April 18, 2014


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…

Boys basketball: Raiders advance to DiFranco tournament title game

Columbia’s Jay Banyasz goes to the basket Friday in a victory over Amherst during the first round of the Bob DiFranco Memorial Tournament. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — No one has repeated as the DiFranco Memorial Tournament champions since Amherst accomplished as much in 2003-04. Columbia put itself in prime position to end that streak Friday night, notching a thrilling 69-64 victory over the Comets in the opening game of the annual tourney at Midview’s Kubuski Gymnasium. “It’s definitely one Read More…

Westlake’s Burke leads Mount Union into Division III title game tonight

Wisconsin-Whitewater's Marcus McLin, left, sacks Mount Union quarterback and Westlake native Kevin Burke during the Division III championship college football game at Salem Stadium in Salem, Va., Friday. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)

During Monday’s national teleconference promoting tonight’s Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl — which stages the Division III football national championship game between Mount Union and Wisconsin-Whitewater — a reporter asked Purple Raiders coach Vince Kehres about junior quarterback and Westlake native Kevin Burke. The reporter suggested that Burke hadn’t lost a game that he started at Read More…

Girls basketball: Young Elyria Catholic team not at its best against Lutheran West, still rolls to eighth win in nine games

Elyria Catholic's Jessie Lee shoots past Lutheran West's Kimmy Evans, left, and Abby DeSimpelare. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Sometimes, a win is a win. Elyria Catholic girls basketball coach Eric Rothgery wasn’t too happy with how his young team played Monday night at Lutheran West’s Whitrock Gymnasium. But he wasn’t about to quibble with the 52-36 final score, which improved his Panthers to 8-1. “We didn’t play very well,” Rothgery Read More…

Boys Basketball: Keystone senior leads Wildcats to win over Oberlin

Keystone's Matt Bastock jumps to make a layup as Oberlin's Marvin Jackson attempts to block his shot. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Keystone senior Matt Bastock was so good Friday night that he could have beaten Oberlin all by himself. Well, at least in a figurative sense, as the 6-foot-3 guard set a career-high with 35 points on a 14-for-23 night from the floor (four 3-pointers) to lead the Wildcats to a lopsided 70-33 Patriot Read More…

Wrestling: Amherst, Avon dominated by Toledo Central Catholic but hope facing top foe will pay off down the road

Avon's Adam Kirresh, top, downs Clearview's Jacob Corcino at 132 pounds Thursday in a quad meet at Avon. Toldeo Central Catholic won two matches, Amherst and Avon went 1-1, and Clearview dropped a pair. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON — Toledo Central Catholic took a little detour on its way to this weekend’s Walsh Jesuit Ironman tournament, stopping by Avon on Thursday to hand a couple of area teams lopsided losses. Which doesn’t mean the night was a total loss for the locals. “Toledo Central Catholic is loaded all the way across the Read More…

Boys basketball: North Ridgeville ends two droughts as seniors get first win over Avon, coach gets first WSC win

North Ridgeville's DeMario McCall drives toward the hoop as Avon's Austin Proudfit defends. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Think North Ridgeville’s 66-55 win over Avon wasn’t a big one for the Rangers? Better think again. Not only had North Ridgeville’s seniors never defeated Avon in their high school careers, the Rangers had never won a West Shore Conference game — home or away — during Coach Bryan Morgan’s short tenure Read More…

High school wrestling: Amherst overcomes top-flight field, injuries to capture third straight K of C tournament title

Amherst's Austin Williams wrestles Avon Lake's Tyler Mayer. Williams won the match. LINDA MUPRHY/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Having to face one of the toughest fields in years and doing so short-handed wasn’t exactly a dream scenario for an Amherst wrestling team in search of its third straight Knights of Columbus tournament title. But it sure made winning again that much sweeter for the Comets. Amherst was without one of Read More…

H.S. Wrestling: Amherst, Lorain battling for first

Amherst'S Alex Reyes, top, defeats Lorain'S Caleb Kopp. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Heading into the 33rd annual Avon Lake Knights of Columbus Wrestling Tournament, many observeres believed the biggest challenge to Amherst gaining a three-peat as team champion was tourney newcomer Lorain. After one day, in which all wrestlers competed in three round-robin matches to determine the bracket for today’s action, the Comets find Read More…

Lorain County athletes helping St. Edward football team in quest for state title

The Lorain County players that start on St. Edward’s football team include (from left) David Dowell (North Ridgeville), Benjamin Gaal (Sheffield Lake), Alex Stump (Avon), 
Ben Gauthier (Avon), Brad Shaver (Grafton), Gage Blair (Elyria), Adam Williams (Avon), Parker Knapp (Columbia Station), Grant Williams (Elyria), Matt Carandang (Avon), Andrew Dowell (North Ridgeville) and Tyler King (Lorain). KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

All of the Lorain County high schools have been eliminated from the football postseason, but several Lorain County football players still have their sights set on a state championship at St. Edward. The Eagles (11-1) are the No. 1 seed in Division I, Region 1, and will face No. 2 seed Mentor (12-1) on Saturday Read More…