February 1, 2015

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High School Boys Basketball: Elyria Catholic at Vermilion

Vermilion's Joby Pfeil, center, drives between James Tirbaso, left, and Ceeven Shelton of Elyria Catholic. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

    VERMILION — Elyria Catholic coach Phil Kuchta has a mental checklist of what makes a good basketball team. The Panthers crossed a lot of those things off his list in a 56-49 West Shore Conference road win over                                                            Vermilion. The Panthers have won seven straight. When asked what makes a good team, Kuchta Read More…

High School Boys Basketball: Fairview vs Wellington 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 Read More…

High School Boys Basketball: Columbia at Keystone

ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLEKeystone's Brody Kuhl is fouled by Columbia's Justin Tacchite in the second half Friday night at Keystone High School.

    LAGRANGE — Through three quarters, Keystone versus Columbia was a starters-only party. No reserve player had scored. Brody Kuhl ended that early in the fourth, and he got the Wildcats’ offense rolling when it needed it most. The freshman nailed back-to-back 3-pointers — part of a seven-point effort — to give Keystone its Read More…

High School Boys Basketball: Parma at Elyria

    ELYRIA — Whatever the reason, Elyria’s basketball team is on a roll again. Maybe coach Brett Larrick should consider inviting the alumni basketball players and coaches more often after they witnessed the Pioneers shellac Parma on Friday night — 77-39. The win came on the heels of Tuesday’s 33-point victory over Vermilion. Elyria Read More…

High School Boys Basketball: North Ridgeville at Midview

EATON TWP. – Midview remained in the West Shore Conference picture with a thrilling 68-63 overtime victory over North Ridgeville on Friday night. The Middies won at the foul line, not with a foul shot here and a foul shot there, but with the kind of foul shooting most teams only dream about — 24-of-30 Read More…

Wrestling: Finally, it’s Elyria vs. Lorain

The top two area wrestling teams weren’t scheduled to face each other this year. Fate stepped in and Elyria and Lorain are now going to square off in the regional semifinals of the Division I dual team tournament Wednesday night at Oregon Clay High School. “It’s going to be awesome,” Pioneers coach Erik Burnett said. Read More…

Changing of the guard: Once a scorer, Eddie Williamson now focuses on helping undefeated Lorain in a lot of other ways

Maybe it’s his role as quarterback on the Lorain football team and the relative exposure he received from that high-profile position. Or maybe it’s that he’s always been mature, and sensible about his surroundings. Whatever the reason, Titans senior point guard Eddie Williamson has approached the evolution of his contributions to his unbeaten basketball team Read More…

High school wrestling: Avon dominates Bay to put wraps on perfect West Shore Conference dual season

AVON — The stage was set for a special night for the Avon wrestling team Thursday. In their last home meet of the season, the Eagles hosted Bay with an unbeaten dual-meet season and first place in the final year of the West Shore Conference at stake. The Eagles didn’t disappoint. Getting seven pins and Read More…

H.S. Wrestling: Pair of freshmen help Elyria to pair of wins in dual team tourney

Elyria’s Brendon Fenton pins Ashland’s Ben Helbert at 113 pounds Wednesday at the dual team tournament. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA TWP. — Elyria wrestling coach Erik Burnett has a simple philosophy when it comes to momentum. “I think the big thing when we talk about dual meets is there is only good momentum,” he said Wednesday. “If your teammate just won and you’re walking out there, you should feed off that if you can. Read More…

Girls Basketball: McKenah Peters comes up huge in important Keystone win over Firelands

Keystone's McKenah Peters passes against Firelands. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — McKenah Peters was a huge factor in an equally big win for Keystone against Firelands on Wednesday night. The sophomore scored 20 points — the only scorer in double figures — and the Wildcats overcame converting only two second-half field goals by going 7-of-13 from the free throw line in their 30-26 win Read More…