September 5, 2015

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Boys basketball: Lakewood forfeits 2 games; Elyria Catholic now tied for first in WSC

The final basketball season of the wild, wacky West Shore Conference just got a whole lot weirder. Lakewood has forfeited its last two games, wins over Elyria Catholic (77-63) on Friday and Westlake (64-53) on Tuesday. At issue is the Rangers’ Logan Swift, a second-team All-WSC pick at forward a year ago. Swift’s eligibility was Read More…

Boys basketball: Midview gets confidence boost with win over North Olmsted

NORTH OLMSTED — The grind of a long season, with more basketball left when tournament play starts in two weeks, intensifies in the final weeks, with mental fatigue often looming as largely as anything physical. In these late stages, then, any boost can prove welcome, even if it is a seemingly otherwise meaningless non-conference victory Read More…

Boys Basketball: Depth turns tide as Lorain overcomes deficit, beats Cleveland Heights

CLEVELAND HTS. — With four minutes left in the third quarter Tuesday night, Cleveland Heights — one of the few teams that could say so this season — had Lorain on the ropes. The Tigers had erased a 10-point first-half deficit to take a 42-38 lead. Making matters worse, three of the Titans’ most important Read More…

Once a scorer, Eddie Williamson now focuses on helping undefeated Lorain other ways

Lorain senior Eddie Williamson’s stats might not dazzle, but his importance to the Titans’ success is undeniable. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Maybe it’s his role as quarterback on the Lorain football team and the relative exposure he received from that high-profile position. Or maybe it’s that he’s always been mature, and sensible about his surroundings. Whatever the reason, Titans senior point guard Eddie Williamson has approached the evolution of his contributions to his unbeaten basketball team Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic continues run with win over Columbia

Elyria Catholic’s DJ Graham goes up for a shot Tuesday night during a victory over Columbia. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — Chief among the reasons Elyria Catholic had rattled off five straight wins entering Tuesday’s game at Columbia was the Panthers’ ability to go on big runs. It helped EC score two key wins to get back into a tie in the West Shore Conference race, and it helped them down the Raiders Read More…

Boys Basketball: Elyria Catholic gets hot, rolls past Trinity

GARFIELD HTS. — Elyria Catholic had a pretty good way to counter the size of the Trinity Trojans on Tuesday night in non-conference action, one recommended for all teams. The Panthers couldn’t miss. EC made 16 of 21 first-half field-goal attempts, ran out to a 17-point edge at the break and put away the Trojans Read More…

Boys basketball: Midview rebounds to beat Avon Lake

Midview’s Logan Bolin takes a shot over Avon Lake’s Troy Carson during the Middies’ win Saturday night. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Sometimes after a difficult defeat it’s better for a team not to have to wait four days to take the floor and attempt to erase the bitterness of that loss. And given the West Shore Conference implications of its Friday night loss to Lakewood, Midview was happy to drag itself back out Read More…

Boys Basketball Notes: Elyria, EC meet Saturday for 20th time, and it should be a good one

Saturday marks the 20th meeting between Elyria and Elyria Catholic, and local hoops fans should be in for another treat. For years, the rivalry either lay dormant or was one-sided. That hasn’t been the case the last two years: In 2013, the Panthers scored only their second victory against Elyria, 77-75, and last year Elyria Read More…

Boys basketball: Avon can’t stop hot Rockets

BAY VILLAGE — In this year’s cutthroat West Shore Conference, you have to be nearly perfect on most nights to escape with a win. Avon wasn’t Tuesday night, and it cost the Eagles a potential victory. Bay won its seventh in a row and moved into a four-way tie atop the league with a hard-fought Read More…

Boys Basketball: Lorain answers challenge when pushed

North Olmsted's Paris Vilanueva, left, drives against Nazihar Bohannon of Lorain. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — Lorain, to its credit and due to its talent and depth, hasn’t faced many challenges this season. So Titans coach John Rositano has been looking for how his team would respond to a little adversity. Friday, the Titans responded well: Lorain ran out to a big lead on a talented North Olmsted Read More…