December 21, 2014


Teamwork pays as Lake Ridge downs Hearts for Jesus

Lake Ridge's Scott Chriss shoots past Hearts for Jesus' Jed Murtha, left, and Mitchel Rizzuti. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — It took a total team effort by Lake Ridge on Monday night. Nate Lyon led the way with 14 points, Marc Ayad added 12 and the Royals thrived using a “methodical offense” in a 57-40 non-conference win over Hearts for Jesus. Lake Ridge (4-8) didn’t waste any time, scoring nine straight points Read More…

Boys Basketball: Brookside uses big third quarter to down Open Door

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SHEFFIELD — Both Brookside and Open Door were coming off tough victories Friday night as they headed into their non-conference game Saturday at Brookside High. While Open Door struggled from the floor, shooting 30 percent (13-for-43), Brookside used a dominating third quarter to put away the Patriots, 56-39. The Cardinals (6-5) went over the .500 Read More…

Girls Basketball: Mistakes costly for Brookside against Fairview

Brookside’s Ally Behrendt tries to shoot over Fairview’s Rachel Malloy during Saturday’s game in Fairview Park. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

FAIRVIEW PARK — Turnovers derailed Brookside’s upset hopes as Fairview broke open a tight game to start the second half Saturday and then held on for a 39-32 victory. Brookside (8-6, 6-3 Patriot Athletic Conference) committed 10 of its 32 turnovers in the third quarter as Fairview (8-3, 6-1) opened the second half with a Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic holds off Bay on freshman Jessie Lee’s huge rebound, putback basket just before buzzer

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ELYRIA — Jessie Lee was in the right place at the right time for Elyria Catholic on Saturday afternoon. Her putback as time expired gave the Panthers a 39-37 West Shore Conference win over Bay. EC improved to 11-2 overall and 5-2 in league play, while Bay fell to 3-7 overall and 1-5. “She’s a Read More…

Girls basketball: Westlake shakes off its own struggles, shuts out Olmsted Falls in fourth quarter to post comeback win

Westlake's Taylor Hood looks to pass the ball as Olmsted Falls' Savanajh Black defends. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — A score of 30 is cause for celebration when taking the ACT, not when playing basketball. Saturday, however, it was all Westlake needed to pass another kind of test. The Demons held Olmsted Falls scoreless in the fourth quarter to come from seven points down and escape with a 30-26 win in Southwestern Read More…

Boys basketball: Vermilion has enough at end to notch victory in low-scoring game

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Vermilion and North Ridgeville locked up in a defensive struggle Friday night, but Vermilion had just enough offense to pull out a thrilling 39-36 win over the Rangers. “Tonight was a great atmosphere,” Vermilion coach Kurt Habermehl said. “Both teams came out and played great defense. I was very unhappy with the Read More…

Boys basketball: Midview hangs on for OT win against Avon

Midview’s Matt Randolph goes to the basket while Avon’s Jeffrey Laraway, left, and Brad Sprecher defend Friday night. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Midview built up a nice early cushion in its West Shore Conference game against Avon at Kubuski Gym on Friday night. The Middies needed every bit of it. Avon rallied from a 17-point deficit to take a late lead, but the heroics of Midview sophomore Daimion Mahone made the difference in his Read More…

Boys basketball: Shorthanded Elyria finds way to down Mayfield

MAYFIELD HTS. — Adversity is thrown at you in all sorts of ways during the course of a basketball season, but overcoming it is a totally different issue. Friday, at Mayfield, Elyria faced all kinds of challenges before coming away with a 61-57 win to improve to 8-3 on the year. With its second-leading scorer Read More…

Boys basketball: EC pulls away late from Bay

Elyria Catholic's Jeremy Holley sets to put up a shot over Bay's Rex Sunahara. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Bay’s John Koz kept pace with Elyria Catholic’s Jeremy Holley for most of the game, but Holley and the Panthers pulled away in the fourth quarter. Holley finished with a double-double — game highs in points (23) and rebounds (14) — while Koz led Bay with 19 points, but scored just three in Read More…

Boys basketball: Columbia hands Lutheran West its first loss

Columbia's Jay Banyasz drives toward the basket against Lutheran West's Peter Koza in the second half Friday night at Columbia High School. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — Columbia again proved Friday night why opponents must not take a single possession off against the Raiders, on either end of the floor. Relatively bottled up through the first half of a crucial Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division showdown with unbeaten Lutheran West, the Raiders blitzed the Longhorns in the third quarter Read More…