June 28, 2016

Elyria
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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…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic seals deal with steal, downs Gilmour in sectional final

ELYRIA — If there is such a thing as a team steal in basketball, Elyria Catholic pulled it off Friday night against Gilmour Academy. Down by one with less than 30 seconds to play, the Panthers defense managed to slap the ball away from the Lancers with Darin Guice taking it the other way for Read More…

High school basketball: Draft does it all in North Ridgeville’s win over Westlake

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Greg Draft works on rebounding all the time. That extra effort by the 6-foot-5 senior Thursday night helped nail down North Ridgeville’s 63-61 win over Westlake in a Division I sectional opener. The Rangers (14-9) advance to play at Elyria on Saturday for a berth in the Elyria Catholic district on Wednesday. Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic downs Holy Name for a third time this season, advances to Division II district title game

ELYRIA — It’s never easy playing or beating a team three times in the same year. But Elyria Catholic’s top-seeded girls managed to do just that Monday by fighting off Holy Name 42-28 at Elyria High to earn a place in Thursday’s Division II district final. EC (22-3) will play Padua, a 42-38 winner over Read More…

Sectional Girls Basketball: Allison Schafer gets 31, sets Columbia’s career scoring record as Raiders rally for thrilling victory

COLUMBIA TWP. — It may take awhile for Allison Schafer’s scoring record to sink in. Right now, the Columbia senior captain just wants to savor a dramatic come-from-behind tournament victory. It was Schafer who led No. 2 seed Columbia (20-3) from nine points down in the final seven minutes to beat Beachwood 53-52 on Saturday Read More…

High school basketball: Blanton rescues Elyria in win over Solon

ELYRIA — Make no mistake about it, Antonio Blanton saved Friday night’s game for Elyria. On the brink of disaster, after giving up a nine-point lead entering the final quarter, it was Blanton to the rescue in the final three minutes of a heart-pounding 55-51 victory over Solon to wrap up the regular season at Read More…

Sectional Girls Basketball: Elyria Catholic starts fast, blows past Brooklyn

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic didn’t score in the fourth quarter Wednesday night against Brooklyn in Division II sectional play. It didn’t matter. The game had already been secured, as the top-seeded Panthers (21-3) ripped off the first 13 points in knocking out the Hurricanes 55-23 to advance to Monday’s 6 p.m. district semifinal at Elyria Read More…