August 1, 2014

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Keystone assistant, freshman spur ‘Cats past Elyria Catholic

AVON — A fill-in coach and a freshman were the difference for Keystone in the opening round of the Eagle Holiday Tournament on Saturday night. With Greg Morgan back in LaGrange battling the flu, Shawn Reed took the coaching reins and pushed the right buttons as the Wildcats held off Elyria Catholic, 59-52, to advance Read More…

Boys basketball: Ridgeville shot down in second half

 PARMA HEIGHTS — Mental toughness is something coaches talk about all the time. There was no question Tuesday night which team had the upper-hand physically as North Ridgeville traveled to Parma to play Valley Forge in a non-conference game. But as Ranger coach Bill Noggle admitted, “We have to get a little more mental toughness. Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria loses first game

 ELYRIA — Mike Walsh figured it was a matter of time before his Elyria girls lost a game. “We ain’t going 27-0,” he said. “We knew that.” The Lady Pioneers lost for the first time this year, 69-54, to Strongsville Saturday night. Both teams are now 1-1 in Northeast Ohio Conference play. Strongsville entered the Read More…

A win worth savoring: Elyria downs Normandy for first win of season and Larrick’s first win as head coach

ELYRIA — Don’t blame Elyria’s first-year coach Brett Larrick if he’s caught viewing the video of Tuesday night’s third quarter over and over and over. It was that good. The Pioneers outscored Normandy 29-9 and outrebounded the Invaders 13-3. Elyria shot 65 percent (11-of-17) from the field — including 5-of-7 on 3-pointers — and they Read More…

Boys basketball: Middies shake nerves, down Elyria Catholic in their season opener

EATON TWP — Whatever the venue or activity, you know the competitive juices will flow when Elyria Catholic and Midview get together. Saturday added another chapter to the backyard rivalry as Midview successfully opened its boys basketball season with a hard-fought 60-54 victory over the Panthers in non-conference play. EC fell to 1-3. Forty-eight fouls, Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria shows improvement against tough Twinsburg, but still comes up short

TWINSBURG — Coaches like to see improvement from the first game to the second. While Elyria’s Brett Larrick saw plenty of things to build on, his Pioneers still fell short, 66-61, Friday night at Twinsburg. Elyria fell to 0-2 while Twinsburg improved to 2-0. “Twinsburg is a very good team,” Larrick said. “We knew that Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria loses in two OTs in Larrick’s coaching debut

ELYRIA — Brett Larrick won’t soon forget his first game as Elyria High’s varsity coach. It took two overtimes for Berea to spoil his debut with a 70-68 heartbreaker at the Pioneers gym. “It was a great game,” said Larrick. “Two teams that battled. Give Berea credit, they made some plays down the stretch — Read More…

Boys basketball: Big second half lifts Dukes

 WELLINGTON — Good shooters should just keep shooting. That was the lesson Wellington took away from Saturday’s, 48-40, opening-night victory over longtime rival New London. The Dukes were ice cold in the second quarter — in fact they went the final 5:15 without scoring — yet came back to pick up the victory. Wellington made Read More…

Boys basketball: Amherst, new coach hit ground running with win over Oberlin

AMHERST — John Srnis had always envisioned the day he’d be the head coach at his alma mater. Srnis realized his ambition Friday, leading Amherst past Oberlin 72-48 as the Comets opened the year on a huge positive note. Srnis, the former head coach at Elyria, took the Amherst job after a three-year absence from Read More…

Girls basketball: Second half key as Keystone downs Vermilion in Lorain County Holiday Classic consolation game

ELYRIA — Intensity can be a friend or an enemy. One minute you have it, the next you don’t. That pretty much summed up Saturday’s consolation game at the Lorain County Holiday Tournament at Elyria High. Keystone picked up its intensity just when the Vermilion Sailors lost theirs to come away with a 39-35 victory. Read More…