April 17, 2014

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Boys basketball: Jack Duffner, Logan Bolin come through in the clutch as Midview downs Elyria Catholic in overtime

Elyria Catholic's Jason Kuchta drives to the basket as Midview's Grant Overy, left, and Matt Randolph defend. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Jack Duffner provided the offense Midview needed in regulation Friday night. Logan Bolin provided the spark in overtime. In a back-and-forth battle between two fierce West Shore Conference rivals whose schools are separated by a seven-mile stretch of Rt. 57, 32 minutes wasn’t enough time to settle things between the Middies and Read More…

High school wrestling: Amherst, North Olmsted swept aside as Brecksville rolls to SWC regular-season championship

Amherst's Christian Lough, top, gets a grip on Brecksville's Tommy Thornton en route to a win Thursday at 126 pounds. The comets, however, dropped the match. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS — In order to wrap up the Southwestern Conference regular-season championship, all Brecksville had to do was defeat North Olmsted and Amherst at home Thursday night. North Olmsted couldn’t win a single match against the Bees, while all Amherst could muster was two wins and a forfeit. The result was a 72-0 win Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria coach upset by ‘horrible’ play in win against North Ridgeville

Elyria's CiCi Mcintosh has her shot blocked by North Ridgeville's Isabella Pecchia. Also pictured are Elyria's Sierra White and North Ridgeville's Leah Lindak. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Elyria coach Brian Arth did not mince words following a 43-39 non-conference win over North Ridgeville on Wednesday night. “We were absolutely horrible,” Arth said. “We practiced horrible and we played horrible and I’m not happy. We’re in for a long practice tomorrow.” The stats shed some light on Arth’s complaints. The Pioneers Read More…

Lake Erie Crushers name pitching coach new manager

It was pretty clear after manager Jeff Isom left the Lake Erie Crushers two months ago that pitching coach Chris Mongiardo would be a leading candidate to take over. But after a positive meeting with Crushers managing partner Steven Edelson in early December, the man known simply as “Monge” had to play the waiting game. Read More…

Boys basketball: EC steps up defense to pull away from Oberlin

Elyria Catholic’s Drew Caplan puts up a shot during the Panthers’ 75-48 victory over Oberlin on Tuesday night in Oberlin. The Panthers used a 30-2 first-half run to secure the win. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — Elyria Catholic coach Phil Kuchta wasn’t thrilled with how his team opened Tuesday night’s non-conference game against Oberlin. The Phoenix was hanging with EC through the first four minutes before Kuchta decided to use a full-court press. The press forced Oberlin into 11 first-quarter turnovers and turned what had been a close game Read More…

Boys Basketball: Brookside uses big third quarter to down Open Door

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SHEFFIELD — Both Brookside and Open Door were coming off tough victories Friday night as they headed into their non-conference game Saturday at Brookside High. While Open Door struggled from the floor, shooting 30 percent (13-for-43), Brookside used a dominating third quarter to put away the Patriots, 56-39. The Cardinals (6-5) went over the .500 Read More…

Wrestling: Avon downs rival North Ridgeville to stay on pace in WSC race

Avon’s Max Bourque has North Ridgeville’s Derrick Vilk trapped in a cradle during their 113-pound match Thursday night. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — After dropping a dual meet to Rocky River earlier this season, Avon knew that it had to defeat North Ridgeville on the road to keep its hopes of a West Shore Conference wrestling championship alive. The Eagles, wrestling with 13 of their 14 spots filled, improved to 5-1 with wins over the Read More…

Wrestling: Avon Lake goes 4-for-4 in title matches

Avon Lake’s Jason Barnicle tries to tie up Western Reserve’s Kenny Bement during a victory in the 170-pound final at the Columbia Invitational on Saturday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — Avon Lake coach Nick Mayer had to bump several of his wrestlers up a weight class at Saturday’s 40th annual Columbia Invitational wrestling tournament due to some weight gain over the holiday break. Four of those wrestlers reached the championship match in their respective weight classes, and all four of them won. Read More…

Football: Avon Lake’s Brian Mihalik expects to play for Boston College

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Boston College junior defensive lineman Brian Mihalik has bided his time. The former Avon Lake standout only played in a handful of games during his freshman and sophomore seasons. Meanwhile, under former head coach Frank Spaziani, the Eagles struggled to 4-8 and 2-10 records during that span. This season, with former Temple head coach Steve Addazio Read More…

Wrestling: Pair of Pioneers into semis at Brecksville Invitational

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS — Elyria’s Armando Torres and Kevin Vough make up both ends of the spectrum. Torres is a senior lightweight (120 pounds), while Vough is a freshman heavyweight (285). But what the two have in common is advancing to today’s semifinal round at the 53rd annual Brecksville Holiday Wrestling Tournament — the oldest holiday Read More…