November 26, 2014


Sectional Boys Basketball: Avon Lake turns tables, ousts Elyria in overtime

Avon Lake’s Jason Hessel, middle, fights for a loose ball with Elyria’s Manny Harrington, left, and Jason Oliver. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Two months and 21 points must seem like a lifetime ago for Elyria. The Pioneers were eliminated from the postseason by Avon Lake 55-46 in overtime Wednesday night. Elyria beat the Shoremen 79-58 at the Holiday Classic in December. But the Shoremen (10-13) have been the hotter commodity lately, and won their seventh Read More…

Sectional Boys Basketball: Demario McCall’s putback lifts North Ridgeville to 63-62 win over Amherst

North Ridgeville's Jordan Montgomery shoots past Amherst's Casey McConhie, left, and Danny Fortney. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — North Ridgeville coach Bryan Morgan finally had a reason to smile, as the Rangers did to Amherst what so many teams have done to them. They won a game at the end. Demario McCall put back a Collin Sullinger miss with less than a second to go Wednesday to pull out a 63-62 Read More…

Boys basketball: Lutheran West fights back to knock out Elyria Catholic in double overtime

Elyria Catholic's James Tirbaso goes up for a basket against Lutheran West's Greg Kunse during Tuesday's Division III sectional opener at Lutheran West. Tirbaso has a career-high 21 points, while Kunse had 14 as the Longhorns won in double overtime. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Elyria Catholic threatened on many occasions — in each quarter — to run away from Lutheran West in an opening-round matchup in the stacked Garfield Heights Division III district. The Panthers led by as many as eight in the first half, seven in the third quarter and by six early in the Read More…

Boys basketball: Coach glad Columbia moving on with win over Independence; not so happy with performance

Columbia's Jay Banyasz drives against Independence's Dan Baran on Tuesday at Columbia High School. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — Columbia accomplished what it wanted to accomplish, advancing to a Division III sectional final with a 58-46 win over Independence on Tuesday. Raiders coach Larry Babics, however, was less than thrilled with what he saw from his team. Columbia, the fifth seed in the Garfield Heights district, struggled to put away the Read More…

Boys basketball: K.J. Miller’s 32 points lead way as Christian Community School downs New Day for first regional title

Christian Community's PJ Norris drives past New Day Academy's Devaun Allen, left, and DayVionne Jackson on Tuesday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — K.J. Miller had a dream his team would be cutting down the nets Tuesday afternoon. Miller’s dream became reality as he scored 32 points to lead Christian Community over New Day Academy 74-61 in an Ohio Christian School Athletic Association Northeast regional final. The regional championship is the first in school history Read More…

Girls basketball: Wadsworth shuts down young Amherst team in district semifinal

Amherst's Sara Elliott battles for a loose ball with Wadsworth's Hannah Centea in the fourth quarter of the Division I District semi-final game Tuesday night at Medina High School. JUDD SMERGLIA/CHRONICLE

MEDINA — Inexperienced Amherst achieved the unlikely by winning a sectional title.
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Girls basketball: Short-handed Vermilion falls to Holy Name

Vermilion's Sarah Bartlome is fouled by Holy Name's Jackie Corrigan. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Vermilion gave Holy Name a tough battle last season in the Division II district championship game before losing by seven points. Tuesday’s rematch in a Division II district semifinal wasn’t nearly as close. Holy Name shook off a slow start to gradually pull away from the No. 7-seeded Sailors, then used a huge Read More…

Girls basketball: Keystone puts up a fight, but can’t slow streaking Fairview, which notches 20th straight victory

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ELYRIA — Fairview won its 20th straight game Monday night and set a school record in the process. Keystone gave the Warriors a test, but was left looking to next season. The Warriors defeated the Wildcats 45-30 in a Division II district semifinal at Elyria High, improving to 21-3 for the season. They broke the Read More…

Girls basketball: Avon overcomes early deficit to take lead, only to fade in fourth, fall to Wooster in district semifinal

Avon's Mackenzie Meckes drives around Wooster's Tirzah Talampas in the second half of the Division I district semi-final game at Valley Forge High School Monday night. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

PARMA HEIGHTS — Avon’s district championship dream ran into a roadblock named Sarah Cairnie. The Wooster senior scored a game-high 26 points as the Generals ended the Eagles’ season with a 62-52 win in a Division I district semifinal at Valley Forge High School. Avon (17-7) struggled early to deal with the Generals’ pressure defense, Read More…

Boys basketball: Vermilion’s Boyd defied odds with rapid ACL rehab

Vermilion senior Forrest Boyd managed to come back from an ACL tear in just four months, and now hopes to help the Sailors make some noise in the postseason. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Vermilion’s Forrest Boyd had a lot riding on the West Shore Conference opener against Elyria Catholic on Dec. 6. Boyd was on the verge of completing an incredible comeback — a return to game action just over four months after undergoing surgery to replace a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during the Sailors’ Read More…