March 1, 2015

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Boys basketball: Different story this time as Elyria Catholic falls to Lakewood

Elyria Catholic’s James Tirbaso, left, blocks the shot of Lakewood’s Desmond Rollins during a loss to the Rangers on Friday. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — What a difference a month makes. After scoring 35 first-quarter points, Elyria Catholic breezed past Lakewood, 103-73, in West Shore Conference play on the Rangers’ court Jan. 13. It was a different story in the rematch Friday night in EC’s Coliseum. With senior guard Nick Porter scoring a career-high 33 points, the Rangers Read More…

Boys basketball: Logan Bolin’s clutch free throws lift Midview past Vermilion

EATON TWP. — It was Friday the 13th, but nobody was unlucky at Midview’s Ed Kubuski Gym unless, of course, you include Vermilion when Kyle Nader launched a court-length heave that barely missed going in at the final buzzer. The miss left the Middies with a dramatic 48-47 win in West Shore Conference action. Nader, Read More…

Boys basketball: Columbia puts Clearview away in 2nd half

COLUMBIA STATION — For one half and the start of the third quarter Friday night, Clearview was giving Columbia all it could handle. But a 7-0 run helped the Raiders flip the game on its ear as they erupted for 50 second-half points and coasted to a 77-57 Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division win at Read More…

Girls Basketball: Lake Ridge finding rhythm, gets surprise win over Fairview

Lake Ridge’s Brianna Kirk, middle, tries to control the ball Wednesday during a victory over Fairview. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — If not an upset, then Lake Ridge’s 15-point victory over Fairview on Wednesday night was at least a surprise. The Division IV Royals improved to 10-10 with a surprisingly easy 44-29 thrashing of the Division II Warriors. Lake Ridge coach Lisa Medvetz said the Royals are starting to play well together at Read More…

Girls Basketball: Avon Lake struts its stuff against depleted Clearview

Avon Lake’s Ali Balthaser, right, puts up a shot Wednesday against the defense of Clearview’s Janeil Hawthorne. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — It took a little while, but once Avon Lake got things cooking it didn’t let up. The Shoregals used a huge second-quarter run to establish firm control in their 58-23 non-conference home win over short-handed Clearview on Senior Night. Playing without two starters, the Clippers took an 8-4 lead at the 3:57 mark Read More…

Boys Basketball: Elyria impressive in 30-point win over North Olmsted

Elyria’s Josh Lotko shoots over North Olmsted’s Kyle Wapshott on Tuesday during the Pioneers’ victory. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It’s hard to imagine Elyria playing much better than it did Tuesday night against North Olmsted. The Pioneers fed off their defense and a career-high 31 points from junior Blake “Bo” Furcron to pin an impressive 75-45 drubbing on the Eagles for their fifth straight win. No doubt coach Brett Larrick saw Elyria Read More…

Boys Basketball: Jacob Kuchta takes over as Elyria Catholic streaks past North Ridgeville

Elyria Catholic’s Jacob Kuchta, right, goes up for a shot Tuesday during a win over North Ridgeville. Kuchta led all scorers with 17 points and was key during a stretch in the second quarter. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Sometimes the smallest thing can get a player going. After North Ridgeville’s junior guard Jordan Montgomery made a driving layup and was fouled early in the second quarter he let out a yell, trying to fire up his teammates. Elyria Catholic junior guard Jacob Kuchta took exception. Kuchta took over the game at Read More…

Boys Basketball: Midview can’t catch Bay atop WSC as John Koz scores 29

Midview’s Daimion Mahone draws a foul as he shoots Tuesday in a loss to Bay. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

BAY VILLAGE — Midview had the chance to tie Bay atop the West Shore Conference standings. Bay junior John Koz had other ideas. Koz was a one-man wrecking crew Tuesday, scoring 18 of his game-high 29 points in the third quarter to lead the Rockets to an 89-76 win. Midview (10-9, 7-5 WSC) overcame a Read More…

Boys Basketball: Brookside pulls stunner, hands Keystone first PAC loss

LAGRANGE — Brookside entered Tuesday night having won four of the previous six games, yet not many had noticed. The Cardinals are no longer under the radar. Brookside wasn’t intimidated by a Keystone team that had only lost two games and was unbeaten in Patriot Athletic Conference play. The Cardinals went into Keystone’s house and Read More…

Boys Basketball: Depth turns tide as Lorain overcomes deficit, beats Cleveland Heights

CLEVELAND HTS. — With four minutes left in the third quarter Tuesday night, Cleveland Heights — one of the few teams that could say so this season — had Lorain on the ropes. The Tigers had erased a 10-point first-half deficit to take a 42-38 lead. Making matters worse, three of the Titans’ most important Read More…