February 28, 2015


Girls basketball: Monica Fury scores 27 as Westlake beats Berea-Midpark

Westlake’s Taylor Hood leaps toward the basket as Berea-Midpark’s Jada Marone defends Saturday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — Monica Fury, a 5-foot-9 Westlake forward, turned in the biggest game of her high school career Saturday. Her 27 points spearheaded the Demons’ doubly satisfying 49-36 victory over Berea-Midpark in a showdown for first place in the Southwestern Conference. It left the Demons (15-5, 9-1) with a one-game lead over the Titans (14-6, Read More…

Boys basketball: North Olmsted loses big lead, but holds on to defeat Avon

Josh Hufstetler draws a foul as he makes a jump shot over Will Ybarra at North Olmsted High. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — The Eagles came away from Saturday’s non-conference game a little wiser. Both Eagles, that is, as North Olmsted held off Avon 55-53 in a non-conference game. North Olmsted built what appeared to be a pretty safe cushion at 46-25 following a 3-pointer by Matt Starcovic and a layup from Josh Hufstetler with Read More…

Boys basketball: Keystone stays perfect with win against Firelands

ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLEFirelands' Cole Sklarek breaks through the double team of Keystone's Brandon Kuhl and KJ Williams (5) in the second quarter Friday night at Keystone High School.

LAGRANGE — Keystone had to sweat out the final seconds with its perfect conference record hanging in the balance against Firelands on Friday night. The Falcons had two good looks with 16 seconds left, as Cole Sklarek drove strong to the hoop from the top of the arc. He missed, got his own rebound and Read More…

Boys basketball: Lorain uses solid defense to rout Maple Heights (VIDEO)

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLELorain High School senior Devon Andrews (5) takes the ball to the hoop as Maple Heights High School senior Maurice Wilson (3) attempts to block his shot on Friday night, Feb. 6.

LORAIN — The last Lorain County high school boys basketball team to win a state championship — the 1986 Oberlin Indians — were nicknamed “The Rim-Wrecking Crew” because of their array of powerful and athletic dunks. This year’s Lorain team — the fourth-ranked Division I team in the state and a state title contender — Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic holds off Avon rally

Brian Duffield, right, of Elyria Catholic reaches for a rebound against Avon's Jeff Laraway. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

AVON — Elyria Catholic came into Avon on Friday and accomplished two rare feats. The Panthers won on the road in the West Shore Conference, defeating the Eagles 61-58, and the Elyria Catholic fans outshouted Avon’s renowned Eagle’s Nest student section. Elyria Catholic outscored Avon 19-7 in the second quarter to take a 29-21 halftime Read More…

Boys Basketball: Chase Parker reaches 1,000-point milestone in huge First Baptist win on Senior Night

First Baptist’s Chase Parker hits a layup Thursday night to reach 1,000 points for his career. The Sabres beat the Geauga Grizzlies 78-55. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

CARLISLE TWP. — First Baptist’s Chase Parker had been thinking about his Senior Night for four years. He made it a night he’ll never forget. Parker needed 12 points to reach 1,000 for his four-year career, and reached the milestone with 58 seconds to go in the first quarter en route to a career-high 34 Read More…

Girls Basketball: Columbia can’t find offense against Fairview

Columbia’s Becca Tacchite goes up for a shot Wednesday in a loss to Fairview. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

FAIRVIEW PARK — Columbia picked the wrong Wednesday to have a forgettable night. The Raiders couldn’t find any offense against Fairview, converting just seven field goals in a 42-24 loss that gave the Warriors a two-game lead in the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division. Columbia dropped to 11-3 in the PAC and 13-6 overall while Read More…

Girls basketball: Riley Schill scores 30 to lead Elyria Catholic past Lakewood

ELYRIA — In a classic thriller, Elyria Catholic slipped past Lakewood 66-65 to win its second straight West Shore Conference championship Wednesday night. Those are the basics. Fill in the details and you have the Riley Schill Show. But that’s simplistic because it doesn’t include the heroics that went into the Panthers’ come-from-behind victory. It Read More…

Boys Basketball: Midview edges Elyria Catholic again, this time in OT

Midview’s Daimion Mahone takes the ball to the basket Tuesday as Elyria Catholic’s Brian Duffield (32) tries to block. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Not much has separated Midview and Elyria Catholic on the basketball floor this year. The longtime rivals said goodbye to their West Shore Conference days Tuesday with another competitive game won by the Middies, 70-67 in overtime at EC’s Coliseum. The final score nearly mirrored the 70-64 Midview victory earlier in the year Read More…

Boys Basketball: Greg Draft’s big day leads North Ridgeville past Avon

North Ridgeville’s Isa Abdul-Alim goes to the basket Tuesday against the defense of Midview’s Michael Smigel. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — North Ridgeville junior forward Greg Draft wasn’t concerned that his Rangers came into Tuesday’s West Shore Conference game in the midst of a four-game losing streak. Draft also wasn’t concerned about matching up against Avon’s Will Ybarra, one of the best big men in the WSC. All Draft wanted to do was Read More…