April 18, 2014

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Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic figures out how to finish, holds off Midview for first win of season

Elyria Catholic's Darin Guice sneaks between Midview's Ryan Miller and Jacob Wells in a game at Elyria Catholic High School on Tuesday night. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Closing out games has been a problem for Elyria Catholic this season, but the Panthers finally found a way to win Tuesday night at the Coliseum. After building a 21-point lead, EC hung on to beat West Shore Conference rival Midview 64-53 for its first win of the year in three tries. The Read More…

Boys basketball: Westlake withstands early Elyria 3-point barrage, pulls away in second half to stay undefeated

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WESTLAKE — Statistics can be deceiving. Take Saturday’s non-conference boys basketball game between Elyria and Westlake. The Demons won 70-62 in their first game at their new gym. The Pioneers had the upper hand in field-goal percentage (50-44) and 3-pointers made (8-5) yet it may have been that latter stat that led to Elyria’s undoing. Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria’s winning formula … starting fast, playing tight defense … works well in rout of Parma

Elyria's A.J. Johnson puts up a shot against Parma in the first half Friday night at Elyria High School. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Through two games, the script’s been identical for Elyria High. Grab the early lead, clamp on some defense and pull away to a win. It worked last week against Midview and it certainly worked again Friday night as the Pioneers wore out Parma 66-40 to open Northeast Ohio Conference Lake Division play. Elyria Read More…

Boys basketball: Midview uses depth, balance to down Wellington

Midview's Matt Randolph shoots over Wellington's Joey Holliday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Depth and balance are always important ingredients on the basketball floor. With that in mind, Midview (1-1) could be in for a nice season. On Tuesday, the Middies used that formula to beat Wellington 62-46 at Kubuski Gym. The Dukes fell for the second time in as many outings. “We just try Read More…

Steelmen legendary coach, player Reichert dies at 75

Dale Reichert was Lorain Steelmen basketball. He got to coach his alma mater for 23 seasons and he played on arguably one of the best basketball teams ever to come out of the old school on Washington Avenue and 6th Street in Lorain. He played on the first-ever Buckeye Conference basketball champions when the league Read More…

Boys Basketball: Fire alarm can’t stop Elyria from downing Midview in season opener

Elyria's Jarred Schultz takes a shot while Midview's Daimion Mahone and junior Brett Zupancic try to block it. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Fans attending the season-opening boys basketball game at Elyria High on Friday night certainly came away with an odd experience. Elyria won the game 71-59 against the young-but-scrappy Midview Middies, but that may have been secondary to what happened before the game even tipped off. A fire alarm just prior to the playing Read More…

High school football: Avon’s first loss is a tough one as Highland edges Eagles 24-21 to make Division II final four


BRUNSWICK — Time ran out on Avon’s bid to make the Division II final four Friday night as the Eagles fell 24-21 to Highland at Brunswick Auto Mart Stadium. “I’m disappointed in the outcome but I’m not disappointed with my kids and their effort,” Avon coach Mike Elder said. “Our kids played their hearts out. Read More…

H.S. Football: Avon’s Mitch Tomlin grabs his chance

Avon's Mitch Tomlin holds the football after recovering a fumble in the second quarter. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

HURON — Mitch Tomlin’s role wasn’t clearly defined when the season started. He was a senior backup linebacker just hoping to rotate in and out of Avon’s defense, but after injuries to Cory Ohradzanski and Alex Habeeb, Tomlin’s time arrived. “Mitch Tomlin’s been doing that for us for some time,” Avon coach Mike Elder said. Read More…

High school football: Big plays, big calls don’t go Elyria’s way in tough opening-round loss to Stow

Elyria High School sophomore cornerback Shamar Lucky intercepts a ball from senior wide receiver Lewis Zaire in Stow's end zone Saturday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

STOW — It couldn’t get any more gut-wrenching. Elyria found itself on the short end of a 16-15 Division I playoff score Saturday at Stow. It was the same team that dominated the Pioneers just two weeks ago on the same field. Stow (10-1) moves on to play Mentor next Saturday in a Division I Read More…

High school football: Elyria High running backs Jordan Connell and Jumarr Lewis keep defenses on the defensive

Elyria running backs Jumarr Lewis, left, and Jordan Connell have similar stats for the playoff-bound Pioneers. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Jordan Connell and Jumarr Lewis. Or is that Jumarr Lewis and Jordan Connell? Or does it even matter? In Connell and Lewis, Elyria High has a running back tandem that causes defensive coordinators nightmares. “On the field, they’re almost like twins,” Elyria coach Kevin Fell said. “Their statistics are very even and the things they Read More…