October 13, 2015


District Girls Basketball: Avon’s tourney run ends under too much Wadsworth pressure

Avon’s Catie Kelly scores against Wadsworth’s 
Laurel Palitto on Thursday during the third quarter.  RON SCHWANE/CHRONICLE

MEDINA — Every time Wadsworth turned up the pressure, Avon had no answer. The Grizzlies forced the Eagles into 26 turnovers, 14 in the first half, and used a suffocating pressure defense to build a big lead and seal a 58-26 win in the Division I Medina district championship Thursday night. Wadsworth, which won its Read More…

VIDEO: A look back at the 2014-15 basketball season


As the 2014-15 high school basketball season winds down, take a look back at the season. Lorain County basketball expert Tim Alcorn, from WEOL AM 930, discusses the season’s highlights. Photos by Steve Manheim. Kristin Bauer, David Richard, Amanda Rundle, Ray Reidel, and Anna Norris.  

Sectional Boys Basketball: Elyria rolls past Westlake with strong defense

K.J. Miller 
is fouled Wednesday by Westlake’s Andris Balodis 
on his way 
to the hoop during 
the Pioneers’ 70-53 victory in a Division I sectional opener. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — With its defense playing well, Elyria simply needed a spark on offense to get going Wednesday against Westlake in the Division I tournament opener. That spark came directly from senior guard Marquise Dalton, and the Pioneers earned their way into Saturday’s sectional final against Midview with a 70-53 win over the Demons. Dalton Read More…

District Girls Basketball: Elyria Catholic can’t make shots, loses to Richmond Heights


NORTH RIDGEVILLE — High school teams don’t often win games making fewer than 20 percent of their field goal attempts. Brutal shooting nights like that don’t happen very often. But they happen. Unfortunately, it happened to Elyria Catholic on Wednesday night. At the most inopportune time of the year and after winning 20 games. The Read More…

District Girls Basketball: Columbia falls to big, fast Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas

CRESTON — The Division IV district semifinal between Columbia and Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas offered a contrast in styles. The Raiders made it to districts with gritty determination and a reliance on the deadly outside shooting of junior Alison Schafer. Meanwhile, all season the Knights counted on their team speed and the inside play of Read More…

Sectional Boys Basketball: D’amonte Thornton’s 3-pointer in OT lifts Avon past Amherst

Avon’s D’amonte Thornton, left, and Will Ybarra sandwich Amherst’s Antonio Serrano as they fight for a rebound during Wednesday’s game at Avon High School. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — The three easy shots Amherst missed led to the nearly impossible game-winner Avon was able to hit. The Comets had three chances to put the game away, but missed the front end of three one-and-one opportunities, one in the final 34 seconds of regulation and two in the final 43 seconds of overtime, Read More…

Sectional Boys Basketball: Midview rallies late, downs Rhodes, moves on to face Elyria

CLEVELAND — Trailing by seven with less than three minutes to go, the Midview Middies found themselves on the brink of an early tournament exit at the hands of ninth-seeded Cleveland Rhodes. But the Middies didn’t buckle. Instead they turned to what has been their calling card all season — smothering defense — to quickly Read More…

Boys Basketball: Clearview can’t stop Buckeye’s Ryan Grauel in second half

Clearview’s Jason Young goes up for a shot against Buckeye’s Tyler Hagmeier. RON SCHWANE/CHRONICLE

YORK TWP. — Ryan Grauel sat on a locker room bench at halftime and peered into the deepest part of his soul. He then asked himself a question: Is this how he wanted to end his high school basketball career? The answer came in a virtuoso performance that sent Clearview to the offseason. The free-wheeling Read More…

Boys Basketball: Firelands fight back, but deficit too large

Firelands’ Colin Myers goes up strong against Padua’s Michael Craider on Tuesday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

HENRIETTA TWP. — Time ran out on Firelands in a Division II sectional opener Tuesday. Down by 13 points to Padua with just over three minutes to play, the Falcons dug in defensively and nearly pulled out an improbable victory before falling 51-50. “Our effort was there, our kids were focused,” Firelands coach Brett Bartlett Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic overcomes struggling start to capture Division III sectional opener

Elyria Catholic's Jacob Kuchta and James Tirbaso foul Oberlin's Donald Johnson as he drives to the basket. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It took a quarter of basketball, but once Elyria Catholic figured out Oberlin’s 2-3 zone it quickly took control. The Panthers trailed by a bucket after the first quarter before dominating the final three in an 84-59 Division III sectional opener at the Elyria Catholic Coliseum. The Phoenix started the game in a Read More…