March 5, 2015


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…

Boys basketball: Elyria lets late lead slip away vs. Parma

PARMA — There were plenty of reasons Elyria came away from Parma on the short end of a 51-49 Northeast Ohio Conference Lake Division basketball game Friday night. Brett Larrick, the Pioneers coach, had the answers. “We had the lead,” he said. “You miss free throws, you miss layups. Fourth quarter 2-for-6 from the free Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic shares ball, turns up defense to blow away Oberlin

Elyria Catholic’s Kevin Kelley pulls down a rebound in between teammate Ceeven Shelton and Oberlin’s Ramon Eisom on Tuesday night. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — There have been many memorable, hotly contested basketball games between Oberlin and Elyria Catholic over the years. Tuesday was not one of them. EC rolled to an early 20-point advantage and coasted to an 87-28 win over the outmanned and very young Phoenix. The Panthers (2-0) forced 18 first-half turnovers with quick traps Read More…

Boys basketball: Dalton steps up in Elyria victory over Westlake

Christy Legeza CT Photo December 5, 2014 Basketball - Westlake at Elyria - Elyria Guard Antonio Blanton drives to the basket past Westlake's Andris Balodis.

ELYRIA — There was no Isaiah Walton on the floor for Elyria and no Gavin Skelly for Westlake as the Pioneers and Demons tipped off the basketball season Friday at Elyria High. Though they hooked up in some memorable games the past few seasons, the former is now a redshirt freshman at UC Davis and Read More…

Midview meets its match in regional final loss to undefeated Nordonia

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE After a loss to Nordonia High School, the Middies walked off the field sadly as their perfect season just came to an end on Friday night, Nov. 21. Junior offensive lineman Jacob Hack (5) hugs junior safety Noah Pragg (31) after the game final.

BRUNSWICK — Not much could be said. Not much could be done. Midview’s best football season ended Friday night at the hands of the talented Nordonia Knights, who handed the Middies a 52-14 defeat in the Division II, Region 4, final and stopped their quest for a first trip to the Final Four. Midview finished Read More…

Midview QB Dustin Crum keeps his cool in the cold, leads magical comeback

Midview quarterback Dustin Crum reacts after running for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Avon. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

NORTH ROYALTON — This isn’t supposed to happen to a team with a sophomore quarterback and a rookie head coach but don’t try telling that to Midview, which improved to 12-0 and will play for a Division II regional championship next week. Dustin Crum, the savvy sophomore signal-caller for the Middies, and D.J. Shaw, the Read More…

Football: Opposing coaches say Avon, Midview rematch too close to call


Midview or Avon? Avon or Midview? In the eyes of the coaches who had to face them this season, Friday’s Division II regional semifinal on the turf at North Royalton is what odds makers in Vegas call a pick-em. Top-seeded Midview (11-0) won 49-42 the first time around in a classic midseason West Shore Conference Read More…

High School Football Playoffs: Mistakes punish Elyria against St. Ignatius

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE Elyria High School senior wide receiver Brendon Koziura (6) is tackled by junior linebacker Alexander Maruna (43), senior defense back Derek Smith (25), senior defense back Michael Mathews (46) on Saturday night, Nov. 8.

PARMA —Elyria learned a hard lesson Saturday night at wet, windy Byers Field in the first round of the Division I playoffs. The Pioneers pretty much stood toe-to-toe statistically with St. Ignatius but a couple of huge turnovers and one big botched punt doomed any chance they had to knock off the Wildcats. St. Ignatius, Read More…

Playoffs preview: Elyria’s Michael Church making difference even as opponents try to avoid him

Michael Church, left, eyes an interception during practice this week. The senior had three interceptions last week. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Michael Church knows all about St. Ignatius, Elyria’s first-round opponent in Saturday’s Division I playoff game at Byers Field in Parma. “We’re big underdogs,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for us. It’s a big game.” But that just might play into Church’s hands. After all, he’s a big-time player. “He’s an exceptional corner,” Elyria Read More…

High School Football: Elyria at Medina

Elyria's Chris Atkinson runs away from the diving tackle of Medina's Connor Varney during the first quarter Friday night at Medina High School. Photo by Judd Smerglia

  MEDINA — Week 11 is starting to sound pretty good to Elyria after Friday’s 50-20 win over Medina in the cold and rain. For only the third time in school history, but for the second year in a row, the Pioneers are heading to the postseason. And if things turn out just right, it Read More…