March 29, 2015

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Boys basketball: Naz Bohannon might only be a sophomore, but his energy, enthusiasm keep undefeated Lorain rolling

Lorain High School sophomore forward Nazihar Bohannon (33) is hoisted by a sea of fans after scoring the game-winning basket against Bedford as time ran out on the clock. KRISTIN BAUER/ CHRONICLE

Lorain’s Naz Bohannon leads the Titans’ pregame ritual, in which he enters a circle of Titans players and cheerleaders and begins with, “No talking Boaaaaa — we came to win!” Fans follow with, “Hey! Hey!” On the court, he is most often the on-ball man in the Titans’ full-court, trapping press, and he wastes little Read More…

Amherst’s Alexis Szivan to run track, cross country at Miami of Ohio

The process was a bit stressful, but Alexis Szivan knew what she was looking for in a Division I university when it came to her education and athletic career. That’s why the Amherst senior pegged Miami of Ohio as just the right fit. The four-time All-Ohio and eight-time Division I state qualifier in cross country Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic’s Riley Schill and Columbia’s Alison Schafer pick up third-team All-Ohio honors

Elyria Catholic’s Riley Schill and Columbia’s Alison Schafer have a lot in common. Both are junior guards who were their team’s best scorer, top 3-point shooter and emotional leader. Now they’re both third-team All-Ohio selections, as well. Schafer earned her spot on The Associated Press’ Division IV team by averaging 19.8 points and having one Read More…

Boys Basketball: Lorain’s run to 25-0 causes flashback to 1988 Admiral King team that won regional title

After Lorain High School defeated St. Ignatius in their District Championship game, senior Rashod Berry (3) hugged senior Devon Andrews (5). (KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE)

Lorain is 25-0, ranked No. 2 in the state and will meet tournament-tested St. Edward on Wednesday at the University of Akron in the regional. So the comparisons are only natural. Sounds a lot like the 1988 Admiral King team. Back then, Mitch Gillam had Admiral King on top of the basketball world in Northeast Read More…

Girls Basketball: Olmsted Falls’ Kerri Gasper, Keystone’s McKenah Peters named to All-Ohio 2nd team

For Olmsted Falls senior Kerri Gasper, earning a spot on the Division I All-Ohio second team was the capstone to a tremendous high school career. Keystone sophomore McKenah Peters is hoping her inclusion on the Division II All-Ohio second team will be a steppingstone to even bigger and better things. Gasper and Peters led the Read More…

H.S. Football: Area players get chance to showcase skills in front of college coaches

BEREA — Local high school football players got a taste of what it would be like to go through the NFL scouting combine Saturday when they participated in the annual Cleveland Browns high school showcase. The event, which attracted more than 200 student-athletes from as far away as suburban Dayton, gave players a chance to Read More…

District Boys Basketball: Lorain beats St. Ignatius, wins city’s 1st district title in 20 years

After Lorain High School defeated St. Ignatius in their District Championship game, Lorain head coach John Rositano hugged senior Rashod Berry (3) on Saturday night, March 14. (KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE)

  EATON TWP. — The celebration was 20 years in the making. That’s how long it had been since the city of Lorain reigned supreme in Division I district basketball. The Lorain Titans got the party started Saturday, and kept their dream season going, as they knocked out defending district champion St. Ignatius 70-62 at Read More…

State Wrestling: Huge night for Elyria, as Ben Darmstad and Kevin Vough win titles, team finishes runner-up

Elyria's Ben Darmstadt (top) gets a quick two point near-fall against Mason's Jordan Collins.Rick Twining

COLUMBUS — The Elyria wrestling program is used to having big nights, but the Pioneers haven’t had a night as big as they did Saturday at the Division I state tournament in a long time. Elyria grabbed its first state runner-up trophy — to set next to the state title it won in 1973 — Read More…

District Boys Basketball: Vermilion never finds rhythm, knocked out by Holy Name

Vermilion High School's Nick Prenatt (33) jumps to take a shot as Holy Name's Nick Opincar (15) and Jack Ehrbar (25) jump to block him. (KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE)

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Vermilion senior Kyle Nader had his usual phenomenal game Saturday, but it wasn’t enough as the cold-shooting Sailors saw their season end with a 65-50 loss to Holy Name in a Division II district final. Nader scored a game-high 26 points and eclipsed 1,000 points in his career, but he was the Read More…

State Wrestling: Elyria coach Erik Burnett finally inducted into Hall of Fame for outstanding career on mat

COLUMBUS — Elyria coach Erik Burnett found himself in his rightful place Saturday. For once, it wasn’t on or next to the mat at a wrestling match. The 18-year coach and four-time state champion was inducted into the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame during a ceremony before the state finals. Many Read More…