June 24, 2016

Elyria
Mostly sunny
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Boys Basketball: Brandon and Brody Kuhl having a blast playing together while driving Keystone to strong season, No. 2 seed in tourney

Keystone’s Brandon and Brody Kuhl are very different basketball players. Those differences were among the chief reasons the Wildcats went 17-5 and ran away with the Patriot Athletic Conference’s Stars Division crown at 15-1. And those differences will go a long way in determining how far their team can advance as the second seed in Read More…

High school basketball: Olmsted Falls beats Avon to play spoiler in SWC race

AVON — After leading the Southwestern Conference for much of the season, Olmsted Falls’ league title hopes were dashed last week, a result of three straight losses. So the Bulldogs settled for the next best thing. Olmsted Falls rebounded from losses to Midview, Avon Lake and North Olmsted to ruin Avon’s league championship hopes in Read More…

Boys basketball: Bay rides big second quarter to run past Elyria Catholic, clinch a share of Great Lakes Conference title

BAY VILLAGE — Elyria Catholic was conscious of a massive second-quarter run Bay used in the teams’ first matchup Jan. 8 to run away from the Panthers in an eventual 20-point victory. Being conscious of that danger is one thing. Being able to stop it is another thing entirely, and EC suffered mightily from its Read More…

High school basketball: Lorain holds off Bedford for share of second straight Lake Erie League crown

LORAIN — It’s not easy being the hunted, as Lorain has found out the last two seasons. Everyone has used the Titans as a measuring stick. So in dealing with a second straight season of always having to be on — plus losing two Division I athletes — Lorain’s players and coaches have taken as Read More…

Boys Basketball: Midview’s Troy DiFranco to retire after 19 seasons as coach

Troy DiFranco has been involved with Midview High School basketball for more than half his life, first for four years as a player and the last 19 as the coach. So, yeah, his decision to retire, made official by Midview in a news release late Sunday night, was a difficult one. This season will be Read More…

Boys basketball: Lorain and Elyria hope to crash Southwestern Conference party at Division I district

It’s only fitting that in a first, incredibly competitive season of the new-look Southwestern Conference, the Division I district at Elyria Catholic is a de facto SWC tournament. There’s only one catch: The prize isn’t that appealing. Gone are the blended district sites at Brecksville and Midview, where St. Ignatius, St. Edward and others landed. Read More…

Boys basketball: Jacob Wells hits nine 3-pointers, scores 35 points as Midview knocks off SWC-leading Olmsted Falls

OLMSTED TWP. — There’s one large problem with a player shooting the ball as well as Midview’s Jacob Wells did Friday night: Said player draws a boatload of attention to himself. Olmsted Falls locked Wells down for much of the second half after he scored 21 in the first, but Wells escaped long enough to Read More…

Boys basketball: Lorain has tables turned on it as sixth-ranked Garfield Heights pulls away with second-half run

GARFIELD HTS. — Lorain got a taste of its own medicine Tuesday night in the form of a game-changing Garfield Heights run that all but sealed a Bulldogs win. Garfield Heights, the sixth-ranked team in Division I in the latest Associated Press poll, got hot in the third quarter and used a zone defense to Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic gets back on track in fourth quarter, edges Normandy in Great Lakes Conference battle

PARMA — Despite building a first-half lead as large as nine points Tuesday night, Elyria Catholic never could pull away from Great Lakes Conference foe Normandy. And it nearly cost the Panthers. The Invaders blitzed EC in a dramatic momentum swing in the third quarter, but the Panthers did enough to survive, outscoring the hosts Read More…

Boys Basketball: Lorain overcomes matchup issues to turn back taller Cleveland Heights

CLEVELAND HTS. — There aren’t many teams that can claim they present matchup problems for Lorain. Cleveland Heights, though, probably can. With four players standing 6-foot-4 or taller, the Tigers are a different team than the Titans — who most often surround frontcourt mainstays Naz Bohannon and Anfernee Smothers with three guards — typically face. Read More…