February 14, 2016

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

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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

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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

Logan Bolin, center, of Midview drives to the basket between Olmsted Falls' Victor Hitterman, left, and Kevin Meehan. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

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

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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…

Boys basketball: North Olmsted holds off Westlake to get back on track

WESTLAKE — Have a problem with ugly — or, at least, less aesthetically pleasing — wins? Save it. North Olmsted doesn’t want to hear it. Reeling after two consecutive lopsided losses and three defeats in their last five games that knocked them from the top of the Southwestern Conference, the Eagles held off a hot Read More…

Boys basketball: Avon continues hot stretch, downs North Olmsted to tighten Southwestern Conference standings

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AVON — It took nothing extraordinary: Avon simply played better and harder than North Olmsted on Tuesday night, in a 72-57 Southwestern Conference win. Avon, down senior Jeff Laraway after he suffered a shoulder injury in his team’s loss to Olmsted Falls last week, rode DelShawn Orr and Damantie Thornton to its fourth win in Read More…

Boys basketball: Another loss for Lorain makes first two-game loosing streak since February 2014

BEDFORD – An uncharacteristically slow game between two of the region’s top teams ended far too abruptly – and bitterly – for Lorain on Friday night. Bedford’s Daron Falkner hit an improbable, falling-out-of-bounds runner over Lorain’s Naz Bohannon as time expired, giving the Bearcats a 46-45 victory. With its sixth straight win, Bedford improved to Read More…