May 25, 2015

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Boys basketball: Firelands finishes off Brookside

HENRIETTA TWP. — It was the driest of dry spells, the slipperiest of slides and the spinniest of tailspins. What Brookside suffered through over the final four-plus minutes of its 62-49 Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division loss at Firelands almost defied description. With 4:24 left in the fourth quarter, junior Cameron Drew gave the Cardinals Read More…

Boys basketball: Avon off its game, still finds way to beat Twinsburg

Avon’s Johnny Peganoff whips a pass in Monday night’s non-conference win over Twinsburg. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

AVON — No coach will ever be 100 percent satisfied with what their team does on the court, so Avon’s Kevin Sapara mixed in a couple of exasperated chuckles after a rare Monday game. But make no mistake — it’s been a good four days for the Eagles after two fairly disheartening defeats the week Read More…

Girls basketball: Amherst’s depth makes all the difference against North Ridgeville

Amherst’s Jayla Hall shoots a jumper over North Ridgeville’s Danielle Blagojevic during Monday night’s game. Hall, a sophomore guard, scored 18 points  and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Comets past the Rangers. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Opponents try their hardest to neutralize Amherst’s Brooke Wallace. The 6-foot senior post is not only tall, but also strong and can get off her feet. In short, she’s difficult to move under the basket, scores a lot and collects numerous rebounds. North Ridgeville’s neutralizing strategy was to get Wallace into foul Read More…

Boys basketball: Lorain stays unbeaten with sizable victory over short-handed Elyria Catholic

Elyria Catholic’s  Ceeven Shelton finds his path to the basket thwarted by Lorain’s Anfernee Smothers during Saturday night’s game. The Titans used their superior size to dominate the inside and improve to 5-0. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — The trouble for the Panthers started Friday night, when starting center James Tirbaso … the only EC player 6-foot-4 or taller … sprained his knee and elbow in a loss to Midview. That left 6-2 forward Ceeven Shelton as the tallest player in the Elyria Catholic starting lineup. Against the towering, athletic Titans, Read More…

Boys basketball: Antonio Blanton’s best just what Elyria needs to knock off undefeated Keystone

Elyria’s Antonio Blanton goes up for a shot against Keystone’s Brandon Kuhl. Blanton had a career-high 17 points, including some key shots down the stretch. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Antonio Blanton may not hit two bigger shots in his life than the ones he made Saturday at Keystone. Blanton’s heroics helped Elyria High stave off the Wildcats 54-43 in non-conference play. The Pioneers (3-1) handed Keystone its first loss in six games. The Wildcats had just rallied from a 10-point deficit to Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic holds off Avon to stay undefeated

EC’s Josie Carandang draws contact as she drives against Avon’s Alyssa Douzos (left) and Catie Kelly. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Uncanny foul shooting by Riley Schill and two big 3-point baskets by Josie Carandang helped Elyria Catholic pass its toughest test of the season Saturday. This is not to suggest the junior guards get all the credit for the Panthers’ difficult 41-34 West Shore Conference win over Avon at the Coliseum. It’s just Read More…

Boys basketball: Midview slows down, knocks off Elyria Catholic

Midview’s Jacob Wells takes it to the basket as Elyria Catholic’s Jacob Kuchta defends. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — It won’t go down as an instant classic, or even a delayed classic. But it will be remembered as a very fan-friendly West Shore Conference battle that produced seven ties and six lead changes Friday night. And it was a thriller that saw Midview hand Elyria Catholic its first loss of the Read More…

Boys basketball: Unbeaten North Olmsted no one-man gang in win over Olmsted Falls

North Olmsted’s Matt Starcovic looks to pass under pressure from Olmsted Falls’ Ryan Hanna on Friday. Starcovic went on a fourth-quarter tear to lead the Eagles. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

OLMSTED TWP. — Good coaches can figure out how to stop a great player. So while, yes, North Olmsted has the luxury of a game-changing, 6-foot-6, inside-outside threat in Andy Lucien, the Eagles will need more to truly make some noise. And it appears they have it. On Friday against Olmsted Falls, more came from Read More…

Girls basketball: Open Door wins with stifling defense

Lauryn Brown, right, puts up a shot during a victory over Kingsway Christian on Thursday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Twenty-one is a lucky number at a card table but usually not so much on the basketball court. However, thanks to Open Door’s stifling defense that held visiting Kingsway Christian to 9-percent shooting, it was all Open Door needed to advance to the final of its Christmas Classic with a 21-17 win. Playing Read More…

Girls basketball: Avon starts with a bang, rolls by North Ridgeville

Avon’s Mackenzie Meckes fights to keep possession of the ball Wednesday against North Ridgeville. Meckes scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half as Avon took control. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

AVON — Wanting to make its point early Wednesday against North Ridgeville, the Avon Eagles in fact made 11 of them. The Eagles scored the first 11 points of the game on the way to a dominating 54-33 West Shore Conference win over the Rangers. Avon coach Meghan Larrick challenged her team to play well Read More…