April 27, 2015

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Boys Basketball: Firelands puts together beginning, middle and end in victory over Brookside

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Jimmy Willbond got Firelands off to a good start, Jack O’Keefe kept the Falcons in the lead during the middle of the game and John Sigsworth came in to close it out. Incidentally, spring training doesn’t even start for a couple of weeks. The Falcons stayed hot in the Patriot Athletic Conference, Read More…

Boys basketball: Olmsted Falls hits clutch free throws, sends state-ranked Huron to first loss

OLMSTED TWP. — After the game, Olmsted Falls coach Chris DeLisio joked about making senior forward Ryan Sosic stay late for extra free throw practice due to his missing one late in the fourth quarter. It was his only miss against 13 makes as the Bulldogs put the game away at the line to hand Read More…

Boys Basketball: Elyria Catholic looks strong against Vermilion

Vermilion's Joby Pfeil, center, drives between James Tirbaso, left, and Ceeven Shelton of Elyria Catholic. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — Elyria Catholic coach Phil Kuchta has a mental checklist of what makes a good basketball team. The Panthers crossed a lot of those things off his list in a 56-49 West Shore Conference road win over Vermilion. The Panthers have won seven straight. When asked what makes a good team, Kuchta laid out Read More…

H.S. Hockey: Elyria Catholic’s depth delivers 5-2 win over Avon Lake

Avon Lake's Alex Kelly takes control of the puck while Elyria Catholic's 11 Drew Beck closes in. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Avon Lake wanted to make someone other than Elyria Catholic’s leading scorer, Will Gentry, beat it. Kyle Horvatjch was happy to comply. Horvatjch scored a pair of third-period goals and added an assist as the Panthers kept their Baron Cup hopes alive with a 5-2 win over the Shoremen at the Rocky Read More…

Boys Basketball: Keystone uses size to their advantage in big win

Keystone # 22 Brandon Kuhl goes above the Clipper defense if # 3 Antonio Bennett (left) and # 10 Juan Torres for 2 points. Photo by: Amanda K. Rundle

SHEFFIELD TWP. — The play that had the most effect on Clearview’s 67-54 Patriot Athletic Conference home loss to Keystone on Friday night most likely took place Tuesday. In the Clippers road loss to Wellington, 6-foot-3 senior forward Jason Young was ejected in the game’s final minute. The ejection meant Young had to sit out Read More…

Boys basketball: Johnny Sigsworth comes up big for Firelands in win over Edison

Firelands’ Johnny Sigsworth, left, shoots over Edison’s James Hill on Thursday. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

MILAN TWP. — During the pregame player introductions, the public address announcer at Edison High School erroneously called Firelands’ 5-foot-10 forward Johnny Sigsworth a 6-10 forward. In the second half of the Falcons’ 59-55 non-conference win Thursday, the senior played about that big. Every time the Chargers got close, Sigsworth made a play. He scored Read More…

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…