May 29, 2015


Girls basketball: Avon Lake can’t stop Titans in crucial SWC game

Avon Lake’s Sarah Hessel pulls down a rebound over Berea-Midpark’s Megan Keefe during the first half Saturday afternoon at Berea-Midpark High School. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

BEREA — Defense doomed Avon Lake on Saturday afternoon in a battle for first place in the Southwestern Conference. Berea-Midpark tightened the screws to start the second half and turned what had been a nip-and-tuck showdown into a convincing 54-37 victory. The Titans (13-5, 7-1 SWC) remain in sole possession of first place. The Shoregals Read More…

Boys Basketball: Clutch Midview wins at foul line

EATON TWP. – Midview remained in the West Shore Conference picture with a thrilling 68-63 overtime victory over North Ridgeville on Friday night. The Middies won at the foul line, not with a foul shot here and a foul shot there, but with the kind of foul shooting most teams only dream about — 24-of-30 Read More…

Girls basketball: Fairview eyes title repeat

Clearview’s Tahjanae Flowers-Coleman goes up for a shot against Fairview’s Nikki Hawkinson in the third quarter Saturday at Clearview High School. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Fairview moved a step closer to repeating as Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division champion with a tough 48-43 win over Clearview on Saturday. The Warriors pulled it off in a way pop icon Bob Seger might creatively set to music. He could pair it with one of his most memorable hits and Read More…

Girls basketball: Avon Lake’s depth on display in dominating win over Keystone

Avon Lake’s Sarah Winkel goes to the basket against Keystone’s Sammie Stefan on Monday at Avon Lake. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — So what does a coach say to his team when it has just scored a grand total of 47 points, yet buried its opponent by 28? “Great job,” Avon Lake coach Dave Zvara said Monday night. That was after the Shoregals routed Keystone 47-19 in a non-conference game in which the Wildcats Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic relies on basics, late run to beat Rocky River

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE                         
Elyria Catholic High School junior Cole Virgin (21) jumps to make a shot as Rocky River High School junior Jack Corrigan (5) and senior Jimmy Kinsely (34) trail behind on Friday night, Jan. 16.

ELYRIA — There’s a widely recognized idiom that says all high school basketball teams consist of good shooters. Therefore, the saying goes, high school games are won on defense, the backboards and at the foul line. Elyria Catholic gave it a shot of credibility Friday night. The Panthers trailed Rocky River after each of the Read More…

Girls basketball: Keystone rallies in 4th for win over Brooklyn

Keystone sophomore McKenah Peters drives to the basket against Brooklyn’s Cydney Butler during the Wildcats’ 44-37 victory Saturday night in LaGrange. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — If the Keystone Wildcats had played the first three quarters as well as they played the fourth, they would have had themselves a Saturday night blowout. But they didn’t and the Wildcats were forced to engineer a big comeback for a 44-37 win over Brooklyn in Patriot Athletic Conference crossover action. First, however, Read More…

Boys basketball: Lake Ridge can’t keep pace with Cornerstone Christian

Lake Ridge senior Chris Miller drives toward the basket as Cornerstone Christian’s Daniel Bennett attempts to slow him down during the Royals’ 71-35 loss Thursday night in North Ridgeville. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Cornerstone Christian of Willoughby, a Division IV regional semifinalist last season, flashed Sweet 16 potential again on a cold and snowy Monday night at Lake Ridge Academy. The Patriots scored no fewer than 17 points in any quarter in running away from Lake Ridge, 71-35, in a non-conference matchup. The Royals led Read More…

Girls basketball: Keystone gets aggressive, knocks off Elyria Catholic

Keystone's Ronni Benko tries to put up a shot as Elyria Catholic's Jessie Lee defends. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Elyria Catholic routed Keystone by 29 points to win the Lorain County Holiday Classic on Nov. 29. What a difference 37 days can make. The intense and focused Wildcats turned the tables Monday night, winning a 38-36 non-conference thriller that wasn’t decided until the final six seconds. Keystone sophomore McKenah Peters scored 11 Read More…

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…