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Olympics: LCCC Athletic Director veteran of Olympics, speedskating

Katie Marquard

Most Americans have been watching the Winter Olympics for the past two weeks with a sense of pride, patriotism and awe as the world’s greatest athletes have converged on Sochi, Russia. Lorain County Community College Athletic Director Katie Marquard is one of a select group who can watch the games and say, “been there, done Read More…

Girls basketball: Avon upsets Westlake in sectional final

Avon's Sierra Davidson gets past Westlake's Rebecca Essig, left, and Monica Fury for a shot Thursday night. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — So much for home court advantage. No. 11 seed Avon went into the Westlake Athletic Center on Thursday and made it home away from home, upsetting the No. 5-seeded Demons 36-27 in a Division I sectional final. On a night when Westlake shot a frigid 22 percent from the field, the Eagles went Read More…

Boys basketball: Kelvin Jones scores 22 points and grabs a career-high 25 rebounds as Brookside dominates Oberlin

OBERLIN — The “NBA 2K14” live show came to Oberlin High School on Tuesday. Or at least that’s how it looked most of the night with Brookside putting up numbers usually seen only in video games during a 67-43 win over the Phoenix. Senior Kelvin Jones led the way for the Cardinals with 22 points Read More…

Boys basketball: Westlake at its best, knocks off Southwestern Conference leader Berea-Midpark as Gavin Skelly stars

Gavin Skelly

WESTLAKE — Before Monday’s Southwestern Conference game against Berea-Midpark, Westlake’s Gavin Skelly was cheered by the home crowd when he was recognized as the Demons’ all-time leading scorer. It was just the first time Skelly would make the crowd rise to its feet. The 6-foot-9 senior had a pair of two-handed dunks on his way Read More…

Girls Basketball: Turnovers, lack of offense in second half end Elyria’s season

Elyria’s Shayla Middlebrooks pushes the ball up the court as Rocky River’s Nicole Popovich applies pressure Saturday in a Division I sectional opener at Rocky River. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Having a higher number in the turnover column than the points column for the second half of a basketball game is pretty much a proven method of defeat. That’s what Elyria had in Saturday’s Medina Division I sectional opener at Rocky River. The Pioneers turned the ball over 18 times while scoring Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic overcomes second-quarter struggles to bounce Rocky River

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic’s Jeremy Holley stood outside of the Panthers locker room after Friday’s game against Rocky River bloodied but satisfied. Holley had 12 points and 15 rebounds before leaving the court after taking an inadvertent elbow to the nose with 1:03 left to play in Elyria Catholic’s 44-34 West Shore Conference win. While Read More…

Girls basketball: Westlake’s title nixed by Berea-Midpark

Westlake's Corinne Furci drives past Berea-Midpark's Jess Barnes . KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

BEREA — Westlake entered Berea-Midpark’s gymnasium Thursday night with the hopes of sharing a Southwestern Conference title. Instead, the Demons shared the pain the Titans have inflicted on everyone in the league this season, as Berea-Midpark rolled to a 59-31 and the first conference title in the school’s brief history. Westlake (16-4, 10-2 SWC) knew Read More…

Girls Basketball Sectional Preview: Firelands determined to change postseason history, make tourney run

Casey Morrissette, left, Kelly Hall and Brandi Holowecky power a balanced Firelands team. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

After winning two consecutive Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division championships and going 36-7 in the regular season over those two years, Firelands finds itself in an unfamiliar role heading into Division II tournament play. The Falcons, who have won only one sectional game in the past five years, are a favorite to advance deep in Read More…

Girls Basketball: Avon comes alive in overtime, tops Olmsted Falls

OLMSTED FALLS — After going dormant for most of the second half, Avon’s offense woke up from its slumber in the nick of time. Alyssa Douzos and Sarah Sprecher each hit a 3-pointer in the opening 90 seconds of overtime Saturday to awaken their teammates and allow Avon to pull out a 50-44 non-league win Read More…

Boys basketball: Lorain’s first-half lead disappears as Tigers dominate third quarter

Lorain’s Rashod Berry (24) tries to get a shot up against Cleveland Heights’
Delaunte Davis, left, and Marcus Bagley during Lake Erie League play Friday. Berry had 10 points and a game-high 19 rebounds in the Titans’ loss. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — A young Lorain team found out Friday just how quickly momentum can shift in a basketball game. The Titans spent the entire first half building an eight-point lead only to see Cleveland Heights score the first eight points of the third quarter in a span of 1:06 and pull away for an 85-75 Read More…