May 1, 2016

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Girls basketball: Lake Ridge turns up the defense in 4th quarter, rallies past Hiland to make first regional final

PERRY TWP. — The ending to Thursday’s Division IV regional semifinal between Lake Ridge Academy and Berlin Hiland was so frantic Royals guard Sydney Mayberry wasn’t even sure if the game was over when she grabbed the game-clinching rebound. Much to the relief of the Lake Ridge faithful the final buzzer sounded just as Mayberry Read More…

Boys District Basketball: Jordan Montgomery scores 10 in OT as North Ridgeville knocks off Olmsted Falls

ELYRIA — Jordan Montgomery rescued North Ridgeville’s season Wednesday night at the Elyria Catholic Coliseum. It was Montgomery, with three steals, three rebounds and 10 points in overtime, who lifted the Rangers past Olmsted Falls 63-55 and into Saturday’s Division I matinee district final against No. 1 seed Lorain. “I was playing bad the first Read More…

Boys District Basketball: Keystone KOs Clearview with late flurry, Brody Kuhl’s winning 3-pointer

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Like two heavyweight boxers, Keystone and Clearview traded body blows all night until the Wildcats delivered a knockout punch. They scored the final nine points, including a 3-pointer by Brody Kuhl with six seconds left, for a 59-56 Division II district semifinal victory at North Ridgeville High School. “Where I am at Read More…

Boys District Basketball: Lorain keeps calm, turns up heat, pulls away from Avon

ELYRIA — Lorain advanced to the Division I district final for one simple reason. The Titans don’t panic. After the top-seeded Titans let sixth-seeded Avon creep back into the game, they methodically pulled away again, using a pair of big runs in the second half to put away a 76-57 win over the Eagles at Read More…

Girls Regional Basketball: Lake Ridge has 1-2 inside punch to go with big-time guards

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The fans who focused solely on guard play as Lake Ridge made its run to the district championship missed two of the big reasons for the Royals’ success — 6-foot-3 post Pella Baker and 6-1 post Maria Janasko. Baker and Janasko, both juniors, are each averaging nine rebounds a game for the Read More…

Girls basketball: EC rallies past Cortland Lakeview to advance to D-II regional final

BARBERTON — Elyria Catholic wasn’t going to let a little thing like a double-digit third-quarter deficit keep it from a trip to the regional final. Senior Riley Schill and junior Sam Filiaggi came up big in the fourth quarter as the Panthers (24-3) rallied for a 50-44 win over Cortland Lakeview in the Division II Read More…

Girls basketball: Westlake can’t hold lead vs. Toledo Whitmer in D-I regional semifinal

NORWALK — Toledo Whitmer, a team with six losses on its record, upset previously twice-beaten Westlake 41-38 on Tuesday in a Division I regional semifinal at Norwalk High. Demons coach Chip Weiss called this team the best he has ever coached, not in terms of talent, but overall in every area, including team chemistry. In Read More…

District Boys Basketball: Oberlin poised under pressure, beats Northwestern 74-69

WOOSTER — If the mark of a championship basketball team is how well it responds to pressure, Oberlin showed its championship pedigree Monday night. The second-seeded Phoenix withstood a furious second-half rally to defeat the third-seeded Northwestern Huskies 74-69 in a Division III district semifinal at Wooster High School. Juniors Caleb Hughley, who scored a Read More…

District Boys Basketball: Elyria Catholic can’t keep up with No. 6 Beachwood, falls 91-66

GARFIELD HTS. — Elyria Catholic knew it would have its hands full with Beachwood, ranked No. 6 in the final Associated Press Division III state poll. That was before the Bison took advantage of their size down low Monday, converting layup after layup in the second half to turn a six-point halftime lead into a Read More…

Regional Girls Basketball: Taylor Hood, a coach’s daughter, leads Westlake with strong shooting, incredible ball security

WESTLAKE — Taylor Hood had a basketball in her hands before she could walk. Her father, Shawn, the Westlake boys coach, made sure of that. Hood, a senior guard, began playing organized ball when she was 6 years old — and hasn’t stopped. You could say Hood has had a lifetime of preparation to lead Read More…