December 22, 2014

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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…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic cruises with complete game

ELYRIA — One regional online poll had Villa Angela-St. Joseph ranked 15th in Northeast Ohio when the Vikings invaded Elyria Catholic on Wednesday night. But in what some might consider an upset, the Panthers held VASJ scoreless in the first quarter and rolled to a 47-24 non-conference victory. This was no upset. The Panthers (12-2) Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria coach upset by ‘horrible’ play in win against North Ridgeville

Elyria's CiCi Mcintosh has her shot blocked by North Ridgeville's Isabella Pecchia. Also pictured are Elyria's Sierra White and North Ridgeville's Leah Lindak. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Elyria coach Brian Arth did not mince words following a 43-39 non-conference win over North Ridgeville on Wednesday night. “We were absolutely horrible,” Arth said. “We practiced horrible and we played horrible and I’m not happy. We’re in for a long practice tomorrow.” The stats shed some light on Arth’s complaints. The Pioneers Read More…

Boys basketball: Midview survives close one against Keystone

Keystone’s Collin Fitzgerald, left, tries to get around the defense of Midview’s Vince Blevins during the Middies’ win Tuesday night. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Midview’s Jack Duffner had the biggest rebound of the season against Keystone on Tuesday night. Tied at 40, Duffner went high in the air to snatch a rebound and promptly scored on a game-winning putback, as the Middies survived a wild one, defeating the Wildcats 44-41 in non-conference action. “We’re told to always Read More…

Boys basketball: Amherst uses solid start, finish to down North Ridgeville

Amherst's Antonio Serrano drives around North Ridgeville's Dennis Millgard. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Starting fast and finishing strong is always a good formula for winning basketball games. Amherst (6-7) did just that in getting past pesky North Ridgeville 49-42 in non-conference play Tuesday night. The Comets jumped on the Rangers early — grabbing an 18-4 lead just 5½ minutes into the game — and ran Read More…

Boys basketball: EC steps up defense to pull away from Oberlin

Elyria Catholic’s Drew Caplan puts up a shot during the Panthers’ 75-48 victory over Oberlin on Tuesday night in Oberlin. The Panthers used a 30-2 first-half run to secure the win. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — Elyria Catholic coach Phil Kuchta wasn’t thrilled with how his team opened Tuesday night’s non-conference game against Oberlin. The Phoenix was hanging with EC through the first four minutes before Kuchta decided to use a full-court press. The press forced Oberlin into 11 first-quarter turnovers and turned what had been a close game Read More…