September 3, 2015

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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…

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…