November 29, 2015


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…

Boys basketball: Olmsted Falls hits clutch free throws, sends state-ranked Huron to first loss

OLMSTED TWP. — After the game, Olmsted Falls coach Chris DeLisio joked about making senior forward Ryan Sosic stay late for extra free throw practice due to his missing one late in the fourth quarter. It was his only miss against 13 makes as the Bulldogs put the game away at the line to hand Read More…

Boys Basketball: Elyria Catholic looks strong against Vermilion

Vermilion's Joby Pfeil, center, drives between James Tirbaso, left, and Ceeven Shelton of Elyria Catholic. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — Elyria Catholic coach Phil Kuchta has a mental checklist of what makes a good basketball team. The Panthers crossed a lot of those things off his list in a 56-49 West Shore Conference road win over Vermilion. The Panthers have won seven straight. When asked what makes a good team, Kuchta laid out Read More…

H.S. Hockey: Elyria Catholic’s depth delivers 5-2 win over Avon Lake

Avon Lake's Alex Kelly takes control of the puck while Elyria Catholic's 11 Drew Beck closes in. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Avon Lake wanted to make someone other than Elyria Catholic’s leading scorer, Will Gentry, beat it. Kyle Horvatjch was happy to comply. Horvatjch scored a pair of third-period goals and added an assist as the Panthers kept their Baron Cup hopes alive with a 5-2 win over the Shoremen at the Rocky Read More…

Boys Basketball: Keystone uses size to their advantage in big win

Keystone # 22 Brandon Kuhl goes above the Clipper defense if # 3 Antonio Bennett (left) and # 10 Juan Torres for 2 points. Photo by: Amanda K. Rundle

SHEFFIELD TWP. — The play that had the most effect on Clearview’s 67-54 Patriot Athletic Conference home loss to Keystone on Friday night most likely took place Tuesday. In the Clippers road loss to Wellington, 6-foot-3 senior forward Jason Young was ejected in the game’s final minute. The ejection meant Young had to sit out Read More…

Boys basketball: Johnny Sigsworth comes up big for Firelands in win over Edison

Firelands’ Johnny Sigsworth, left, shoots over Edison’s James Hill on Thursday. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

MILAN TWP. — During the pregame player introductions, the public address announcer at Edison High School erroneously called Firelands’ 5-foot-10 forward Johnny Sigsworth a 6-10 forward. In the second half of the Falcons’ 59-55 non-conference win Thursday, the senior played about that big. Every time the Chargers got close, Sigsworth made a play. He scored Read More…

Boys Basketball: Amherst starts fast, holds off North Ridgeville

Amherst’s Adam Srnis shoots a 
3-pointer over North Ridgeville’s Collin Sullinger during the Comets’ win Tuesday night. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — North Ridgeville’s first-half defense did it in Tuesday night. The Rangers allowed Amherst to shoot 56.6 percent from the field and connect on 7-of-15 from beyond the 3-point arc while forcing just three turnovers. The Comets built a big lead and held on for a 64-58 non-conference victory. Senior Rees Rua, a 5-foot-9 post Read More…

High school hockey: Westlake downs Brecksville for SWC title

Westlake’s Chris Humer scores a goal on Brecksville goalie Eric Bolon during the first period of the Demons’ 4-2 win Sunday in the Southwestern Conference tournament final. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — Westlake junior Joe Guay is starting to get a handle on hockey. The goalie carried his Westlake team to the Southwestern Conference tournament championship, stopping the final 17 shots he faced and making 23 saves overall in the Demons’ 4-2 win over Brecksville in the SWC championship game at the North Olmsted Read More…