April 19, 2015


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…

Hockey: Avon powers to playoff win

Avon’s Alex Provenza skates past Bay defenders during the Eagles’ 4-3 victory Wednesday afternoon. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

BROOKLYN — Avon’s special teams picked the right time to shine. The Eagles scored a pair of power-play goals, including the game winner from senior defenseman Pat Baeder with 6:20 to play in the third period, as Avon defeated Bay 4-3 in the opening round of the OHSAA state qualifying tournament Wednesday at the Brooklyn Read More…

Girls basketball: Westlake keeps Southwestern Conference championship all to itself with 49-38 win over Brecksville

Westlake’s Rebecca Essig, left, Lauren Kriaris, back,
and Monica Fury triple team Brecksville’s Mary Schentur.  DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — As Gordon Gekko said in the movie “Wall Street,” greed is good. Westlake came out Saturday determined not to share the Southwestern Conference girls basketball title. And in front of a rowdy student section, the Demons defeated Brecksville 49-38 to claim sole possession of the SWC championship, the school’s first since 2009. “I Read More…

Boys Basketball: Midview can’t catch Bay atop WSC as John Koz scores 29

Midview’s Daimion Mahone draws a foul as he shoots Tuesday in a loss to Bay. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

BAY VILLAGE — Midview had the chance to tie Bay atop the West Shore Conference standings. Bay junior John Koz had other ideas. Koz was a one-man wrecking crew Tuesday, scoring 18 of his game-high 29 points in the third quarter to lead the Rockets to an 89-76 win. Midview (10-9, 7-5 WSC) overcame a Read More…

Girls Basketball: Elyria builds drama, then pulls away from North Ridgeville

Elyria’s Diavian Rudolph 
is guarded by North Ridgeville’s Isabella Geraci (2) and Cianna Bright on Monday in the first half of the Pioneers’ 44-35 victory. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Elyria vs. North Ridgeville played out like a classic three-act drama Monday night. In Act One, Elyria built a sizable lead. In Act Two, the Pioneers did everything they could to build the drama by going nearly a quarter-and-a-half without a field goal, allowing the Rangers back in the game. Then in Read More…

Hockey: North Olmsted survives penalties, Olmsted Falls

North Olmsted’s Zach Serridio, left, battles Olmsted Falls’ Hunter Bradford for the puck Sunday at Brooklyn Rec. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

BROOKLYN — The busiest man at Sunday’s North Olmsted-Olmsted Falls game didn’t even need to lace up a pair of skates. That honor belonged to the official scorekeeper who had to record the 54 minutes of penalties that were racked up by the neighborhood rivals. But the Eagles special teams rose to the occasion in Read More…