December 19, 2014


Congrats to all the Student Athletes!

Girls basketball: Open Door wins with stifling defense

Lauryn Brown, right, puts up a shot during a victory over Kingsway Christian on Thursday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Twenty-one is a lucky number at a card table but usually not so much on the basketball court. However, thanks to Open Door’s stifling defense that held visiting Kingsway Christian to 9-percent shooting, it was all Open Door needed to advance to the final of its Christmas Classic with a 21-17 win. Playing Read More…

Girls basketball: Avon starts with a bang, rolls by North Ridgeville

Avon’s Mackenzie Meckes fights to keep possession of the ball Wednesday against North Ridgeville. Meckes scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half as Avon took control. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

AVON — Wanting to make its point early Wednesday against North Ridgeville, the Avon Eagles in fact made 11 of them. The Eagles scored the first 11 points of the game on the way to a dominating 54-33 West Shore Conference win over the Rangers. Avon coach Meghan Larrick challenged her team to play well Read More…

Boys basketball: Black River proves it can handle bright lights in win over Brooklyn

Black River’s Matthew Potter passes around Brooklyn’s Tim Czirr during the fourth quarter at The Q. RON SCHWANE/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — The magnitude of the moment wasn’t lost on senior shooting guard Alex McIntyre. The Black River boys basketball team was clinging to a single-digit lead over Brooklyn heading into the fourth quarter. The golden opportunity to grab its second Patriot Athletic Conference victory in 46 months was there for the taking. The catch Read More…

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…

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…

Girls basketball: Oberlin falls to undefeated Fairport Harding

Oberlin’s Judith Lesesne battles Fairport Harbor’s Gabbi Babbitt for a rebound during Monday night’s game. Lesesne had 13 points,14 rebounds and seven steals. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — A loss is a loss, but some come with a bright spot. Oberlin coach Robert Wright thought Monday’s 40-31 loss to undefeated Fairport Harding qualified. “Despite the loss, I was pretty happy with the way my girls continued to compete tonight,” said Wright, whose team fell to 3-3. “We’re a young team and Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic downs Mayfield to stay undefeated

EC’s Julia Scarpelli gets ready to put up a shot against Mayfield’s Courtney Favazzo during Monday’s game. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Unbeaten Elyria Catholic routed Division I Mayfield 63-34 Monday night in non-conference action. It was the Panthers’ sixth victory. Mayfield (0-5) led only once, 2-0, in the first minute. But Division III EC, with superior depth and balanced scoring, quickly took over and had it under control at 21-6 after eight minutes. At Read More…