August 31, 2015


District Boys Basketball: Vermilion never finds rhythm, knocked out by Holy Name

Vermilion High School's Nick Prenatt (33) jumps to take a shot as Holy Name's Nick Opincar (15) and Jack Ehrbar (25) jump to block him. (KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE)

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Vermilion senior Kyle Nader had his usual phenomenal game Saturday, but it wasn’t enough as the cold-shooting Sailors saw their season end with a 65-50 loss to Holy Name in a Division II district final. Nader scored a game-high 26 points and eclipsed 1,000 points in his career, but he was the Read More…

District Boys Basketball: Lorain needs 3 overtimes to outlast Brunswick, stay undefeated, move into district final (VIDEO)

Lorain's Eddie Williamson hangs in the air on the way to the hoop Wednesday during a 59-56 triple-overtime win over Brunswick. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Lorain coach John Rositano said his team needed a game like the one it had just played. The Titans had not had a game where they were in serious jeopardy of losing since Jan. 23, when they rallied in the final minute to knock off Bedford. Since then Lorain had won nine Read More…

Sectional Boys Basketball: Lorain puts on show for fans, family in big win over North Ridgeville

LORAIN — The Lorain boys basketball team has become the hottest ticket in town. Prior to its sectional final at home against North Ridgeville, fans lined up from the front doors across the parking lot  to wait for entrance. The Titans did not disappoint. Lorain, the second-ranked team in the state, put on a high-flying Read More…

Sectional Boys Basketball: D’amonte Thornton’s 3-pointer in OT lifts Avon past Amherst

Avon’s D’amonte Thornton, left, and Will Ybarra sandwich Amherst’s Antonio Serrano as they fight for a rebound during Wednesday’s game at Avon High School. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — The three easy shots Amherst missed led to the nearly impossible game-winner Avon was able to hit. The Comets had three chances to put the game away, but missed the front end of three one-and-one opportunities, one in the final 34 seconds of regulation and two in the final 43 seconds of overtime, Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic overcomes struggling start to capture Division III sectional opener

Elyria Catholic's Jacob Kuchta and James Tirbaso foul Oberlin's Donald Johnson as he drives to the basket. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It took a quarter of basketball, but once Elyria Catholic figured out Oberlin’s 2-3 zone it quickly took control. The Panthers trailed by a bucket after the first quarter before dominating the final three in an 84-59 Division III sectional opener at the Elyria Catholic Coliseum. The Phoenix started the game in a Read More…

Boys basketball: Lorain rolls up 100 points against Euclid, improves to 19-0

Lorain’s Devon Andrews slams home two of his 21 points Friday night in the undefeated Titans’ romp over Euclid. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — After his team dismantled Euclid in front of a sold-out Senior Night crowd, Lorain coach John Rositano didn’t really talk about what happened in the 100-41 win over the Panthers. He wanted to give credit for what has been a “basketball renaissance” of sorts in Lorain … one that has the program poised Read More…

Girls Basketball: Avon Lake struts its stuff against depleted Clearview

Avon Lake’s Ali Balthaser, right, puts up a shot Wednesday against the defense of Clearview’s Janeil Hawthorne. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — It took a little while, but once Avon Lake got things cooking it didn’t let up. The Shoregals used a huge second-quarter run to establish firm control in their 58-23 non-conference home win over short-handed Clearview on Senior Night. Playing without two starters, the Clippers took an 8-4 lead at the 3:57 mark Read More…

Boys Basketball: Jacob Kuchta takes over as Elyria Catholic streaks past North Ridgeville

Elyria Catholic’s Jacob Kuchta, right, goes up for a shot Tuesday during a win over North Ridgeville. Kuchta led all scorers with 
17 points and was key during a stretch in the second quarter. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Sometimes the smallest thing can get a player going. After North Ridgeville’s junior guard Jordan Montgomery made a driving layup and was fouled early in the second quarter he let out a yell, trying to fire up his teammates. Elyria Catholic junior guard Jacob Kuchta took exception. Kuchta took over the game at Read More…

Boys basketball: Lorain uses solid defense to rout Maple Heights (VIDEO)

Lorain High School senior Devon Andrews (5) takes the ball to the hoop as Maple Heights High School senior Maurice Wilson (3) attempts to block his shot on Friday night, Feb. 6.

LORAIN — The last Lorain County high school boys basketball team to win a state championship — the 1986 Oberlin Indians — were nicknamed “The Rim-Wrecking Crew” because of their array of powerful and athletic dunks. This year’s Lorain team — the fourth-ranked Division I team in the state and a state title contender — Read More…

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…