August 1, 2015


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…

Boys Basketball: Midview edges Elyria Catholic again, this time in OT

Midview’s Daimion Mahone takes the ball to the basket Tuesday as Elyria Catholic’s Brian Duffield (32) tries to block. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Not much has separated Midview and Elyria Catholic on the basketball floor this year. The longtime rivals said goodbye to their West Shore Conference days Tuesday with another competitive game won by the Middies, 70-67 in overtime at EC’s Coliseum. The final score nearly mirrored the 70-64 Midview victory earlier in the year Read More…

Chase Farris, Tracy Sprinkle among those honored on Elyria High alumni night

Ohio State football players Chase Farris, left, and Tracy Sprinkle stand on either side of Pioneers coach Brett Larrick during Elyria High’s alumni night basketball game Friday. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It’s always special to give another salute to the past but it’s especially exciting when a couple of those returning alumni are part of a national championship team. Chase Farris and Tracy Sprinkle were among 37 returning Elyria basketball alumni at Friday’s annual event. The two were on the Ohio State football team Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria opens 2nd half on tear, tops Midview

Elyria’s Marquise Dalton, left, and Antonio Blanton put Midview’s Jacob Wells in a precarious position Saturday night at Midview. The Pioneers got the win, 69-65. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — An 11-point run to start the second half turned out to be the difference for Elyria in a well-played non-conference battle of neighborhood rivals Saturday night at Midview. The Pioneers (11-4) won 69-65 to pick up their third win this week. Midview fell to 8-8. The first half ended with Midview holding the Read More…