February 9, 2016


Boys basketball: Avon Lake fights, still falls to Berea-Midpark

AVON LAKE — On the classic 1960’s comedy espionage series “Get Smart,” bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart used to put his thumb and index finger extremely close together and explain, “Missed it by THAT much.” Much of Avon Lake’s season, despite a 2-16 record and a tie for last in the Southwestern Conference at 1-14, Read More…

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Girls Basketball: Firelands withstands tough challenge from Edison


HENRIETTA TWP. — The Edison Chargers’ resume isn’t impressive, but they gave a strong Firelands team all it could handle Thursday night. The Falcons made just enough plays down the stretch to pull out a 43-40 non-conference win over the pesky Chargers, who have only three wins. Keely Hall scored five points and had two Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic turns up the defense to sweep Bay, clinch share of Great Lakes Conference title


BAY VILLAGE — With poise under pressure, clutch foul shooting and perhaps its finest defensive effort of the season, Elyria Catholic rolled past Bay 47-33 on Wednesday night. First place in the Great Lakes Conference was on the line. With the win, EC (16-3, 10-1) clinched at least a tie for the conference title. Bay (18-2, Read More…

Boys basketball: Lorain has tables turned on it as sixth-ranked Garfield Heights pulls away with second-half run


GARFIELD HTS. — Lorain got a taste of its own medicine Tuesday night in the form of a game-changing Garfield Heights run that all but sealed a Bulldogs win. Garfield Heights, the sixth-ranked team in Division I in the latest Associated Press poll, got hot in the third quarter and used a zone defense to Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria holds off Vermilion, extends streak


VERMILION — That collective sigh of relief heard Tuesday night around 9 p.m. came from Elyria’s bench. The Pioneers (13-4) had to fight off the gutty, upset-minded Vermilion Sailors before prevailing 57-56 in non-conference play to scratch out their ninth straight win. Vermilion fell to 11-8. “Give (Vermilion coach) Kurt (Habermehl) and his guys all Read More…

Boys basketball: North Ridgeville embraces spoiler role, downs Southwestern Conference contender North Olmsted

NORTH OLMSTED — North Ridgeville probably won’t be able to chase down Olmsted Falls for the Southwestern Conference title, so the Rangers are making sure no one else can either. North Ridgeville got a huge spark from Demario McCall and Jordan Montgomery in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter Tuesday to down North Read More…

Boys basketball: Slow start costs Elyria Catholic vs. Parma; Panthers fall out of tie for first in Great Lakes Conference


ELYRIA — Parma came into Tuesday night’s Great Lakes Conference matchup at Elyria Catholic with just one league win. EC, on the other hand, was tied with Bay for first place in the GLC, with the end of the regular season near. However, on Tuesday, it was the Redmen who played like the team in Read More…

Girls Basketball: Elyria dominates key stats, defeats Vermilion


ELYRIA — Free throws, rebounds and turnovers. Any way you slice it, win those categories and you’re bound to win a basketball game. Elyria dominated those three statistical areas Monday night and defeated Vermilion 59-43 in non-conference play. The Pioneers have won two of their last three and stand 6-13. Vermilion is 7-11. Free throws. Read More…

Boys Basketball: Lake Ridge uses big run to beat First Baptist, extend win streak to 5


NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Lake Ridge trailed early but exploded for a game-turning run from the end of the first quarter and through the second to post a 66-52 win over First Baptist on Monday night. The Royals have won five straight, their longest streak in at least 15 years, according to coach Brian Ansberry, whose Read More…