December 19, 2014

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Girls basketball: Open Door wins with stifling defense

Lauryn Brown, right, puts up a shot during a victory over Kingsway Christian on Thursday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Twenty-one is a lucky number at a card table but usually not so much on the basketball court. However, thanks to Open Door’s stifling defense that held visiting Kingsway Christian to 9-percent shooting, it was all Open Door needed to advance to the final of its Christmas Classic with a 21-17 win. Playing Read More…

Girls basketball: Avon starts with a bang, rolls by North Ridgeville

Avon’s Mackenzie Meckes fights to keep possession of the ball Wednesday against North Ridgeville. Meckes scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half as Avon took control. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

AVON — Wanting to make its point early Wednesday against North Ridgeville, the Avon Eagles in fact made 11 of them. The Eagles scored the first 11 points of the game on the way to a dominating 54-33 West Shore Conference win over the Rangers. Avon coach Meghan Larrick challenged her team to play well Read More…

Bengals RB Jeremy Hill makes Browns look real bad

Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill runs away from Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger Sunday. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill may have put his foot in his mouth with comments made after a Week 10 loss to Cleveland, but on Sunday he used both feet to stomp out just about whatever remained of the Browns’ playoff hopes. The 6-foot-1, 238-pound rookie from LSU ran the ball 25 Read More…

High school hockey: Midview blasts Hoover

Midview’s Tommy Coon lines up for a shot that would become a third-period goal during the Middies’ 6-2 win over North Canton Hoover on Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — The less time spent in the penalty box, the greater the odds of victory. The Midview Middies finally figured out that simple equation Saturday in their Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League White West Division game at Quicken Loans Arena. After averaging over 20 minutes of penalties in its first seven games, Midview Read More…

Boys basketball: Columbia relies on big man to notch win against Firelands

Firelands # 32 Victor Bauer keeps a tight defense as Columbia #23 Kevin Simon looks for an open man. Photo by Amanda K. Rundle

COLUMBIA STATION – Columbia’s Brandon Heidecker is big enough to control a game all by himself. When he’s surrounded by four teammates who are hitting outside jumpers and making textbook passes, they combine to create an unstoppable force. Firelands found out exactly how unstoppable the Raiders can be Friday night as Columbia rolled to a Read More…

Girls basketball: Cold stretch costs Avon lead, game against Lakewood

Avon’s Zanny Sauter tries to keep control of the ball as Lakewood’s Taylor Shaw tries to get it. The Eagles went cold in the third quarter and dropped their WSC opener. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

LAKEWOOD — When the Avon Eagles break down the video of Wednesday’s game at Lakewood, someone may want to hit the pause button midway through the third quarter. The final 12 minutes may induce nightmares. Lakewood took advantage of the Eagles’ poor shooting down the stretch and then took control of the game at the Read More…

Former Midview, Hot Stove baseball coach Ron Jantz leaves legacy of success, caring

Ron Jantz, who died Nov. 19, was a standout basketball player at Midview in the 1950s, but became a baseball coach when his sons took up the sport. He coached the Middies for several years and took the Grafton Eagles to state four times in Hot Stove. PHOTO PROVIDED

GRAFTON — A familiar face will be missing from the local sandlots next summer. Former Midview High and longtime Hot Stove baseball coach Ron Jantz died Nov. 19. Those who knew Jantz when he coached the Middies from 1988-93 or when he coached the Grafton Eagles to five Lorain County Championships and four trips to Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic hits groove, rolls over Clearview

ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLEElyria Catholic's James Tirbaso goes up for the layup against Clearview's Juan Torres in the first half Friday night at Clearview High School.

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Starting the season on the road, in front of a sellout crowd was no problem Friday for Elyria Catholic. Neither was the Clearview defense. The Panthers began the year in fine fashion with a 97-68 non-league win over the Clippers. Elyria Catholic led 17-2 midway through the first quarter after a Jacob Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic cruises past Columbia

Elyria Catholic’s Jessie Lee grabs a rbeound before Columbia’s Lexi Wood can during Wednesday’s game. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — For most teams, jumping out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and eventually going up by 30 points is cause for celebration. For Elyria Catholic’s girls basketball team, it’s just another night at the office. The Panthers took control early and easily defeated Columbia 67-38 Wednesday in a non-league game. However, Read More…

All-Ohio football: Clearview’s Billings named to first team in Division IV

Lance Billings

The toughest decision for the selectors of the Division IV All-Ohio honorees wasn’t if Clearview’s Lance Billings should be on the first team. It was should he be on offense or defense. For the second straight year, the Clippers’ 6-foot, 170-pound junior was named a first-team, All-Ohio wide receiver after catching 45 passes for 799 yards Read More…