October 9, 2015


District Girls Basketball: Avon’s tourney run ends under too much Wadsworth pressure

Avon’s Catie Kelly scores against Wadsworth’s 
Laurel Palitto on Thursday during the third quarter.  RON SCHWANE/CHRONICLE

MEDINA — Every time Wadsworth turned up the pressure, Avon had no answer. The Grizzlies forced the Eagles into 26 turnovers, 14 in the first half, and used a suffocating pressure defense to build a big lead and seal a 58-26 win in the Division I Medina district championship Thursday night. Wadsworth, which won its Read More…

District Girls Basketball: Avon clears hurdle, beats St. Joseph Academy, reaches district final

MEDINA — Avon was not going to let Brittany Morrison take over its district semifinal Monday evening. After recording a double-double in the first half, St. Joseph’s Morrison was limited to just six points and two rebounds in the second. The Eagles turned up the defense and forced the Jaguars into seven third-quarter turnovers during Read More…

Boys Basketball: Keystone runs away from Black River, clinches outright PAC Stars title

Keystone’s Brody Kuhl tries to keep the ball away from Black River’s Allan Benson on Tuesday night. Kuhl got a start due to a teammate’s illness and scored 14 points. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

SULLIVAN TWP. — Keystone got greedy Tuesday night, and took the necessary steps to ensure it didn’t have to share a division title. The Wildcats jumped on Black River early and Austin Conrad sparked a third-quarter run that put away the Pirates, sealing an outright Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division title with a 64-32 win. Read More…

Boys Basketball: Lutheran West clinches title

Lutheran West's Andrew O'Hare, left, and Clay Carper, front center, battle for a rebound against David Delahunty, back center, and Brandon Heidecker, right, of Columbia in the first quarter. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — The setting was the only thing different for Columbia on Friday night. Hosting Lutheran West with control of the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division on the line, the Raiders faltered in the second-to-last conference game of the season for the second year in a row, this time losing on their home floor Read More…

College Notes: Surgery ends season for Ohio State’s Kalpana Beach

Kalpana Beach

Kalpana Beach can’t seem to catch a break, at least not a good one. After being sidelined for two seasons with multiple ACL injuries after her freshman season with Ohio State women’s basketball team, the Westlake graduate had to go under the knife again to address another tweak to the same knee — ending the Read More…

St. Edward standout golfer Anton Krecic to join brother at Cleveland State

Anton Krecic

With Cleveland on the upswing, Anton Krecic hopes his golf swing will help Cleveland State stay on top of the Horizon League. Krecic, a Columbia Station resident and a three-year letterman at St. Edward, has orally committed to play golf at Division I Cleveland State, the defending Horizon League Tournament champions. He said he will Read More…

Boys basketball: Avon rides strong finish, technical fouls to win over Bay

AVON — As Bay was starting to pull away, Avon’s offense took off while the Eagles defense grounded the Rockets. Zack Torbert and DelShawn Orr combined to score seven unanswered Avon points in the final four minutes, and the Eagles survived Bay’s final attempt in the waning seconds to secure a 58-56 West Shore Conference Read More…

Boys basketball: Keystone stays perfect with win against Firelands

Firelands' Cole Sklarek breaks through the double team of Keystone's Brandon Kuhl and KJ Williams (5) in the second quarter Friday night at Keystone High School.

LAGRANGE — Keystone had to sweat out the final seconds with its perfect conference record hanging in the balance against Firelands on Friday night. The Falcons had two good looks with 16 seconds left, as Cole Sklarek drove strong to the hoop from the top of the arc. He missed, got his own rebound and Read More…

Girls Basketball: Columbia can’t find offense against Fairview

Columbia’s Becca Tacchite goes up for a shot Wednesday in a loss to Fairview. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

FAIRVIEW PARK — Columbia picked the wrong Wednesday to have a forgettable night. The Raiders couldn’t find any offense against Fairview, converting just seven field goals in a 42-24 loss that gave the Warriors a two-game lead in the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division. Columbia dropped to 11-3 in the PAC and 13-6 overall while Read More…

Boys Basketball: Brody Kuhl’s 3s spark run to propel Keystone

Keystone's Brody Kuhl is fouled by Columbia's Justin Tacchite in the second half Friday night at Keystone High School.

LAGRANGE — Through three quarters, Keystone versus Columbia was a starters-only party. No reserve player had scored. Brody Kuhl ended that early in the fourth, and he got the Wildcats’ offense rolling when it needed it most. The freshman nailed back-to-back 3-pointers — part of a seven-point effort — to give Keystone its first lead Read More…