November 24, 2014


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…

UPDATED: Police say parents, students, coach involved in fight at Elyria basketball game

ELYRIA — A fight between students, parents and a Strongsville coach during a girls basketball game on Saturday may have been started by a 6-year-old who used a derogatory word toward a group of Elyria High School students, police said. Police were approached by a Strongsville parent during a game at the Elyria High School Read More…

Boys basketball: Pioneers roll over Keystone in 2nd half

Keystone's K.J. Williams drives to the basket as Elyria's Jarred Schultz tries to block the shot Tuesday at Elyria High School. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — At halftime, upset was written all over Elyria’s non-conference game with Keystone at the Pioneer gym. Everything seemed to be going the Wildcats’ way until the whistle sounded to start play in the second half. Zero for six from the field and five turnovers later, Elyria had erased an eight-point deficit to take Read More…

Boys basketball: EC edges North Ridgeville in error-filled game

Elyria Catholic's DJ Graham shoots between North Ridgeville's Tyler Rowe and Jordan Montgomery. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic kept handing North Ridgeville chances, but the Rangers kept handing them back. The Panthers missed seven of eight free throws in the final 30 seconds of the fourth quarter, but the Rangers failed to turn those misses into points at the other end, missing their final three shots from the field Read More…

Boys basketball: Gavin Skelly leads Westlake past Lorain

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LORAIN — The Lorain Titans didn’t have an answer for Westlake’s Gavin Skelly on Tuesday night. Skelly, a Northwestern commit, scored 18 of his game-high 22 points in the second half and the Demons came away with a 63-51 win in non-conference action. Skelly scored 12 points during a 16-2 run to start the third Read More…