May 23, 2015


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…

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…