January 25, 2015

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Lorain County Holiday Classic: Big first half lifts defending champ Lorain past Elyria, into final

Lorain’s Rashod Berry slams home a basket as the Titans rolled past Elyria in an opening game of the Lorain County Holiday Classic on Monday at Lorain High School. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — For at least the first half, Lorain came as advertised. While Elyria showed some grit in the second half, the Titans still pinned a third straight Lorain County Holiday Classic loss on the Pioneers on Monday night, this one 74-57 at Lorain High. The Titans (7-0) are big, strong, physical and intimidating, and Read More…

Boys basketball: Ceevan Shelton sparks Elyria Catholic to win over Brookside

Elyria Catholic’s Darin Guice puts up a shot between Brookside’s Nathan Jasko, left, and Travis Fortney during the Panthers’ 67-29 victory Saturday night. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Senior Ceevan Shelton figured two straight losses was enough for Elyria Catholic. Shelton scored 27 points Saturday as the Panthers snapped their skid with a 67-29 win over Brookside in non-conference play. It was a good way to end 2014 as the Panthers schedule will get even tougher going forward. “My teammates were Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria notches OT victory over North Ridgeville

Elyria's K.J. Miller scores the final point of the game during overtime as North Ridgeville's Jordan Montgomery defends. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Eight quick points to start overtime propelled Elyria High past North Ridgeville 73-65 Tuesday night in non-conference play. In an otherwise back-and-forth battle between neighboring rivals, the quick start to the extra period was the big difference in determining the winner. The Rangers have lost two straight after opening the year with Read More…

Boys basketball: Antonio Blanton’s best just what Elyria needs to knock off undefeated Keystone

Elyria’s Antonio Blanton goes up for a shot against Keystone’s Brandon Kuhl. Blanton had a career-high 17 points, including some key shots down the stretch. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Antonio Blanton may not hit two bigger shots in his life than the ones he made Saturday at Keystone. Blanton’s heroics helped Elyria High stave off the Wildcats 54-43 in non-conference play. The Pioneers (3-1) handed Keystone its first loss in six games. The Wildcats had just rallied from a 10-point deficit to Read More…

Boys basketball: Avon hands North Ridgeville first loss as inside players come up big

North Ridgeville’s Jack Lesniak, center, tries to grab a rebound against Avon’s Jeffrey Laraway, left, and Will Ybarra. Avon won the battle of the boards and ruined the Rangers’ perfect start in the process. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

AVON — Coaches like to say rebounding is simply desire. Friday night there was no doubt about Avon’s effort on the glass as it pulled away from previously unbeaten North Ridgeville 62-42 in West Shore Conference play. The Eagles dominated inside thanks to seniors Will Ybarra, Zach Torbert and junior Jeffrey Laraway in handing the Read More…

Boys basketball: 11 Elyria players score in rout of Valley Forge

Elyria’s K.J. Miller leaps between Valley Forge’s Collin Hogan (50) and Larry Jackson on the way to the basket Tuesday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Getting everyone involved was a preseason goal Brett Larrick set for his young Elyria High basketball team. Tuesday, for the most part, the Pioneers did just that in a 79-46 win over winless Valley Forge in Northeast Ohio Conference Lake Division play. Elyria improved to 2-1 and 1-1, while the Patriots fell to Read More…

Girls basketball: Amherst shakes slow start against North Olmsted

Amherst’s Brooke Wallace hauls in a rebound between several North Olmsted players in the Comets’ 60-37 win. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — It took a little while for Amherst to unwind Saturday afternoon in Southwestern Conference play at North Olmsted, but once they did the Comets girls rolled to a 60-37 victory. “That first quarter was one of the worst we’ve played all year,” Amherst coach Kevin Collins said. “We kind of expected it. Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria lets late lead slip away vs. Parma

PARMA — There were plenty of reasons Elyria came away from Parma on the short end of a 51-49 Northeast Ohio Conference Lake Division basketball game Friday night. Brett Larrick, the Pioneers coach, had the answers. “We had the lead,” he said. “You miss free throws, you miss layups. Fourth quarter 2-for-6 from the free Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic shares ball, turns up defense to blow away Oberlin

Elyria Catholic’s Kevin Kelley pulls down a rebound in between teammate Ceeven Shelton and Oberlin’s Ramon Eisom on Tuesday night. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — There have been many memorable, hotly contested basketball games between Oberlin and Elyria Catholic over the years. Tuesday was not one of them. EC rolled to an early 20-point advantage and coasted to an 87-28 win over the outmanned and very young Phoenix. The Panthers (2-0) forced 18 first-half turnovers with quick traps Read More…

Boys basketball: Dalton steps up in Elyria victory over Westlake

Christy Legeza CT Photo December 5, 2014 Basketball - Westlake at Elyria - Elyria Guard Antonio Blanton drives to the basket past Westlake's Andris Balodis.

ELYRIA — There was no Isaiah Walton on the floor for Elyria and no Gavin Skelly for Westlake as the Pioneers and Demons tipped off the basketball season Friday at Elyria High. Though they hooked up in some memorable games the past few seasons, the former is now a redshirt freshman at UC Davis and Read More…