February 6, 2016

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Girls basketball: Westlake holds off revenge-minded Avon

AVON — Taylor Hood said she and her once-beaten Westlake teammates figured they were in for a battle in their rematch with Avon on Wednesday night. It was logical thinking because the Demons whipped the Eagles by 20 points in their first Southwestern Conference encounter last month in Westlake. This time it was closer. Avon Read More…

Boys basketball: Lorain uses its quickness and defense to wear down Medina, take control down the stretch

LORAIN — John Rositano bided his time Tuesday night against Medina, figuring sooner or later the Bees would wither under the pressure of playing fast against his quick and relentless Titans. Medina did just that in the final three minutes as Lorain picked up a 77-74 non-conference win in a battle of two of the Read More…

Boys basketball: Avon continues hot stretch, downs North Olmsted to tighten Southwestern Conference standings

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AVON — It took nothing extraordinary: Avon simply played better and harder than North Olmsted on Tuesday night, in a 72-57 Southwestern Conference win. Avon, down senior Jeff Laraway after he suffered a shoulder injury in his team’s loss to Olmsted Falls last week, rode DelShawn Orr and Damantie Thornton to its fourth win in Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic’s Dorian Crutcher makes first varsity start memorable with 22 points in win over Columbia

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ELYRIA — With junior Doug Taylor Jr. sidelined with an injury, Elyria Catholic coach Phil Kuchta decided to give sophomore Dorian Crutcher a chance. Crutcher, whose father, Nate, was a standout at Elyria West 20 years ago, made his first varsity start Tuesday night. If he continues to play like he did in the Panthers’ Read More…

Girls basketball: Free throws help taxed Amherst top Lorain

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LORAIN — For most of the season Amherst has been an offensive juggernaut. Monday, with tired shooters and a depleted bench, the Comets had to rely on defense and free throw shooting to escape Lorain with a 47-30 non-league win. The Comets (13-3) were playing without starting guard Kamryn Dziak, who suffered a head injury Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria comes undone down the stretch, loses eight-point lead in just over a minute to fall to Rocky River

ELYRIA — John Wallace scratched his head in disbelief. How do you blow an eight-point lead in the final 1:08 he had to be asking himself following Rocky River’s 49-47 win at Elyria on Monday night in non-conference play. “I called time out with 1:16 left and we’re up by eight,” said Wallace, filling in Read More…

Boys basketball: Michael Oliver’s clutch steal with less than 15 seconds to play helps seal Elyria win over Elyria Catholic

ELYRIA — Michael Oliver may never make a bigger play in his life than the one he pulled off Saturday night at Elyria High. With the Pioneers clinging to a precarious one-point lead and time winding down under 15 seconds, Oliver stole the ball just over the midcourt line and drove in for a layup Read More…

Boys basketball: Lorain overwhelms Clearview, snaps skid

LORAIN — One night after both teams played last-second thrillers, Lorain eliminated the possibility of any late suspense Saturday before the echoes from the final notes of the national anthem faded into the night. Clearview ran into a buzzsaw as the Titans took out the frustrations of two straight losses, the second by a point Read More…

Boys basketball: Wellington dominates early beating Columbia in Patriot Athletic Conference

Christy Legeza CT Photo January 15, 2016 - Columbia Station at Wellington - Wellington's Trey Bealer takes the shot in the 2nd quarter past Columbia Station's Justin Tacchite (3) and Cody Reichard (30).

WELLINGTON — Despite scoring 29 points in the first quarter and owning a 19-point second quarter lead, Wellington needed a 13-0 run over the final two quarters to pull out a 76-65 Patriot Athletic Conference crossover victory over Columbia on Friday night. “Anytime you play a good Columbia team, no lead is safe, and you Read More…

Boys basketball: Strong fourth quarter sends Westlake rolling over Olmsted Falls

OLMSTED FALLS— As soon as the ball touched the hands of Andris Balodis, the Westlake bench stood, anticipating yet another celebration. The bench knew that the senior guard’s next 3-pointer would fall through the net. Balodis did too. “The rim was huge,” Balodis said. “I thought they were all going in, to be honest.” Balodis, Read More…