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High School Boys Basketball: Bedford at Lorain

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLELorain High School junior forward Anfernee Smothers (20) jumps to take the ball to the hoop as Bedford High School junior forward Lamont Rhodes (5) attempts to block him on Friday night, Jan. 23.

    LORAIN — Down by seven to Bedford with 1:18 remaining Friday night, Lorain looked like it would have to say so long to its undefeated season. But with a packed gym getting louder with every trip down the floor, the Titans, ranked ninth in the state, began to make things interesting. Lorain outscored Read More…

High school wrestling: Avon captures pair of matches to keep West Shore Conference title in sight

Midview’s Jacob Snider, top, has things under control against North Ridgeville’s Alex Carpenter in their 195-pound match Thursday. Snider won by pin in 4:25. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

AVON — An all-or-nothing date with Bay still awaits, but the Avon wrestling team took care of the business it could Thursday night. Avon improved to 6-0 in the West Shore Conference by defeating Vermilion 77-0 and North Ridgeville 55-21 in a double dual. The Rangers, who were unbeaten in the WSC coming in, also Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria downs Brunswick as offense heats up in second half

ELYRIA — While Elyria was pleased with its defense in the first half of Saturday’s Northeast Ohio Conference game against Brunswick, points were hard to come by. The Pioneers finally found their offensive groove in the second half to go along with their tough defense, propelling them to a come-from-behind 53-42 victory — their seventh Read More…

Boys basketball: Lutheran West pulls even in PAC Stripes with win over Columbia

Columbia # 2 Brian Hershey makes his way up the court around the aggressive defense from Lutheran West # 15 Nick Knudsen. Photo by Amanda K. Rundle

ROCKY RIVER — With first place in the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division on the line, Friday night’s game between Lutheran West and visiting Columbia suddenly took on greater importance. The Raiders came into the game unbeaten in the PAC, while the Longhorns were right behind with just one loss. For the first four minutes, Read More…

H.S. Wrestling: Short-handed Lutheran West still manages pair of dual meet wins

Oberlin’s Robby Cobb, top, defeats Lutheran West’s Adrian Diaz on Thursday at 126 pounds. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — Dual meet success often eludes teams without a full 14-wrestler lineup. Lutheran West, which only suits up seven wrestlers, is proving to be an exception. Losing only two of their head-to-head matchups Thursday night, the Longhorns kicked off the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division season with two wins in a double dual at Read More…

Boys basketball: North Ridgeville feels good, keeps wins coming

North Ridgeville’s Demario McCall drives around Rocky River’s Patrick Connors. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — After winning only six games last season and 10 over the last two seasons, the North Ridgeville Rangers certainly aren’t taking winning for granted. While it wasn’t the prettiest performance of the season Tuesday night, the Rangers put away Rocky River 53-42 in West Shore Conference play to improve to 8-4, 4-2 Read More…

High school wrestling: North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls earn 2 wins

North Olmsted’s Kevin Kelley, right, picks up back points during his win over Westlake’s Eyad Shouman at 120 pounds Thursday night. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — For North Olmsted, it was a matter of wanting to perform well in its only home dual meets of the season. For Olmsted Falls, it wanted to erase the bad taste of losing to Brecksville. Both Southwestern Conference wrestling teams accomplished their goals Thursday night in a league double dual — the Read More…

Wrestling: Midview wins Columbia Invitational Tournament

Midview's Kolby Hirschfelder takes down Westlake's Mahmoud Mustafa. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — By advancing eight wrestlers to their respective championship matches, Midview essentially had the team title at the 41st annual Columbia Wrestling Invitational Tournament all wrapped up. The Middies ensured as much by winning four of the eight title matches, racking up 170 points and winning their first team tourney title of the season Read More…

Wrestling: Firelands, Brookside take control at Vermilion Holiday Dual Meet Tournament

Firelands’ Kyle Hieb, left, battles Vermilion’s Alex Matos in a 138-pound match Monday at Vermilion High School. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — Brookside and Firelands — the two teams at the Vermilion Holiday Dual Meet Wrestling Tournament that boast at least 13 starting wrestlers — appear to be on a collision course for the team championship. The teams, which haven’t met yet in the Patriot Athletic Conference regular season, went 4-0 Monday and should wrestle Read More…

Boys basketball: North Ridgeville uses strong 2nd half to bury Westlake

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The Rangers were ahead by eight at the half, but coach Bryan Morgan wasn’t pleased. North Ridgeville was just 10-of-17 from the free throw line and 10-of-28 from the floor in the first half, and he felt they didn’t fully capitalize on their chances. The second half was a totally different story. Read More…