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Boys basketball: Brett Bartlett leaving Firelands to coach Big Walnut

Brett Bartlett

HENRIETTA TWP. — Brett Bartlett hit the ground running as a first-time head basketball coach at Firelands. The former Keystone basketball standout led Firelands to the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division championship in his first year and kept the Falcons competitive. But on Friday, Bartlett informed Firelands athletic director Kennie Searight and the board of Read More…

Boys Basketball: John Srnis steps down as Amherst coach

John Srnis

Amherst is in the market for a boys basketball coach. John Srnis recently submitted his resignation to athletic director Casey Wolf and principal Michael May, Wolf confirmed. Srnis noted his son, Adam, was about to graduate from the high school and he was ready to take a break. Srnis did not return messages seeking comment. 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…

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…

Boys basketball: Naz Bohannon might only be a sophomore, but his energy, enthusiasm keep undefeated Lorain rolling

Lorain High School sophomore forward Nazihar Bohannon (33) is hoisted by a sea of fans after scoring the game-winning basket against Bedford as time ran out on the clock. KRISTIN BAUER/ CHRONICLE

Lorain’s Naz Bohannon leads the Titans’ pregame ritual, in which he enters a circle of Titans players and cheerleaders and begins with, “No talking Boaaaaa — we came to win!” Fans follow with, “Hey! Hey!” On the court, he is most often the on-ball man in the Titans’ full-court, trapping press, and he wastes little Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic’s Riley Schill and Columbia’s Alison Schafer pick up third-team All-Ohio honors

Elyria Catholic’s Riley Schill and Columbia’s Alison Schafer have a lot in common. Both are junior guards who were their team’s best scorer, top 3-point shooter and emotional leader. Now they’re both third-team All-Ohio selections, as well. Schafer earned her spot on The Associated Press’ Division IV team by averaging 19.8 points and having one Read More…