May 24, 2015

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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…

Boys Basketball: Elyria’s 7-game winning streak snapped in 73-57 loss to Lakewood

LAKEWOOD — Maybe it was having four snow days around the weekend. Maybe it was playing in a junior high gym as Lakewood’s high school is being built. Maybe it was Lakewood’s Senior Night that brought out the best in the Rangers, or maybe the effective zone defense they threw at Elyria. Maybe it was Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria keeps rolling, downs Medina for 7th straight win

Elyria’s Blake Furcron goes to the basket Tuesday against the defense of Medina’s Evan Schreck. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Brett Larrick knew Medina was a much better team than its near-.500 record might have indicated prior to Tuesday’s non-conference game at the Pioneers gym. Elyria beat the Bees 63-58 to win its seventh straight and improve to 15-4 behind another super defensive effort and the scoring of 6-foot-4 junior Blake “Bo” Furcron. Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria downs North Royalton for sixth straight win

Elyria’s Blake Furcron shoots over North Royalton’s Sam Tamowski (25) and Nick Coberly (12). Furcron led Elyria with 21 points. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Friday’s game at Elyria High could be described simply as a nice win. The Pioneers got off to an early lead and hung on for 58-47 victory against an improved North Royalton team to improve to 14-4, 6-2 in the Northeast Ohio Conference Lake Division. The win also kept alive Elyria’s hopes of Read More…

Boys Basketball: Elyria impressive in 30-point win over North Olmsted

Elyria’s Josh Lotko shoots over North Olmsted’s Kyle Wapshott on Tuesday during the Pioneers’ victory. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It’s hard to imagine Elyria playing much better than it did Tuesday night against North Olmsted. The Pioneers fed off their defense and a career-high 31 points from junior Blake “Bo” Furcron to pin an impressive 75-45 drubbing on the Eagles for their fifth straight win. No doubt coach Brett Larrick saw Elyria Read More…

Boys basketball: North Olmsted loses big lead, but holds on to defeat Avon

Josh Hufstetler draws a foul as he makes a jump shot over Will Ybarra at North Olmsted High. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — The Eagles came away from Saturday’s non-conference game a little wiser. Both Eagles, that is, as North Olmsted held off Avon 55-53 in a non-conference game. North Olmsted built what appeared to be a pretty safe cushion at 46-25 following a 3-pointer by Matt Starcovic and a layup from Josh Hufstetler with Read More…