April 25, 2014

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Boys basketball: Gavin Skelly soars as Demons roll past Lorain

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WESTLAKE — Once Gavin Skelly got going, Lorain couldn’t stop him. The senior center and Northwestern commit scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in Westlake’s 64-40 victory in a Division I sectional final Saturday afternoon at Westlake High School. “We never let off the gas,” Skelly said. “Lorain is probably one of the greater Read More…

Boys basketball: Longhorns on verge of PAC title

Columbia's Kevin Simon goes to the basket against the defense of Lutheran West's Clay Carper on Friday night. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — It wasn’t over until it was over and even then it wasn’t over. Lutheran West had forced Columbia’s Jay Banyasz into a turnover and sat on the ball as the clock ran out Friday night, but after a long conference the referees concluded someone on the Longhorns called a timeout. Three seconds Read More…

Boys basketball: Matt Bastock and Collin Fitzgerald make sure Keystone doesn’t cut any corners against Northwestern

WEST SALEM — There was a hot corner in Northwestern High School and Keystone’s Matt Bastock and Collin Fitzgerald found it when it counted. Bastock opened up the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer from the corner, which started a string of four straight he and Fitzgerald made — all from the same corner — and Read More…

College Notes: Lorain’s Alex Harris getting solid playing time at Penn State

Penn State freshman Alex Harris — a Lorain High graduate — goes up for a shot during a game this season. Harris has seen action in all 24 Nittany Lions games. PHOTO PROVIDED

Alex Harris is building the experience needed to one day thrive in the Big Ten. Actually, she’s already holding her own in her freshman season. Despite not seeing a lot of minutes, the Lorain graduate has appeared in all 24 of the Nittany Lions women’s basketball team’s games, seeing double-digit minutes 12 times and playing Read More…

H.S. Football: Amherst hires Avon assistant Bill Fishleigh with hopes of turning around program

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Amherst wants to get back to its winning ways on the football field. A good way to start is to hire a coach who is used to winning. The Comets announced Bill Fishleigh, one of Avon’s top assistants, as their football coach Thursday. The Eagles have a 47-4 record in the last four years, including Read More…

College football: Oberlin hires assistant as head coach

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OBERLIN — Oberlin College has an Oberlin-grown coach to lead its football program. Jay Anderson was selected Thursday to take the position vacated by Jeff Ramsey last December. Anderson graduated from Oberlin High School and won two state titles in the 100-meter dash in 1997 and 1998. He went on to play football at the Read More…

Boys basketball: Matt Bastock finds redemption, sinks buzzer-beating 3-pointer to lift Keystone past Columbia

Keystone's Brandon Kuhl shoots over Columbia's Jay Banyasz.  The Wildcats won the game on a 3-pointer buzzer beater. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA TWP. — A game that looked like it would come down to which team would foul last turned into a classic case of which team would get the last shot. After a back-and-forth foul-littered final minute, Keystone had a shot with 8.5 seconds left against Columbia in a battle of Patriot Athletic Conference contenders. Read More…

Boys basketball: Keystone opens first, third quarters with big runs over Wellington

Wellington's Joey Holliday pushes off Keystone's CJ Conrad in the first quarter Friday night at Keystone High School. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Keystone put Wellington down early and then suffocated any hopes of a Dukes comeback right out of halftime during an 81-48 Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division victory Friday night. The Wildcats opened the game on an 11-2 run, then smothered Wellington in the second half. The first play summed up Wellington’s night — Read More…

Boys basketball: Olmsted Falls fells second unbeaten this week, downing Westlake behind barrage of 3-pointers

WESTLAKE — No undefeated team wants to see Olmsted Falls. After handing Berea-Midpark its first loss of the season Tuesday night, the Bulldogs took their show on the road and knocked Westlake from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 66-59 Southwestern Conference win Friday night. Olmsted Falls (13-2, 7-1) really got rolling in the Read More…

Girls Basketball: Westlake can’t keep up with North Royalton’s 3-headed monster

NORTH ROYALTON — Westlake had cut off North Royalton’s head in the second half, but like a hydra two more took its place. After Julianne Lebo scored 14 first-half points, the Demons held her to just four for the rest of the game. But Alison Smolinski and Abby Miduri picked up the slack, combining for Read More…