December 22, 2014


High school hockey: Midview battles Cleveland Heights to tie

Midview’s Tommy Coon passes the puck during the second period against Cleveland Heights on Sunday. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — After 53 minutes of punishing, physical hockey both Cleveland Heights and Midview were left wanting more as neither team scored in overtime resulting in a 3-3 tie in a Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League White Division crossover game Sunday at North Park Recreation Center. “Midview is definitely the best team talent-wise, fundamentally, Read More…

Boys basketball: Lorain stays unbeaten with sizable victory over short-handed Elyria Catholic

Elyria Catholic’s Ceeven Shelton finds his path to the basket thwarted by Lorain’s Anfernee Smothers during Saturday night’s game. The Titans used their superior size to dominate the inside and improve to 5-0. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — The trouble for the Panthers started Friday night, when starting center James Tirbaso … the only EC player 6-foot-4 or taller … sprained his knee and elbow in a loss to Midview. That left 6-2 forward Ceeven Shelton as the tallest player in the Elyria Catholic starting lineup. Against the towering, athletic Titans, Read More…

Boys basketball: Antonio Blanton’s best just what Elyria needs to knock off undefeated Keystone

Elyria’s Antonio Blanton goes up for a shot against Keystone’s Brandon Kuhl. Blanton had a career-high 17 points, including some key shots down the stretch. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Antonio Blanton may not hit two bigger shots in his life than the ones he made Saturday at Keystone. Blanton’s heroics helped Elyria High stave off the Wildcats 54-43 in non-conference play. The Pioneers (3-1) handed Keystone its first loss in six games. The Wildcats had just rallied from a 10-point deficit to Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic holds off Avon to stay undefeated

EC’s Josie Carandang draws contact as she drives against Avon’s Alyssa Douzos (left) and Catie Kelly. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Uncanny foul shooting by Riley Schill and two big 3-point baskets by Josie Carandang helped Elyria Catholic pass its toughest test of the season Saturday. This is not to suggest the junior guards get all the credit for the Panthers’ difficult 41-34 West Shore Conference win over Avon at the Coliseum. It’s just Read More…

Boys basketball: Midview slows down, knocks off Elyria Catholic

Midview’s Jacob Wells takes it to the basket as Elyria Catholic’s Jacob Kuchta defends. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — It won’t go down as an instant classic, or even a delayed classic. But it will be remembered as a very fan-friendly West Shore Conference battle that produced seven ties and six lead changes Friday night. And it was a thriller that saw Midview hand Elyria Catholic its first loss of the Read More…

Boys basketball: Avon hands North Ridgeville first loss as inside players come up big

North Ridgeville’s Jack Lesniak, center, tries to grab a rebound against Avon’s Jeffrey Laraway, left, and Will Ybarra. Avon won the battle of the boards and ruined the Rangers’ perfect start in the process. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

AVON — Coaches like to say rebounding is simply desire. Friday night there was no doubt about Avon’s effort on the glass as it pulled away from previously unbeaten North Ridgeville 62-42 in West Shore Conference play. The Eagles dominated inside thanks to seniors Will Ybarra, Zach Torbert and junior Jeffrey Laraway in handing the Read More…

Boys basketball: Unbeaten North Olmsted no one-man gang in win over Olmsted Falls

North Olmsted’s Matt Starcovic looks to pass under pressure from Olmsted Falls’ Ryan Hanna on Friday. Starcovic went on a fourth-quarter tear to lead the Eagles. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

OLMSTED TWP. — Good coaches can figure out how to stop a great player. So while, yes, North Olmsted has the luxury of a game-changing, 6-foot-6, inside-outside threat in Andy Lucien, the Eagles will need more to truly make some noise. And it appears they have it. On Friday against Olmsted Falls, more came from Read More…

High school gymnastics: Julia Corrao putting broken leg in the past

Corrao’s junior year ended with a broken fibula, an injury the Avon resident is looking to put in her past.

Julia Corrao knows a little something about overcoming obstacles. In the world of gymnastics, it kind of comes with the territory. Corrao’s senior season at Magnificat will present a bit of a different challenge as the two-time All-Ohioan in floor exercise tries to rebound from a broken left fibula she suffered in early May. “My coach Read More…

High school wrestling: Olmsted Falls splits SWC dual meets

North Olmsted’s Shawn Hegyl tries to fight off a pin attempt by Brecksville’s Austin Hiles during their 152-pound match Thursday night in Olmsted Township. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

OLMSTED TWP. — Senior Night didn’t start out as Olmsted Falls would have liked, but everything worked out in the end. The Bulldogs wrestling team, in a Southwestern Conference triangular dual meet against Brecksville and North Olmsted, dropped a 53-10 decision to the nationally ranked Bees in the first meet. After Brecksville beat North Olmsted 75-3 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…