with a 53-30 rout of Vermilion in West Shore Conference action. The Falcons, apparently suffering opening-night jitters, pulled away in the second half when they made 11 of 19 free throws in what turned into a foul-shooting contest. The Sailors, who opened their season with Read More…

Girls basketball: Amherst drops season opener to Brunswick

Amherst's Brooke Wallace goes up for a shot while defended by Brunswick's Paige Salisbury and Clare Albino. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Brunswick senior Paige Salisbury gives the impression she spends a lot of time perfecting her foul shooting. Actually, according to Blue Devils coach Halle Lengel, Salisbury spends a lot of time working on every aspect of her game. But it was her foul shooting that made Brunswick a 60-56 winner over Amherst on Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic’s bigs deliver big win over Keystone in Lorain County Holiday Classic championship

Elyria Catholic’s Jessie Lee pulls down a rebound in front of Keystone’s Gabby Senegal during the first half. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Elyria Catholic rolled to its second straight Lorain County Holiday Classic championship Saturday night. Four Panthers scored in double figures, EC controlled the backboards and used superior depth to rout Keystone 64-35 at Keystone. EC rolled to a 9-0 lead in the first 2:30 and were in control 19-9 after a quarter as Read More…

Girls basketball: Josie Carandang hits clutch 3-pointer as Elyria Catholic downs Elyria for second straight season

Elyria Catholic’s Josie Carandang atempts to get a pass off from the floor as Elyria’s Sybil Roseboro tries to stop her. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Josie Carandang said it seemed as though she hadn’t made a field goal all night until she nailed the big one with 1:39 left in the game. That’s when Elyria Catholic’s 5-foot-10 junior guard buried the 3-pointer that lifted the Panthers out of a tie with Elyria on Friday night in the Keystone Read More…