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Lorain County Holiday Classic: Lorain thumps Avon for second straight title

Lorain’s Devon Andrews soars to the basket as Avon’s Zack Torbett slides over to try to stop him Tuesday in the Lorain County Holiday Classic final. Lorain won and Andrews was named MVP. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — It was a home-court rout punctuated by the occasional slam dunk, an alley-oop basket and nearly 60 percent field goal shooting. To the delight of a big Tuesday night crowd, it also carried Lorain’s undefeated Titans to a 71-42 win over Avon and a second straight championship in the annual Lorain County Holiday Read More…

Lorain County Holiday Classic: Avon holds off Avon Lake rally to make final

Avon’s D’amonte Thornton looks to pass the ball under pressure from Avon Lake’s Mark Pappas on Monday. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Avon Lake, having trailed backyard nemesis Avon by 22 points late in the third quarter, made a strong run at the Eagles midway through the fourth. Not strong enough. With their advantage hacked to nine, the Eagles made 10 of 11 foul shots in the last three minutes to pull out a 61-46 Read More…

Girls basketball: Fairview hands Columbia first conference defeat

Columbia’s Alison Schafer puts up a shot Saturday during the Raiders’ loss to Fairview. Schafer scored a game-high 14 points. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — Fairview guard Kelsey Bilak clearly didn’t play like someone with a fever. But she insisted on playing, Warriors coach Bill Harvey said, and he’s glad she did. The senior Bilak scored 11 points in Fairview’s key 38-33 Patriot Athletic Conference victory over Columbia on Saturday, and she turned the tide with a Read More…

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…