March 5, 2015

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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…

Girls basketball: Westlake upended by defending SWC champion

Westlake’s Taylor Hood tries to split the defense of Berea-Midpark's Cassidy Squires and Megan Keefe during a loss Tuesday night. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

BEREA — Just in case there was any doubt, Westlake received a stern reminder Wednesday that the road to the Southwestern Conference championship runs through the home of the Titans. The Demons held strong with defending SWC champions Berea-Midpark for three quarters before the Titans pulled away for a 61-47 win. “We didn’t finish tonight Read More…

Boys soccer: Amherst names assistant Drew Biedenbach head coach

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AMHERST — When Amherst was looking for a head coach to take over the program, all it had to do was look down the bench. Comets assistant and Amherst Youth Soccer Association director Drew Biedenbach was selected by the school, pending board of education approval, to replace Brett Thompson, who stepped down after last season. Read More…

High school football: Westlake picks former Massillon coach Jason Hall to lead program

Westlake High School has a new football coach and he knows a thing or two about high-pressure situations. On Tuesday evening, the school announced former Massillon coach Jason Hall will take over the Demons football program, pending approval from the board of education. Hall will replace Mark Campo, who resigned at the end last season. Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic survives tough test against Cuyahoga Heights

Elyria Catholic’s Megan Scheibelhut goes strong to the basket as Cuyahoga Heights’ Dayne Denner defends. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

GATES MILLS — For Elyria Catholic, the opening round of the Great Lakes Hoopfest had the feel of another much more important tournament — the one that will be played in late February and early March. Panthers coach Eric Rothgery can only hope his team can rise to the occasion at the end of the Read More…

Boys soccer: Westlake’s Omar Salem named All-American

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WESTLAKE — All season, Westlake coach Mike Besu told anyone and everyone that Demons midfielder Omar Salem was one of the top players in Ohio at his position. It turns out Besu was only telling part of the story — Salem is actually one of the best in the United States. Earlier this month, Salem Read More…

Girls basketball notes: Elyria Catholic rolling over opponents

It’s not necessarily surprising that Elyria Catholic is 8-0 heading into this weekend’s Gilmour Holiday tournament. It’s the ease with which the Panthers have won those games that may have raised a few eyebrows. Elyria Catholic, the top-ranked team in The Chronicle-Telegram Top 5, has outscored its opponents by an average of 25 points per Read More…

Girls basketball: Open Door wins with stifling defense

Lauryn Brown, right, puts up a shot during a victory over Kingsway Christian on Thursday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Twenty-one is a lucky number at a card table but usually not so much on the basketball court. However, thanks to Open Door’s stifling defense that held visiting Kingsway Christian to 9-percent shooting, it was all Open Door needed to advance to the final of its Christmas Classic with a 21-17 win. Playing Read More…

Girls basketball: Avon starts with a bang, rolls by North Ridgeville

Avon’s Mackenzie Meckes fights to keep possession of the ball Wednesday against North Ridgeville. Meckes scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half as Avon took control. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

AVON — Wanting to make its point early Wednesday against North Ridgeville, the Avon Eagles in fact made 11 of them. The Eagles scored the first 11 points of the game on the way to a dominating 54-33 West Shore Conference win over the Rangers. Avon coach Meghan Larrick challenged her team to play well Read More…