May 3, 2016

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Elyria Sports Hall of Fame 2016: Adversity was no match for Elyria volleyball and basketball standout Jenn Snyder-Larrick

Long, lean, athletic and intelligent, Jenn Snyder-Larrick had it all as a junior at Elyria High School in 1997. An outstanding volleyball and basketball player, the sky seemed to be the limit for her until a freak injury occurred during a basketball game against Warrensville Heights on Dec. 10, 1997. “We were 4-0,” said Mike Read More…

Boys Basketball: Midview promotes JV coach Jim Brabenec to replace Troy DiFranco

Jim Brabenec knows firsthand the lofty expectations he inherited as the new basketball coach at Midview. Brabenec, an assistant for the Middies the past two years, will replace Troy DiFranco, who stepped down after 19 successful seasons. DiFranco was 231-187, including an outstanding 17-6 season and Southwestern Conference championship in the winter. Midview won 15 Read More…

Boys basketball: Oberlin won final 24 games to capture 1986 AA state title

This is the third in a series of three stories looking back at the anniversaries of some of Lorain County’s greatest boys basketball teams. Basketball in Lorain County was as good as anywhere in the state of Ohio from the 1960s through the 1980s. Oberlin and Clearview won state championships, Admiral King and Lorain Catholic Read More…

High School Basketball: 40 years ago, Lorain Catholic’s memorable run led all the way to the state final

Second in a series of three stories looking back at the anniversaries of some of Lorain County’s greatest boys basketball teams.  Jim Lawhead remembered like it was yesterday. “I was walking toward the tunnel at St. John,” Lawhead said. “John Chavers, the East Tech coach, stopped me and told me we had the best team down Read More…

High school basketball: Reichenbach’s final Elyria team won Buckeye crown, beat Libbey

This is the first in a series of three stories looking back at the anniversaries of some of Lorain County’s greatest boys basketball teams. It was said that Dale Reichenbach could take any five kids off the street and turn them into a decent basketball team. Well, maybe that stretches the lore just a wee Read More…

Boys basketball: Oberlin falls in two OTs vs. Aquinas in regional semifinal

CANTON — A little too much Jacob Paul ended Oberlin’s basketball season Wednesday night at Canton Field House in Division III regional play. Paul, St. Thomas Aquinas’ all-time career scoring leader, dumped in 37 to lead the Knights past the Phoenix 87-80 in double overtime. Aquinas (19-8) moves on to play Villa Angela-St. Joseph on Read More…

The tournament trail: Well-balanced Oberlin in Division III regional semifinals

OBERLIN — Kurt Russell knew right where to look for junior Caleb Hughley when the call came to interview the 5-foot-9 guard. Sure enough, Hughley was in the gym honing his basketball skills just as Russell, Oberlin’s head coach, thought he might be. “He leads by example, along with Donald Johnson,” Russell said. “He’s a Read More…

Boys District Basketball: Keystone puts up fight but can’t bottle up Bay Rockets

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Jeff Holzhauer thought he drew up the best game plan he could think of for his Keystone Wildcats against Bay in the Division II district title game Saturday at North Ridgeville. It fell short. Bay, for the first time since 1993, claimed a district title by getting past the stubborn Wildcats 71-59. Read More…

Boys District Basketball: Jordan Montgomery scores 10 in OT as North Ridgeville knocks off Olmsted Falls

ELYRIA — Jordan Montgomery rescued North Ridgeville’s season Wednesday night at the Elyria Catholic Coliseum. It was Montgomery, with three steals, three rebounds and 10 points in overtime, who lifted the Rangers past Olmsted Falls 63-55 and into Saturday’s Division I matinee district final against No. 1 seed Lorain. “I was playing bad the first Read More…

Boys basketball: North Ridgeville knocks off Elyria in sectional final behind 31 points from Isa Abdul-Alim

ELYRIA — North Ridgeville had something to prove Saturday night at Elyria High. And prove it, the Rangers definitely did. North Ridgeville (15-9), behind a career night by Isa Abdul-Alim, pulled the rug out from the second-seeded Pioneers with a 68-65 win to advance to Wednesday’s Division I district semifinal against Olmsted Falls, a surprisingly Read More…