March 4, 2015


Congrats to all the Student Athletes!

Boys Basketball: Keystone runs away from Black River, clinches outright PAC Stars title

Keystone’s Brody Kuhl tries to keep the ball away from Black River’s Allan Benson on Tuesday night. Kuhl got a start due to a teammate’s illness and scored 14 points. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

SULLIVAN TWP. — Keystone got greedy Tuesday night, and took the necessary steps to ensure it didn’t have to share a division title. The Wildcats jumped on Black River early and Austin Conrad sparked a third-quarter run that put away the Pirates, sealing an outright Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division title with a 64-32 win. Read More…

Boys Basketball: Elyria’s 7-game winning streak snapped in 73-57 loss to Lakewood

LAKEWOOD — Maybe it was having four snow days around the weekend. Maybe it was playing in a junior high gym as Lakewood’s high school is being built. Maybe it was Lakewood’s Senior Night that brought out the best in the Rangers, or maybe the effective zone defense they threw at Elyria. Maybe it was Read More…

Girls basketball: Keystone cruises past Vermilion in tourney opener

Keystone’s McKenah Peters takes it strong to the basket against Vermilion on Saturday afternoon. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Sophomore Sammie Stefan made sure Keystone’s second season got off to a first-class start. Stefan, a 5-foot-9 post, led the fourth-seeded Wildcats with 20 points and 14 rebounds as they rolled to a 54-22 win Saturday over No. 11 seed Vermilion in a Division II sectional game. It took Keystone a few minutes Read More…

Boys Basketball: EC drops WSC finale, yet still shares league crown

EC Jacob Kuchta shot over RR Sutton Klodnick in first half Feb. 20. Steve Manheim

ROCKY RIVER — Not a whole heck of a lot went right for Elyria Catholic on Friday night — until about 9:20 p.m., when the Panthers were on the bus home. That about sums up one of the wildest West Shore Conference seasons on record, fitting, since it was the league’s last. Needing a win Read More…

Boys Basketball: Buckeye’s Ryan Grauel rocks Keystone

Keystone's Brody Kuhl shoots against Buckeye's Liam Murray, right, and Justin Lowry during the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / CT)

YORK TWP. — A surprised Ryan Grauel didn’t say a word, but he did raise his eyebrows when Buckeye coach Matt Saunders informed him of his staggering stat line. The senior point guard wasn’t aware how far and away he was the best player on the court Friday night. Grauel flirted with a triple-double and Read More…

Boys Basketball: Lutheran West clinches title

Lutheran West's Andrew O'Hare, left, and Clay Carper, front center, battle for a rebound against David Delahunty, back center, and Brandon Heidecker, right, of Columbia in the first quarter. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — The setting was the only thing different for Columbia on Friday night. Hosting Lutheran West with control of the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division on the line, the Raiders faltered in the second-to-last conference game of the season for the second year in a row, this time losing on their home floor Read More…

Lorain’s Devon Andrews’ famous dunk

  LORAIN- It’s the shot you’ve been hearing about all week– Lorain High School senior forward Devon Andrews (5) bounces the ball off the back of a North Ridgeville starter, to make this impressive shot…and the crowd went crazy!     Lorain High School improved their record to 20-0 with a 95-55 win over North Read More…

Avon Lake girls basketball team enjoying success heading into sectionals

Avon Lake seniors (from left) Kay Butrey, Ali Balthaser, Kendall Spitz, Michaella Frank and Gianna Guzzo are now enjoying success after four years of hard work and plenty of ups and downs. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

The Avon Lake program has had its share of up and downs over coach Dave Zvara’s first four years at the helm. Now the five seniors who have stuck with the program for the past four years — Ali Balthaser, Kay Butrey, Gianna Guzzo, Michaella Frank and Kendall Spitz — are enjoying the fruits of Read More…

Lutheran West’s Andrew O’Hara had to grow up early after losing his father to cancer


Andrew O’Hara has had it tougher than his siblings, his older brother, Jake, says. Andrew had to stay. In the fall of 2011, after their father, Tom, died from complications of pancreatic cancer at the age of 47, Andrew, a Sheffield Village resident, was entering his freshman year at Lutheran West — and became the Read More…

Girls basketball: Injured senior scores final basket in Avon’s win vs. Olmsted Falls

Avon senior Sierra Davidson goes up for a shot as Olmsted Falls senior Kerri Gasper attempts to block the shot during the Eagles’ win in Avon. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON — Brianna Conroy, a three-year Avon starter, missed the Eagles’ first 21 games this season because of a volleyball injury. But she got into Wednesday’s Senior Night matchup with Olmsted Falls for 13 seconds and scored the first basket in Avon’s nip-and-tuck 51-48 non-conference victory. Never mind the Bulldogs allowed Conroy to score in her Read More…