January 30, 2015


High school basketball: Four area boys, four area girls earn first-team All-Northeast Lakes district honors

Cameron Kuhn

Westlake’s Gavin Skelly and Vermilion’s Cameron Kuhn may play different positions but they have a lot in common. Skelly, a 6-foot-9 senior center, and Kuhn, a 6-0 senior guard, have been among the top players in their respective conferences all season, play on teams that are still harboring district title hopes and lead a contingent Read More…

Division II boys basketball: Clearview sees 17-point 4th-quarter lead dwindle before fighting off Brookside

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SHEFFIELD TWP. — Leading by 17 points heading into the fourth quarter Saturday, Clearview appeared to be a solid bet to claim the Division II sectional title and move on to face Holy Name in the Westlake District semifinals Thursday at 7 p.m. The Clippers got the job done, but Brookside’s 6-foot-5 senior center Kelvin Read More…

Division II boys basketball: Cameron Kuhn leads way as Vermilion KO’s Keystone with dominating fourth quarter

Keystone's CJ Conrad drives between Vermilion's Cameron Kuhn, left, and Zach Myracle. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Cameron Kuhn may have a new nickname after his performance Saturday night. Kuhn, or “Mr. Fourth Quarter,”scored 13 of his game-high 25 points in the final quarter to lead Vermilion to a come-from-behind 45-39 win over Keystone in a Division II sectional final. Vermilion (17-7) advances to the district semifinal Wednesday against Buckeye Read More…

Boys basketball: Jay Banyasz has big night as Columbia holds off Hawken rally, advances to Division III district tournament

Columbia's Jay Banyasz hits a shot over Hawken's Warren Starks. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — An 18-point lead with 3:18 to play is usually a pretty safe bet in high school basketball, just don’t try telling that to Columbia coach Larry Babics. His Raiders survived a furious Hawken rally Friday night before emerging with a 75-69 win in a Division III sectional final. They advance to Tuesday’s Read More…

Girls District Basketball: Elyria Catholic stopped by Beachwood and its stalling tactics

Elyria Catholic's Riley Schill drives past Beachwood's Jade Stevens, left, in the first half. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Aryanna Jackson is Beachwood’s 5-foot-9 junior Jill-of-all-trades. She played guard, wing, spent time in the No. 4 spot and even found herself in the post against Elyria Catholic on Thursday night. The Panthers didn’t have an answer. Jackson, already in the minds of some college coaches, also scored 20 of the Bison’s Read More…

Sectional Boys Basketball: Avon Lake turns tables, ousts Elyria in overtime

Avon Lake’s Jason Hessel, middle, fights for a loose ball with Elyria’s Manny Harrington, left, and Jason Oliver. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Two months and 21 points must seem like a lifetime ago for Elyria. The Pioneers were eliminated from the postseason by Avon Lake 55-46 in overtime Wednesday night. Elyria beat the Shoremen 79-58 at the Holiday Classic in December. But the Shoremen (10-13) have been the hotter commodity lately, and won their seventh Read More…

Sectional Boys Basketball: Demario McCall’s putback lifts North Ridgeville to 63-62 win over Amherst

North Ridgeville's Jordan Montgomery shoots past Amherst's Casey McConhie, left, and Danny Fortney. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — North Ridgeville coach Bryan Morgan finally had a reason to smile, as the Rangers did to Amherst what so many teams have done to them. They won a game at the end. Demario McCall put back a Collin Sullinger miss with less than a second to go Wednesday to pull out a 63-62 Read More…

Boys basketball: Lutheran West fights back to knock out Elyria Catholic in double overtime

Elyria Catholic's James Tirbaso goes up for a basket against Lutheran West's Greg Kunse during Tuesday's Division III sectional opener at Lutheran West. Tirbaso has a career-high 21 points, while Kunse had 14 as the Longhorns won in double overtime. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Elyria Catholic threatened on many occasions — in each quarter — to run away from Lutheran West in an opening-round matchup in the stacked Garfield Heights Division III district. The Panthers led by as many as eight in the first half, seven in the third quarter and by six early in the Read More…

Boys basketball: Coach glad Columbia moving on with win over Independence; not so happy with performance

Columbia's Jay Banyasz drives against Independence's Dan Baran on Tuesday at Columbia High School. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — Columbia accomplished what it wanted to accomplish, advancing to a Division III sectional final with a 58-46 win over Independence on Tuesday. Raiders coach Larry Babics, however, was less than thrilled with what he saw from his team. Columbia, the fifth seed in the Garfield Heights district, struggled to put away the Read More…

Boys basketball: K.J. Miller’s 32 points lead way as Christian Community School downs New Day for first regional title

Christian Community's PJ Norris drives past New Day Academy's Devaun Allen, left, and DayVionne Jackson on Tuesday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — K.J. Miller had a dream his team would be cutting down the nets Tuesday afternoon. Miller’s dream became reality as he scored 32 points to lead Christian Community over New Day Academy 74-61 in an Ohio Christian School Athletic Association Northeast regional final. The regional championship is the first in school history Read More…