January 31, 2015


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…

Girls basketball: Black, Orange teams win annual all-star games

Wellington's Elizabeth Bowman steals the ball from North Ridgeville's senior Leah Lindak. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Keystone’s Darcy Irish scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds while three of her teammates scored eight points each as the Black Team rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to knock off the Gold Team 48-45 Wednesday in one of the Lorain County girls senior all-star basketball games at Avon Lake High Read More…

Boys basketball: Four area players named to All-Ohio teams

Westlake’s Gavin Skelly shoots past Lorain’s Rashod Berry during the Division I sectional championship game March 1. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Westlake senior Gavin Skelly was named to the Division I third team to lead four area players who earned spots on the The Associated Press Division I and II All-Ohio boys basketball teams which were released Monday. Vermilion’s Cameron Kuhn was picked Special Mention in Division II, while Elyria’s Isaiah Walton and Clearview’s Gerrell Williams Read More…

Boys Basketball: Vermilion forces OT with 3-pointer at buzzer, but falls to Norwalk in regional semifinal


BOWLING GREEN — After Vermilion defeated Buckeye earlier in the postseason, coach Kurt Habermehl talked about how his Sailors always seemed to end up with their backs against the wall early, then fight their way out of trouble. Vermilion followed the formula again Thursday night, but could not close the deal, dropping a heartbreaker. Sailors Read More…

Boys Basketball, Regional Preview: Kyle Nader sparks Vermilion with his play, chatter

Vermilion junior point guard Kyle Nadar is not only averaging 14 points in the playoffs, he's the team's best talker. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Vermilion point guard Kyle Nader is not the leading scorer for his team, which for the third time in seven years is back in the Division II regional tournament. But he is the leading talker. Nader does a lot of things well for the Sailors, including scoring and taking pressure off Cameron Kuhn, whose success Read More…