May 25, 2015

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Girls basketball: Firelands’ shooting ice cold in loss to Bay

Firelands’ Victoria Grasso drives to the hoop Monday past Bay’s Nora Ziebarth during the Falcons’ 34-18 loss in a Division II district semifinal at Elyria High School. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The cold weather has everyone down, and Bay and Firelands couldn’t escape its clutches Monday in the Division II district semifinal. No, the Elyria gym doors weren’t open, letting in all the frigid air that has left snow on the ground for 58 straight days and nights. It was the teams’ ice-cold shooting Read More…

Boys basketball: How far can the Lorain Titans go?

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Warrensville Heights did everything right Thursday in its bid to end Lorain’s run at an unbeaten season. The Titans, for a while at least, did a lot wrong. That Lorain overcame those two factors to beat the Tigers and complete that 22-0 record raises two pressing questions as the Division I district tournament begins this Read More…

Sectional Girls Basketball: EC’s pressure defense too much for Wellington in easy win

ELYRIA — The Elyria Catholic Coliseum served as a great reminder Saturday afternoon of ancient Rome’s house of horrors. Only this time it was the Panthers, not the lions, doing the mauling. Top-seeded Elyria Catholic (20-4) rolled over Wellington 58-20 in the Division III sectional title game to advance to next week’s North Ridgeville district Read More…

Sectional Girls Basketball: Columbia gets revenge, slips past Lake Ridge

Columbia's Bailey Patrouhas makes a diving pass in Saturday's game against Lake Ridge Academy. Also pictured are Columbia's Shelby Friedel, left, Lake Ridge's Brianna Kirk, center, and Rachael Williams. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA TWP. — With a history of close, hard-fought games, Columbia and Lake Ridge have developed a fan-friendly rivalry in recent seasons. Notable was the Royals’ three-point win over the Raiders in a Division IV sectional final last season. The pattern continued Saturday afternoon. Columbia, battling from four points down, made eight of 12 foul Read More…

Boys Basketball: Lutheran West fails tough final exam against Bay

ROCKY RIVER — As back-to-back Patriot Athletic Conference champions, the Lutheran West Longhorns seldom face a test they don’t have the answers for, particularly in the friendly confines of Wittrock Gymnasium. But the season ending non-league game Friday night against the West Shore Conference co-champion Bay Village Rockets was enough to break the No. 2 Read More…

Boys Basketball: Elyria earns first league title in 20 years

Elyria Antonio Blanton goes up to hoop over Normandy Mickey Newman Feb. 27.  Steve Manheim

ELYRIA — Twenty years is a long time to go between league titles, so Elyria celebrated Friday night. The Pioneers earned a co-championship in the final year of the Northeast Ohio Conference Lake Division by beating co-champion Normandy 72-64 at the Pioneer gym. With a number of players and coach Mike Walsh (now an assistant) Read More…

Boys Basketball: Columbia’s David Delahunty reaches 1,000 points in loss to Buckeye

YORK TWP. — The leading scorer in the Patriot Athletic Conference reached a major milestone Friday. Junior power forward David Delahunty poured in 26 points, including the 1,000th of his career, as Columbia dropped a 57-52 decision to Buckeye. The 6-foot-4 sharpshooter, who entered the evening with 981 points, joined the prestigious club 2:40 into Read More…

Lorain rallies to beat Warrensville Heights, finish regular season 22-0 (with Video)

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WARRENSVILLE HTS. — In its final hurdle to a 22-0 season, Lorain trailed by eight at half Thursday night against Warrensville Heights — its largest halftime deficit of the year. So it was slightly surprising to see the Titans emerge after just two minutes of the halftime break. The message in that short locker room Read More…

Sectional Girls Basketball: Firelands clamps down in 2nd half, knocks rival Keystone out of tourney

Keystone’s Sammie Stefan slams into Madi Bonner’s knee Thursday as Stefan and Firelands’ Keely Hall scramble for the loose ball in the fourth quarter. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

HENRIETTA TWP. — A win-or-go-home game sent old rivals Firelands and Keystone into a rubber match for a Division II sectional championship Thursday night. Each won half the game, just as they split their two regular-season matchups. The Falcons liked the second half a whole lot better. With a strong defensive effort, Firelands won the Read More…

Sectional Girls Basketball: Shots don’t fall, but Elyria beats Strongsville with stifling defense

Elyria’s  Shayla Middlebrooks shoots over Strongsville’s Erin Sims
during Thursday’s Division I sectional final at Elyria. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — In the eyes of Brian Arth, there was nothing ugly about Elyria High’s 28-25 Division I sectional final victory over Strongsville on Thursday at the Pioneer gym. “(Strongsville) plays good defense,” the Elyria coach said. “It’s tough to read at times. My feeling is we got the shots we wanted. We shoot a Read More…