September 16, 2014

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Boys basketball: Jay Banyasz has big night as Columbia holds off Hawken rally, advances to Division III district tournament

Columbia's Jay Banyasz hits a shot over Hawken's Warren Starks. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — An 18-point lead with 3:18 to play is usually a pretty safe bet in high school basketball, just don’t try telling that to Columbia coach Larry Babics. His Raiders survived a furious Hawken rally Friday night before emerging with a 75-69 win in a Division III sectional final. They advance to Tuesday’s Read More…

Sectional Boys Basketball: Avon Lake turns tables, ousts Elyria in overtime

Avon Lake’s Jason Hessel, middle, fights for a loose ball with Elyria’s Manny Harrington, left, and Jason Oliver. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Two months and 21 points must seem like a lifetime ago for Elyria. The Pioneers were eliminated from the postseason by Avon Lake 55-46 in overtime Wednesday night. Elyria beat the Shoremen 79-58 at the Holiday Classic in December. But the Shoremen (10-13) have been the hotter commodity lately, and won their seventh Read More…

Boys Basketball: Ross Lewis makes tough 3-pointer at buzzer to give Vermilion win over Elyria

Elyria's Marquise Dalton drives between Vermilion's Ross Lewis, left, and Seth Konrad. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

VERMILION — Ross Lewis had cleaner looks Saturday afternoon, but no shot was sweeter. Lewis knocked down a well-defended 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Vermilion over Elyria 49-48 in a rare matinee non-conference makeup game. The Sailors improved to 13-6, while Elyria lost for the fourth time in five games to fall to 14-7. Read More…

Boys basketball: Isaiah Walton, fellow seniors lead way as Elyria snaps three-game losing skid with rout of Mayfield

Elyria's Hunter Parsh drives on Mayfield's Matt Flowers at Elyria High School on Friday night. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — After three straight double-digit losses, Elyria needed something positive Friday and it got it on Senior Night with a 64-45 win over Mayfield. Isaiah Walton, one of the seniors honored before the game, played through Mayfield’s football mentality to score 25 points and pass Robert Nelson for seventh place on the all-time career Read More…

Boys basketball: Clearview makes lots of shots, downs Lutheran West to start important week off right

Clearview's Gerrell Williams, front, and Lutheran West's Greg Kunse go for a rebound during Tuesday night's Patriot Athletic Conference game at Clearview. Williams scored a game-high 24 points in the Clippers' win. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — No one needed to tell Clearview’s senior captain Gerrell Williams the importance of this week. The Clippers took care of Round One on Tuesday in beating Lutheran West 72-59 to set up Friday’s showdown with league-leading Columbia in the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division race. Clearview, 13-5 overall and 9-4 in the PAC, Read More…

Boys Basketball: In a zone, Avon Lake stuns Lakewood

AVON LAKE — Lakewood’s non-conference game with Avon Lake on Saturday had all the makings of a tune-up for the favored Rangers prior to the tournament draw to be held today. Lakewood had sewn up its first conference title in 40 years Friday and was sailing along at 15-2 on the year. Meanwhile, the Shoremen Read More…

Boys basketball: Rough third quarter costs Elyria as North Royalton gains control of game, NOC Lake Division

Elyria's A.J. Johnson jumps to shoot the ball as North Royalton's Omari Spellman jumps to block his shot. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

NORTH ROYALTON — Any thoughts of a conference co-title for Elyria High went out the window in the third quarter Friday in a 62-51 loss at North Royalton. The Bears improved to 15-1 overall and 8-0 in Northeast Ohio Conference Lake Division, while Elyria fell to 13-5 and 6-2. North Royalton closes out conference play Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic survives four overtimes to down North Ridgeville, snap five-game losing streak

Elyria Catholic's Jeremy Holley drives between North Ridgeville's Nolan Freeman, Demario McCall and senior Dennis Millgrad. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Desperate described the mood of both Elyria Catholic and North Ridgeville as the teams met in West Shore play Tuesday night. Both were mired in losing spells — the Panthers at five in a row, the Rangers at two and eight of their last nine. So, of course, they had to play Read More…

Boys Basketball: Strong Lakewood team stops Elyria’s winning streak at 7

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ELYRIA — Lakewood proved to Elyria what it’s been proving all year to its West Shore Conference opponents. The Rangers are pretty darn good. Lakewood methodically took apart the Pioneers on Saturday, 67-48, to put an end to Elyria’s seven-game winning streak. The Rangers are 13-2; Elyria 13-4. “Give Phil and his kids credit,” Elyria Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria blows out Valley Forge for its seventh straight win

Elyria's Trenell Oliver puts in a shot over Valley Forge's Zachary Zevehik. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A week and evening full of distractions worked out just fine in the end for the Elyria Pioneers and coach Brett Larrick. “Strange week, strange game,” Larrick said Friday after the Pioneers overcame a sluggish start to blast Valley Forge 70-34 in Northeast Ohio Conference Lake Division action. “We had a lot of Read More…