July 6, 2015

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Boys basketball: Lorain’s dream season comes to an end in regionals with loss to defending state champion St. Edward

As the clock reached its last minute, the Titans and fans hung their heads as they realized catching up to St. Edwards High School would not be possible. KRISTIN BAUER/ CHRONICLE

AKRON — It’s over. Lorain’s unbeaten season, and hopes for state tournament glory, ended Wednesday night in a 68-60 loss to defending state champion St. Edward at a jam-packed and loud James A. Rhodes Arena. It ended on a night when Lorain ran into a team just as big and just as talented as it Read More…

Boys Basketball: Lorain’s run to 25-0 causes flashback to 1988 Admiral King team that won regional title

After Lorain High School defeated St. Ignatius in their District Championship game, senior Rashod Berry (3) hugged senior Devon Andrews (5). (KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE)

Lorain is 25-0, ranked No. 2 in the state and will meet tournament-tested St. Edward on Wednesday at the University of Akron in the regional. So the comparisons are only natural. Sounds a lot like the 1988 Admiral King team. Back then, Mitch Gillam had Admiral King on top of the basketball world in Northeast Read More…

District Boys Basketball: Lorain beats St. Ignatius, wins city’s 1st district title in 20 years

After Lorain High School defeated St. Ignatius in their District Championship game, Lorain head coach John Rositano hugged senior Rashod Berry (3) on Saturday night, March 14. (KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE)

  EATON TWP. — The celebration was 20 years in the making. That’s how long it had been since the city of Lorain reigned supreme in Division I district basketball. The Lorain Titans got the party started Saturday, and kept their dream season going, as they knocked out defending district champion St. Ignatius 70-62 at Read More…

District Boys Basketball: Elyria struggles to finish quarters, loses to strong Berea-Midpark team

BROADVIEW HTS. — A few too many missed shots, a few too many missed opportunities and a good dose of 6-foot-11 Nolan Gerrity proved too much for Elyria to overcome Wednesday night at the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Division I district. Berea-Midpark (21-3) closed out each of the last three quarters on a run to beat the Read More…

Sectional Boys Basketball: Elyria gets past Midview in hard-fought, dramatic game

ELYRIA — You couldn’t ask for more drama or excitement than neighborhood rivals Midview and Elyria delivered Saturday night at the Pioneer gym. In front of a near-capacity and energetic crowd, Elyria hung on for a 48-45, heart-pounding sectional championship victory to move on to next week’s Brecksville-Broadview Heights district semifinal against Berea-Midpark. The Pioneers Read More…

Boys basketball: KJ Williams leads way as Keystone avenges late-season loss to Buckeye

LAGRANGE — Keystone’s KJ Williams had something to prove Friday against Buckeye. Williams admitted he didn’t have his best game when the Wildcats visited Buckeye late in the regular season but he more than made up for it in leading Keystone to a 67-52 win over the Bucks in a Division II sectional final. The Read More…

Sectional Boys Basketball: Elyria rolls past Westlake with strong defense

Elyria’s 
K.J. Miller 
is fouled Wednesday by Westlake’s Andris Balodis 
on his way 
to the hoop during 
the Pioneers’ 70-53 victory in a Division I sectional opener. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — With its defense playing well, Elyria simply needed a spark on offense to get going Wednesday against Westlake in the Division I tournament opener. That spark came directly from senior guard Marquise Dalton, and the Pioneers earned their way into Saturday’s sectional final against Midview with a 70-53 win over the Demons. Dalton Read More…

Boys Basketball: Firelands fight back, but deficit too large

Firelands’ Colin Myers goes up strong against Padua’s Michael Craider on Tuesday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

HENRIETTA TWP. — Time ran out on Firelands in a Division II sectional opener Tuesday. Down by 13 points to Padua with just over three minutes to play, the Falcons dug in defensively and nearly pulled out an improbable victory before falling 51-50. “Our effort was there, our kids were focused,” Firelands coach Brett Bartlett Read More…

Boys Basketball: Elyria earns first league title in 20 years

Elyria Antonio Blanton goes up to hoop over Normandy Mickey Newman Feb. 27.  Steve Manheim

ELYRIA — Twenty years is a long time to go between league titles, so Elyria celebrated Friday night. The Pioneers earned a co-championship in the final year of the Northeast Ohio Conference Lake Division by beating co-champion Normandy 72-64 at the Pioneer gym. With a number of players and coach Mike Walsh (now an assistant) Read More…

Sectional Girls Basketball: Shots don’t fall, but Elyria beats Strongsville with stifling defense

Elyria’s  Shayla Middlebrooks shoots over Strongsville’s Erin Sims
during Thursday’s Division I sectional final at Elyria. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — In the eyes of Brian Arth, there was nothing ugly about Elyria High’s 28-25 Division I sectional final victory over Strongsville on Thursday at the Pioneer gym. “(Strongsville) plays good defense,” the Elyria coach said. “It’s tough to read at times. My feeling is we got the shots we wanted. We shoot a Read More…