April 21, 2014


Girls basketball: Westlake’s excellent first half leads to a whole lot of fun as Demons roll over Lake Catholic by 20

Westlake's Taylor Hood, left, dives for a loose ball against Jill Gidson of Lake Catholic. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

TWINSBURG — A day after a tough conference game it would have been easy for Westlake to come out and play lethargically Sunday against Lake Catholic at the Fight or Flight Invitational at Twinsburg High School. Instead, the Demons played possibly their best first half of the season, building a 27-point halftime lead en route Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria coach questions team’s effort after Twinsburg hands Pioneers second blowout loss in three days

Elyria's Shayla Middlebrooks shoots in the first half against Twinsburg. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

TWINSBURG — After watching his team lose by 30 or more points for the second time in three days, Elyria coach Brian Arth walked out of his team’s locker room with a look of disbelief and disgust etched on his face. Not only had the Pioneers been run off the court by host Twinsburg in Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria shows resiliency, bounces back after losing lead to hand Berlin Hiland its first loss of the season

WOOSTER — A quick start and a strong finish propelled Elyria past undefeated Berlin Hiland 59-51 in its first appearance at the 10th annual Steve Smith WQKT Holiday Hoops Classic at the College of Wooster. Smith was a longtime coach at Orrville, winning two state titles along the way. Part of the proceeds from the Read More…

Boys basketball: Open Door hoists own trophy after J.P. Miraldi scores 28 in finals win over Christian Community

ELYRIA — Thanks to the play of sophomore J.P. Miraldi, Open Door coach Todd Wright will finally be able to get a good night’s sleep. Miraldi scored a game-high 28 points to lead the Patriots to a 75-67 win Saturday over Christian Community in the championship game of the Open Door Christmas Classic. It was Read More…

Boys basketball: Keystone turns back Dukes on emotional night

Keystone’s Austin Conrad, left, is fouled by Wellington’s Matt Bullock during the Wildcats’ win Friday night. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — The Dukes gymnasium was full of No. 13 jerseys in honor of Andrew Guyer on Friday night. Keystone and Wellington came together as one to honor Guyer, a McCormick Middle School (Wellington) student who died unexpectedly Tuesday, to play an emotional Patriot Athletic Conference game with the Wildcats coming out on top, 59-48. Read More…

Boys basketball: Lakewood defense stops Elyria Catholic cold

Elyria Catholic’s Darin Guice goes up for 
a basket as Lakewood’s Mike Angers attempts to block Friday night in Elyria. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic hit a second-half cold spell Friday night. This was unfortunate, because the Panthers, who made nearly half their field-goal attempts in the first half, couldn’t hit 30 percent after the break. That statistic, more than any other, tells the story of EC’s 67-60 West Shore Conference loss to Lakewood at the Read More…

Boys basketball: Veteran Clearview coach John Szalay gets 300th win as Clippers come up big late against Amherst

John Szalay

SHEFFIELD TWP. — With his longtime mentor and his son on the bench, Clearview’s John Szalay couldn’t have asked for a better night to get his 300th coaching win in his 23rd season. It was one of the best-kept secrets until Clearview rallied to beat Amherst 58-55 to reach the milestone Friday night. Athletic director Read More…

Boys basketball: Vermilion’s Kyle Nader counters Midview game-tying 3-pointer with game-winning putback

Vermilion senior Cameron Kuhn celebrates the last-second victory over Midview on Friday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — There were two firsts on the final two possessions in the Vermilion-Midview boys basketball game Friday night at Midview. Kyle Nader’s came second, and that’s just fine by him. Right after Vince Blevins hit a wide-open three to tie the game for Midview, Nader was in the right place at the right Read More…

Girls Basketball: Heavy-hearted Dukes give it their best

Buckeye’s Alexa Eisenbrown battles Wellington’s Kayla Sparks for a rebound during the first quarter. AARON JOSEFCZYK / CHRONICLE

Wellington’s 36-23 Patriot Athletic Conference loss to Buckeye kept the Dukes winless on the season, but the defeat wasn’t about what happened on the court.
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Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic has no answers for Lakewood

Elyria Catholic's Becky Horvath is blocked by Lakewood's Megan Barrett. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The Lakewood girls showed up at the Elyria Catholic Coliseum on Wednesday night with one loss on their record. It must have been to the Celtics or Spurs or somebody. Well, maybe not. Even so, the Rangers looked like world beaters in pinning a 68-36 West Shore Conference loss on previously once-beaten EC. Read More…