January 30, 2015

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North Olmsted’s Andy Lucien becomes instant celebrity with dunk named Top Play on ‘SportsCenter’

Andy Lucien skies toward the rim Tuesday, but his dunk Friday made waves nationally. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — On Sunday night, North Olmsted’s Andy Lucien was just a typical teenager enjoying a three-day weekend. Less than 24 hours later, he was being talked about in living rooms and on Twitter timelines across the country and was the most popular guy in town. All thanks to one monster dunk. ESPN got Read More…

Boys Basketball: North Olmsted falls hard to talented Berea-Midpark

North Olmsted's Tommy Sullivan looks for an opening to pass as Berea-Midpark's Nolan Gerrity and Nick Gassman defend. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — Berea-Midpark and North Olmsted each entered Tuesday’s Southwestern Conference game with one loss in league play. Unfortunately for the Eagles, on this night that was about where the similarities ended. The Titans built a 21-point lead by halftime and put it into cruise control the rest of the way en route to Read More…

Boys Basketball: Elyria Catholic gets hot, rolls past Trinity

GARFIELD HTS. — Elyria Catholic had a pretty good way to counter the size of the Trinity Trojans on Tuesday night in non-conference action, one recommended for all teams. The Panthers couldn’t miss. EC made 16 of 21 first-half field-goal attempts, ran out to a 17-point edge at the break and put away the Trojans Read More…

Boys Basketball: Amherst starts fast, holds off North Ridgeville

Amherst’s Adam Srnis shoots a 3-pointer over North Ridgeville’s Collin Sullinger during the Comets’ win Tuesday night. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — North Ridgeville’s first-half defense did it in Tuesday night. The Rangers allowed Amherst to shoot 56.6 percent from the field and connect on 7-of-15 from beyond the 3-point arc while forcing just three turnovers. The Comets built a big lead and held on for a 64-58 non-conference victory. Senior Rees Rua, a 5-foot-9 post Read More…

Girls basketball: Avon Lake’s depth on display in dominating win over Keystone

Avon Lake’s Sarah Winkel goes to the basket against Keystone’s Sammie Stefan on Monday at Avon Lake. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — So what does a coach say to his team when it has just scored a grand total of 47 points, yet buried its opponent by 28? “Great job,” Avon Lake coach Dave Zvara said Monday night. That was after the Shoregals routed Keystone 47-19 in a non-conference game in which the Wildcats Read More…

Boys basketball: Olmsted Falls falls short against Uniontown Lake

NORTH CANTON — Olmsted Falls headed to the Mercy Medical Center Classic in search of good competition that will make it a better team in the second half of the season. Federal League-leading Uniontown Lake was happy to grant the Bulldogs’ wish. The Blue Streaks set the pace early, leading by as many as 14 Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic downs Elyria for just the 3rd time in 20 meetings

Elyria Catholic players celebrate with the fans Saturday after beating Elyria High 61-56 at the Coliseum. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — What a week it was for Elyria Catholic, and it was capped by a 61-56 victory Saturday night over crosstown Elyria High. It’s only the third time the Panthers have beaten Elyria in the 20 times they’ve met on the basketball court, but it marks two of the last three — both at Read More…

Boys basketball: Midview rebounds to beat Avon Lake

Midview’s Logan Bolin takes a shot over Avon Lake’s Troy Carson during the Middies’ win Saturday night. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Sometimes after a difficult defeat it’s better for a team not to have to wait four days to take the floor and attempt to erase the bitterness of that loss. And given the West Shore Conference implications of its Friday night loss to Lakewood, Midview was happy to drag itself back out Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria downs Brunswick as offense heats up in second half

ELYRIA — While Elyria was pleased with its defense in the first half of Saturday’s Northeast Ohio Conference game against Brunswick, points were hard to come by. The Pioneers finally found their offensive groove in the second half to go along with their tough defense, propelling them to a come-from-behind 53-42 victory — their seventh Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria hits stride against Mayfield

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE Elyria High School junior Blake Furcron (10) jumps to take the ball to the hoop but is fouled by Mayfield High School senior Dominic Trivisonno (35) on Friday night, Jan. 16.

ELYRIA — Midway through the first quarter Friday night, Elyria already had a 20-point lead over Mayfield. That’s what happens when a team starts to jell and the Pioneers, who rolled to an easy 80-52 win, are doing just that. Elyria (8-2, 3-1 Northeast Ohio Conference Lake Division) won its fourth in a row since Read More…