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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…

Girls basketball: Young Elyria Catholic team not at its best against Lutheran West, still rolls to eighth win in nine games

Elyria Catholic's Jessie Lee shoots past Lutheran West's Kimmy Evans, left, and Abby DeSimpelare. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Sometimes, a win is a win. Elyria Catholic girls basketball coach Eric Rothgery wasn’t too happy with how his young team played Monday night at Lutheran West’s Whitrock Gymnasium. But he wasn’t about to quibble with the 52-36 final score, which improved his Panthers to 8-1. “We didn’t play very well,” Rothgery Read More…

Girls basketball: Parents’ skirmish following Saturday loss to Strongsville means no Monday game for Elyria High

ELYRIA — The Elyria-Avon Lake girls basketball game scheduled for Monday night at Elyria High was postponed because of a weekend outburst and fight involving Elyria parents with fans and coaches from Strongsville. Strongsville defeated the Pioneers 46-33 Saturday night in a Northeast Ohio Conference game on the Pioneers’ court. No players on either team Read More…