January 30, 2015


Congrats to all the Student Athletes!

Girls basketball: Fairview eyes title repeat

Clearview’s Tahjanae Flowers-Coleman goes up for a shot against Fairview’s Nikki Hawkinson in the third quarter Saturday at Clearview High School. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Fairview moved a step closer to repeating as Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division champion with a tough 48-43 win over Clearview on Saturday. The Warriors pulled it off in a way pop icon Bob Seger might creatively set to music. He could pair it with one of his most memorable hits and Read More…

Boys Basketball: Lorain stays perfect with amazing finish

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLELorain High School junior forward Anfernee Smothers (20) jumps to take the ball to the hoop as Bedford High School junior forward Lamont Rhodes (5) attempts to block him on Friday night, Jan. 23.

LORAIN — Down by seven to Bedford with 1:18 remaining Friday night, Lorain looked like it would have to say so long to its undefeated season. But with a packed gym getting louder with every trip down the floor, the Titans, ranked ninth in the state, began to make things interesting. Lorain outscored Bedford 11-3 Read More…

Boys Basketball: Avon’s defensive effort thwarts Middies’ comeback

Daimion Mahone, left, of Midview defends a driving shot by Avon's Mario Ferguson. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

AVON — Just when Midview nearly tracked down Avon, the Eagles turned up the defense. Avon smothered the Middies for the final 10 minutes of a West Shore Conference game, holding Midview to just 14 points in securing a 66-48 victory Friday night. “Early on in the game they were killing us on the offensive Read More…

Boys Basketball: Elyria Catholic fights back against Bay

EC's Cole Virgin drives in and is fouled by Bay's Brandon Morriss. Photo by Ray Riedel

BAY VILLAGE — Not only did Elyria Catholic keep its West Shore Conference title hopes alive with an 86-79 win at Bay on Friday night, the Panthers also made themselves the early favorites to win a 2016 Golden Globe in the Best Dramatic Performance category. Behind a career-high 33 points from junior Jacob Kuchta, the Read More…

Boys Basketball: Elyria learning some tough lessons

PARMA — Lessons are not only taught in the classroom but on the basketball floor this year for Brett Larrick’s young Pioneers. Elyria learned again Friday that it takes more than a few moments of intense play to win games. As it found out against Elyria Catholic last Saturday, the Pioneers repeated the feat at Read More…

Boys Basketball: Keystone uses size to their advantage in big win

Keystone # 22 Brandon Kuhl goes above the Clipper defense if # 3 Antonio Bennett (left) and # 10 Juan Torres for 2 points. Photo by: Amanda K. Rundle

SHEFFIELD TWP. — The play that had the most effect on Clearview’s 67-54 Patriot Athletic Conference home loss to Keystone on Friday night most likely took place Tuesday. In the Clippers road loss to Wellington, 6-foot-3 senior forward Jason Young was ejected in the game’s final minute. The ejection meant Young had to sit out Read More…

Boys basketball: Johnny Sigsworth comes up big for Firelands in win over Edison

Firelands’ Johnny Sigsworth, left, shoots over Edison’s James Hill on Thursday. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

MILAN TWP. — During the pregame player introductions, the public address announcer at Edison High School erroneously called Firelands’ 5-foot-10 forward Johnny Sigsworth a 6-10 forward. In the second half of the Falcons’ 59-55 non-conference win Thursday, the senior played about that big. Every time the Chargers got close, Sigsworth made a play. He scored Read More…

Girls Basketball: Angry Keystone bounces back in big way, routs Columbia

Keystone’s Sammie Stefan drives to the hoop Wednesday in a win over Columbia. She scored 18. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Some of the most ferocious creatures known to lurk in the Patriot Athletic Conference are angry Wildcats. Columbia found that out the hard way Wednesday. Keystone, coming off an unusually poor performance Monday night at Avon Lake, took out its frustration on the Raiders, cruising to a 53-37 win in a PAC crossover Read More…

Girls Basketball: Elyria keeps rolling with win over Olmsted Falls

Elyria’s Sybil Roseboro, right, takes the ball down the floor as Olmsted Falls’ Kristina Mancini blocks her path Wednesday night during the Pioneers’ 46-30 win. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

OLMSTED TWP. — Not even a trip into the frigid night — during the game — could cool off Elyria’s Shayla Middlebrooks and Sybil Roseboro on Wednesday. The dynamic duo almost double-handedly beat Olmsted Falls in a non-conference game. Middlebrooks (21) and Roseboro (19) combined to outscore the entire Olmsted Falls (3-10) team in a Read More…

Boys Basketball: Unbeaten Lorain battles its way past Medina for 71-65 win

Lorain’s Rashod Berry dunks over Medina’s Tyler King on an alley-oop pass from Devon Andrews on Tuesday. AARON JOSEFCZYK/CHRONICLE

MEDINA — The enemy crosshairs have yet to zero in. Coach John Rositano has said it before, and he said it again Tuesday: His undefeated Lorain team, which is ranked ninth in The Associated Press Division I state poll, has a target on its back. Medina, featuring 7-foot Michigan recruit Jon Teske, was the latest Read More…