November 27, 2014

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LCCC Women’s Basketball: Coach Tony Naples believes he can build successful program that benefits county girls

LCCC's Gabby Woods, a Brookside High graduate, looks to score against Point Park's Danika Adams-Peterson Wednesday night in the Commodores' season finale. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Lorain County Community College women’s basketball coach Tony Naples wants to provide area high school players with an alternative. He isn’t searching for that stud player that scores 25 points a game, or the 6-foot-3 girl that can handle the ball and finish with either hand. What Naples is looking for, what he Read More…

Boys basketball: Win over Trinity, strong defense down the stretch have Elyria Catholic feeling better as postseason nears

Elyria Catholic's Jeremy Holley takes a shot while defended by Trinity's Jake Gerrick, front, and sophomore Kyle McSweeney. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — With the postseason tournament two weeks down the road, Elyria Catholic coach Phil Kuchta hopes his Panthers can get on some kind of a roll. Maybe they started one last night with a 59-51 victory over Trinity at The Coliseum. Junior D.J. Graham scored 17 of his game-high 20 points in the first Read More…

Boys basketball: Keystone still has Stars in its eyes after defense-driven win over Firelands in conference play

HENRIETTA TWP. — Keystone used a smothering trapping defense to keep its Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division title hopes alive Friday, forcing 25 turnovers in a 55-42 victory over Firelands. The Wildcats trail one-loss Buckeye atop the division standings, and will face the Bucks at home in their season finale. The Wildcats (13-5, 11-2) jumped Read More…

Girls basketball: Brooke Wallace sparks Amherst in win over Clearview

Amherst's Brooke Wallace drives between Clearview's Megan Woods and Raquel Santana. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Brooke Wallace is a Division I college prospect. She’s also her own harshest critic. After Wallace dominated the paint in Amherst’s 58-40 non-conference win over Clearview, the 6-foot-1 junior talked about what she was unable to get accomplished in the game. Wallace scored 12 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, blocked five shots, snared four Read More…

Boys basketball: Big plays lead Midview past Bay in 2OT

EATON TWP. — Bay did a lot of things right, but Midview did the right things when it counted the most. After a Grant Overy 3-pointer at the buzzer sent the game to overtime, Jack Duffner sparked a Middies run to start the second overtime as Midview held off the Rockets 91-88 in double overtime. Read More…

Elyria’s two-time, first-team All-Ohio linebacker Connor Kamczyc signs with Marist College

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Elyria’s Connor Kamczyc is going to a place where he will definitely be needed. The two-time first-team Division I All-Ohio linebacker has decided to continue his football career at Marist, a Division I Football Championship Subdivision program that finished tied with Butler atop the Pioneer Conference regular-season standings last season at 7-1. The Red Foxes Read More…

Boys basketball: Olmsted Falls turns page after pregame technical foul, hands Berea-Midpark first loss of season

OLMSTED TWP. — The book was wrong, but everything else went just fine for Olmsted Falls in a key Southwestern Conference game against Berea-Midpark. The Bulldogs had their players’ road numbers written in the scorebook instead of the numbers on their home whites, drawing an administrative technical foul before the game even started. However, once Read More…

Hockey: Westlake beats Brecksville for Southwestern Conference title

Westlake’s Alex Miller (11) celebrates after scoring a goal in the second period of Sunday’s 5-3 win over Brecksville. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — Westlake played like the top seed it was … but Brecksville was not going down without a fight. The Demons jumped out to a three-goal lead in the second period, then held on to win their first Southwestern Conference hockey tournament title with a 5-3 win over the Bees. Andrew Marincic pulled Read More…

Boys basketball: Vermilion stuns Elyria Catholic in the first half, then holds off big Panther rally in the second

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ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic spent all Friday night digging itself out of a big mess. It was not stranded in the heavy snow that fell at the corner of Gulf and Poplar … the mess was inside, and it was one of the Panthers’ own making. Elyria Catholic put itself in an 18-point hole at Read More…

Girls basketball: Amherst tops Lorain

Lorain’s Destiny Wilson (21) tries to shoot over Amherst’s Brooke Wallace. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — When Amherst took care of the ball, its offense was effective. It took the Comets until the second half to decide to take care of the ball. After turning over the ball 14 times in the first half Wednesday, Amherst gave it up only six times in the second in its 39-34 non-conference Read More…