February 28, 2015

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North Olmsted’s Andy Lucien becomes instant celebrity with dunk named Top Play on ‘SportsCenter’

Andy Lucien skies toward the rim Tuesday, but his dunk Friday made waves nationally. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — On Sunday night, North Olmsted’s Andy Lucien was just a typical teenager enjoying a three-day weekend. Less than 24 hours later, he was being talked about in living rooms and on Twitter timelines across the country and was the most popular guy in town. All thanks to one monster dunk. ESPN got Read More…

Boys Basketball: North Olmsted falls hard to talented Berea-Midpark

North Olmsted's Tommy Sullivan looks for an opening to pass as Berea-Midpark's Nolan Gerrity and Nick Gassman defend. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — Berea-Midpark and North Olmsted each entered Tuesday’s Southwestern Conference game with one loss in league play. Unfortunately for the Eagles, on this night that was about where the similarities ended. The Titans built a 21-point lead by halftime and put it into cruise control the rest of the way en route to Read More…

Avon’s Chris Maxwell headed to Yale to play football

Chris Maxwell

Avon senior Chris Maxwell’s quest to find a college that could fulfill his athletic and academic desires led him to one of the nation’s most prestigious universities. Maxwell, a 6-foot-2, 212-pound tight end orally committed Monday to continue his football career at Yale University. “I visited the Yale campus last summer and I felt like Read More…

Boys basketball: Olmsted Falls falls short against Uniontown Lake

NORTH CANTON — Olmsted Falls headed to the Mercy Medical Center Classic in search of good competition that will make it a better team in the second half of the season. Federal League-leading Uniontown Lake was happy to grant the Bulldogs’ wish. The Blue Streaks set the pace early, leading by as many as 14 Read More…

Girls Basketball Notes: Amherst could be poised to make run

Although the record does not yet indicate it, there is a feeling in Amherst that the Comets could be on track for another season like 2013. In that year the Comets finished 18-6 and advanced to the district semifinal. This year the Comets are 7-5 but the majority of those losses have come against the Read More…

Girls Basketball: Keely Hall keys late run as Firelands gets past Brooklyn for 9th straight win

Firelands’ Keely Hall jumps to take a shot Wednesday as Brooklyn’s Becky Crossman tries for the block. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

BROOKLYN — For more than three quarters Wednesday night, Firelands played like it was looking for a way to lose its Patriot Athletic Conference crossover game. In the closing minutes, junior Keely Hall found a way to win it. Hall’s three-point play with 2:28 left keyed a game-ending 9-0 run that allowed the Falcons to Read More…

Boys basketball: EC hits triple digits in win over Lakewood

LAKEWOOD — Elyria Catholic put up numbers Tuesday night that are usually only seen by the Harlem Globetrotters and opponents of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Panthers shot 61 percent from the field and connected on 15 3-pointers in a 103-73 West Shore Conference win over the Lakewood Rangers. Senior Ceeven Shelton set the tone early Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria reserves provide spark vs. Midview

Midview’s Shelby Plas grabs a rebound as Elyria’s Sierra White reaches back for the ball Monday night. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Coaches often talk about calling in the reserves. On Monday, Elyria coach Brian Arth put meaning behind the words. After the Pioneers got off to a slow start in the first half of a 65-38 win over Midview, Arth brought five of his junior varsity players off the bench in the closing minutes Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic pulls out win over Lakewood in battle of West Shore Conference unbeatens

Elyria Catholic celebrates after holding on to defeat Lakewood on Saturday. Riley Schill is hugged by her father, assistant coach Joe Schill, and Josie Carandang, while Jessie Lee runs toward them. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LAKEWOOD — Elyria Catholic has already played its share of big games this season but Saturday’s win over Lakewood might be the biggest so far. Behind a 16-point effort from junior Josie Carandang and the clutch free-throw shooting of Riley Schill, the Panthers pulled out a 39-35 win, their first against the Rangers in West Read More…

Boys basketball: North Ridgeville gets overtime win against Elyria Catholic

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE Elyria Catholic High School junior Darin Guice (11) takes a giant leap to take a shot as North Ridgveill High School junior Greg Draft (11) attempts to block his shot on Friday night, Jan. 9.

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Earlier in the week, North Ridgeville coach Bryan Morgan wondered aloud how soon it would be until his young team was ready to close out close games. To borrow a line from 1980s rock band The Smiths, “How Soon is Now?” The Rangers scored six points in the final 13 seconds to Read More…