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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…

Boys basketball: Elyria puts it all together, pounds Parma

PARMA — It would be hard to imagine Elyria High putting together a much better overall team effort than it did Friday night. The Pioneers took complete control of the game at the start of the second quarter to blow away Parma 74-4, in Northeast Ohio Conference River Division play. Elyria, with five straight wins Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria starts fast, cruises past Oberlin

Elyria's Isaiah Walton is guarded by Oberlin's Charles Lewis. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — There never was too much doubt about the winner of Tuesday’s non-conference game between Elyria and Oberlin at Phillips Gymnasium on the campus of Oberlin College. The Pioneers won 75-42 by running out to a 10-0 advantage over the first four minutes. Elyria (11-3) closed out the quarter on a 13-0 run and Read More…

Boys Basketball: Isaiah Walton comes up big again as Elyria edges EC in instant classic

Elyria’s Isaiah Walton jumps through Elyria Catholic’s Jeremy Holley (20), Connor Riddell (4) and DJ Graham (1) on his way to the basket Saturday during the Pioneers’ 60-59 victory.  KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A whale of a game as Elyria High and Elyria Catholic met to decide city bragging rights came down to one big difference. The Pioneers had Isaiah Walton. Walton not only rebounded his miss into what turned out to be the winning basket with 18 seconds left, he made the heads-up play at Read More…

Boys basketball: Isaiah Walton erupts for 37 points as Elyria shrugs off second-quarter lapse to defeat Normandy

Isaiah Walton works his way inside Normandy’s defense Friday at Elyria High. The Elyria senior scored a game-high 37 points as the Pioneers picked up a 59-51 win. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Brett Larrick spent all week patching up his basketball team after losing two seniors. Fortunately for the Elyria coach, he still had a senior named Isaiah Walton to depend on. With Walton pouring in 37 points, Larrick’s reworked roster and lineup came through with a 59-51 win over Normandy in a Northeast Ohio Read More…

Boys basketball: Amherst uses solid start, finish to down North Ridgeville

Amherst's Antonio Serrano drives around North Ridgeville's Dennis Millgard. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Starting fast and finishing strong is always a good formula for winning basketball games. Amherst (6-7) did just that in getting past pesky North Ridgeville 49-42 in non-conference play Tuesday night. The Comets jumped on the Rangers early — grabbing an 18-4 lead just 5½ minutes into the game — and ran Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic holds off Bay on freshman Jessie Lee’s huge rebound, putback basket just before buzzer

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ELYRIA — Jessie Lee was in the right place at the right time for Elyria Catholic on Saturday afternoon. Her putback as time expired gave the Panthers a 39-37 West Shore Conference win over Bay. EC improved to 11-2 overall and 5-2 in league play, while Bay fell to 3-7 overall and 1-5. “She’s a Read More…

Boys basketball: Shorthanded Elyria finds way to down Mayfield

MAYFIELD HTS. — Adversity is thrown at you in all sorts of ways during the course of a basketball season, but overcoming it is a totally different issue. Friday, at Mayfield, Elyria faced all kinds of challenges before coming away with a 61-57 win to improve to 8-3 on the year. With its second-leading scorer Read More…