March 30, 2015

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Boys lacrosse: Lutheran West focused on learning in 1st year

ROCKY RIVER — Lutheran West hosted the first varsity lacrosse game in school history Saturday and although the Longhorns lost 11-8 to Padua, it was another step forward for one of the newest teams in the Ohio High School Lacrosse Association. “It’s just our second game and we’re still learning,” Longhorns coach Keith Pearson said. Read More…

Lorain County Miss Basketball: Amherst’s Brooke Wallace quickly matured into county’s top senior

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — For someone who didn’t start playing basketball until seventh grade, Amherst’s Brooke Wallace went a long way in a short time. Wallace, the Comets’ 6-foot-3 senior post, finished her high school career earlier this month after averaging a double-double for four seasons, scoring more than 1,000 points, hauling down more than 800 Read More…

Girls Basketball: Defense rules at Lorain County Senior All-Star Games

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Anybody who has spent enough time around sports has heard the phrase “Defense wins championships.” Tuesday night might have been the first time someone said, “Defense wins all-star games.” The 2015 version of the Lorain County Girls Senior All-Star Games turned into a defensive showcase, with the Black team battling its way Read More…

Boys Basketball All-Ohio: Lorain’s John Rositano co-coach of year, Devon Andrews on 2nd team

Lorain’s history-making 25-1 basketball season ended last week, but the honors keep rolling in. The Titans, who went 22-0 in the regular season and won Lake Erie League, sectional and district titles, received significant recognition on the Division I All-Ohio team, which was released Monday by The Associated Press. Coach John Rositano was named co-coach Read More…

Oberlin High’s Judith Lesesne stars in 4 sports, still finds time for volunteer work

When Oberlin senior Judith Lesesne entered high school she wanted to try new things and keep herself busy. Along the way her determination, natural athletic ability and the desire to be the best at everything she does made her one of the greatest athletes to ever put on a Phoenix uniform. Lesesne treated Oberlin’s athletic Read More…

H.S. Boys Tennis: Jeff Mannies steps down as Westlake coach after successful tenure to focus on private lessons

WESTLAKE — When Jeff Mannies took over for Ralph Dunbar as the Westlake boys tennis coach seven years ago, the program was recognized as one of the best in Northeast Ohio. Mannies built upon that legacy, winning seven straight Southwestern Conference championships, being named SWC Coach of the Year six straight years and coaching five Read More…

Lorain County Wrestling All-Star Meet: Lorain’s Isaiah Margheim finishes in style with tough win, top award

ELYRIA — Lorain senior Isaiah Margheim got to show off his platinum hair one last time. He got to exhibit his superior skills on the mat one last time. He even got to dance on the sideline before his match one last time. Margheim won a tough 4-3 decision over Columbia’s Jose Caraballo, then was Read More…

Boys basketball: Lorain’s dream season comes to an end in regionals with loss to defending state champion St. Edward

As the clock reached its last minute, the Titans and fans hung their heads as they realized catching up to St. Edwards High School would not be possible. KRISTIN BAUER/ CHRONICLE

AKRON — It’s over. Lorain’s unbeaten season, and hopes for state tournament glory, ended Wednesday night in a 68-60 loss to defending state champion St. Edward at a jam-packed and loud James A. Rhodes Arena. It ended on a night when Lorain ran into a team just as big and just as talented as it Read More…

Chris Assenheimer: Titans brought pride to an entire city

Lorain High School senior Naz Bohannon, center, is comforted by team mate Shane Smith after the Titans lost to St. Edward's in the division I regional semi-final game 68-60 Wednesday night at the James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron. ANNA/ NORRIS

AKRON — The dream was in critical condition at the end of the first half Wednesday night at James A. Rhodes Arena when Lakewood St. Edward star Kipper Nichols pulled up and connected on a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Eagles a double-digit lead. It flat-lined shortly into the final quarter of play, Read More…

Boys basketball: Lorain seniors pave way for future success

Lorain's Eddie WIlliamson drives to the basket against St. Edward's Thomas Schmock in the second half of the boys division I regional semi-final game Wednesday night at the James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron. ANNA NORRIS/ CHRONICLE

AKRON — Eddie Williamson, Devon Andrews and Rashod Berry were the main players in a love story that ended Wednesday with Lorain’s 68-60 loss to St. Edward at James A. Rhodes Arena. The loss ended a dream season, but did nothing to diminish the feelings the city of Lorain had for the Titans. Or the Read More…