January 30, 2015


Girls basketball: Wadsworth shuts down young Amherst team in district semifinal

Amherst's Sara Elliott battles for a loose ball with Wadsworth's Hannah Centea in the fourth quarter of the Division I District semi-final game Tuesday night at Medina High School. JUDD SMERGLIA/CHRONICLE

MEDINA — Inexperienced Amherst achieved the unlikely by winning a sectional title.
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Girls basketball: Short-handed Vermilion falls to Holy Name

Vermilion's Sarah Bartlome is fouled by Holy Name's Jackie Corrigan. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Vermilion gave Holy Name a tough battle last season in the Division II district championship game before losing by seven points. Tuesday’s rematch in a Division II district semifinal wasn’t nearly as close. Holy Name shook off a slow start to gradually pull away from the No. 7-seeded Sailors, then used a huge Read More…

Girls basketball: Keystone puts up a fight, but can’t slow streaking Fairview, which notches 20th straight victory

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ELYRIA — Fairview won its 20th straight game Monday night and set a school record in the process. Keystone gave the Warriors a test, but was left looking to next season. The Warriors defeated the Wildcats 45-30 in a Division II district semifinal at Elyria High, improving to 21-3 for the season. They broke the Read More…

Girls basketball: Avon overcomes early deficit to take lead, only to fade in fourth, fall to Wooster in district semifinal

Avon's Mackenzie Meckes drives around Wooster's Tirzah Talampas in the second half of the Division I district semi-final game at Valley Forge High School Monday night. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

PARMA HEIGHTS — Avon’s district championship dream ran into a roadblock named Sarah Cairnie. The Wooster senior scored a game-high 26 points as the Generals ended the Eagles’ season with a 62-52 win in a Division I district semifinal at Valley Forge High School. Avon (17-7) struggled early to deal with the Generals’ pressure defense, Read More…

Boys basketball: Vermilion’s Boyd defied odds with rapid ACL rehab

Vermilion senior Forrest Boyd managed to come back from an ACL tear in just four months, and now hopes to help the Sailors make some noise in the postseason. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Vermilion’s Forrest Boyd had a lot riding on the West Shore Conference opener against Elyria Catholic on Dec. 6. Boyd was on the verge of completing an incredible comeback — a return to game action just over four months after undergoing surgery to replace a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during the Sailors’ Read More…

Girls basketball: Avon upsets Westlake in sectional final

Avon's Sierra Davidson gets past Westlake's Rebecca Essig, left, and Monica Fury for a shot Thursday night. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — So much for home court advantage. No. 11 seed Avon went into the Westlake Athletic Center on Thursday and made it home away from home, upsetting the No. 5-seeded Demons 36-27 in a Division I sectional final. On a night when Westlake shot a frigid 22 percent from the field, the Eagles went Read More…

Girls basketball: Keystone hands Firelands first conference loss

Firelands' Brandi Holowecky drives past Keystone's McKenah Peters. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

HENRIETTA TWP. — During the regular season, Firelands dominated Patriot Athletic Conference opponents, winning all 16 games. It’s a cliché that virtually every coach uses when the playoffs roll around — the regular season is over and every team is 0-0. Behind a dominant fourth quarter from senior Darcy Irish and clutch free-throw shooting from Read More…

Girls sectional basketball: Columbia rolls by Hillsdale

Columbia's Becca Tacchite, right, tries to control the ball Wednesday during the Raiders' Division IV sectional victory over Hillsdale. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — This one was close for about five minutes. Both Columbia and visiting Jeromesville Hillsdale came out struggling in their Division IV sectional semifinal game Wednesday night. But once the Raiders starting hitting some shots, the game quickly turned into a rout. Holding Hillsdale to just four points in the first half and Read More…

Girls sectional basketball: Elyria Catholic opens with lopsided win over Wellington

ELYRIA — Sophomore guard Josie Carandang launched a barrage of 3-point baskets Wednesday night as Elyria Catholic breezed past Wellington, 75-46, in a Division III sectional opener at the Coliseum. Threes were the field goal du jour. Wellington made eight of them, three by freshman guard Sam Sparks. Top-seeded EC (17-5) nailed six, five from Carandang’s Read More…

Boys basketball: Titans trounce Blue Streaks

Lorain's Devon Andrews takes a shot against Sandusky's Davion Fisher on Wednesday at Lorain High School. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Demon Hisle was feeling it before the game Wednesday. The senior guard came off the bench to spark the Titans, scoring a career-high 18 points in a 60-40 non-conference rout of Sandusky. Hisle entered the game with his team down five points and immediately hit a 3-pointer before driving to the basket for Read More…