May 26, 2015

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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…

Boys basketball: Open Door rallies, but falls at The Q

Open Door’s Caleb Crowder controls the ball Tuesday during a loss at Quicken Loans Arena. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — Open Door controlled Tuesday night’s game against Youngstown Christian for long stretches, using the Eagles’ aggressive, double-teaming defense to create open shots. But the Patriots didn’t control it long enough. The Eagles rallied twice to stave off a furious Open Door push in the final minutes, beating the Patriots for the second straight Read More…

Boys basketball notes: Midview heading to San Diego for tournament

If you’re like me, and dislike cold, gray Ohio winters, you’re going to be very jealous of the Midview Middies. Coach Troy DiFranco, staff and players flew to San Diego, Calif., this morning for the 24th annual Surf ‘N Slam Hoop Classic, where they’ll play three games — Saturday, Monday and Tuesday — before flying Read More…

Boys basketball: Avon off its game, still finds way to beat Twinsburg

Avon’s Johnny Peganoff whips a pass in Monday night’s non-conference win over Twinsburg. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

AVON — No coach will ever be 100 percent satisfied with what their team does on the court, so Avon’s Kevin Sapara mixed in a couple of exasperated chuckles after a rare Monday game. But make no mistake — it’s been a good four days for the Eagles after two fairly disheartening defeats the week Read More…

Boys basketball: Unbeaten North Olmsted no one-man gang in win over Olmsted Falls

North Olmsted’s Matt Starcovic looks to pass under pressure from Olmsted Falls’ Ryan Hanna on Friday. Starcovic went on a fourth-quarter tear to lead the Eagles. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

OLMSTED TWP. — Good coaches can figure out how to stop a great player. So while, yes, North Olmsted has the luxury of a game-changing, 6-foot-6, inside-outside threat in Andy Lucien, the Eagles will need more to truly make some noise. And it appears they have it. On Friday against Olmsted Falls, more came from Read More…