August 1, 2014


Boys basketball: North Ridgeville ends two droughts as seniors get first win over Avon, coach gets first WSC win

North Ridgeville's DeMario McCall drives toward the hoop as Avon's Austin Proudfit defends. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Think North Ridgeville’s 66-55 win over Avon wasn’t a big one for the Rangers? Better think again. Not only had North Ridgeville’s seniors never defeated Avon in their high school careers, the Rangers had never won a West Shore Conference game — home or away — during Coach Bryan Morgan’s short tenure Read More…

Boys basketball: Westlake speeds up to slow down Amherst

WESTLAKE — Through eight minutes Tuesday night, Amherst frustrated unbeaten Westlake into seven turnovers and a tie score. Then Westlake showed why it will be so difficult to frustrate for extended periods of time this season. The Demons, limited to jump shots against Amherst’s 3-2 zone in the first quarter, turned to its zone press Read More…

Girls basketball: Olmsted Falls finds its groove on both ends of the court in win over North Ridgeville

Olmsted Falls' Hannah Hammeren grabs for the ball after her shot was blocked by North Ridgeville's Isabella Pecchia. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

OLMSTED FALLS — At Olmsted Falls, the three R’s of winning basketball are “Run, Rebound and Rowdy.” The Bulldogs had all three working Monday in defeating North Ridgeville 55-39 in a non-league game. Juniors Savanajh Black and Kerri Gasper each had 12 points for Olmsted Falls (3-2) as it pulled out to a 28-11 halftime Read More…

Boys basketball: Westlake withstands early Elyria 3-point barrage, pulls away in second half to stay undefeated

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WESTLAKE — Statistics can be deceiving. Take Saturday’s non-conference boys basketball game between Elyria and Westlake. The Demons won 70-62 in their first game at their new gym. The Pioneers had the upper hand in field-goal percentage (50-44) and 3-pointers made (8-5) yet it may have been that latter stat that led to Elyria’s undoing. Read More…

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…