March 2, 2015

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Boys Basketball: Amherst starts fast, holds off North Ridgeville

Amherst’s Adam Srnis shoots a 3-pointer over North Ridgeville’s Collin Sullinger during the Comets’ win Tuesday night. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — North Ridgeville’s first-half defense did it in Tuesday night. The Rangers allowed Amherst to shoot 56.6 percent from the field and connect on 7-of-15 from beyond the 3-point arc while forcing just three turnovers. The Comets built a big lead and held on for a 64-58 non-conference victory. Senior Rees Rua, a 5-foot-9 post Read More…

High school hockey: Westlake downs Brecksville for SWC title

Westlake’s Chris Humer scores a goal on Brecksville goalie Eric Bolon during the first period of the Demons’ 4-2 win Sunday in the Southwestern Conference tournament final. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — Westlake junior Joe Guay is starting to get a handle on hockey. The goalie carried his Westlake team to the Southwestern Conference tournament championship, stopping the final 17 shots he faced and making 23 saves overall in the Demons’ 4-2 win over Brecksville in the SWC championship game at the North Olmsted Read More…

Boys basketball: Lorain tops Warrensville Heights to stay perfect

Lorain Devon Andrews goes to the hoop over Warrensville Joseph Vallery jan 16. Steve Manheim

LORAIN — Lorain coach John Rositano finally got what he’s been looking for. After the Titans reeled off 11 straight wins to open the season, with its only real test coming in its season opener against Newark, Rositano was hoping his team would face a challenge. Defending Lake Erie League champion Warrensville Heights was just Read More…

Boys basketball: Amherst not short on determination

Amherst’s Adam Srnis takes it up strong against Brookside’s Nathan Jasko during Tuesday’s game. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Amherst’s bigs sure are little, but their littles sure play big. The Comets’ frontcourt starters Rees Rua (5-foot-9), Casey McConihe (5-11) and Adam Srnis (5-10) dominated the paint, combining to score all but 17 Amherst points in a 67-55 non-conference victory over Brookside at Amherst High School. Rua scored a game-high 28 points Read More…

High school hockey: Midview edges Olmsted Falls in physical game

Midview’s Jacob Scheetz (6) controls the puck as Olmsted Falls’ Devon McConkey pursues Sunday. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — At least the first period was uneventful. After a penalty-free first, Midview and Olmsted Falls combined for 60 penalty minutes in the final two periods with the Middies winning the chippy affair, 3-2. Jacob Scheetz’s breakaway goal late in the second period was the game-winner as he took a pass from sophomore defenseman Read More…

Boys basketball: Lorain rolls over Norwalk

Lorain’s Rashod Berry takes it strong to the basket against Norwalk’s Brandon Bleile during Saturday’s game at Lorain High. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Norwalk coach Steve Gray had no delusions of grandeur heading into Saturday night’s game against Lorain. “We knew what was coming,” Gray said. “There was just nothing we could do about it.” What was coming, with apologies to hall of fame coach Nolan Richardson, was 32 minutes of hell. Lorain jumped on the Read More…

Boys basketball: Avon scores final 9 points to edge Elyria Catholic

Elyria Catholic’s Darin Guice drives to the basket as Avon’s Johnny Peganoff (10) and Will Ybarra (33) defend Tuesday night at EC. The Eagles scored the final nine points of the game to pull out a one-point win. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The first and only lead change of the game made all the difference Tuesday night. After Elyria Catholic led for the entire game, D’amonte Thornton’s layup with 3.5 seconds left gave Avon its first and only lead of the game. When D.J. Graham’s stumbling jumper fell short as the buzzer sounded the Eagles Read More…

Boys basketball: Firelands finishes off Brookside

HENRIETTA TWP. — It was the driest of dry spells, the slipperiest of slides and the spinniest of tailspins. What Brookside suffered through over the final four-plus minutes of its 62-49 Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division loss at Firelands almost defied description. With 4:24 left in the fourth quarter, junior Cameron Drew gave the Cardinals Read More…

Lorain County Nightmares’ Tim Jones to kick in Dallas bowl

Elyria High graduate Tim Jones kicks the extra point for the Lorain County Nightmares vs. Mahoning Valley in a game last season. Jones will be playing in the All American Bowl at Dallas Cowboys Stadium on Tuesday in Dallas. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — It’s a long trip from Midview High, where the Lorain County Nightmares play their regular-season home games, to Dallas Cowboys Stadium — the NFL team’s $1 billion home in Irving, Texas. Nightmares kicker Tim Jones, a 2010 Elyria High grad, is making that trip. Jones is one of 84 players selected from more Read More…

Boys basketball: Lorain stays unbeaten with sizable victory over short-handed Elyria Catholic

Elyria Catholic’s Ceeven Shelton finds his path to the basket thwarted by Lorain’s Anfernee Smothers during Saturday night’s game. The Titans used their superior size to dominate the inside and improve to 5-0. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — The trouble for the Panthers started Friday night, when starting center James Tirbaso … the only EC player 6-foot-4 or taller … sprained his knee and elbow in a loss to Midview. That left 6-2 forward Ceeven Shelton as the tallest player in the Elyria Catholic starting lineup. Against the towering, athletic Titans, Read More…