April 26, 2015


Boys basketball: Elyria responds to coach’s halftime talk, puts away Olmsted Falls

Elyria’s Blake Furcron takes to the air to put up a shot Tuesday night against Olmsted Falls at Elyria High. Furcron scored 23 points, including nine in the third quarter when the Pioneers took control. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Whatever words of wisdom Elyria coach Brett Larrick shared with his team at halftime must have had a profound effect. The Pioneers took control of Tuesday’s non-conference game with Olmsted Falls in the third quarter and came away with a 76-64 win. “We didn’t say a thing at halftime, did we?” Larrick asked Read More…

Boys basketball: North Ridgeville senior hits 3-pointer in OT for victory

Jordan Montgomery, left, of North Ridgeville drives the lane against Firelands Colin Myers, center, and James Willbond in the third quarter. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — In the grand scheme, Saturday’s non-conference game at North Ridgeville didn’t mean a whole lot. Just don’t tell Rangers senior Tyler Arnold. It was Arnold that swished a huge 3-pointer from the left baseline with 25 seconds remaining in overtime that ultimately gave North Ridgeville a hard-fought 60-58 win over Firelands. The Read More…

Lorain County Holiday Classic: Elyria uses solid 2nd half to top Avon Lake

Elyria’s K.J. Miller takes the ball to the basket against Avon Lake’s Matt Molina on Tuesday. Miller scored 18. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Brett Larrick wasn’t sure what he’d see Tuesday night in the consolation game of the 17th annual Lorain County Holiday Classic. His team had been beaten handily by Lorain on Monday, but the Pioneers bounced back with a hard-fought 60-57 win over Avon Lake to improve to 5-2 heading into the new year. Read More…

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…