March 3, 2015

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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…

Bowling: North Ridgeville boys, North Olmsted girls earn state tournament berths

LORAIN — The Northeast district tournament was highly stressful, but the North Ridgeville boys and North Olmsted girls handled the pressure like pros. Their reward? Qualifying berths to the Division I state tournament March 13-14 in Columbus. North Ridgeville outscored defending champ Olmsted Falls by 46 (226-180) in the sixth and final Baker game to Read More…

Indians notes: Corey Kluber faces live hitters for first time

Cleveland Indians' Corey Kluber warms up during a spring training baseball workout Friday in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/John Locher)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — A new round of Indians pitchers got the opportunity to face hitters for the first time Sunday, and one of them was somebody Cleveland fans know well — defending American League Cy Young award winner, Corey Kluber. “It’s hard to read too much into what the hitters are doing because it’s their Read More…

Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving to miss today’s game in Houston; LeBron James expected back

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CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers will be without at least one All-Star today in Houston. Point guard Kyrie Irving will miss his second straight game with a strained left shoulder, an injury the team had thought would only sideline him for one game. Irving injured his shoulder in the second half of Thursday night’s home win Read More…

Sectional Wrestling: Elyria gets 6 champs, gives St. Ed’s a run for its money

Elyria's Mikah Price wrestles Olmsted Falls' Brice Locklear on Saturday during the Division I sectional at Westlake. Locklear won the 152-pound title match. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — Wrestling juggernaut St. Edward was able to secure its 40th straight Division I sectional championship Saturday night, but the Elyria Pioneers did everything they could to make it difficult for the Eagles. St. Edward is sending all 14 of its wrestlers to the Cleveland State district tournament, while Elyria is sending a school-record Read More…

District Bowling: Keystone’s Trey Minnich keeps cool, earns trip to state

LORAIN — Dissecting the lane conditions stressed many Saturday at the Division II Northeast district bowling tournament. Nothing rattled Trey Minnich. The Keystone sophomore found his mark well enough to be the No. 1 individual qualifier to next weekend’s state tournament. Minnich rolled a 687 series on the strength of a high game of 264 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…

Indians Commentary: Sorry, Tribe fans, 2015 might not be your year

Cleveland Indians participate in a spring training baseball workout Friday in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/John Locher)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — A number of respected baseball writers are picking the Indians to win the Central Division. I won’t be one of them. Then again, I’m not so sure “respected” would be an adjective many of the readers — or anyone else, for that matter — would use to describe me. But, whatever. As Read More…

Indians Notes: Live batting practice debut is positive for pitchers

Cleveland Indians' Yan Gomes hits a ball during a spring training baseball workout Friday in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/John Locher)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Trevor Bauer was among a number of pitchers — including Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, Zach McAllister and Bruce Chen — to take the mound Saturday, as Indians hitters took live batting practice for the first time. “(It felt) weird, like always,” said Bauer, who claimed to have thrown every pitch in his Read More…