December 21, 2014

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Girls basketball: Columbia turns around tough start to beat Firelands

Firelands’ Heather Smyth (32) jumps to pass the ball as Columbia’s Alison Schafer defends Saturday afternoon. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — Coming off back-to-back tough losses against good competition, Columbia coach Tom Thompson was confident his team had what it takes to get over the hump against yet another tough opponent in Firelands. After a dismal first quarter, his young team responded in a huge way, using a big run to take the Read More…

Boys basketball: K.J. Williams leads Keystone past Midview to DiFranco tournament title

EATON TWP. — K.J. Williams wreaked havoc on Midview’s defense Saturday, scoring a game-high 26 points to help Keystone to a 67-57 win and its first title in the annual Bob DiFranco Tip-Off Tournament at Midview. Williams scored 18 in the second half and seemed to have an answer every time Keystone needed it. “Our Read More…

Boys basketball: Defense does job as Vermilion wins own tourney for 3rd time in 3 tries

VERMILION — There’s dominating and then there’s what Vermilion did Saturday night. The Sailors followed a record-setting Friday night in their 3rd annual Tip-Off Tournament with a completely dominating defensive effort, blowing out Manchester 72-33 for their third straight tournament championship. Friday was all about the offense when Kyle Nader broke the school’s single-game scoring Read More…

Boys basketball: Midview lines up overtime win against Columbia

Columbia's 6' 7" Brandon Heidecker goes up strong for two against Midview's Login Bolin and Dimitri Redwood at Midview. Photo by Ray Riedel

GRAFTON — Midview tightened up the ship after Columbia forced overtime. The Middies did not allow the Raiders to score, forcing them to go 0-for-4 from the field without a trip to the free throw line in a 66-59 season-opening win in the semifinals of the Bob DiFranco 2014 Tipoff Basketball Tournament. Midview, however, didn’t Read More…

Boys basketball: Dalton steps up in Elyria victory over Westlake

Christy Legeza CT Photo December 5, 2014 Basketball - Westlake at Elyria - Elyria Guard Antonio Blanton drives to the basket past Westlake's Andris Balodis.

ELYRIA — There was no Isaiah Walton on the floor for Elyria and no Gavin Skelly for Westlake as the Pioneers and Demons tipped off the basketball season Friday at Elyria High. Though they hooked up in some memorable games the past few seasons, the former is now a redshirt freshman at UC Davis and Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic hits groove, rolls over Clearview

ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLEElyria Catholic's James Tirbaso goes up for the layup against Clearview's Juan Torres in the first half Friday night at Clearview High School.

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Starting the season on the road, in front of a sellout crowd was no problem Friday for Elyria Catholic. Neither was the Clearview defense. The Panthers began the year in fine fashion with a 97-68 non-league win over the Clippers. Elyria Catholic led 17-2 midway through the first quarter after a Jacob Read More…

Girls basketball: Firelands shakes off jitters, wins opener against Vermilion

Firelands’ Keely Hall puts in a shot while Vermilion’s Catherine Schaefer defends. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — Firelands opened its girls basketball season Wednesday night with a 53-30 rout of Vermilion in West Shore Conference action. The Falcons, apparently suffering opening-night jitters, pulled away in the second half when they made 11 of 19 free throws in what turned into a foul-shooting contest. The Sailors, who opened their season with Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic cruises past Columbia

Elyria Catholic’s Jessie Lee grabs a rbeound before Columbia’s Lexi Wood can during Wednesday’s game. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — For most teams, jumping out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and eventually going up by 30 points is cause for celebration. For Elyria Catholic’s girls basketball team, it’s just another night at the office. The Panthers took control early and easily defeated Columbia 67-38 Wednesday in a non-league game. However, Read More…

Girls basketball: Christian Community School notches first win of the season

Christian Community School’s Darla Allen puts up a shot Tuesday during a victory over Kingsway Christian. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Christian Community School got its first win of the season in a low-scoring 28-19 non-conference game Tuesday night over Kingsway Christian. Both teams had reasons for their sparse point production. The host Warriors had six freshman and one sophomore in the lineup, along with just one senior and two juniors. “We’re very young,” Read More…

Girls basketball: Amherst drops season opener to Brunswick

Amherst's Brooke Wallace goes up for a shot while defended by Brunswick's Paige Salisbury and Clare Albino. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Brunswick senior Paige Salisbury gives the impression she spends a lot of time perfecting her foul shooting. Actually, according to Blue Devils coach Halle Lengel, Salisbury spends a lot of time working on every aspect of her game. But it was her foul shooting that made Brunswick a 60-56 winner over Amherst on Read More…