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Boys basketball: Lorain’s rough start tough to overcome

Lorain's Devon Andrews looks to pass the ball while defended by St. Ignatius' Andre Wolford. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — Things had gone poorly for Lorain through the first 12 minutes of Friday’s game at St. Ignatius. The Titans had fallen behind by 16, their point guard had three fouls and they’d been whistled for two straight dead-ball, off-the-ball fouls — the latter leading to a technical called on coach John Rositano. So Read More…

Boys basketball: Olmsted Falls turns run into win over North Olmsted

Olmsted Falls' James Sabatka shoots over North Olmsted's Andy Lucien. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

OLMSTED TWP. — One of the best traits Olmsted Falls possesses, as evidenced by a quick third-quarter run last week in a win over unbeaten Westlake, is its ability to turn it on at any time. It also happens to be one of its worst traits. The Bulldogs have used their explosiveness to turn close Read More…

Boys Basketball: Lorain heating up, holds off Clearview in front of sellout crowd

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LORAIN — Look out: Lorain is coming. The Titans, who’ve played three games with a full squad after getting Devon Andrews back, is running on full throttle. And when the Titans develop a killer instinct, they could be even more dangerous. Lorain used its size inside and the interior skill of Andrews and Rashod Berry Read More…

Boys basketball: Olmsted Falls withstands strong Avon Lake third

Avon Lake’s Luke Harris tries to get a shot up over Olmsted Falls’ Kevin Meehan during the Bulldogs’ 46-33 victory Friday night in Avon Lake. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Olmsted Falls had few problems during the first half against Avon Lake, had plenty of them in the third quarter but found a way to right the ship down the stretch. The Bulldogs’ strong perimeter defense limited the Shoremen’s two talented guards — Seth Muck and Christian Jones — early and weathered Read More…

Boys basketball: Columbia hands Lutheran West its first loss

Columbia's Jay Banyasz drives toward the basket against Lutheran West's Peter Koza in the second half Friday night at Columbia High School. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — Columbia again proved Friday night why opponents must not take a single possession off against the Raiders, on either end of the floor. Relatively bottled up through the first half of a crucial Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division showdown with unbeaten Lutheran West, the Raiders blitzed the Longhorns in the third quarter Read More…

Boys basketball: Olmsted Falls uses 11 players to wear down Midview

Olmsted Falls' Adam Asadorian puts in shot over Midview's Logan Bolin. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

OLMSTED TWP. — Teams facing Olmsted Falls this season must think they’re seeing triple. Three minutes hadn’t yet elapsed in Friday night’s nonconference matchup between the Bulldogs and the Midview Middies, and Olmsted Falls coach Chris DeLisio already had sent three guys to the scorer’s table to check in. In all, the Bulldogs went 11 Read More…

Boys basketball: Westlake speeds up to slow down Amherst

WESTLAKE — Through eight minutes Tuesday night, Amherst frustrated unbeaten Westlake into seven turnovers and a tie score. Then Westlake showed why it will be so difficult to frustrate for extended periods of time this season. The Demons, limited to jump shots against Amherst’s 3-2 zone in the first quarter, turned to its zone press Read More…

‘Backers to the forefront: Four senior linebackers making sure Avon’s defense continues its dominating ways

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The amount of attention paid to Avon’s defense outside the Eagles locker room is wildly disproportionate to the attention paid to it inside.
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High school football: Avon gets one player back, loses another

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AVON — Avon will get one of its top performers back from injury as it faces Medina Highland in a Division II, Region 4 final on Friday, but will be without another. Alex Habeeb, Avon’s second leading tackler and a starter at inside linebacker, will return after missing the Eagles’ first two playoff games. Habeeb Read More…

High school football: Eagles a passing threat in playoffs

When Avon passes, wideouts Braeden Friss, left, and Rhys Ratino are usually on the receiving end. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

When teams game plan for Avon’s potent offense, they must make a choice. Most teams don’t have the personnel to devote extra players to the secondary to limit the Eagles’ passing game and stop the run, as evidenced by Avon’s convincing 38-14 opening-round playoff win over Toledo St. Francis de Sales. The Knights limited Avon’s Read More…