May 23, 2015

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H.S. Basketball: Area players, coaches clean up in all-district honors

The postseason awards are starting to roll in for Lorain’s Devon Andrews and Vermilion’s Kyle Nader, although both young men are hoping their teams’ postseason runs last a lot longer. Andrews and Nader led a group of 15 local players who were named to the first-team All-Northeast Lakes district team that was released Thursday. In Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic doesn’t back down against top-ranked Villa Angela-St. Joseph, but Vikings way too good

GARFIELD HTS. — Elyria Catholic didn’t resort to trickery or stall tactics Monday against Villa Angela-St. Joseph, the No. 1-ranked Division III team in Ohio. The Panthers came and played their game in the same tempo and style they had all season and while it wasn’t enough to pull the upset in a district semfinal Read More…

Sectional Boys Basketball: Avon takes St. Ignatius to wire, falls 60-56

CLEVELAND — Avon put the madness back in March on Saturday, coming within seconds of pulling off the upset of the tournament season before falling 60-56 to St. Ignatius. Avon (13-11) had the perfect game plan to deal with the Wildcats — play physical defense and unleash its 3-point shooters on the offensive end. The Read More…

District Girls Basketball: Columbia falls to big, fast Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas

CRESTON — The Division IV district semifinal between Columbia and Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas offered a contrast in styles. The Raiders made it to districts with gritty determination and a reliance on the deadly outside shooting of junior Alison Schafer. Meanwhile, all season the Knights counted on their team speed and the inside play of Read More…

District Girls Basketball: Elyria’s postseason ends as Pioneers can’t catch up to Berea-Midpark

Elyria defenders Sami Harjar, center, and Dierra Hammons, right, pressure Lexie Scarton of Berea-Midpark. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

PARMA HTS. — If Elyria would have had the Staples reset button on its bench Monday, it might have been able to get a do-over for its slow start against Berea-Midpark in the Division I district semifinals at Valley Forge High School. Instead, the Pioneers were forced to try to play catch-up the entire evening Read More…

Sectional Girls Basketball: Columbia blanks Kidron Central Christian in 1st quarter, cruises to win

Columbia’s Alison Schafer goes in for a layup Wednesday in a 45-34 win over Kidron Central Christian. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — For three quarters Wednesday evening, Columbia and Kidron Central Christian played an even back-and-forth game. Fortunately for the Raiders, what they did in the first quarter made the final three rather inconsequential. Columbia (17-6) scored the first 15 points of the game and then spent the rest of the night in cruise Read More…

Bowling: North Ridgeville did make district tournament

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — North Ridgeville’s boys bowling team is heading to districts after all. The Rangers left Brunswick Zone on Sunday with a fourth-place finish in the Division I sectional tournament, 133 pins shy of the third and what was believed to be final qualifying spot held by Berea-Midpark. While Nico Dennis qualified for districts Read More…

Girls basketball: Keystone cruises past Vermilion in tourney opener

Keystone’s McKenah Peters takes it strong to the basket against Vermilion on Saturday afternoon. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Sophomore Sammie Stefan made sure Keystone’s second season got off to a first-class start. Stefan, a 5-foot-9 post, led the fourth-seeded Wildcats with 20 points and 14 rebounds as they rolled to a 54-22 win Saturday over No. 11 seed Vermilion in a Division II sectional game. It took Keystone a few minutes Read More…

Boys Basketball: Buckeye’s Ryan Grauel rocks Keystone

Keystone's Brody Kuhl shoots against Buckeye's Liam Murray, right, and Justin Lowry during the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / CT)

YORK TWP. — A surprised Ryan Grauel didn’t say a word, but he did raise his eyebrows when Buckeye coach Matt Saunders informed him of his staggering stat line. The senior point guard wasn’t aware how far and away he was the best player on the court Friday night. Grauel flirted with a triple-double and Read More…

Avon Lake girls basketball team enjoying success heading into sectionals

Avon Lake seniors (from left) Kay Butrey, Ali Balthaser, Kendall Spitz, Michaella Frank and Gianna Guzzo are now enjoying success after four years of hard work and plenty of ups and downs. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

The Avon Lake program has had its share of up and downs over coach Dave Zvara’s first four years at the helm. Now the five seniors who have stuck with the program for the past four years — Ali Balthaser, Kay Butrey, Gianna Guzzo, Michaella Frank and Kendall Spitz — are enjoying the fruits of Read More…