April 21, 2014

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Boys basketball: Columbia lets 17-point lead slip away before getting back on track, fighting off a weary Vermilion squad

Vermilion's Kyle Nader takes a shot over Columbia's Jay Banyasz. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — Playing its fourth game in five nights finally caught up with Vermilion on Tuesday night. Columbia dialed up plenty of long-distance shooting and was able to hold off a late Sailors comeback to squeeze out a 60-58 non-conference win. The Raiders (17-4) connected on 12 of 26 3-pointers and built a 17-point lead Read More…

Boys basketball: Grant Overy provides plenty of points, Senior Night memories as Midview mauls North Olmsted

Midview's  Vince Blevins drives against North Olmsted's Andy Lucien on Tuesday at Midview High School. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Grant Overy couldn’t have scripted it any better. Honored along with Jack Duffner and Kyle Warner before Tuesday night’s non-conference game against North Olmsted as a part of the school’s Senior Night festivities, Overy decided to make his night even more memorable. Shaking off a tough first half, in which he and Read More…

Boys basketball: North Ridgeville applies missing finishing touch, knocks off Firelands with clutch fourth quarter

HENRIETTA TWP. — North Ridgeville coach Bryan Morgan has been waiting for a fourth quarter like this. Morgan’s Rangers played virtually mistake-free basketball in the final period to close out a weary Firelands team, 47-41. The Rangers (5-16) did not turn the ball over in the final period. They only scored 10 points, but held Read More…

Boys basketball: Three Comets … Adam Srnis, Reese Rua and Garrett Klekota … wreck Rockets as Amherst finishes strong

BAY VILLAGE — It doesn’t require an NASA animation to know what results when a comet strikes a rocket at full velocity. There was a sufficient example provided Tuesday night by the Amherst Comets, who used a devastating fourth-quarter explosion to demolish the Bay Rockets 72-55 in a non-conference battle. The night didn’t begin with Read More…

Boys basketball: Matt Bastock and Collin Fitzgerald make sure Keystone doesn’t cut any corners against Northwestern

WEST SALEM — There was a hot corner in Northwestern High School and Keystone’s Matt Bastock and Collin Fitzgerald found it when it counted. Bastock opened up the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer from the corner, which started a string of four straight he and Fitzgerald made — all from the same corner — and Read More…

Boys basketball: Clearview asserts itself early vs. Open Door; Clippers’ Gerrell Williams scores 25, closes in on 1,000

SHEFFIELD — It only took about 15 seconds for the Open Door boys to know they were in deep trouble against Clearview in Tuesday’s non-conference game. The Clippers won the tip and senior Gerrell Williams drove baseline, finishing with a two-handed dunk, his first of three dunks in the first quarter. Clearview (15-5) steadily pulled Read More…

Boys basketball: Kelvin Jones scores 22 points and grabs a career-high 25 rebounds as Brookside dominates Oberlin

OBERLIN — The “NBA 2K14” live show came to Oberlin High School on Tuesday. Or at least that’s how it looked most of the night with Brookside putting up numbers usually seen only in video games during a 67-43 win over the Phoenix. Senior Kelvin Jones led the way for the Cardinals with 22 points Read More…

Girls basketball: Avon routs Vermilion in WSC game

Avon's Jessica Yurkovich drives past Vermilion's Jessica Mello. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON — Vermilion and Avon combined for 95 points Monday afternoon in a West Shore Conference makeup game. Had there been something at stake, it might have become a down-to-the-wire thriller with a final score of, say, 48-47. But there wasn’t and it didn’t. Avon, tuning up for a huge Division I sectional final at Read More…

Boys basketball: Vermilion pulls off comeback in regulation, then slips by Firelands in OT to earn rivalry bragging rights

Vermilion's Cameron Kuhn drives past Firelands' Cole Sklarek. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — The Vermilion-Firelands boys basketball rivalry hit new heights Monday night. Both teams played their hearts out, both crowds were vocal and to top it off, the game went into overtime where a single free throw made the difference as the Sailors pulled out a 57-56 win over the Falcons in non-conference action. “That’s Read More…

Boys basketball: Westlake at its best, knocks off Southwestern Conference leader Berea-Midpark as Gavin Skelly stars

Gavin Skelly

WESTLAKE — Before Monday’s Southwestern Conference game against Berea-Midpark, Westlake’s Gavin Skelly was cheered by the home crowd when he was recognized as the Demons’ all-time leading scorer. It was just the first time Skelly would make the crowd rise to its feet. The 6-foot-9 senior had a pair of two-handed dunks on his way Read More…