April 18, 2014

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Girls basketball: Late run helps Avon beat North Ridgeville

Avon's Sierra Davidson puts up shot over North Ridgeville's Allie Hollis on Wednesday night. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — It was a one-point game after three quarters. No surprise there. A thriller was expected when backyard rivals Avon and North Ridgeville squared off Wednesday night in a West Shore Conference opener for both. But the Eagles had a surprise in store. It turned out to be a 19-1 run that started Read More…

Boys basketball: Big 3rd quarter key for Falcons

Open Door's Caleb Crowder is fouled going to basket by Firelands' Cole Sklarek and James Willbond on Tuesday night. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Casey Smith scored 21 points and James Willbond nailed a career-high six 3-point baskets as Firelands rolled over Open Door on Tuesday night in non-conference action. The Falcons (1-1) pulled away in the second half to win, 70-53. The Patriots stayed close in the first half, but couldn’t keep up with Firelands’ 45 Read More…

Girls Basketball: Midview falls to Olmsted Falls, 57-23

Midview's Arianna Johnson tries to keep control of the ball as Olmsted Falls' Marie Jacobs defends.

EATON TWP. — With Kerri Gasper scoring a game-high 17 points, Olmsted Falls dumped Midview 57-23 Saturday afternoon in a non-conference matchup. It was the opener for the Middies, who are trying to improve after a winless 2012-13 season. The score might have been lopsided, but the outcome wasn’t entirely negative. There were reasons for optimism. The Read More…

Girls basketball: Panthers turn it up in second half

Elyria Catholic sophomore Riley Schill goes up for a layup as Columbia sophomore Alison Schafer attempts to block her shot on Tuesday at Columbia High School. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA TWP. — Elyria Catholic lost the first quarter Tuesday night and trailed Columbia by a point at halftime of their non-conference game. It was said later that this was due to the Panthers’ lack of intensity. Or perhaps they weren’t ready for the Raiders after defeating two Division I schools over the weekend. Nor Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic spurs good memories with win over Lorain, second Lorain County Holiday Classic title

Elyria Catholic High School sophomore Riley Schill  and freshman Jessie Lee  successfully block Lorain High School senior Angeliqu Flores' shot on Saturday.  KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Elyria Catholic routed Lorain 59-31 Saturday night to win the girls Lorain County Holiday Classic for the second time in four years. To do it, the Division III Panthers had to defeat two Division I opponents. The other was Elyria, which fell 53-47 in overtime Friday night. The Pioneers have won 13 of Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic rallies to defeat Elyria in overtime in Lorain County Holiday Classic opener

Elyria Catholic celebrates its victory over Elyria on Friday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LORAIN — With play moving at glacier speed, basketball fans yawned their way through the first quarter of the 16th Lorain County Holiday Classic opener Friday night. Hard to criticize them. After eight minutes, Elyria Catholic led defending champion Elyria, 8-2. Make no mistake. No one was yawning by the time the Panthers knocked off Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria vs. Elyria Catholic tips off season tonight in first game of 16th Lorain County Holiday Classic

In a replay of last year’s title game, Elyria and Elyria Catholic launch the girls basketball season tonight in the 16th Lorain County Holiday Classic at Lorain High. EC and Elyria have something in common. The teams are young and each has just one senior. Unfortunately, the seniors will not face each other this weekend. Read More…

Girls Soccer All-Star Game: Rangers’ Kayla Zingale lifts White to win

Keystone High School Paige Jameson-Foster's shot on goal is blocked by Midview High School goal keeper Taylor Ceh on Saturday during the annual Lorain County All-Star game. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — In the final match of her high school career, Kayla Zingale scored two goals Saturday afternoon and had fun doing it. For starters, they were the only goals anyone scored. The North Ridgeville forward connected twice in the first half as the White team defeated Purple 2-0 in the Lorain County Soccer Read More…

Medina blanks Avon Lake in Division I boys soccer regional semifinal

Avon Lake's Ian Stewart pushes the ball past Medina's Austin Horvath during the second half of their regional semi-final. RON SCHWANE/CHRONICLE

MACEDONIA — Cheikh Bassel came to Medina from Senegal this year by way of Kentucky. His appearance on the artificial turf at Nordonia High on Wednesday night was fortuitous for him and the Medina boys soccer team. A lanky and swift exchange student, Bassel scored his first goal of the season and first ever in Read More…

Boys regional soccer: Shoremen make long-awaited tourney trip

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AVON LAKE — Players on the current squad were infants and toddlers the last time an Avon Lake boys team advanced to a Sweet 16. Bill Clinton was still the president, the World Trade Center was still standing and Osama bin Laden, Iraq and Afghanistan were nightmares yet to come. That would make the year Read More…