March 5, 2015


Sectional Girls Basketball: Firelands clamps down in 2nd half, knocks rival Keystone out of tourney

Keystone’s Sammie Stefan slams into Madi Bonner’s knee Thursday as Stefan and Firelands’ Keely Hall scramble for the loose ball in the fourth quarter. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

HENRIETTA TWP. — A win-or-go-home game sent old rivals Firelands and Keystone into a rubber match for a Division II sectional championship Thursday night. Each won half the game, just as they split their two regular-season matchups. The Falcons liked the second half a whole lot better. With a strong defensive effort, Firelands won the Read More…

Sectional Girls Basketball: Shots don’t fall, but Elyria beats Strongsville with stifling defense

Elyria’s Shayla Middlebrooks shoots over Strongsville’s Erin Simsduring Thursday’s Division I sectional final at Elyria. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — In the eyes of Brian Arth, there was nothing ugly about Elyria High’s 28-25 Division I sectional final victory over Strongsville on Thursday at the Pioneer gym. “(Strongsville) plays good defense,” the Elyria coach said. “It’s tough to read at times. My feeling is we got the shots we wanted. We shoot a Read More…

Sectional Girls Basketball: Elyria Catholic rolls past Oberlin

Elyria Catholic’s Sam Filiaggi, right, gets a rebound Wednesday against Oberlin’s Meaira Williams, left, and Judith Lesesne. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Their shooting was off, but the Elyria Catholic girls dominated the backboards, played well defensively and got a game-high 20 points from sophomore post Jessie Lee on Wednesday night. It added up to the top-seeded Panthers’ 51-17 victory over Oberlin in a Division III sectional semifinal at the Coliseum. EC (19-4) earned a Read More…

Sectional Girls Basketball: Columbia blanks Kidron Central Christian in 1st quarter, cruises to win

Columbia’s Alison Schafer goes in for a layup Wednesday in a 45-34 win over Kidron Central Christian. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — For three quarters Wednesday evening, Columbia and Kidron Central Christian played an even back-and-forth game. Fortunately for the Raiders, what they did in the first quarter made the final three rather inconsequential. Columbia (17-6) scored the first 15 points of the game and then spent the rest of the night in cruise Read More…

Boys Basketball: Lorain rallies to beat Bedford, clinch outright LEL title, improve to 21-0


BEDFORD — Lorain’s Devon Andrews stepped to the line Tuesday night with 1.3 seconds left and a very pro-Titans crowd roaring. He calmly sank two free throws to make it 78-71 to log his 32nd and 33rd points of the night. And if ever there was an exclamation point on the first goal of this Read More…

Boys Basketball: Keystone runs away from Black River, clinches outright PAC Stars title

Keystone’s Brody Kuhl tries to keep the ball away from Black River’s Allan Benson on Tuesday night. Kuhl got a start due to a teammate’s illness and scored 14 points. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

SULLIVAN TWP. — Keystone got greedy Tuesday night, and took the necessary steps to ensure it didn’t have to share a division title. The Wildcats jumped on Black River early and Austin Conrad sparked a third-quarter run that put away the Pirates, sealing an outright Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division title with a 64-32 win. Read More…

Boys Basketball: Elyria’s 7-game winning streak snapped in 73-57 loss to Lakewood

LAKEWOOD — Maybe it was having four snow days around the weekend. Maybe it was playing in a junior high gym as Lakewood’s high school is being built. Maybe it was Lakewood’s Senior Night that brought out the best in the Rangers, or maybe the effective zone defense they threw at Elyria. Maybe it was Read More…

Girls basketball: Keystone cruises past Vermilion in tourney opener

Keystone’s McKenah Peters takes it strong to the basket against Vermilion on Saturday afternoon. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Sophomore Sammie Stefan made sure Keystone’s second season got off to a first-class start. Stefan, a 5-foot-9 post, led the fourth-seeded Wildcats with 20 points and 14 rebounds as they rolled to a 54-22 win Saturday over No. 11 seed Vermilion in a Division II sectional game. It took Keystone a few minutes Read More…

Boys Basketball: EC drops WSC finale, yet still shares league crown

EC Jacob Kuchta shot over RR Sutton Klodnick in first half Feb. 20. Steve Manheim

ROCKY RIVER — Not a whole heck of a lot went right for Elyria Catholic on Friday night — until about 9:20 p.m., when the Panthers were on the bus home. That about sums up one of the wildest West Shore Conference seasons on record, fitting, since it was the league’s last. Needing a win Read More…

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…