May 30, 2015

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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…

Boys basketball: North Ridgeville uses strong 2nd half to bury Westlake

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The Rangers were ahead by eight at the half, but coach Bryan Morgan wasn’t pleased. North Ridgeville was just 10-of-17 from the free throw line and 10-of-28 from the floor in the first half, and he felt they didn’t fully capitalize on their chances. The second half was a totally different story. Read More…

Boys basketball: Kyle Nader knocks it down; Sailors win late again

Vermilion’s Kyle Nader, middle, tries to get a shot off Saturday during the Sailors’ win over Firelands. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

HENRIETTA TWP. — Coming off a last-second win on a miraculous shot at the buzzer, the Vermilion Sailors again found themselves in a tied game with a chance to win it at the end. Quickly becoming known for their flare for dramatics, the Sailors did it again, this time on a Kyle Nader jump shot Read More…

Girls basketball: Fairview hands Columbia first conference defeat

Columbia’s Alison Schafer puts up a shot Saturday during the Raiders’ loss to Fairview. Schafer scored a game-high 14 points. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — Fairview guard Kelsey Bilak clearly didn’t play like someone with a fever. But she insisted on playing, Warriors coach Bill Harvey said, and he’s glad she did. The senior Bilak scored 11 points in Fairview’s key 38-33 Patriot Athletic Conference victory over Columbia on Saturday, and she turned the tide with a Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic survives tough test against Cuyahoga Heights

Elyria Catholic’s Megan Scheibelhut goes strong to the basket as Cuyahoga Heights’ Dayne Denner defends. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

GATES MILLS — For Elyria Catholic, the opening round of the Great Lakes Hoopfest had the feel of another much more important tournament — the one that will be played in late February and early March. Panthers coach Eric Rothgery can only hope his team can rise to the occasion at the end of the Read More…

Boys basketball: Lorain wins big over Euclid behind Titans’ Big 3

EUCLID — Lorain is blessed with a triple-headed monster in the frontcourt, and it certainly made its presence felt against Euclid on Friday night. The trio of Devon Andrews, Nazihar Bohannon and Rashod Berry flexed its collective muscle with Bohannon racking up 22 points on 11 field goals, Andrews adding 21 and Berry grabbing a Read More…

Boys basketball notes: Midview heading to San Diego for tournament

If you’re like me, and dislike cold, gray Ohio winters, you’re going to be very jealous of the Midview Middies. Coach Troy DiFranco, staff and players flew to San Diego, Calif., this morning for the 24th annual Surf ‘N Slam Hoop Classic, where they’ll play three games — Saturday, Monday and Tuesday — before flying Read More…

Girls basketball notes: Elyria Catholic rolling over opponents

It’s not necessarily surprising that Elyria Catholic is 8-0 heading into this weekend’s Gilmour Holiday tournament. It’s the ease with which the Panthers have won those games that may have raised a few eyebrows. Elyria Catholic, the top-ranked team in The Chronicle-Telegram Top 5, has outscored its opponents by an average of 25 points per Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria notches OT victory over North Ridgeville

Elyria's K.J. Miller scores the final point of the game during overtime as North Ridgeville's Jordan Montgomery defends. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Eight quick points to start overtime propelled Elyria High past North Ridgeville 73-65 Tuesday night in non-conference play. In an otherwise back-and-forth battle between neighboring rivals, the quick start to the extra period was the big difference in determining the winner. The Rangers have lost two straight after opening the year with Read More…