December 19, 2014


Girls basketball: North Ridgeville’s Alyssa Riley scores 21 points, helps seal win over Bay

North Ridgeville's Kelly Wisniewski and Bay's Aubrey Rohlke go up for rebound. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

BAY VILLAGE — At the end of the game, North Ridgeville coach Amy Esser wants the ball in the hands of junior guard Alyssa Riley. Monday night, Riley showed just why she’s earned her coach’s trust. Riley went 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter on the way to a career-high 21-point Read More…

Boys Basketball: Isaiah Walton comes up big again as Elyria edges EC in instant classic

Elyria’s Isaiah Walton jumps through Elyria Catholic’s Jeremy Holley (20), Connor Riddell (4) and DJ Graham (1) on his way to the basket Saturday during the Pioneers’ 60-59 victory. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A whale of a game as Elyria High and Elyria Catholic met to decide city bragging rights came down to one big difference. The Pioneers had Isaiah Walton. Walton not only rebounded his miss into what turned out to be the winning basket with 18 seconds left, he made the heads-up play at Read More…

Boys Basketball: Lorain heating up, holds off Clearview in front of sellout crowd

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LORAIN — Look out: Lorain is coming. The Titans, who’ve played three games with a full squad after getting Devon Andrews back, is running on full throttle. And when the Titans develop a killer instinct, they could be even more dangerous. Lorain used its size inside and the interior skill of Andrews and Rashod Berry Read More…

Girls Basketball: Westlake pulls away from Amherst for SWC victory

Westlake’s Rebecca Essig tries to drive around Amherst’s Sara Elliott during the fourth quarter of the Demons’ 55-41 victory Saturday afternoon. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Inexperienced Amherst stayed with Westlake for a half Saturday. But the Demons focused on defense after the break, held Amherst to seven third-quarter points and pulled away for a 55-41 Southwestern Conference win. Westlake (13-2, 7-1 SWC) remains a game behind undefeated Berea-Midpark in the conference race. “They’re a very good team,” Amherst Read More…

Boys basketball: Vermilion stuns Elyria Catholic in the first half, then holds off big Panther rally in the second


ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic spent all Friday night digging itself out of a big mess. It was not stranded in the heavy snow that fell at the corner of Gulf and Poplar … the mess was inside, and it was one of the Panthers’ own making. Elyria Catholic put itself in an 18-point hole at Read More…

Boys basketball: Isaiah Walton erupts for 37 points as Elyria shrugs off second-quarter lapse to defeat Normandy

Isaiah Walton works his way inside Normandy’s defense Friday at Elyria High. The Elyria senior scored a game-high 37 points as the Pioneers picked up a 59-51 win. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Brett Larrick spent all week patching up his basketball team after losing two seniors. Fortunately for the Elyria coach, he still had a senior named Isaiah Walton to depend on. With Walton pouring in 37 points, Larrick’s reworked roster and lineup came through with a 59-51 win over Normandy in a Northeast Ohio Read More…

Boys basketball: North Ridgeville ends five-game losing streak with overtime win over Midview

Midview's Grant Overy drives past North Ridgeville's Dennis Millgard. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — When it was all said and done, North Ridgeville coach Bryan Morgan could reflect for a moment. “We finally got over the hump,” he said Friday after his Rangers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 54-50 overtime win over West Shore Conference and neighborhood rival Midview. There was no time for Read More…

Boys basketball: Olmsted Falls withstands strong Avon Lake third

Avon Lake’s Luke Harris tries to get a shot up over Olmsted Falls’ Kevin Meehan during the Bulldogs’ 46-33 victory Friday night in Avon Lake. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Olmsted Falls had few problems during the first half against Avon Lake, had plenty of them in the third quarter but found a way to right the ship down the stretch. The Bulldogs’ strong perimeter defense limited the Shoremen’s two talented guards — Seth Muck and Christian Jones — early and weathered Read More…

Boys Basketball: Open Door plays tall ball, tops undersized Lake Ridge

Olmsted Falls' Danny Stintsman looks to pass Thursday against defense by Lake Ridge's Josh Scofield, behind. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Open Door big men Andrew Patterson and Danny Stintsman were looking down on their opponents Thursday night, but no disrespect was meant. Patterson, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, and Stintsman, a 6-2 junior, are taller than anyone on the Lake Ridge team, and the Patriots used that to their advantage in a 46-36 non-league Read More…

Girls basketball: Amherst tops Lorain

Lorain’s Destiny Wilson (21) tries to shoot over Amherst’s Brooke Wallace. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — When Amherst took care of the ball, its offense was effective. It took the Comets until the second half to decide to take care of the ball. After turning over the ball 14 times in the first half Wednesday, Amherst gave it up only six times in the second in its 39-34 non-conference Read More…