February 27, 2015

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Boys Basketball: Buckeye’s Ryan Grauel rocks Keystone

Keystone's Brody Kuhl shoots against Buckeye's Liam Murray, right, and Justin Lowry during the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / CT)

YORK TWP. — A surprised Ryan Grauel didn’t say a word, but he did raise his eyebrows when Buckeye coach Matt Saunders informed him of his staggering stat line. The senior point guard wasn’t aware how far and away he was the best player on the court Friday night. Grauel flirted with a triple-double and Read More…

Boys Basketball: Lutheran West clinches title

Lutheran West's Andrew O'Hare, left, and Clay Carper, front center, battle for a rebound against David Delahunty, back center, and Brandon Heidecker, right, of Columbia in the first quarter. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — The setting was the only thing different for Columbia on Friday night. Hosting Lutheran West with control of the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division on the line, the Raiders faltered in the second-to-last conference game of the season for the second year in a row, this time losing on their home floor Read More…

Lorain’s Devon Andrews’ famous dunk

  LORAIN- It’s the shot you’ve been hearing about all week– Lorain High School senior forward Devon Andrews (5) bounces the ball off the back of a North Ridgeville starter, to make this impressive shot…and the crowd went crazy!     Lorain High School improved their record to 20-0 with a 95-55 win over North Read More…

Avon Lake girls basketball team enjoying success heading into sectionals

Avon Lake seniors (from left) Kay Butrey, Ali Balthaser, Kendall Spitz, Michaella Frank and Gianna Guzzo are now enjoying success after four years of hard work and plenty of ups and downs. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

The Avon Lake program has had its share of up and downs over coach Dave Zvara’s first four years at the helm. Now the five seniors who have stuck with the program for the past four years — Ali Balthaser, Kay Butrey, Gianna Guzzo, Michaella Frank and Kendall Spitz — are enjoying the fruits of Read More…

Lutheran West’s Andrew O’Hara had to grow up early after losing his father to cancer

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Andrew O’Hara has had it tougher than his siblings, his older brother, Jake, says. Andrew had to stay. In the fall of 2011, after their father, Tom, died from complications of pancreatic cancer at the age of 47, Andrew, a Sheffield Village resident, was entering his freshman year at Lutheran West — and became the Read More…

Girls basketball: Injured senior scores final basket in Avon’s win vs. Olmsted Falls

Avon senior Sierra Davidson goes up for a shot as Olmsted Falls senior Kerri Gasper attempts to block the shot during the Eagles’ win in Avon. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON — Brianna Conroy, a three-year Avon starter, missed the Eagles’ first 21 games this season because of a volleyball injury. But she got into Wednesday’s Senior Night matchup with Olmsted Falls for 13 seconds and scored the first basket in Avon’s nip-and-tuck 51-48 non-conference victory. Never mind the Bulldogs allowed Conroy to score in her Read More…

Boys basketball: Lakewood forfeits 2 games; Elyria Catholic now tied for first in WSC

The final basketball season of the wild, wacky West Shore Conference just got a whole lot weirder. Lakewood has forfeited its last two games, wins over Elyria Catholic (77-63) on Friday and Westlake (64-53) on Tuesday. At issue is the Rangers’ Logan Swift, a second-team All-WSC pick at forward a year ago. Swift’s eligibility was Read More…

Boys basketball: 3rd-ranked Lorain cruises past North Ridgeville, stays undefeated

Lorain’s Devon Andrews smiles as he jumps past North Ridgeville’s Tyler Arnold on his way to the basket Tuesday night at North Ridgeville. Andrews scored a career-high 39 points as the Titans improved to 20-0. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A game after it scored 100 points, Lorain almost did it again. The Titans improved to 20-0 Tuesday with a 95-55 non-conference rout of North Ridgeville in front of a packed house at the Rangers gym. The 20-0 start is the best for a Lorain high school since the 2008-09 Admiral King Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria keeps rolling, downs Medina for 7th straight win

Elyria’s Blake Furcron goes to the basket Tuesday against the defense of Medina’s Evan Schreck. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Brett Larrick knew Medina was a much better team than its near-.500 record might have indicated prior to Tuesday’s non-conference game at the Pioneers gym. Elyria beat the Bees 63-58 to win its seventh straight and improve to 15-4 behind another super defensive effort and the scoring of 6-foot-4 junior Blake “Bo” Furcron. Read More…

Boys basketball: Midview gets confidence boost with win over North Olmsted

NORTH OLMSTED — The grind of a long season, with more basketball left when tournament play starts in two weeks, intensifies in the final weeks, with mental fatigue often looming as largely as anything physical. In these late stages, then, any boost can prove welcome, even if it is a seemingly otherwise meaningless non-conference victory Read More…