April 17, 2014

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Girls basketball: Avon beats Amherst in Comet Holiday Tournament

Amherst freshman Sydney Roule jumps to score as Avon senior Rachael Poling tries to block her shot Saturday at Amherst High School. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Amherst had the home court advantage Saturday in the finals of the Comet Holiday Tournament. But visiting Avon had Mackenzie Meckes. Meckes, a 5-foot-8 junior guard, was calm, cool and collected helping her team withstand a frantic second half Comets’ rally as Avon held on to win the championship game, 53-42. Meckes scored Read More…

Boys basketball: Lorain blasts Avon to capture Lorain County Holiday Classic title

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AVON — Things got interesting when Avon opened the fourth quarter with a modest run against Lorain on Saturday night. It cut the Titans’ lead — which reached 18 points in the third quarter — to eight. At that point, it must have looked a little dicey for the Titans as the Lorain County Holiday Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria downs Avon Lake to take third in Lorain County Holiday Classic

AVON — Elyria’s Jarred Schultz shook his head in disbelief when told he had scored a career high 28 points Saturday in the Lorain County Holiday Classic consolation game against Avon Lake. “They were all layups,” he said. “I didn’t think I had 28.” Layups count, too, as Schultz and the Pioneers powered their way Read More…

Boys basketball: Midview wins DiFranco tournament title

Midview's Jacob Wells gets past the block of Columbia's Kevin Simon to score in the fourth quarter in the championship match at the Bob DiFranco Holiday Tournament at Midview. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Midview’s 66-57 win over Columbia wasn’t so much about exacting revenge from a loss in last year’s Bob DiFranco Memorial Tournament championship. Nor was it about claiming the holiday title for the second time in three years. Instead it was about Middies coach Troy DiFranco wanting to find an identity for his Read More…

Girls basketball: Avon holds on for 2-point win over Elyria

Avon's Sierra Davidson and Elyria's Sierra White struggle for possession of the ball. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — After 12 ties and seven lead changes, Avon’s Brianna Conroy took matters into her own hands. The 6-foot junior scored on a putback layup with 21.2 seconds to go to put Avon on top and the Eagles held on for a 54-52 win over Elyria in the opening game of the Comet Holiday Read More…

Boys basketball: Raiders advance to DiFranco tournament title game

Columbia’s Jay Banyasz goes to the basket Friday in a victory over Amherst during the first round of the Bob DiFranco Memorial Tournament. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — No one has repeated as the DiFranco Memorial Tournament champions since Amherst accomplished as much in 2003-04. Columbia put itself in prime position to end that streak Friday night, notching a thrilling 69-64 victory over the Comets in the opening game of the annual tourney at Midview’s Kubuski Gymnasium. “It’s definitely one Read More…

Boys basketball: Lorain edges Elyria in Holiday Classic opener

Lorain's Rashod Berry hauls in a rebound in front of Elyria's Anthony Duckett during the Titans' 66-64 victory Friday night in Avon. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

AVON — It may have been a new venue but it was everything everyone expected when Lorain and Elyria renewed its rivalry Friday night at the 16th annual Lorain County Holiday Classic. With Avon hosting the event for the first time, the Titans took control as the game wore on to beat Elyria 66-64 for Read More…

Boys basketball: Kelly leads Avon to first Holiday Classic win

AVON — An old, bellicose rivalry turned into the Brian Kelly Show on Friday night and produced two firsts for the Avon Eagles. Kelly, who scored 18 of Avon’s 26 second-half points, sparked the Eagles to their first win of the season after five losses. And it was their first win ever in the annual Read More…

Boys basketball: Westlake senior Gavin Skelly comes up big with 30 points, 15 rebounds in win over Bay

Westlake senior and Northwestern recruit Gavin Skelly leaps past Bay's Collin DeBarr for a basket Monday in a 75-55 Westlake win. The 6-foot-9 Skelly poured in 30 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — To borrow the catchphrase made famous by television chef Emeril Lagasse, Westlake’s Gavin Skelly “kicked it up a notch Monday night.” The 6-foot-9 senior scored a season-high 30 points to go along with 15 rebounds and two blocked shots as the Demons defeated Bay 75-55 in a non-league game. Westlake remained perfect at 7-0 Read More…

Girls basketball: Bartlome sisters hit big shots as Vermilion tops Brookside

Vermilion's Jasmine Porter rebounds as Brookside's Montana Banner tries to strip the ball from her. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

VERMILION — In the end, Vermilion’s Bartlome sisters and an unshakable freshman named Caitlyn Schnur outlasted Brookside and senior star Erika Elias on Monday night. For the second straight game, Elias scored 26 points — 20 of the Cardinals’ 24 in the second half — in a non-conference thriller the Sailors finally pulled out, 43-40. Read More…