October 31, 2014


Boys basketball: Lutheran West fights back to knock out Elyria Catholic in double overtime

Elyria Catholic's James Tirbaso goes up for a basket against Lutheran West's Greg Kunse during Tuesday's Division III sectional opener at Lutheran West. Tirbaso has a career-high 21 points, while Kunse had 14 as the Longhorns won in double overtime. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Elyria Catholic threatened on many occasions — in each quarter — to run away from Lutheran West in an opening-round matchup in the stacked Garfield Heights Division III district. The Panthers led by as many as eight in the first half, seven in the third quarter and by six early in the Read More…

Boys basketball: Vermilion’s Boyd defied odds with rapid ACL rehab

Vermilion senior Forrest Boyd managed to come back from an ACL tear in just four months, and now hopes to help the Sailors make some noise in the postseason. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Vermilion’s Forrest Boyd had a lot riding on the West Shore Conference opener against Elyria Catholic on Dec. 6. Boyd was on the verge of completing an incredible comeback — a return to game action just over four months after undergoing surgery to replace a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during the Sailors’ Read More…

Boys basketball: Healthy Avon Lake makes Avon latest victim

Avon's Chris Maxwell and Avon Lake's Seth Muck, left, and Matt Molina battle for a rebound on Tuesday night. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

AVON — Avon Lake appears to be peaking at the right time. In a season that often has been a struggle — including losing six of seven early in the year and another seven in a row later — the Shoremen gutted out their fifth straight victory, 53-51 over Avon on Tuesday night. Avon Lake Read More…

Boys Basketball: Lorain learns from close losses, closes out Shaw for 66-62 win

EAST CLEVELAND — Losing stinks, and close losses often are more difficult to stomach. But when those close losses subsequently help a team eventually learn how to win them, they become a little more worthwhile. Youthful Lorain, which has suffered close losses throughout the season in its meat-grinder schedule, looked quite comfortable down the stretch Read More…

Boys Basketball: Lutheran West sprints past Brooklyn for easy win

Lutheran West's Jack Kelsheimer takes the ball toward the net as Brooklyn's Tim Czirr attempts to block him. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — The Lutheran West track is covered with snow these days, so the Longhorns brought the meet into their gym Wednesday night. Lutheran West, which boasts four players in its starting lineup that can handle the ball in the open floor, ran early and at every opportunity against Brooklyn in a Patriot Athletic Read More…

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…