December 19, 2014


Girls basketball: Shayla Middlebrooks helps Elyria bash Brush

Elyria’s Shayla Middlebrooks puts up a shot over Brush’s Da Jamia Martin. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Elyria coach Brian Arth said he saw some positive signs in his team’s loss to North Royalton. He saw even more Wednesday night in a 62-32 win over Brush at Elyria High. Behind a career-high-tying 20 points and 10 rebounds from junior Shayla Middlebrooks and a 14-point effort from senior Sybil Roseboro, Elyria Read More…

Men’s college basketball: Ohio State handles North Carolina A&T

Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell, left, takes a shot against North Carolina A&T's Arturs Bremers during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday in Columbus. Ohio State beat North Carolina A&T 97-55. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS — In its first game against a North Carolina school, No. 12 Ohio State did all right. The next one will be a truer test. D’Angelo Russell scored 21 points and Marc Loving had 15, leading the Buckeyes to a 97-55 victory over North Carolina A&T on Wednesday night. The win set the stage Read More…

Boys basketball: North Ridgeville uses turnovers, free throws for win over Midview

North Ridgeville’s Demario McCall shoots over Midview’s Logan Bolin during the first half of the Rangers’ 63-59 victory Tuesday night in North Ridgeville. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — In close games, when one or two possessions are the ultimate decider, much attention is paid to the final ones. North Ridgeville certainly benefited from two Midview turnovers and subsequent free throws in the late going during the Rangers’ key early season 63-59 West Shore Conference win Tuesday night. Isa Abdul-Alim, who Read More…

Boys basketball: Defensive change works out well for Elyria Catholic in win over Vermilion

Elyria Catholic’s Jacob Kuchta puts up a runner as Vermilion’s Kyle Nader defends Tuesday in a West Shore Conference game at Elyria Catholic. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It was a simple tweak, but it made all the difference in the world. After Vermilion’s Kyle Nader lit up the Panthers for 12 points in the first quarter, Elyria Catholic coach Phil Kuchta slightly changed the way his team defended the Sailors’ leading scorer. Nader scored only 14 points the rest of Read More…

Boys basketball: Experience helps Lorain handle Cleveland Heights

LORAIN — Lorain and Cleveland Heights both came into Tuesday night’s Lake Erie League game undefeated. After about a minute, it was pretty clear the Titans were the better team. Scoring eight unanswered points in the first 90 seconds, Lorain was off and running. It never looked back either, rolling to a 79-66 win in Read More…

Boys basketball: 11 Elyria players score in rout of Valley Forge

Elyria’s K.J. Miller leaps between Valley Forge’s Collin Hogan (50) and Larry Jackson on the way to the basket Tuesday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Getting everyone involved was a preseason goal Brett Larrick set for his young Elyria High basketball team. Tuesday, for the most part, the Pioneers did just that in a 79-46 win over winless Valley Forge in Northeast Ohio Conference Lake Division play. Elyria improved to 2-1 and 1-1, while the Patriots fell to Read More…

Indians sign Gavin Floyd, say his elbow is fine; four spots in rotation set

Veteran right-hander Gavin Floyd will join the Indians rotation after signing a one-year deal for a reported $4 million not including incentives. The Tribe says Floyd, who had Tommy John surgery in 2013 and suffered a broken elbow last year, is healthy. (AP file photo)

CLEVELAND — The Indians will enter spring training with four spots in the rotation already spoken for. Cleveland signed free-agent right-hander Gavin Floyd, 31, to a one-year contract worth a reported $4 million Tuesday. And according to general manager Chris Antonetti, Floyd, who has been plagued by elbow injuries the past two seasons, has a Read More…

Scott Petrak: Remember when the Browns were relevant?

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel walks off the field with center Ryan Seymour after an interception by the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

A collection of thoughts with the season winding down, the Browns reeling and the playoffs out of the picture. Relevance was nice while it lasted. For the first time since 2007, the Browns entered December with a winning record. That meant extended excitement and finally games with real meaning. Unfortunately for Browns fans, the early Read More…

Rick Noland: Ignore the critics, LeBron James is still the best

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James drives past Charlotte Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Monday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

He’s lost some explosiveness. He takes a few possessions off defensively. His rebounding numbers are down. He turns 30 in a few weeks. He even missed a game because of, gasp, knee soreness. Relax, people. While there is at least a grain of truth to all of the above statements, LeBron James is still so Read More…

Vote for Elyria’s Kevin Vough for Ohio wrestling athlete of the week

Kevin Vough

Elyria High School wrestler Kevin Vough has been nominated in the first week of JJHuddle’s Ohio High School Athlete Athlete Team of the Week contest. The sophomore won the Walsh Ironman title on Saturday. Vough (285 pounds) pinned Tate Orndorff of University (Wash.) to become the first Ironman champion in school history. Vote for Vough online Read More…