April 19, 2015

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Boys basketball: Keystone closes out Brookside

Keystone’s C.J. Conrad, right, prepares to make a move on Brookside’s Nathan Jasko during the Wildcats’ win Tuesday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD LAKE — The team that finishes strongest usually wins. Unless, as in Brookside’s case against Keystone on Tuesday night, it had a very bad start. The Wildcats forced 11 turnovers in the first quarter and withstood the Cardinals’ fourth-quarter rally to prevail 64-60 in a Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division game. “We came into the Read More…

Boys basketball: Lorain wins big over Euclid behind Titans’ Big 3

EUCLID — Lorain is blessed with a triple-headed monster in the frontcourt, and it certainly made its presence felt against Euclid on Friday night. The trio of Devon Andrews, Nazihar Bohannon and Rashod Berry flexed its collective muscle with Bohannon racking up 22 points on 11 field goals, Andrews adding 21 and Berry grabbing a Read More…

College notes: Amherst’s Deme Morales shines for Wisconsin volleyball team

Wisconsin senior volleyball player Deme Morales’ season ended in a 22-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-19 loss to eventual national champion Penn State on Dec. 13 in the NCAA Division I Elite Eight in Louisville, Ky. The Nittany Lions defeated the Badgers in the NCAA championship match last season. Morales, an Amherst graduate, played in all four games Read More…

Westlake resident, St. Edward graduate Kevin Burke ends career as one of top football players in Mount Union history

Kevin Burke

Mount Union senior quarterback Kevin Burke became the first two-time winner of the Gagliardi Trophy last week — an award given to the top player in Division III football. However, he and the Purple Raiders could not bring home another national championship, losing to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 43-34 in the 2014 Stagg Bowl in Read More…

Browns defense dominates only to stumble late

Browns linebacker Paul Kruger forces Colts QB Andrew Luck to fumble as he and Desmond Bryant combine on a sack in the first quarter. The Browns recovered for a TD. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Browns defense kept the team afloat for 59-plus minutes, forcing Indianapolis’ top-ranked offense into four turnovers and scoring two touchdowns. But it couldn’t stop Andrew Luck when it mattered most. The quarterback led the Colts 90 yards for the winning touchdown, a 1-yard pass to T.Y. Hilton with 32 seconds left Sunday Read More…

Boys basketball: K.J. Williams leads Keystone past Midview to DiFranco tournament title

EATON TWP. — K.J. Williams wreaked havoc on Midview’s defense Saturday, scoring a game-high 26 points to help Keystone to a 67-57 win and its first title in the annual Bob DiFranco Tip-Off Tournament at Midview. Williams scored 18 in the second half and seemed to have an answer every time Keystone needed it. “Our Read More…

Boys basketball: Midview lines up overtime win against Columbia

Columbia's 6' 7" Brandon Heidecker goes up strong for two against Midview's Login Bolin and Dimitri Redwood at Midview. Photo by Ray Riedel

GRAFTON — Midview tightened up the ship after Columbia forced overtime. The Middies did not allow the Raiders to score, forcing them to go 0-for-4 from the field without a trip to the free throw line in a 66-59 season-opening win in the semifinals of the Bob DiFranco 2014 Tipoff Basketball Tournament. Midview, however, didn’t Read More…

High school football: Columbia’s Brandon Heidecker makes first team in Division V

Brandon Heidecker

In the case of Columbia offensive lineman Brandon Heidecker, success breeds success. The senior picked up Division V first-team All-Ohio honors from the Associated Press on Wednesday. It is the second time Heidecker was named to the All-Ohio team, earning second-team honors his junior year. Most athletes would revel in being named All-Ohio, but Heidecker Read More…

Westlake’s Jake Ryan, one of the country’s top linebackers, wants to help Michigan finish strong

Westlake’s Jake Ryan, a St. Ignatius graduate, is tied for second in the Big Ten with 104 tackles this season. PHOTO COURTESY THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Jake Ryan grew up in Westlake and played for St. Ignatius, but left Ohio to go play for that team up north. Turns out the Wolverines didn’t have to work very hard to turn him. “I always rooted for Michigan because of their helmets,” Ryan said. The redshirt senior has been a consistent fixture in Read More…

Amherst’s Cassie Vince shining as cross country star at Calvin College

Amherst grad Cassie Vince, center, had a big sophomore season at Calvin College, winning conference and regional titles while earning All-American status. PHOTO PROVIDED

Cassie Vince has accomplished a lot in two seasons with Calvin’s cross country team. The scary part for Division III is her career is only halfway done. The Amherst graduate is already a two-time All-American, two-time Great Lakes Regional champion and two-time Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion — most recently finishing third at the Division Read More…