May 4, 2015


Hockey: Midview dominates Benedictine on way to White West Division championship

Midview’s Kyle Kudela, right, moves the puck up the ice as Benedictine’s Clayton Hongosh goes for the steal Sunday. Midview won 10-0 to wrap up the division title. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It’s already been a long journey for the Midview hockey team this season — and it’s not even the postseason yet. Still, the Middies showed just how far they’ve come Sunday when they wrapped up the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League’s White West Division title with a 10-0 win over Benedictine at Read More…

Hockey: Westlake grabs big win against North Olmsted at The Q

Westlake Chris Humer moves puck past North Olmsted Kyle Sukenik at Quicken Loans Arena Feb. 6.  Steve Manheim

CLEVELAND — Westlake and North Olmsted got a chance to play where the big boys skate when the neighboring schools faced off at Quicken Loans Arena in a non-conference game Friday. The Demons turned a close game into a runaway with two goals in the final 36 seconds of the second period, pulling away for Read More…

High school hockey notes: Future looking up for Avon Lake

The record isn’t there yet, but all signs point to Avon Lake’s hockey program being alive and well this year and into the future. Though the Shoremen are 2-19-2, digging into the offensive and defensive numbers a little shows the in-school recruiting efforts of last year’s players are starting to pay off. The Shoremen scored Read More…

Boys Basketball: Keystone clamps down on Cloverleaf for 58-48 victory

LAGRANGE — The Ohio High School Athletic Association may want to check the video from Saturday night’s non-conference game between Keystone and Cloverleaf. It sure looked like the Wildcats were playing with six players on defense. Keystone turned up the full-court pressure against the Colts and the results couldn’t have been drawn up any better Read More…

Hockey: Power-play lapse saps Avon in West Shore Conference Tournament

Avon goalie Erik DeChant stops a shot by Rocky River’s Cam Heider in the third period of Monday’s West Shore Conference tournament final. Heider’s short-handed goal in the second period sparked Rocky River to an 8-1 win. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Avon was the short-handed team Monday morning, but it was a short-handed goal by Rocky River that proved to be the Eagles’ undoing in an 8-1 loss in the finals of the West Shore Conference hockey tournament at Hamilton Ice Arena. Avon, which was missing two players, went toe-to-toe with the Pirates Read More…

High school hockey: Elyria Catholic’s Baron Cup chances take hit with loss to Parma

Elyria Catholic goalie Luke Farmer turns away a shot from Parma’s Joe Manak 
on Sunday at Ries Arena in Parma. The Panthers struggled, however, losing 8-1. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

PARMA — Elyria Catholic is in a dogfight just to make the Baron Cup playoffs in the Blue Division of the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League after dropping its second game in as many days Sunday. The Panthers fell 8-1 to Parma at the Michael A. Ries Ice Arena on Sunday afternoon in a Read More…

Boys basketball: Oberlin edges Open Door, snaps 5-game skid

Oberlin’s Marvin Jackson and Caleb Hughley (12) defend as Open Door’s Andrew Patterson drives to the hoop.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — Stifling pressure defense and timely late-game 3-point shooting was exactly what Oberlin needed Monday to beat Open Door 62-60 and end a five-game losing streak. The Phoenix trailed by six at the half, but forced 11 Patriots turnovers in the third quarter to take a 42-38 lead into the fourth. Oberlin needed three Read More…

High school hockey notes: Twins Justin, Shane Malinak a big reason for North Olmsted’s turnaround this season


North Olmsted finished last season with a dismal 3-20 record and 14 straight losses. There were flashes of better things to come though as a pair of talented freshman twin brothers, Justin and Shane Malinak, led the Eagles in scoring. Shane accounted for 24 points with nine goals and 15 assists, while Justin had 19 Read More…

High school hockey: North Olmsted holds off Midview rally

North Olmsted freshman goalie Ryan Godin makes a save on a Midview shot during the Eagles’ 5-4 victory over the Middies on Sunday in Elyria. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Just when it looked like Midview was finishing off a huge comeback, victory was snatched away by North Olmsted at the North Park Recreation Center. The Middies erased a 4-1 deficit in a five-minute span of the third period and had a power-play opportunity for the lead. The Eagles killed the man-advantage and Read More…

High school hockey: North Olmsted twins dominate third period against Avon

North Olmsted’s Nathan Schmitt, left, and Avon’s Leo Goetz battle for the puck during North Olmsted’s 6-1 win Friday night.  KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — Avon had a chance to be the only team without a loss or tie after Day 1 of the fourth annual Avon Holiday Tournament when it faced North Olmsted at the North Olmsted Recreation Center on Friday. Avon trailed 2-1 going into the third period and then fell victim to the twin Read More…