April 18, 2014


High school hockey: Jacob Lyons’ goal in overtime gives Midview win over North Olmsted

Midview's Jacob Lyons pushes the puck Sunday against North Olmsted. He scored the winning goal in overtime. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — With one goal, Midview’s Jacob Lyons did more than win a game. He may have rescued a season. Lyons’ winner with 4:20 remaining in overtime gave the Middies a 2-1 win over North Olmsted on Sunday in a non-league game at the North Olmsted Recreation Center. After a rough stretch that has Read More…

Girls Basketball: Elyria Catholic shows toughness with comeback, but falls at finish to Lakewood

Elyria Catholic's Josie Carandang looks to pass while defended by Lakewood's Erin Hoffert. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LAKEWOOD — Many times the true character of a team is more visible in defeat than in victory. If that holds true for Elyria Catholic, then coach Eric Rothgery had reason to smile Saturday after the Panthers’ 39-37 defeat to Lakewood in a West Shore Conference game. What could have been a disaster for Elyria Read More…

Girls basketball: Firelands rallies for 13th straight win

Firelands' Cassandra Morrisette drives toward the hoop as Keystone's Sammie Stefan defends. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

HENRIETTA TWP. — Winning a basketball game is like riding a bike — once you learn how to do it you never forget. Even though Firelands only played five games in January and looked rusty for the first three quarters of Thursday’s Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division game against Keystone, the Falcons soared to the Read More…

Boys basketball: Brookside shuts down Lutheran West late, picks up big PAC win in overtime

Brookside's Cameron Drew drives to the basket. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD — With the game and possibly its division championship hopes on the line, Brookside’s defense came up big late in Friday’s Patriot Athletic Conference crossover game against Lutheran West. The Cardinals held the Longhorns to one field goal over the final 10 and a half minutes to come from behind for a 63-58 overtime Read More…

Boys basketball: Columbia, Jay Banyasz finish strong to beat Clearview, move into first place

Columbia’s Jay Banyasz jumps toward the basket as Clearview’s Sharrod Brown defends Tuesday night at Columbia High School. Banyasz scored the Raiders’ last seven points to  cap their comeback in a battle of Patriot Athletic Conference contenders. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — When Columbia needed a hero Tuesday night, Jay Banyasz answered the call. Banyasz scored the Raiders’ last seven points over the final 1:24 to complete Columbia’s come-from-behind 56-54 win over Clearview in a Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division battle. “I just did what the coaches asked me to do,” said Banyasz, who Read More…

Girls basketball: North Ridgeville’s Alyssa Riley scores 21 points, helps seal win over Bay

North Ridgeville's Kelly Wisniewski and Bay's Aubrey Rohlke go up for rebound. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

BAY VILLAGE — At the end of the game, North Ridgeville coach Amy Esser wants the ball in the hands of junior guard Alyssa Riley. Monday night, Riley showed just why she’s earned her coach’s trust. Riley went 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter on the way to a career-high 21-point Read More…

Boys Basketball: Open Door plays tall ball, tops undersized Lake Ridge

Olmsted Falls' Danny Stintsman looks to pass Thursday against defense by Lake Ridge's Josh Scofield, behind. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Open Door big men Andrew Patterson and Danny Stintsman were looking down on their opponents Thursday night, but no disrespect was meant. Patterson, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, and Stintsman, a 6-2 junior, are taller than anyone on the Lake Ridge team, and the Patriots used that to their advantage in a 46-36 non-league Read More…

Girls basketball: Westlake shakes off its own struggles, shuts out Olmsted Falls in fourth quarter to post comeback win

Westlake's Taylor Hood looks to pass the ball as Olmsted Falls' Savanajh Black defends. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — A score of 30 is cause for celebration when taking the ACT, not when playing basketball. Saturday, however, it was all Westlake needed to pass another kind of test. The Demons held Olmsted Falls scoreless in the fourth quarter to come from seven points down and escape with a 30-26 win in Southwestern Read More…

Boys basketball: Chmura, Murtha lead Hearts for Jesus past First Baptist

First Baptist Christian High School's Chase Parker takes a shot as Hearts for Jesus' Tyler Bell defends. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LAKEWOOD — It hasn’t been the season either team had been hoping for. But Evan Chmura and Jed Murtha combined to make Hearts For Jesus’ season a little brighter Thursday night with a 58-42 victory over First Baptist. Chmura scored a game-high 20 points and Murtha added 15 as the Guardians pulled away in a Read More…

Girls basketball: Olmsted Falls loses to SWC power

Olmsted Falls' Kara Marshall drives as Berea-Midpark's Savana Jankowski and Stasha Carey defend. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

OLMSTED FALLS — Northeast Ohio may be littered with frozen pipes, car batteries and water intake valves but Wednesday evening Olmsted Falls ran into something that is still sizzling hot — the Berea-Midpark Titans. The Titans scored nine of the first 11 points of the game and never looked back on their way to a Read More…