September 19, 2014

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Boys basketball notes: Raiders learn to love ‘D’

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When the season began, the Columbia Raiders looked to be a legitimate threat not just in the Patriot Athletic Conference but in the postseason as well. With their run-and-gun style and commitment to scoring, the high-flying Raiders provided their fans with plenty of thrills last season. As expected, they’ve continued that trend while adding something Read More…

Girls soccer 2012: Juniors Dziak, Zingale and Echstenkamper set to lead teams

Elyria Catholic’s Danielle Dziak, left, North Ridgeville’s Kayla Zingale, center, and Wellington’s Jennifer Echstenkamper aare juniors who are expected to be instrumental to their teams’ success this season. (CT photo by Chuck Humel.)

The 2011 soccer season was quite memorable for several teams in Lorain County. Avon and Elyria Catholic earned regional berths, Wellington celebrated its first conference championship and other teams — like North Ridgeville — experienced overall success but struggled in conference play. The Panthers and Dukes are hoping to prove last year wasn’t a fluke Read More…

Girls soccer: Smith battles through emotions to help EC roll past Keystone

ELYRIA — Navigating through the ins and outs of life is a tough battle for any teenager to face, but when you add in a parent battling a life-threatening illness it becomes an entirely different struggle. Where many might start to weaken, Elyria Catholic’s Jenna Smith’s resolve has strengthened. With her father, Joel, locked in Read More…

Gene Legeza Classic: Lorain’s Jerome Golson leads West rally

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OBERLIN — It might be a friendly exhibition game featuring the best senior basketball players in Lorain County, but don’t let Lorain’s Jerome Golson know that. The Lorain Titan scored a team-high 24 points to help lead the West squad to a 115-104 come-from-behind victory over the East squad Sunday at Oberlin College. Afterward, Golson Read More…

Basketball: Avon Lake’s Eric Stuczynski, Clearview’s Gerrell Williams shoot, soar to victory

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OBERLIN — Elyria’s Kody Bender won the 3-point competition last year as a sophomore and following his first-round performance Sunday night he looked like a lock to repeat. But he fell two points short in the final as Avon Lake’s Eric Stuczynski outshot Bender 13-12 in the final to take the title. “Give (Eric) credit, Read More…

Boys basketball: Keystone just can’t keep up with top-seeded Norwayne

WOOSTER — There were no excuses and no regrets Friday night following Keystone’s 63-56 loss to top-seeded Norwayne in a Division III sectional final at Wooster High School. Still, there was some sadness. After all, the loss brought to an end two eras for the ’Cats as coach Greg Morgan and senior Caleb Schillace walked Read More…

Boys basketball: Clearview goes down swinging

WOOSTER — An up-and-down season for the Clearview Clippers came to an end Tuesday night in the Division III sectional tournament at Wooster High School. Fittingly, the game itself was a roller coaster ride for the Clippers as they fell to the Smithville Smithies 71-60. Never quite in it but never fully out of it Read More…

Boys basketball: Keystone rolls with Caleb Schillace back

WOOSTER — It wasn’t as dramatic as Willis Reed taking the floor against the Lakers in Game 7 of the 1970 NBA finals, but the presence of Keystone’s Caleb Schillace on the basketball court Monday night was just about as meaningful. Schillace, just eight days after an emergency appendectomy, came off the bench to help Read More…

Boys basketball: Wellington measures up to past strong teams, wants to go further

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Who are the Wellington Dukes? With seven seniors and a wealth of varsity experience, they entered the season under first-year coach Dan Gundert as a contender for the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division championship. Along the way, the expectations started to change as they drew comparisons to the 1985-86 Wellington team. Both teams dropped their Read More…

Boys basketball: Avon plays spoiler, snaps Midview’s 15-game winning streak

EATON TWP. — Before the season began, more than a few people thought Friday night’s season finale between Avon and Midview might just be for the West Shore Conference championship. But Avon lost to Bay on a 50-foot buzzer-beater three weeks ago to fall two games back and Midview never blinked on the way to Read More…