March 2, 2015

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


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…

Wrestling: Avon’s Travis Leopold has come long way in short time, enters postseason 43-0

Travis Leopold

The road has been short and all uphill for Avon senior Travis Leopold. In a true quality-over-quantity story, Leopold has gone from a floundering novice to a top-ranked high school wrestler in just over two years. “He’s really crammed about six years of training into three years,” Eagles coach Mark Porter said. “The thing about 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 Simsduring 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…

Sectional Girls Basketball: Elyria Catholic rolls past Oberlin

Elyria Catholic’s Sam Filiaggi, right, gets a rebound Wednesday against Oberlin’s Meaira Williams, left, and Judith Lesesne. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Their shooting was off, but the Elyria Catholic girls dominated the backboards, played well defensively and got a game-high 20 points from sophomore post Jessie Lee on Wednesday night. It added up to the top-seeded Panthers’ 51-17 victory over Oberlin in a Division III sectional semifinal at the Coliseum. EC (19-4) earned a Read More…

Sectional Girls Basketball: Columbia blanks Kidron Central Christian in 1st quarter, cruises to win

Columbia’s Alison Schafer goes in for a layup Wednesday in a 45-34 win over Kidron Central Christian. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — For three quarters Wednesday evening, Columbia and Kidron Central Christian played an even back-and-forth game. Fortunately for the Raiders, what they did in the first quarter made the final three rather inconsequential. Columbia (17-6) scored the first 15 points of the game and then spent the rest of the night in cruise Read More…

Diving: Avon Lake’s Megan Peepers turned from gymnastics to diving, has reached states as sophomore

Megan Peppers

Megan Peepers recognized the crossroads in her athletics career in eighth grade, made a decision and didn’t second-guess herself. The Avon Lake sophomore followed the tangent from club gymnastics to diving and hasn’t looked back. Peepers will compete in the Division I girls state diving meet at 9 a.m. today in Canton at Branin Natatorium. Read More…

Boys Basketball: Lorain rallies to beat Bedford, clinch outright LEL title, improve to 21-0


BEDFORD — Lorain’s Devon Andrews stepped to the line Tuesday night with 1.3 seconds left and a very pro-Titans crowd roaring. He calmly sank two free throws to make it 78-71 to log his 32nd and 33rd points of the night. And if ever there was an exclamation point on the first goal of this Read More…

Boys Basketball: Keystone runs away from Black River, clinches outright PAC Stars title

Keystone’s Brody Kuhl tries to keep the ball away from Black River’s Allan Benson on Tuesday night. Kuhl got a start due to a teammate’s illness and scored 14 points. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

SULLIVAN TWP. — Keystone got greedy Tuesday night, and took the necessary steps to ensure it didn’t have to share a division title. The Wildcats jumped on Black River early and Austin Conrad sparked a third-quarter run that put away the Pirates, sealing an outright Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division title with a 64-32 win. Read More…

District Hockey: Midview shows toughness, rallies to beat Benedictine

Midview’s Trevor Perkins, left, moves the puck against Ted Houser of Benedictine for an assist Tuesday in the Middies’ 7-5 win. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

BROOKLYN — Midview, facing Benedictine for the third time in 16 days, let out a collective “not again” after watching a two-goal lead disappear Tuesday in a span of 16 seconds late in the second period. But the Middies collected themselves and scored three straight goals in the third period to pull away for a Read More…