December 17, 2014


Boys basketball: North Ridgeville uses turnovers, free throws for win over Midview

North Ridgeville’s Demario McCall shoots over Midview’s Logan Bolin during the first half of the Rangers’ 63-59 victory Tuesday night in North Ridgeville. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — In close games, when one or two possessions are the ultimate decider, much attention is paid to the final ones. North Ridgeville certainly benefited from two Midview turnovers and subsequent free throws in the late going during the Rangers’ key early season 63-59 West Shore Conference win Tuesday night. Isa Abdul-Alim, who Read More…

Boys basketball: Defensive change works out well for Elyria Catholic in win over Vermilion

Elyria Catholic’s Jacob Kuchta puts up a runner as Vermilion’s Kyle Nader defends Tuesday in a West Shore Conference game at Elyria Catholic. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It was a simple tweak, but it made all the difference in the world. After Vermilion’s Kyle Nader lit up the Panthers for 12 points in the first quarter, Elyria Catholic coach Phil Kuchta slightly changed the way his team defended the Sailors’ leading scorer. Nader scored only 14 points the rest of Read More…

Boys basketball: Experience helps Lorain handle Cleveland Heights

LORAIN — Lorain and Cleveland Heights both came into Tuesday night’s Lake Erie League game undefeated. After about a minute, it was pretty clear the Titans were the better team. Scoring eight unanswered points in the first 90 seconds, Lorain was off and running. It never looked back either, rolling to a 79-66 win in Read More…

Boys basketball: 11 Elyria players score in rout of Valley Forge

Elyria’s K.J. Miller leaps between Valley Forge’s Collin Hogan (50) and Larry Jackson on the way to the basket Tuesday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Getting everyone involved was a preseason goal Brett Larrick set for his young Elyria High basketball team. Tuesday, for the most part, the Pioneers did just that in a 79-46 win over winless Valley Forge in Northeast Ohio Conference Lake Division play. Elyria improved to 2-1 and 1-1, while the Patriots fell to Read More…

Girls basketball: Oberlin falls to undefeated Fairport Harding

Oberlin’s Judith Lesesne battles Fairport Harbor’s Gabbi Babbitt for a rebound during Monday night’s game. Lesesne had 13 points,14 rebounds and seven steals. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — A loss is a loss, but some come with a bright spot. Oberlin coach Robert Wright thought Monday’s 40-31 loss to undefeated Fairport Harding qualified. “Despite the loss, I was pretty happy with the way my girls continued to compete tonight,” said Wright, whose team fell to 3-3. “We’re a young team and Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic downs Mayfield to stay undefeated

EC’s Julia Scarpelli gets ready to put up a shot against Mayfield’s Courtney Favazzo during Monday’s game. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Unbeaten Elyria Catholic routed Division I Mayfield 63-34 Monday night in non-conference action. It was the Panthers’ sixth victory. Mayfield (0-5) led only once, 2-0, in the first minute. But Division III EC, with superior depth and balanced scoring, quickly took over and had it under control at 21-6 after eight minutes. At Read More…

Girls basketball: Amherst shakes slow start against North Olmsted

Amherst’s Brooke Wallace hauls in a rebound between several North Olmsted players in the Comets’ 60-37 win. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — It took a little while for Amherst to unwind Saturday afternoon in Southwestern Conference play at North Olmsted, but once they did the Comets girls rolled to a 60-37 victory. “That first quarter was one of the worst we’ve played all year,” Amherst coach Kevin Collins said. “We kind of expected it. Read More…

Boys basketball: Wellington can’t hang with New London

Wellington’s Trey Bealer drives against New London during the Dukes’ 51-37 loss Saturday night at home. Bealer finished with 10 points and a team-high six rebounds. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — The Wellington High School gym was packed with orange-clad fans on both sides in support of a local girl battling cancer. Unfortunately for the Dukes, it was New London that brought the fight to Saturday night’s non-conference boys basketball game. The Wildcats (1-3) came into the game winless but got a 12-point, 12-rebound, Read More…

Boys basketball: Despite 53 fouls, Elyria Catholic happy with win over Bay

EC's Jacob Kuchta does a layup over Bay's Danny Heidleoff. Photo by Ray Riedel

ELYRIA — In a game lasting nearly three hours due to a staggering 53 fouls called, Elyria Catholic finally outlasted visiting Bay 64-52 Friday night in a West Shore Conference opener at the Coliseum. Despite the fouls — 27 on Elyria Catholic and 26 on Bay — only one player fouled out. Both teams shot Read More…

Boys basketball: Heated Avon, Midview rivalry continues on court

Midview's Dimitri Redwood, center, grabs a rebound between Jacob Wells, left, and Jeffrey Laraway of Avon. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Fresh off two highly entertaining and nerve-wracking football games this fall, Midview and Avon renewed their rivalry on the basketball court Friday night in the West Shore Conference opener for both teams. This time, the game wasn’t nearly as close, but it had the same result — a Midview win. The Middies, Read More…