April 21, 2014

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Girls basketball: Short-handed Vermilion falls to Holy Name

Vermilion's Sarah Bartlome is fouled by Holy Name's Jackie Corrigan. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Vermilion gave Holy Name a tough battle last season in the Division II district championship game before losing by seven points. Tuesday’s rematch in a Division II district semifinal wasn’t nearly as close. Holy Name shook off a slow start to gradually pull away from the No. 7-seeded Sailors, then used a huge Read More…

Division III district wrestling: 5 locals advance to state tourney

Elyria Catholic freshman Stan Bleich takes down Hawken’s Louis DeMarco on Saturday in the Division III championship match at 113 pounds. RICK TWINING/CHRONICLE

GARFIELD HEIGHTS — Twenty-two wrestlers representing the area descended upon the Division III Garfield Heights district tournament, hoping to keep their state dreams alive. When the two-day event concluded Saturday night, only five wrestlers representing three area schools survived. That included two district champions. Black River senior 106-pounder Sebastian Vidika, who became a three-time district Read More…

Girls sectional basketball: Columbia rolls by Hillsdale

Columbia's Becca Tacchite, right, tries to control the ball Wednesday during the Raiders' Division IV sectional victory over Hillsdale. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — This one was close for about five minutes. Both Columbia and visiting Jeromesville Hillsdale came out struggling in their Division IV sectional semifinal game Wednesday night. But once the Raiders starting hitting some shots, the game quickly turned into a rout. Holding Hillsdale to just four points in the first half and Read More…

Boys basketball: Grant Overy provides plenty of points, Senior Night memories as Midview mauls North Olmsted

Midview's  Vince Blevins drives against North Olmsted's Andy Lucien on Tuesday at Midview High School. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Grant Overy couldn’t have scripted it any better. Honored along with Jack Duffner and Kyle Warner before Tuesday night’s non-conference game against North Olmsted as a part of the school’s Senior Night festivities, Overy decided to make his night even more memorable. Shaking off a tough first half, in which he and Read More…

Sectional Wrestling: EC’s Stan Bleich, Jerot Schill bring home first sectional crowns

Elyria Catholic's Jerot Schill wrestles Avon's Travis Leopold at a meet in December.

INDEPENDENCE — Elyria Catholic freshman Stan Bleich has opened a lot of eyes this season, compiling a 31-1 record at 113 pounds. His teammate, senior Jerot Schill (160), was seeking his first district tournament berth after failing to place in the top six last year at Brooklyn. They have something in common after Saturday. They’re Read More…

Girls basketball: Firelands turns up defense to wrap up 2nd straight title

Brookside's Marissa Bias looks for the open man around Firelands' Heather Smyth (34) and Haleigh Bari (30) in the first half Monday night at Firelands High School. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

HENRIETTA TWP. — After winning the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division championship last season, Firelands had high hopes of making this season a repeat performance. After Monday night’s 48-28 win over Brookside, the Falcons realized those hopes. Firelands has two more PAC games remaining — and four overall — but its 14-0 conference record is Read More…

Boys basketball: Vermilion rallies after Midview’s quick 10-0 start

Vermilion's Forrest Boyd is blocked by Midview's Jack Duffner. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — When Vermilion spotted visiting Midview the first 10 points of Friday night’s game, it did not look good for the Sailors. But instead of rolling over, the Sailors responded with three dominating quarters, outscoring the Middies by 22 points during that stretch en route to a 56-46 West Shore Conference victory. Vermilion (11-5, Read More…

Wrestling: Wellington, Columbia grab wins

Wellington’s Chris Miller shoots in on Mapleton’s Nick Kusa during a 160-pound match at Wellington on Thursday. Miller lost a 7-1 decision to Kusa, but rallied for a technical fall over Valley Forge’s Noah Burt.  KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — Breaking up the two-week lull between the conference and sectional tournaments, Wellington scheduled a quadrangular meet Thursday night that featured Patriot Athletic Conference rival Columbia, Mapleton and Valley Forge. The host Dukes and Raiders each picked up a victory against Valley Forge, but Mapleton proved to be too much for the local teams. Read More…

Boys basketball: Avon stays hot, hands Elyria Catholic another loss

Elyria Catholic's Jeremy Holley tries to work around Avon's Michael Smigel, left, and Will Ybarra. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Avon came into Friday night’s West Shore Conference game against Elyria Catholic riding a wave of momentum. The Panthers came in mired in a losing streak. After three competitive quarters, the Eagles erupted for 31 fourth-quarter points to come away with a 73-58 victory and make sure those trends continued. Avon won for Read More…

Wrestling: Lutheran West clinches PAC title

Lutheran West’s Adler Vasiloff, top, controls Oberlin’s Kobe Fields in a 145-pound bout Thursday night.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — Lutheran West entered Thursday night’s double dual match at Columbia High needing two wins to clinch the regular-season championship in the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division. Though the Longhorns got a tougher match than expected from the host Raiders, they still accomplished their goal, wrapping up a 5-0 dual-meet season with victories Read More…