March 4, 2015

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Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic overcomes Oberlin zone, struggling start to capture Division III sectional opener

ELYRIA — It took a quarter of basketball, but once Elyria Catholic figured out Oberlin’s 2-3 zone it quickly took control. The Panthers trailed by a bucket after the first quarter before dominating the final three in an 84-59 Division III sectional opener at the Elyria Catholic Coliseum. The Phoenix started the game in a Read More…

Boys basketball: Danny Stintsman makes up for free throw misses with big basket as Open Door downs Lake Ridge in OT

ELYRIA — Danny Stintsman came up with a biggie, and Open Door is headed to the second round of the Division IV sectional tournament Friday at Cuyahoga Heights. With the score tied at 56 with 1:20 left in overtime Tuesday, Stintsman made a dramatic layup in heavy traffic to put Open Door in front to Read More…

District Girls Basketball: Elyria’s postseason ends as Pioneers can’t catch up to Berea-Midpark

Elyria defenders Sami Harjar, center, and Dierra Hammons, right, pressure Lexie Scarton of Berea-Midpark. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

PARMA HTS. — If Elyria would have had the Staples reset button on its bench Monday, it might have been able to get a do-over for its slow start against Berea-Midpark in the Division I district semifinals at Valley Forge High School. Instead, the Pioneers were forced to try to play catch-up the entire evening Read More…

District Girls Basketball: Westlake turns up defense in 2nd half, stops Lakewood

Westlake's Rebecca Essig moves the ball up the court. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Rebecca Essig, a Westlake guard, said it seemed at halftime as though the Demons needed to ramp up the defense. They did, and very effectively. How effective were they? After leading Lakewood by just two points at the break, the Demons held the Rangers to just two points in the third quarter. In Read More…

District Girls Basketball: Avon clears hurdle, beats St. Joseph Academy, reaches district final

MEDINA — Avon was not going to let Brittany Morrison take over its district semifinal Monday evening. After recording a double-double in the first half, St. Joseph’s Morrison was limited to just six points and two rebounds in the second. The Eagles turned up the defense and forced the Jaguars into seven third-quarter turnovers during Read More…

Girls basketball: Firelands’ shooting ice cold in loss to Bay

Firelands’ Victoria Grasso drives to the hoop Monday past Bay’s Nora Ziebarth during the Falcons’ 34-18 loss in a Division II district semifinal at Elyria High School. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The cold weather has everyone down, and Bay and Firelands couldn’t escape its clutches Monday in the Division II district semifinal. No, the Elyria gym doors weren’t open, letting in all the frigid air that has left snow on the ground for 58 straight days and nights. It was the teams’ ice-cold shooting Read More…

Boys basketball: How far can the Lorain Titans go?

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Warrensville Heights did everything right Thursday in its bid to end Lorain’s run at an unbeaten season. The Titans, for a while at least, did a lot wrong. That Lorain overcame those two factors to beat the Tigers and complete that 22-0 record raises two pressing questions as the Division I district tournament begins this Read More…

Sectional Girls Basketball: EC’s pressure defense too much for Wellington in easy win

ELYRIA — The Elyria Catholic Coliseum served as a great reminder Saturday afternoon of ancient Rome’s house of horrors. Only this time it was the Panthers, not the lions, doing the mauling. Top-seeded Elyria Catholic (20-4) rolled over Wellington 58-20 in the Division III sectional title game to advance to next week’s North Ridgeville district Read More…

Sectional Girls Basketball: Columbia gets revenge, slips past Lake Ridge

Columbia's Bailey Patrouhas makes a diving pass in Saturday's game against Lake Ridge Academy. Also pictured are Columbia's Shelby Friedel, left, Lake Ridge's Brianna Kirk, center, and Rachael Williams. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA TWP. — With a history of close, hard-fought games, Columbia and Lake Ridge have developed a fan-friendly rivalry in recent seasons. Notable was the Royals’ three-point win over the Raiders in a Division IV sectional final last season. The pattern continued Saturday afternoon. Columbia, battling from four points down, made eight of 12 foul Read More…

Boys Basketball: Lutheran West fails tough final exam against Bay

ROCKY RIVER — As back-to-back Patriot Athletic Conference champions, the Lutheran West Longhorns seldom face a test they don’t have the answers for, particularly in the friendly confines of Wittrock Gymnasium. But the season ending non-league game Friday night against the West Shore Conference co-champion Bay Village Rockets was enough to break the No. 2 Read More…