December 18, 2014

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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…

Boys basketball: North Ridgeville applies missing finishing touch, knocks off Firelands with clutch fourth quarter

HENRIETTA TWP. — North Ridgeville coach Bryan Morgan has been waiting for a fourth quarter like this. Morgan’s Rangers played virtually mistake-free basketball in the final period to close out a weary Firelands team, 47-41. The Rangers (5-16) did not turn the ball over in the final period. They only scored 10 points, but held Read More…

Boys basketball: Clearview comes up with big plays late to down Columbia, pull closer in PAC Stripes Division race

Clearview's Daimon Knowles shoots past Columbia's David Delahunty. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Columbia had what it wanted, but it didn’t want what unfolded. With less than a minute on the clock the Raiders had the ball in their hands, down by a point, but a Daimon Knowles steal led to an Antonio Bennett basket that sealed the deal Friday in Clearview’s 68-61 Patriot Athletic Read More…

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

Conner Kamczyc

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…