March 31, 2015


Boys basketball: Keystone closes out Brookside

Keystone’s C.J. Conrad, right, prepares to make a move on Brookside’s Nathan Jasko during the Wildcats’ win Tuesday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD LAKE — The team that finishes strongest usually wins. Unless, as in Brookside’s case against Keystone on Tuesday night, it had a very bad start. The Wildcats forced 11 turnovers in the first quarter and withstood the Cardinals’ fourth-quarter rally to prevail 64-60 in a Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division game. “We came into the Read More…

Girls basketball: Keystone gets aggressive, knocks off Elyria Catholic

Keystone's Ronni Benko tries to put up a shot as Elyria Catholic's Jessie Lee defends. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Elyria Catholic routed Keystone by 29 points to win the Lorain County Holiday Classic on Nov. 29. What a difference 37 days can make. The intense and focused Wildcats turned the tables Monday night, winning a 38-36 non-conference thriller that wasn’t decided until the final six seconds. Keystone sophomore McKenah Peters scored 11 Read More…

Boys basketball: Oberlin edges Open Door, snaps 5-game skid

Oberlin’s Marvin Jackson and Caleb Hughley (12) defend as Open Door’s Andrew Patterson drives to the hoop. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — Stifling pressure defense and timely late-game 3-point shooting was exactly what Oberlin needed Monday to beat Open Door 62-60 and end a five-game losing streak. The Phoenix trailed by six at the half, but forced 11 Patriots turnovers in the third quarter to take a 42-38 lead into the fourth. Oberlin needed three Read More…

Boys basketball: North Ridgeville senior hits 3-pointer in OT for victory

Jordan Montgomery, left, of North Ridgeville drives the lane against Firelands Colin Myers, center, and James Willbond in the third quarter. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — In the grand scheme, Saturday’s non-conference game at North Ridgeville didn’t mean a whole lot. Just don’t tell Rangers senior Tyler Arnold. It was Arnold that swished a huge 3-pointer from the left baseline with 25 seconds remaining in overtime that ultimately gave North Ridgeville a hard-fought 60-58 win over Firelands. The Read More…

Boys basketball: Open Door rallies, but falls at The Q

Open Door’s Caleb Crowder controls the ball Tuesday during a loss at Quicken Loans Arena. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — Open Door controlled Tuesday night’s game against Youngstown Christian for long stretches, using the Eagles’ aggressive, double-teaming defense to create open shots. But the Patriots didn’t control it long enough. The Eagles rallied twice to stave off a furious Open Door push in the final minutes, beating the Patriots for the second straight Read More…

Lorain County Holiday Classic: Lorain thumps Avon for second straight title

Lorain’s Devon Andrews soars to the basket as Avon’s Zack Torbett slides over to try to stop him Tuesday in the Lorain County Holiday Classic final. Lorain won and Andrews was named MVP. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — It was a home-court rout punctuated by the occasional slam dunk, an alley-oop basket and nearly 60 percent field goal shooting. To the delight of a big Tuesday night crowd, it also carried Lorain’s undefeated Titans to a 71-42 win over Avon and a second straight championship in the annual Lorain County Holiday Read More…

Lorain County Holiday Classic: Elyria uses solid 2nd half to top Avon Lake

Elyria’s K.J. Miller takes the ball to the basket against Avon Lake’s Matt Molina on Tuesday. Miller scored 18. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Brett Larrick wasn’t sure what he’d see Tuesday night in the consolation game of the 17th annual Lorain County Holiday Classic. His team had been beaten handily by Lorain on Monday, but the Pioneers bounced back with a hard-fought 60-57 win over Avon Lake to improve to 5-2 heading into the new year. Read More…

Lorain County Holiday Classic: Big first half lifts defending champ Lorain past Elyria, into final

Lorain’s Rashod Berry slams home a basket as the Titans rolled past Elyria in an opening game of the Lorain County Holiday Classic on Monday at Lorain High School. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — For at least the first half, Lorain came as advertised. While Elyria showed some grit in the second half, the Titans still pinned a third straight Lorain County Holiday Classic loss on the Pioneers on Monday night, this one 74-57 at Lorain High. The Titans (7-0) are big, strong, physical and intimidating, and Read More…

Lorain County Holiday Classic: Avon holds off Avon Lake rally to make final

Avon’s D’amonte Thornton looks to pass the ball under pressure from Avon Lake’s Mark Pappas on Monday. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Avon Lake, having trailed backyard nemesis Avon by 22 points late in the third quarter, made a strong run at the Eagles midway through the fourth. Not strong enough. With their advantage hacked to nine, the Eagles made 10 of 11 foul shots in the last three minutes to pull out a 61-46 Read More…

Boys basketball: Ceevan Shelton sparks Elyria Catholic to win over Brookside

Elyria Catholic’s Darin Guice puts up a shot between Brookside’s Nathan Jasko, left, and Travis Fortney during the Panthers’ 67-29 victory Saturday night. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Senior Ceevan Shelton figured two straight losses was enough for Elyria Catholic. Shelton scored 27 points Saturday as the Panthers snapped their skid with a 67-29 win over Brookside in non-conference play. It was a good way to end 2014 as the Panthers schedule will get even tougher going forward. “My teammates were Read More…