April 16, 2014


Girls basketball: Kerri Gasper’s big game a big reason Olmsted Falls gets past young but gritty North Olmsted

Olmsted Falls' Savanajh Black goes up for the layup as North Olmsted's Sarah Lyons gets a hand on the ball in the fourth quarter Saturday afternoon at North Olmsted High School. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — A memorable performance by Kerri Gasper carried Olmsted Falls to a 49-44 Southwestern Conference win over North Olmsted on Saturday. The 5-foot-10 junior guard scored 23 points, 10 in the fourth quarter. Her one-woman outburst included eight straight foul shots without a miss under pressure. Nearly as memorable was the play of Read More…

Boys basketball: Vermilion turns around game against Elyria Catholic by turning up the heat, shutting down inside game

Vermilion's Kyle Nader, left, tries to drive past Elyria Catholic's Jacob Kuchta. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — Even if you have the most powerful cannon in the world, if you can’t figure out how to load it you aren’t going to win many battles. Elyria Catholic learned that lesson Friday in a 60-54 loss to Vermilion in the West Shore Conference opener for both teams. Through three quarters, Panthers’ 6-foot-6 Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria’s winning formula … starting fast, playing tight defense … works well in rout of Parma

Elyria's A.J. Johnson puts up a shot against Parma in the first half Friday night at Elyria High School. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Through two games, the script’s been identical for Elyria High. Grab the early lead, clamp on some defense and pull away to a win. It worked last week against Midview and it certainly worked again Friday night as the Pioneers wore out Parma 66-40 to open Northeast Ohio Conference Lake Division play. Elyria Read More…

Boys Basketball: Strip and a score lifts Middies to win over Rangers

Midview's Logan Bolin jumps to make a basket against North Ridgeville on Friday night. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

EATON TOWNSHIP — For 31 minutes, neither Midview or North Ridgeville had the upper hand in a West Shore Conference showdown Friday night. It took the final minute of play to decide the outcome, with the Middies’ Daimion Mahone stripping the ball from Ridgeville’s Dennis Millgard and driving for the game-winning hoop in a thrilling 53-49 Read More…

Boys basketball: Junior’s career-best performance lifts First Baptist to win

First Baptist Christian's Chase Parker drives past Monclova Christian's Stephen Goniea on Thursday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — First Baptist’s Chase Parker was going to need a little help from some friends if his Sabres were going to come from behind to beat Monclova Christian on Thursday night. After scoring 18 of his team’s first 20 points, Parker’s teammates joined in and helped him erase a six-point deficit in the fourth Read More…

Girls basketball: Late run helps Avon beat North Ridgeville

Avon's Sierra Davidson puts up shot over North Ridgeville's Allie Hollis on Wednesday night. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — It was a one-point game after three quarters. No surprise there. A thriller was expected when backyard rivals Avon and North Ridgeville squared off Wednesday night in a West Shore Conference opener for both. But the Eagles had a surprise in store. It turned out to be a 19-1 run that started Read More…

Boys basketball: Avon Lake holds off late North Ridgeville rally

North Ridgeville's Dennis Millgard tries to work around Avon Lake's AJ Outcalt, left, and Quinn Cantleberry. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Avon Lake unveiled a smothering defense that directly aided an 18-0 run over the middle quarters as the Shoremen held off a late North Ridgeville rally for a 54-42 non-conference win Tuesday night. Avon Lake’s Seth Muck and Brad Hamilton were they only two Shoremen to hit double figures scoring 14 and Read More…

Boys basketball: Big 3rd quarter key for Falcons

Open Door's Caleb Crowder is fouled going to basket by Firelands' Cole Sklarek and James Willbond on Tuesday night. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Casey Smith scored 21 points and James Willbond nailed a career-high six 3-point baskets as Firelands rolled over Open Door on Tuesday night in non-conference action. The Falcons (1-1) pulled away in the second half to win, 70-53. The Patriots stayed close in the first half, but couldn’t keep up with Firelands’ 45 Read More…

Boys basketball: Midview uses depth, balance to down Wellington

Midview's Matt Randolph shoots over Wellington's Joey Holliday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Depth and balance are always important ingredients on the basketball floor. With that in mind, Midview (1-1) could be in for a nice season. On Tuesday, the Middies used that formula to beat Wellington 62-46 at Kubuski Gym. The Dukes fell for the second time in as many outings. “We just try Read More…

Steelmen legendary coach, player Reichert dies at 75

Dale Reichert was Lorain Steelmen basketball. He got to coach his alma mater for 23 seasons and he played on arguably one of the best basketball teams ever to come out of the old school on Washington Avenue and 6th Street in Lorain. He played on the first-ever Buckeye Conference basketball champions when the league Read More…