May 29, 2015

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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…

High school hockey: Midview battles Cleveland Heights to tie

Midview’s Tommy Coon passes the puck during the second period against Cleveland Heights on Sunday. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — After 53 minutes of punishing, physical hockey both Cleveland Heights and Midview were left wanting more as neither team scored in overtime resulting in a 3-3 tie in a Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League White Division crossover game Sunday at North Park Recreation Center. “Midview is definitely the best team talent-wise, fundamentally, Read More…

Avon Lake goalkeeper Keegan Sullivan passionate about game

Avon Lake junior Keegan Sullivan is moving up the state record book fast in terms of saves. Of course, he’s had more than his share of shots fired in his direction playing for a young Shoremen squad the past two seasons. Still, he keeps coming back for more, mainly because he loves to play the game.  KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Some play high school sports for glory, some for state championships, some for camaraderie and some with an eye on earning a college scholarship. Still others play for the simple love of the game. Count Avon Lake junior goalie Keegan Sullivan in that last group. “Last year was my low point just from the lack Read More…

Girls basketball: Westlake helps itself to seconds, leaves Elyria wanting

Westlake’s Rebecca Essig puts up a shot as Elyria’s Shayla Middlebrooks defends Wednesday night. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — Second chances were more than Elyria could handle Wednesday night. Westlake scored 10 points off offensive rebounds in the first half and 14 for the game in handing the Pioneers a 47-35 loss in non-conference girls basketball play Wednesday. All those second-chance baskets in the first half led the Demons to a 24-18 Read More…

Boys basketball: Firelands closes out Open Door early

Firelands’ Casey Smith and Open Door’s Drew Zaborowski battle for a rebound during the Falcons’ win Tuesday night. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

HENRIETTA TWP. — Firelands flew out of the gate in its non-conference season opener Tuesday night against Open Door, with a 20-2 first-quarter run that led to a 60-32 win. The Falcons used a swarming defense, holding Open Door (0-3) to 3-of-21 (17 percent) shooting in the first half, and the Patriots went without a Read More…

High school hockey: Westlake takes early punch, fights back to beat Midview

Westlake’s Nathan Greenberg brings the puck up the ice in front of Midview’s Jake Behler in the first period. Greenberg scored ha hat trick and an assist in the Demons’ 6-5 win. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Westlake scored a goal just 15 seconds into Sunday afternoon’s non-conference game against Midview at North Park Rec, then gave up four straight. But the Demons, who play in the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League’s higher Red Division, were unfazed and responded by scoring five straight goals en route to a 6-5 Read More…

Boys basketball: Defense does job as Vermilion wins own tourney for 3rd time in 3 tries

VERMILION — There’s dominating and then there’s what Vermilion did Saturday night. The Sailors followed a record-setting Friday night in their 3rd annual Tip-Off Tournament with a completely dominating defensive effort, blowing out Manchester 72-33 for their third straight tournament championship. Friday was all about the offense when Kyle Nader broke the school’s single-game scoring Read More…