April 27, 2015


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…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic holds off Avon rally

Brian Duffield, right, of Elyria Catholic reaches for a rebound against Avon's Jeff Laraway. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

AVON — Elyria Catholic came into Avon on Friday and accomplished two rare feats. The Panthers won on the road in the West Shore Conference, defeating the Eagles 61-58, and the Elyria Catholic fans outshouted Avon’s renowned Eagle’s Nest student section. Elyria Catholic outscored Avon 19-7 in the second quarter to take a 29-21 halftime Read More…

H.S. Hockey: Midview moves closer to league title with 8-1 victory over CVCA

Midview's Tommy Coon battles for control of the puck with Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy's Hayden Dickerson.  KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Midview entered the final 96 hours of the regular season knowing all it had to do was win its final two games to win the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League White West Division championship. The Middies are halfway to their goal after Thursday’s decisive 8-1 win over Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy at Read More…

National Signing Day: Decision easy for Elyria’s Abbey Ramirez

Michael Smosny, Ohio Dominican; Michael Church, Ashland; and Abbey Ramirez, Cleveland State; sign their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday morning. SHAUN BENNETT/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Some high school athletes remain undecided until the moment they sit down at the table to sign their national letter of intent. For Elyria’s Abbey Ramirez there was no need for last-minute jitters because when signed her letter of intent Wednesday to continue her soccer career at Cleveland State University she was validating Read More…

Boys Basketball: Greg Draft’s big day leads North Ridgeville past Avon

North Ridgeville’s Isa Abdul-Alim goes to the basket Tuesday against the defense of Midview’s Michael Smigel. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — North Ridgeville junior forward Greg Draft wasn’t concerned that his Rangers came into Tuesday’s West Shore Conference game in the midst of a four-game losing streak. Draft also wasn’t concerned about matching up against Avon’s Will Ybarra, one of the best big men in the WSC. All Draft wanted to do was Read More…

High school hockey: Westlake gains confidence in close loss to Rocky River

Westlake’s Nate Greenberg, right, makes a long pass past Rocky River’s P.J. Sperli 
in the first period Sunday afternoon at the North Olmsted Rec Center. Rocky River won. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — If Westlake wanted to see how it matched up against one of the top teams in the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League with just a week to play before the start of the Baron Cup, the Demons had to walk away satisfied after Sunday’s 3-2 Red Division loss to Rocky River. Read More…

Boys Basketball: Wellington dunks Fairview at The Q

Wellington Trey Bealer goes to hoop between Fairview Derek Schwarber, left, and Paul Hoftyzer in first half at Quicken Loans Arena Jan. 30. Steve Manheim

CLEVELAND — For much of the first half Friday afternoon, it looked like Wellington was caught up in the moment. It was only natural. How often does a group of teenagers get to play in a venue that a few hours later would host some of the best players in the world? But in the Read More…

Girls basketball: Amherst turns to defense to down Firelands

Amherst’s Jayla Hall puts a firm grip on the ball while Firelands’ Dalaney Rogala tries to take it from her. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

HENRIETTA TWP. — A loud and boisterous Firelands student section provided a tournament-like atmosphere for Monday’s non-league girls basketball game against Amherst. The Comets responded by playing playoff-caliber defense, forcing 34 turnovers to fuel a 42-37 win. Amherst (10-6) scored the first eight points of the game and briefly held a 15-point lead but found Read More…

Elyria dart tournament hits bull’s-eye


The bracket at the conclusion of the Ohio Vending Cabin Fever darts tournament listed Akron’s Frank Bilby as the winner of the coveted first-place medal in the Masters Division, but it was the local darting community that was the true winner of the three-day event that concluded Sunday at the Ramada Inn in Elyria. Judy Read More…