March 30, 2015

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Wrestling: Wellington gets 4 individual champs, captures first Patriot Athletic Conference Tournament title

Nick Amspaugh from Wellington (right) cradles Columbia's Jarrett Hylton for a pin and the championship at 113 pounds. RICK TWINING/CHRONICLE

SULLIVAN TWP. — Heading into the championship round Saturday, Wellington had its first Patriot Athletic Conference Tournament championship well in hand. That didn’t stop the Dukes from taking care of business in the final round and cementing that long-awaited conference crown. Nick Amspaugh (113), Mason Wright (126), Jon Eschedor (145) and Steve Ferguson (220) claimed Read More…

Boys Basketball: Chase Parker reaches 1,000-point milestone in huge First Baptist win on Senior Night

First Baptist’s Chase Parker hits a layup Thursday night to reach 1,000 points for his career. The Sabres beat the Geauga Grizzlies 78-55. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

CARLISLE TWP. — First Baptist’s Chase Parker had been thinking about his Senior Night for four years. He made it a night he’ll never forget. Parker needed 12 points to reach 1,000 for his four-year career, and reached the milestone with 58 seconds to go in the first quarter en route to a career-high 34 Read More…

Boys Basketball: Keystone uses 12-2 spurt to run away from Wellington

Keystone’s K.J. Williams hits a shot Tuesday over Wellington’s Damian Paramore, left, and Bryce Gibbs to end the first quarter. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — Through three quarters Tuesday night, Wellington gave Keystone all it could handle and then some. In the Dukes’ final home game with a packed gym on both sides, they were eight minutes away from handing their archrivals their first Patriot Athletic Conference loss of the season. But a 12-2 run to open the Read More…

Avon’s Zack Torbert signs to play football for Bo Pelini at Youngstown State

Zack Torbert

AVON — Zack Torbert had already decided to play football at Division II Findlay when Youngstown State gave him a late call. One chat with new head coach Bo Pelini and one visit to the campus of the Division I Football Championship Subdivision university was all the Avon senior needed to change his mind. On Read More…

High school wrestling: Avon dominates Bay to put wraps on perfect West Shore Conference dual season

AVON — The stage was set for a special night for the Avon wrestling team Thursday. In their last home meet of the season, the Eagles hosted Bay with an unbeaten dual-meet season and first place in the final year of the West Shore Conference at stake. The Eagles didn’t disappoint. Getting seven pins and Read More…

Boys Basketball: Lorain stays perfect with amazing finish

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 Bedford 11-3 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…