September 3, 2014

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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…

Boys Basketball: Devils too much for Pats

Open Door's Will Lovett goes for the shot while sandwiched between #2 Pat Wisnieski, and #5 Mike Marquardt of Independence. Ray Riedel

ELYRIA — Swirling, constant snow made roads treacherous for drivers Saturday night, but that was nothing compared to the tough going Open Door had against Independence. The Patriots (1-3) felt the effects of having two of their top players in foul trouble early, falling 81-51 to the Blue Devils in independent action. Andrew Patterson and Read More…

Girls basketball: Berea-Midpark’s Ziska spoils Westlake game plan

Westlake's Monica Fury tries to shoot past Berea-Midpark's Erin O'Neill. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — Westlake’s defensive game plan seemed to be working perfectly. One problem for the Demons … they didn’t account for Becca Ziska. Westlake collapsed on 6-foot-3 Pittsburgh recruit Stasha Carey, hoping to force someone else to beat them. Ziska was more than happy to oblige. She connected on four of five 3-pointers as Berea-Midpark Read More…

Girls basketball: Slow start dooms Elyria against Strongsville

ELYRIA — Things went bad early and often for the Elyria Pioneers on Saturday night. Elyria made just two field goals in the first half and struggled to get into any kind of rhythm, falling 46-33 to Strongsville in Northeast Ohio Conference action. The Pioneers committed eight turnovers and went 0-for-5 from the field before Read More…

Boys Basketball: Keystone senior leads Wildcats to win over Oberlin

Keystone's Matt Bastock jumps to make a layup as Oberlin's Marvin Jackson attempts to block his shot. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Keystone senior Matt Bastock was so good Friday night that he could have beaten Oberlin all by himself. Well, at least in a figurative sense, as the 6-foot-3 guard set a career-high with 35 points on a 14-for-23 night from the floor (four 3-pointers) to lead the Wildcats to a lopsided 70-33 Patriot Read More…

Boys basketball: Vermilion’s Kuhn sets career scoring record

Vermilion's Cameron Kuhn goes up for a basket over Bay's Danny Heideloff. Kuhn broke the school scoring record during the game. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — For 48 years, Vermilion boys basketball had one name on top of its all-time scoring list. On Friday, John Halley relinquished his record to senior Cameron Kuhn. Kuhn hit a pair of free throws at the 5:17 mark of the second quarter against Bay, giving Vermilion its first points of the quarter and Read More…

Boys basketball: Holley’s late heroics help EC down Avon

Avon's Dan Durrin tries to shoot past Elyria C's (left) #5 Ceeven Shelton & #20 Jeremy Holley.

AVON — Jeremy Holley grabbed 17 rebounds Friday as Elyria Catholic battled Avon in a West Shore Conference game. None were as big as the one he corralled off of a Ceeven Shelton miss with the final seconds winding down and the Panthers trailing by one. The 6-foot-6 senior reached high above the rim for Read More…

Girls basketball: Avon hands Elyria Catholic first loss of season

Avon's Allie Bjorn blocks Elyria Catholic's Julia Scarpelli on Wednesday night. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON — Elyria Catholic coach Eric Rothgery is convinced. “Bottom line … Avon was the best team in the conference before the season started, and they’re still the best team in the conference now,” he said. “They’re a really good team.” Avon was actually quite convincing Wednesday night. The Eagles jumped on the Panthers early Read More…

Girls basketball: Warriors hand Clearview first loss of season

Clearview's Angel Blakely shoots over Fairview Rachel Malloy. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Fairview guard Katie Smith nearly matched her career-best scoring mark Wednesday night. The 5-foot-7 senior scored 27 in leading the Warriors to a 60-41 Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division win over previously unbeaten Clearview. Smith, who scored 29 against Beachwood earlier in the season, nailed Fairview’s four 3-point baskets. Three of her Read More…