December 1, 2015


Sectional Boys Basketball: Vermilion overcomes sloppy first half, rallies to beat Padua

VERMILION — An ugly first half couldn’t stop Vermilion on Saturday in a Division II sectional final, but the Sailors did need a dramatic finish to down Padua 48-46. The victory vaults the No. 4-seeded Sailors (12-11) to a district semifinal matchup versus No. 1 Bay on Thursday at North Ridgeville. Seventh-seeded Padua’s season ends Read More…

Sectional Boys Basketball: Avon takes St. Ignatius to wire, falls 60-56

CLEVELAND — Avon put the madness back in March on Saturday, coming within seconds of pulling off the upset of the tournament season before falling 60-56 to St. Ignatius. Avon (13-11) had the perfect game plan to deal with the Wildcats — play physical defense and unleash its 3-point shooters on the offensive end. The Read More…

Boys basketball: Jacob Kuchta’s big 3-pointer, Kevin Kelley’s defense do job as EC rallies past Columbia

Elyria Catholic High School junio Cole Virgin (21) jumps to take a shot as Columbia High School seniors Kevin Simon (23) and Brian Hershey (2) jump to block his shot on Friday evening, March 6.

  ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic fought an uphill battle Friday in its Division III sectional final against Columbia before finally finding a way to get over the top. The final: EC 58, Columbia 53. The Panthers played from behind for most of the first 30 minutes before Jacob Kuchta nailed a 3-pointer for a 51-48 Read More…

Boys basketball: KJ Williams leads way as Keystone avenges late-season loss to Buckeye

LAGRANGE — Keystone’s KJ Williams had something to prove Friday against Buckeye. Williams admitted he didn’t have his best game when the Wildcats visited Buckeye late in the regular season but he more than made up for it in leading Keystone to a 67-52 win over the Bucks in a Division II sectional final. The Read More…

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…