April 21, 2014

Intermittent clouds

Boys basketball: EC edges North Ridgeville in error-filled game

Elyria Catholic's DJ Graham shoots between North Ridgeville's Tyler Rowe and Jordan Montgomery. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic kept handing North Ridgeville chances, but the Rangers kept handing them back. The Panthers missed seven of eight free throws in the final 30 seconds of the fourth quarter, but the Rangers failed to turn those misses into points at the other end, missing their final three shots from the field Read More…

Girls basketball: Berea-Midpark’s Ziska spoils Westlake game plan

Westlake's Monica Fury tries to shoot past Berea-Midpark's Erin O'Neill. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — Westlake’s defensive game plan seemed to be working perfectly. One problem for the Demons … they didn’t account for Becca Ziska. Westlake collapsed on 6-foot-3 Pittsburgh recruit Stasha Carey, hoping to force someone else to beat them. Ziska was more than happy to oblige. She connected on four of five 3-pointers as Berea-Midpark Read More…

Girls basketball: Avon hands Elyria Catholic first loss of season

Avon's Allie Bjorn blocks Elyria Catholic's Julia Scarpelli on Wednesday night. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON — Elyria Catholic coach Eric Rothgery is convinced. “Bottom line … Avon was the best team in the conference before the season started, and they’re still the best team in the conference now,” he said. “They’re a really good team.” Avon was actually quite convincing Wednesday night. The Eagles jumped on the Panthers early Read More…

Boys Basketball: Clippers cruise to win over Cardinals

Clearview's Daimon Knowles shoots past Brookside's Kelvin Jones. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Brookside never quit, but it never really mattered. Clearview raced out to a big lead after the first period and, despite a Cardinal run in the second quarter, was never seriously challenged in a 59-35 Patriot Athletic Conference win Tuesday night. The Clippers (2-1, 1-1 jumped out to a 21-4 lead after the Read More…

Boys basketball: Vermilion turns around game against Elyria Catholic by turning up the heat, shutting down inside game

Vermilion's Kyle Nader, left, tries to drive past Elyria Catholic's Jacob Kuchta. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — Even if you have the most powerful cannon in the world, if you can’t figure out how to load it you aren’t going to win many battles. Elyria Catholic learned that lesson Friday in a 60-54 loss to Vermilion in the West Shore Conference opener for both teams. Through three quarters, Panthers’ 6-foot-6 Read More…

Keystone’s Bob Renninger had ‘live’ arm and great velocity

Bob Renninger

Bob Renninger had what is called in baseball circles a “live” arm. The lefthander could throw harder than anyone around and, according to Tom Sooy, a childhood friend and teammate on Keystone’s 1967 regional qualifying baseball team, was just wild enough to be effective. How difficult was it for a hitter to step in against Read More…

Boys Basketball: Amherst rolls by Oberlin, 80-34

Amherst's Danny Fortney blocks a shot by Oberlin's Devonte Hougland. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — When Amherst guard Garrett Klekota suffered a knee injury early this summer he worried about his senior basketball season. After his season-opening performance against Oberlin, it looks like he’s going to be just fine. Playing just 16 minutes, Klekota scored 17 points, handed out five assists and recorded five steals as the Comets Read More…

High school: Elyria Catholic finds a new home, joins Bay, Rocky River and four Parma area schools in new conference

Take three parts Northeast Ohio Conference, mix in three parts West Shore Conference, add a dash of North Coast League and a mystery ingredient yet to be determined and you have the makings of a new conference that has Elyria Catholic athletic director Bob Thayer excited. The Panthers will join West Shore Conference brethren Rocky Read More…

Girls basketball: Bartlome lifts Vermilion to win

Vermilion's Jen Kovarik and Edison's Chelsea Imus fight for a rebound. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — With the school’s all-time leading scorer now in college, it’s Hannah Bartlome’s turn to light up the scoreboard at Vermilion High School. Bartlome scored a career-high 31 points while freshman forward Caitlyn Schnur scored 14 and pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds to lead the Sailors to a 64-53 non-conference home victory over Edison. Read More…

Girls basketball: Avon Lake takes advantage in win over Lake Ridge

Avon Lake High School sophomore guard Hannah Nicholas tries to take control of the ball from Lake Ridge Academy freshman guard Yana Miller on Saturday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — While Lake Ridge Academy coach Lisa Medvetz is hoping to hold on until Jan. 10, Avon Lake coach Dave Zvara was more concerned with Nov. 23. Senior Emily Nicholas scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while the Shoregals pitched a second-quarter shutout in their 49-21 win over the Royals on Saturday Read More…