April 24, 2014


Girls AAU Basketball: Lissy Roggenburk hits buzzer-beater to lift TNBA to tourney title in open division

ELYRIA — It was a mixed bag for local teams Sunday at the 2nd Adidas North Coast Cup basketball tournament. In the open division host TNBA pulled out a 61-59 win over Toledo Thunder in the championship game. With the score tied and 1.4 seconds to play, Olmsted Falls’ Kerry Gasper inbounded the ball to Read More…

Boys basketball all-star game: Former middle school teammates lead way as Red rolls

Elyria’s Isaiah Walton throws down a dunk during the Red Team’s 124-113 win. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — Elyria’s Isaiah Walton and Clearview’s Gerrell Williams showed what could’ve been Sunday night. The pair combined to score 48 points and gave the crowd plenty to cheer about in the Red Team’s 124-113 win over the Blue Team in the annual Gene Legeza Cage Classic at Oberlin College. Walton and Williams, along with Read More…

Boys basketball all-star game: Clearview’s Gerrell Williams, EC’s Jacob Kuchta win skills contests

Clearview’s Gerrell Williams shows off one of his moves on the way to the dunk title Sunday night. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — After making jaw-dropping and crowd-pleasing slams a major part of his game at Clearview High School, it was only fitting that Gerrell Williams won the dunk contest Sunday at the annual Gene Legeza Cage Classic at Oberlin College. Williams, Rashod Berry of Lorain and Vermilion’s Kyle Nader advanced to the finals from a Read More…

Vermilion’s Cameron Kuhn caps stellar career by winning Lorain County Mr. Basketball

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OBERLIN — Cameron Kuhn has probably lost count of the records he’s set and the awards he’s won during his high school basketball career. However, on Sunday, the Vermilion senior won the individual award he’s thought about winning all season and the one he will never forget — Lorain County Mr. Basketball. Kuhn was presented the Read More…

Avon Lake Shoregals made history 20 years ago with state championship victory


Twenty years ago, Avon Lake’s finest girls basketball team sent the community into a happy frenzy. With a dramatic last-second shot by senior Stacey Fifer, the Shoregals defeated Cincinnati Roger Bacon 41-39 to win the Division II state championship and put an exclamation point at the end of their 27-0 season. Fifer’s shot also helped Read More…

Chris Assenheimer: Sure, there’s no cheering in the press box, but this was a unique situation for a young sportswriter

It was the first and only time I have ever broken the sportswriter’s cardinal rule: No cheering in the press box. I’m not really sure it even qualifies as such. And if so, it’s a minor violation, in my opinion. I’ll let you be the judge. It was a two years into my career as Read More…

Where are they now? The 1993-94 Avon Lake Shoregals

The 1994 Division II state champs, from left: Kelly Coughlin, Carrie Liptak, Melissa Zakel, Megan Chawansky, Beth Lora, Amy Mitchell, Michelle Finefrock, Jackie Powell, Brandy Taggart, Angela Capretto, Stacey Fifer. Seated: assistant coach Zen Chawansky and coach Amy Manco. PHOTO PROVIDED

No. 12 Kelly Coughlin Now Kelly Cracas, she went on to play soccer and softball at Defiance College. She and her husband, Mike, have a son and three daughters, Cade, 11; Sarah, 9; Samantha, 7; and Breanna, 4. Cracas works in marketing for Moen Inc. in North Olmsted and is a youth sports coach. Daughter Read More…

Boys Basketball: Bob Walsh got call to come to Lorain County, and that was the beginning of the road to Clearview’s 1974 Class A state championship

Larry Harris (35), Randy Dlugosz (41) and their Clearview teammates celebrate the 
1974 Class A state championship at Ohio State’s St. John Arena. CHRONICLE FILE

Bob Walsh and Clearview basketball. Forty years ago, it was a match made in heaven … and it still is. Walsh guided the Clippers to the 1974 Class A boys basketball state title at St. John Arena in Columbus. Walsh, who won 642 games and two state titles over his Hall of Fame career at Read More…

Olmsted Falls’ Asadorian sets Ohio mark for 3-point shooting

Olmsted Falls senior Adam Astorian carefully lines up his signature 3-point shot during a brief practice at Olmsted Falls High School on Thursday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

The 2013-14 boys basketball season will be remembered as the year the Olmsted Falls program returned to prominence. The Bulldogs played for the Southwestern Conference title, won 18 games and watched an 11-man rotation mature while wreaking havoc on opponents all season. Now it appears Olmsted Falls’ season will be remembered for more than those Read More…

Firelands’ Casey Morrissette wins Miss Basketball award

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AVON LAKE — Casey Morrissette won more than her share of awards during her stellar high school career at Firelands, but she’ll have to make room for one more. And it’s a big one: Lorain County Miss Basketball. Morrissette was named the winner of the county’s most prestigious girls basketball award Wednesday night during the Read More…