January 30, 2015

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Boys Basketball: Elyria Catholic gets hot, rolls past Trinity

GARFIELD HTS. — Elyria Catholic had a pretty good way to counter the size of the Trinity Trojans on Tuesday night in non-conference action, one recommended for all teams. The Panthers couldn’t miss. EC made 16 of 21 first-half field-goal attempts, ran out to a 17-point edge at the break and put away the Trojans Read More…

Boys Basketball: Amherst starts fast, holds off North Ridgeville

Amherst’s Adam Srnis shoots a 3-pointer over North Ridgeville’s Collin Sullinger during the Comets’ win Tuesday night. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — North Ridgeville’s first-half defense did it in Tuesday night. The Rangers allowed Amherst to shoot 56.6 percent from the field and connect on 7-of-15 from beyond the 3-point arc while forcing just three turnovers. The Comets built a big lead and held on for a 64-58 non-conference victory. Senior Rees Rua, a 5-foot-9 post Read More…

Avon’s Chris Maxwell headed to Yale to play football

Chris Maxwell

Avon senior Chris Maxwell’s quest to find a college that could fulfill his athletic and academic desires led him to one of the nation’s most prestigious universities. Maxwell, a 6-foot-2, 212-pound tight end orally committed Monday to continue his football career at Yale University. “I visited the Yale campus last summer and I felt like Read More…

Girls basketball: Avon Lake’s depth on display in dominating win over Keystone

Avon Lake’s Sarah Winkel goes to the basket against Keystone’s Sammie Stefan on Monday at Avon Lake. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — So what does a coach say to his team when it has just scored a grand total of 47 points, yet buried its opponent by 28? “Great job,” Avon Lake coach Dave Zvara said Monday night. That was after the Shoregals routed Keystone 47-19 in a non-conference game in which the Wildcats Read More…

Hockey: Power-play lapse saps Avon in West Shore Conference Tournament

Avon goalie Erik DeChant stops a shot by Rocky River’s Cam Heider in the third period of Monday’s West Shore Conference tournament final. Heider’s short-handed goal in the second period sparked Rocky River to an 8-1 win. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Avon was the short-handed team Monday morning, but it was a short-handed goal by Rocky River that proved to be the Eagles’ undoing in an 8-1 loss in the finals of the West Shore Conference hockey tournament at Hamilton Ice Arena. Avon, which was missing two players, went toe-to-toe with the Pirates Read More…

High school hockey: Westlake downs Brecksville for SWC title

Westlake’s Chris Humer scores a goal on Brecksville goalie Eric Bolon during the first period of the Demons’ 4-2 win Sunday in the Southwestern Conference tournament final. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — Westlake junior Joe Guay is starting to get a handle on hockey. The goalie carried his Westlake team to the Southwestern Conference tournament championship, stopping the final 17 shots he faced and making 23 saves overall in the Demons’ 4-2 win over Brecksville in the SWC championship game at the North Olmsted Read More…

Boys basketball: Olmsted Falls falls short against Uniontown Lake

NORTH CANTON — Olmsted Falls headed to the Mercy Medical Center Classic in search of good competition that will make it a better team in the second half of the season. Federal League-leading Uniontown Lake was happy to grant the Bulldogs’ wish. The Blue Streaks set the pace early, leading by as many as 14 Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic downs Elyria for just the 3rd time in 20 meetings

Elyria Catholic players celebrate with the fans Saturday after beating Elyria High 61-56 at the Coliseum. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — What a week it was for Elyria Catholic, and it was capped by a 61-56 victory Saturday night over crosstown Elyria High. It’s only the third time the Panthers have beaten Elyria in the 20 times they’ve met on the basketball court, but it marks two of the last three — both at Read More…

High school wrestling: Elyria brings home Bill Dies Tournament title

Elyria heavyweight Kevin Vough tries to pin Bloom Carroll’s Jacob Packwood on Saturday in the quarters. Vough won the championship. AARON JOSEFCZYK/CHRONICLE

AKRON — Elyria knew it had a formidable wrestling lineup and knew it had been a long while since the Pioneers won a regular-season tournament. In fact, Elyria’s last non-conference tournament victory came in 2003 at the Coshocton Holiday Tournament. Led by sophomore heavyweight Kevin Vough’s dominant performance — not to mention nine other placers Read More…

Boys basketball: Midview rebounds to beat Avon Lake

Midview’s Logan Bolin takes a shot over Avon Lake’s Troy Carson during the Middies’ win Saturday night. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Sometimes after a difficult defeat it’s better for a team not to have to wait four days to take the floor and attempt to erase the bitterness of that loss. And given the West Shore Conference implications of its Friday night loss to Lakewood, Midview was happy to drag itself back out Read More…