August 2, 2014

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Boys basketball: Jeremy Holley does it all in Elyria Catholic’s double-overtime win over Huron

HURON — Sometimes you should be careful what you wish for. With Elyria Catholic’s 6-foot-6 center on the bench late in the first quarter, the Huron student section started chanting, “Where is Holley? Where is Holley?” If they didn’t get enough of Holley in the Panthers’ 69-66 double-overtime win Saturday, they weren’t watching the basketball Read More…

Boys Basketball: Avon Lake shakes off big shot, prevails over Amherst in overtime

Amherst's Garrett Klekota passes the ball around Avon Lake's Matt Molina on Friday night. KRISTIN BAUER | CHORNICLE

AMHERST — Garrett Klekota tried to play the hero, but Avon Lake had an answer every time. Klekota scored a game-high 29 points and sent the game into overtime with a heavily guarded 3-pointer that bounced high off the rim, off the glass and through the net. The Shoremen hit their free throws down the Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic beats Keystone, meets coach’s goal

Elyria Catholic’s Riley Schill goes up for a shot against the defense of Keystone’s Jena Copley on Monday. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic coach Eric Rothgery had a specific goal in mind when his team lost sophomore starter Josie Carandang to a back injury early this season. Monday night, with a 48-42 win over Keystone in non-conference action, Rothgery’s Panthers met his goal. “We knew Josie was going to be out until Jan. 8, Read More…

Wrestling: Worthington cruises in Nationwide Holiday Classic to remain unbeaten

Lorain sophomore Brandon Bartlome wrestles his way to a win over Beaver Local junior Jack Dawson in the 113-pound weight class Saturday at the Lorain Nationwide Holiday Classic. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Keystone sophomore Jacob Worthington made a statement at the Lorain Nationwide Holiday Classic wrestling tournament. The 182-pounder improved to 16-0 with 15 pins or major decisions, breezing through his weight class and defeating Worthington Kilbourne’s Lucky Shaut, 6-2, in the final. His final round win on points was the first time he did Read More…

Wrestling: Lorain sits fifth in host event after Day 1

LORAIN — The opening day of the Nationwide Holiday Classic unfolded in a way that would not have surprised many people. Historic wrestling power Copley sat on top of the team standings while Beaver Local, Bay and Worthington Kilbourne remained within striking distance. Host Lorain sits in fifth — a strong showing for the undermanned Read More…

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…