November 29, 2014


Boys Basketball, Regional Preview: Kyle Nader sparks Vermilion with his play, chatter

Vermilion junior point guard Kyle Nadar is not only averaging 14 points in the playoffs, he's the team's best talker. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Vermilion point guard Kyle Nader is not the leading scorer for his team, which for the third time in seven years is back in the Division II regional tournament. But he is the leading talker. Nader does a lot of things well for the Sailors, including scoring and taking pressure off Cameron Kuhn, whose success Read More…

High school basketball: Cameron Kuhn scores 31 to lead Vermilion past Holy Name to win Division II district title

Vermilion's Cameron Kuhn goes airborne Saturday as he looks to pass the ball off while being guarded by Holy Name's Brad Karn and Lawrynce Johnson. Kuhn scored a game-high 31 points. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — The dream season for Vermilion and senior Cameron Kuhn lives on. The fifth-seeded Sailors bounced second-seeded Holy Name 58-47 Saturday in the Division II district championship at Westlake High School. The Sailors jumped out to an early lead and increased it to 13 midway through the third quarter before the Green Wave fought Read More…

Boys basketball: Holy Name has answer for every Clearview comeback, ousts Clippers in Division II district semifinal

Clearview's Eric Burkey takes a shot as Holy Name's Jack Ehrbar falls trying to block on Thursday at Westlake High School. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — Clearview got stuck playing catch-up against Holy Name on Thursday night. They never did. The Clippers got down early and kept fighting back, but just couldn’t get over the hump in a 73-58 loss in a Westlake Division II district semifinal. Holy Name (18-5), which advances to play Vermilion in the district final Read More…

Boys basketball: Kuhn’s clutch 3-pointer puts Vermilion in district final

Vermilion's Aaron Dawson battles for a loose ball against Buckeye's Cory Inman during the second quarter of the Westlake district semi-final game. RON SCHWANE/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — In a game of big plays, Cameron Kuhn made the biggest. The 6-foot-1 senior connected on a 3-pointer from the left wing with a tick over 20 seconds left in the game to lift Vermilion into the Division II district final with a 74-72 win over Buckeye at Westlake High School. After John Read More…

Boys basketball: Berea-Midpark turns tight game into romp over Olmsted Falls

Olmsted Falls senior Alex Mitchell is tied up by Berea-Midpark senior Devin Smith (left) and junior Nolan Gerrity during Wednesday’s Division I district semifinal at Midview. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Eight minutes and two seconds. That’s all it took for Olmsted Falls to completely unravel Wednesday night against an opportunistic and lightning-quick Berea-Midpark, 72-48, at the Midview Division I district semifinal. The Titans rolled up a 25-2 advantage from the 1:07 mark of the third quarter to 1:05 left in the game Read More…

Boys basketball: Long-shot Columbia can’t upset towering Villa Angela-St. Joseph

Columbia's Kevin Simon drives against Villa Angela St. Joseph's Tre'Von Williams, left, and Carlton Bragg during a game at Garfield Heights High School on Tuesday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

GARFIELD HEIGHTS — Columbia learned a lesson Tuesday that other area teams have known for more than three decades: It’s tough to beat Villa Angela-St. Joseph in March. The Raiders gave it their best shot, hanging close to the Vikings for two and a half quarters before falling 74-46 in a Division III district semifinal. Read More…

High school basketball: Four area boys, four area girls earn first-team All-Northeast Lakes district honors

Cameron Kuhn

Westlake’s Gavin Skelly and Vermilion’s Cameron Kuhn may play different positions but they have a lot in common. Skelly, a 6-foot-9 senior center, and Kuhn, a 6-0 senior guard, have been among the top players in their respective conferences all season, play on teams that are still harboring district title hopes and lead a contingent Read More…

Division II boys basketball: Clearview sees 17-point 4th-quarter lead dwindle before fighting off Brookside

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SHEFFIELD TWP. — Leading by 17 points heading into the fourth quarter Saturday, Clearview appeared to be a solid bet to claim the Division II sectional title and move on to face Holy Name in the Westlake District semifinals Thursday at 7 p.m. The Clippers got the job done, but Brookside’s 6-foot-5 senior center Kelvin Read More…

Division II boys basketball: Cameron Kuhn leads way as Vermilion KO’s Keystone with dominating fourth quarter

Keystone's CJ Conrad drives between Vermilion's Cameron Kuhn, left, and Zach Myracle. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Cameron Kuhn may have a new nickname after his performance Saturday night. Kuhn, or “Mr. Fourth Quarter,”scored 13 of his game-high 25 points in the final quarter to lead Vermilion to a come-from-behind 45-39 win over Keystone in a Division II sectional final. Vermilion (17-7) advances to the district semifinal Wednesday against Buckeye Read More…

Boys basketball: Jay Banyasz has big night as Columbia holds off Hawken rally, advances to Division III district tournament

Columbia's Jay Banyasz hits a shot over Hawken's Warren Starks. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — An 18-point lead with 3:18 to play is usually a pretty safe bet in high school basketball, just don’t try telling that to Columbia coach Larry Babics. His Raiders survived a furious Hawken rally Friday night before emerging with a 75-69 win in a Division III sectional final. They advance to Tuesday’s Read More…