February 12, 2016

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High school boys bowling: Elyria downs Amherst with one pin to spare, captures North Shore Bowling Conference title

VERMILION — After 15 matches, four games and nine frames, the North Shore Bowling Conference championship was still undecided. And it was all on Elyria junior Nathan Hensley’s shoulders. Hensley came through with a clutch spare, toppling the 5-pin with the last ball of the last frame to give the Pioneers the title by one Read More…

Girls basketball: Columbia finds plenty of reasons to celebrate with 60-29 win over Vermilion on Senior Night

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COLUMBIA STATION — The Columbia Raiders turned Wednesday’s Senior Night into a celebration that lasted from before their game with the Vermilion Sailors to well after. They had plenty to celebrate, including senior Alison Schafer’s game-high 28 points in a 60-29 win. After the game, Columbia (18-3) cut down the nets to celebrate the Patriot Read More…

High school basketball: Elyria Catholic’s comeback a point short against Cleveland Central Catholic

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ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic boys basketball coach Phil Kuchta is an idiot. Just ask him, he’ll tell you. Proudly. Following his Panthers’ last-second 85-84 loss to Cleveland Central Catholic, Kuchta talked about those that questioned the wisdom of Elyria Catholic scheduling a home non-conference game against Ohio Mr. Basketball candidate Tervell Beck and the tough Read More…

Boys basketball: Clearview beats Oberlin to earn at least share of PAC Stripes title

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OBERLIN — Since the first day of practice in early November, Clearview seniors Juan Torres and Antonio Bennett have talked about winning the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division championship. On Tuesday, it was time to turn words into action. Torres and Bennett were two of three Clippers in double figures as Clearview overcame a 10-point Read More…

Boys basketball: Strongsville halts Elyria’s win streak

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ELYRIA — Living on the edge finally caught up to Elyria on Tuesday night. The Pioneers saw their 10-game win streak snapped in a 46-45 loss to Strongsville. The Mustangs won it on a 3-pointer with time running out from the Mustangs’ pesky 5-foot-8 senior guard Sean Aske. The loss, combined with Brunswick’s win over Read More…

Boys basketball: Keystone clinches second straight PAC Stars title

LAGRANGE — Keystone was selfish Tuesday night. Faced with the possibility of sharing the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division title, the Wildcats stepped on the gas against Buckeye and walked out of their gym a 50-41 overtime winner. In doing so, Keystone (15-6, 14-1) earned back-to-back league titles for the first time in school history. Read More…

High school hockey: Elyria Catholic, Olmsted Falls bow out early in Baron Cup play

BROOKLYN — Olmsted Falls will probably look back at a 5-3 loss to Orange on Monday in the Baron Cup II tournament and think about missed opportunities. Trailing 4-2, the Bulldogs played the final 4:23 with at least a one-man advantage and couldn’t cash in. They gave up an empty-net goal during a 6-on-4 chance Read More…

Boys Basketball: Midview’s Troy DiFranco to retire after 19 seasons as coach

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Troy DiFranco has been involved with Midview High School basketball for more than half his life, first for four years as a player and the last 19 as the coach. So, yeah, his decision to retire, made official by Midview in a news release late Sunday night, was a difficult one. This season will be Read More…

Girls Basketball: Megan Scheibelhut leads EC past Buckeye with outside shooting

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ELYRIA — Megan Scheibelhut, Elyria Catholic’s 6-foot-1 sophomore, has at least two valuable assets. Her height makes her effective under the basket as a rebounder and close-range scorer. Her soft shooting touch makes her dangerous from outside the 3-point line. For the third time this season, Scheibelhut nailed four 3-point baskets Monday night in leading Read More…

High school hockey: Cleveland Heights lowers boom on Avon

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LAKEWOOD — The regular season came to a rough end for the Avon hockey team as it dropped a 6-1 decision to White East Division champion Cleveland Heights in a Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League crossover game at Winterhurst. The Eagles gave up a pair of power-play goals to the Tigers in the first Read More…