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H.S. Baseball: Brookside rallies from 5-run deficit, beats Columbia 7-6

Brookside’s Kyle Houston gets ready to put the tag on Columbia’s Tristen Rindfleisch at third during the fourth inning of Thursday’s Patriot Athletic Conference game at Brookside. The Cardinals rallied from five runs down to get the win. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Brookside got a couple of big breaks, but it made the most of its opportunities as well. Dudley Taw tied the game with an RBI triple after a controversial call, then Kenny Pierson drove in the winning run with a sharp single down the line as the Cardinals came from behind to Read More…

H.S. baseball: Keystone comes up clutch at plate, on mound to slip past Firelands, stay undefeated in PAC

Keystone's Tyler Gullett, right, crosses plate after hitting a two-run homer in the first inning. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

PENFIELD — Marcus Gunter felt a lot better and Collin Fitzgerald was just what the doctor ordered for Keystone in a 3-2 win Wednesday over Firelands. Gunter, who missed a couple of days this week with the flu, hit a go-ahead home run in the second inning, a line shot over the left-field fence that Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Amherst attacks fastballs, rolls past North Ridgeville

Amherst second baseman Zack Bires misses the tag on North Ridgeville’s Nathan Colbert on Wednesday during the Comets’ 12-4 win. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — The Comets had some inside information and a definitive approach. Facing North Ridgeville ace left-hander Mike Martin, the Comets jumped on the first fastball they saw all game. Amherst had 11 hits and nine runs (four earned) against the hard-throwing senior in moving to 3-0 overall with a 12-4 victory Wednesday. The Comets Read More…

High school baseball: Elyria Catholic keeps fighting back, finally downs Black River on big Brian Mihalo double

Elyria Catholic’s Omar Vazquez slides into second ahead of the tag by Black River second baseman Glen Crabtree. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Brian Mihalo took a deep breath and dug back in. After taking a two-strike fastball that missed the outside corner by centimeters, Mihalo lashed a two-run double down the left-field line to give Elyria Catholic a come-from-behind 11-10 win over Black River in its home opener. Mihalo jumped on a 2-2 curveball, lashing Read More…

Girls basketball: Black, Orange teams win annual all-star games

Wellington's Elizabeth Bowman steals the ball from North Ridgeville's senior Leah Lindak. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Keystone’s Darcy Irish scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds while three of her teammates scored eight points each as the Black Team rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to knock off the Gold Team 48-45 Wednesday in one of the Lorain County girls senior all-star basketball games at Avon Lake High Read More…

Boys Basketball: Vermilion forces OT with 3-pointer at buzzer, but falls to Norwalk in regional semifinal

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BOWLING GREEN — After Vermilion defeated Buckeye earlier in the postseason, coach Kurt Habermehl talked about how his Sailors always seemed to end up with their backs against the wall early, then fight their way out of trouble. Vermilion followed the formula again Thursday night, but could not close the deal, dropping a heartbreaker. Sailors Read More…

Boys basketball: Kuhn’s clutch 3-pointer puts Vermilion in district final

Vermilion's Aaron Dawson battles for a loose ball against Buckeye's Cory Inman during the second quarter of the Westlake district semi-final game. RON SCHWANE/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — In a game of big plays, Cameron Kuhn made the biggest. The 6-foot-1 senior connected on a 3-pointer from the left wing with a tick over 20 seconds left in the game to lift Vermilion into the Division II district final with a 74-72 win over Buckeye at Westlake High School. After John Read More…

Division II boys basketball: Clearview sees 17-point 4th-quarter lead dwindle before fighting off Brookside

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SHEFFIELD TWP. — Leading by 17 points heading into the fourth quarter Saturday, Clearview appeared to be a solid bet to claim the Division II sectional title and move on to face Holy Name in the Westlake District semifinals Thursday at 7 p.m. The Clippers got the job done, but Brookside’s 6-foot-5 senior center Kelvin Read More…

Boys basketball: Coach glad Columbia moving on with win over Independence; not so happy with performance

Columbia's Jay Banyasz drives against Independence's Dan Baran on Tuesday at Columbia High School. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — Columbia accomplished what it wanted to accomplish, advancing to a Division III sectional final with a 58-46 win over Independence on Tuesday. Raiders coach Larry Babics, however, was less than thrilled with what he saw from his team. Columbia, the fifth seed in the Garfield Heights district, struggled to put away the Read More…

Girls basketball: Keystone hands Firelands first conference loss

Firelands' Brandi Holowecky drives past Keystone's McKenah Peters. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

HENRIETTA TWP. — During the regular season, Firelands dominated Patriot Athletic Conference opponents, winning all 16 games. It’s a cliché that virtually every coach uses when the playoffs roll around — the regular season is over and every team is 0-0. Behind a dominant fourth quarter from senior Darcy Irish and clutch free-throw shooting from Read More…