December 20, 2014


Boys Basketball: Avon Lake shakes off big shot, prevails over Amherst in overtime

Amherst's Garrett Klekota passes the ball around Avon Lake's Matt Molina on Friday night. KRISTIN BAUER | CHORNICLE

AMHERST — Garrett Klekota tried to play the hero, but Avon Lake had an answer every time. Klekota scored a game-high 29 points and sent the game into overtime with a heavily guarded 3-pointer that bounced high off the rim, off the glass and through the net. The Shoremen hit their free throws down the Read More…

Boys basketball: Olmsted Falls uses 11 players to wear down Midview

Olmsted Falls' Adam Asadorian puts in shot over Midview's Logan Bolin. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

OLMSTED TWP. — Teams facing Olmsted Falls this season must think they’re seeing triple. Three minutes hadn’t yet elapsed in Friday night’s nonconference matchup between the Bulldogs and the Midview Middies, and Olmsted Falls coach Chris DeLisio already had sent three guys to the scorer’s table to check in. In all, the Bulldogs went 11 Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria gives North Royalton good fight until Bears put game away late

Elyria's Isaiah Walton drives on North Royalton's Henry Meinberg at Elyria High School on Friday night. KRISTIN BAUER | CHORNICLE

ELYRIA — How do you deal with an athletic, 6-foot-8 sophomore star? That was the dilemma facing the Elyria Pioneers on Friday in a key Northeast Ohio River Division game against defending champ North Royalton. Turns out, the Pioneers really didn’t have an answer. At least not when it mattered most. Omari Spellman led the Read More…

Boys basketball: Chris Scott’s only basket gives Lutheran West OT win over Clearview

Lutheran West's Greg Kunze drives around Clearview's Jason Young on Friday. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Lutheran West senior Chris Scott was the unlikeliest of heroes Friday night as the Longhorns pulled off a comeback that was just as unexpected. Scott’s only two points of the game came on a putback of a missed Greg Kunze jumper with 3.5 seconds remaining in overtime to give Lutheran West a Read More…

Boys basketball: Black River downs Wellington, ends 38-game Patriot Athletic Conference losing skid

SULLIVAN TWP. — Everything was working against Black River on Friday night. The Pirates were missing a starter — senior small forward Stephen Zumack is likely done for the season with a broken leg — trailed by 14 points in the second half and hadn’t won a Patriot Athletic Conference game since 2011. Those things Read More…

Boys basketball: Open Door can’t make baskets late in The Q

Open Door's Danny Stintsman jumps to make a basket as Youngstown Christian's Darien Townsend and Tymere Dubose attempt to block his shot at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — No matter the venue the basics of basketball remain the same — rebounding and defense win games. Open Door learned that lesson the hard way Thursday in a 44-37 loss to Youngtown Christian at Quicken Loans Arena. The Patriots (3-4) came out strong, holding Youngstown Christian without a field goal in the first Read More…

Boys basketball: Titans can’t make late shot

Lorain's Nazihar Bohannon, guarded by Euclid's Devin West, right, and Chavez Harper, goes up strong under the basket. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — Playing on the home court of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, coach John Rositano’s Lorain Titans learned two lessons that apply from the preps to the pros. Playing three games in four days is hard and having to make a shot with the game on the line is even harder. The Titans were Read More…

Girls basketball: Titans’ smiles fade in 5th straight loss

Euclid's Shawnte Farely, left, and Raquel Latimer pressure Lorain's Gretchen Conibear. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — Lorain was all smiles walking into Quicken Loans Arena on Monday afternoon for its Lake Erie League game against Euclid. After the final buzzer sounded, it was the Panthers who were smiling after handing the Titans their fifth straight loss, 57-38. “When we first got here everyone was excited. It’s a nice venue Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic beats Keystone, meets coach’s goal

Elyria Catholic’s Riley Schill goes up for a shot against the defense of Keystone’s Jena Copley on Monday. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic coach Eric Rothgery had a specific goal in mind when his team lost sophomore starter Josie Carandang to a back injury early this season. Monday night, with a 48-42 win over Keystone in non-conference action, Rothgery’s Panthers met his goal. “We knew Josie was going to be out until Jan. 8, Read More…

Girls basketball: Avon beats Amherst in Comet Holiday Tournament

Amherst freshman Sydney Roule jumps to score as Avon senior Rachael Poling tries to block her shot Saturday at Amherst High School. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Amherst had the home court advantage Saturday in the finals of the Comet Holiday Tournament. But visiting Avon had Mackenzie Meckes. Meckes, a 5-foot-8 junior guard, was calm, cool and collected helping her team withstand a frantic second half Comets’ rally as Avon held on to win the championship game, 53-42. Meckes scored Read More…