March 1, 2015

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Lorain’s Devon Andrews’ famous dunk

  LORAIN- It’s the shot you’ve been hearing about all week– Lorain High School senior forward Devon Andrews (5) bounces the ball off the back of a North Ridgeville starter, to make this impressive shot…and the crowd went crazy!     Lorain High School improved their record to 20-0 with a 95-55 win over North Read More…

Avon Lake girls basketball team enjoying success heading into sectionals

Avon Lake seniors (from left) Kay Butrey, Ali Balthaser, Kendall Spitz, Michaella Frank and Gianna Guzzo are now enjoying success after four years of hard work and plenty of ups and downs. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

The Avon Lake program has had its share of up and downs over coach Dave Zvara’s first four years at the helm. Now the five seniors who have stuck with the program for the past four years — Ali Balthaser, Kay Butrey, Gianna Guzzo, Michaella Frank and Kendall Spitz — are enjoying the fruits of Read More…

High school wrestling notes: Locals picked to win state titles

With the retirement of Brian Brakeman and his annual Brakeman Report a few years ago, Ohio high school wrestling fans have turned to Josh Lowe, who writes for multiple national online entities, and his State Tournament Predictions Report for their postseason preview fix. Lowe released his 67-page breakdown earlier this week on Intermatwrestle.com, and the Read More…

Lutheran West’s Andrew O’Hara had to grow up early after losing his father to cancer

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Andrew O’Hara has had it tougher than his siblings, his older brother, Jake, says. Andrew had to stay. In the fall of 2011, after their father, Tom, died from complications of pancreatic cancer at the age of 47, Andrew, a Sheffield Village resident, was entering his freshman year at Lutheran West — and became the Read More…

Swimming: Avon Lake’s Cat Bruce hopes to continue sectional success at districts

Avon Lake’s Cat Bruce works on her technique during practice. Bruce helped the Shoregals set four school records at last week’s sectional swim meet at Cleveland State. PHOTO COURTESY OF DANIEL SMITH

A head cold couldn’t stop Cat Bruce from swimming out of her mind Saturday. The Avon Lake junior had a hand … and legs and whatever else swimmers need to have working at peak efficiency … in the Shoregals setting four school records on the way to a fourth-place finish at last week’s Division I Read More…

Hockey: Avon powers to playoff win

Avon’s Alex Provenza skates past Bay defenders during the Eagles’ 4-3 victory Wednesday afternoon. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

BROOKLYN — Avon’s special teams picked the right time to shine. The Eagles scored a pair of power-play goals, including the game winner from senior defenseman Pat Baeder with 6:20 to play in the third period, as Avon defeated Bay 4-3 in the opening round of the OHSAA state qualifying tournament Wednesday at the Brooklyn Read More…

Girls basketball: Injured senior scores final basket in Avon’s win vs. Olmsted Falls

Avon senior Sierra Davidson goes up for a shot as Olmsted Falls senior Kerri Gasper attempts to block the shot during the Eagles’ win in Avon. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON — Brianna Conroy, a three-year Avon starter, missed the Eagles’ first 21 games this season because of a volleyball injury. But she got into Wednesday’s Senior Night matchup with Olmsted Falls for 13 seconds and scored the first basket in Avon’s nip-and-tuck 51-48 non-conference victory. Never mind the Bulldogs allowed Conroy to score in her Read More…

Boys basketball: Lakewood forfeits 2 games; Elyria Catholic now tied for first in WSC

The final basketball season of the wild, wacky West Shore Conference just got a whole lot weirder. Lakewood has forfeited its last two games, wins over Elyria Catholic (77-63) on Friday and Westlake (64-53) on Tuesday. At issue is the Rangers’ Logan Swift, a second-team All-WSC pick at forward a year ago. Swift’s eligibility was Read More…

Hockey: North Olmsted loses close one; Midview dominates

Midview’s Tommy Coon assists on a goal in the first period of Tuesday’s 9-0 win over Normandy at the Brooklyn Rec. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

BROOKLYN — Missed it by that much. North Olmsted had a number of chances to knock off Chagrin Falls in the opening round of the district hockey tournament Tuesday at Coyne Recreation Center, but the Eagles just couldn’t find the back of the net in falling 4-2. Chagrin Falls (16-10-2) advances to face Olmsted Falls Read More…

Boys basketball: 3rd-ranked Lorain cruises past North Ridgeville, stays undefeated

Lorain’s Devon Andrews smiles as he jumps past North Ridgeville’s Tyler Arnold on his way to the basket Tuesday night at North Ridgeville. Andrews scored a career-high 39 points as the Titans improved to 20-0. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A game after it scored 100 points, Lorain almost did it again. The Titans improved to 20-0 Tuesday with a 95-55 non-conference rout of North Ridgeville in front of a packed house at the Rangers gym. The 20-0 start is the best for a Lorain high school since the 2008-09 Admiral King Read More…