December 18, 2014


Congrats to all the Student Athletes!

Girls basketball: Firelands shakes off jitters, wins opener against Vermilion

Firelands’ Keely Hall puts in a shot while Vermilion’s Catherine Schaefer defends. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — Firelands opened its girls basketball season Wednesday night with a 53-30 rout of Vermilion in West Shore Conference action. The Falcons, apparently suffering opening-night jitters, pulled away in the second half when they made 11 of 19 free throws in what turned into a foul-shooting contest. The Sailors, who opened their season with Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic cruises past Columbia

Elyria Catholic’s Jessie Lee grabs a rbeound before Columbia’s Lexi Wood can during Wednesday’s game. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — For most teams, jumping out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and eventually going up by 30 points is cause for celebration. For Elyria Catholic’s girls basketball team, it’s just another night at the office. The Panthers took control early and easily defeated Columbia 67-38 Wednesday in a non-league game. However, Read More…

Girls basketball: Christian Community School notches first win of the season

Christian Community School’s Darla Allen puts up a shot Tuesday during a victory over Kingsway Christian. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Christian Community School got its first win of the season in a low-scoring 28-19 non-conference game Tuesday night over Kingsway Christian. Both teams had reasons for their sparse point production. The host Warriors had six freshman and one sophomore in the lineup, along with just one senior and two juniors. “We’re very young,” Read More…

Girls basketball: Amherst drops season opener to Brunswick

Amherst's Brooke Wallace goes up for a shot while defended by Brunswick's Paige Salisbury and Clare Albino. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Brunswick senior Paige Salisbury gives the impression she spends a lot of time perfecting her foul shooting. Actually, according to Blue Devils coach Halle Lengel, Salisbury spends a lot of time working on every aspect of her game. But it was her foul shooting that made Brunswick a 60-56 winner over Amherst on Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria’s defense does in Lorain

Elyria’s Sami Harjar, left, and Dierra Hammons (15) trap Lorain’s Shakeila Craighead in the second quarter Saturday. Elyria forced 26 turnovers. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Prior to Saturday’s Lorain County Holiday Tournament consolation game against Lorain, Elyria coach Brian Arth spoke to his team about how to respond after losing a tough game. Apparently the message came through loud and clear as the Pioneers cruised to a 50-21 win. Senior Sybil Roseboro, who had a game-high 21 points, Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria Catholic’s bigs deliver big win over Keystone in Lorain County Holiday Classic championship

Elyria Catholic’s Jessie Lee pulls down a rebound in front of Keystone’s Gabby Senegal during the first half. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Elyria Catholic rolled to its second straight Lorain County Holiday Classic championship Saturday night. Four Panthers scored in double figures, EC controlled the backboards and used superior depth to rout Keystone 64-35 at Keystone. EC rolled to a 9-0 lead in the first 2:30 and were in control 19-9 after a quarter as Read More…

Girls Basketball: Sophomore leads Keystone past Lorain

Keystone’s McKenah Peters grabs an offensive rebound and looks to put up a shot as , Lorain’s Malaya Simmons defends. Peters led the ’Cats with 24 points and 19 rebounds. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Just when it looked like Keystone might let a big lead slip away, McKenah Peters took over. Peters, a 5-foot-8 sophomore guard, had 10 of her game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter as the Wildcats held on to defeat Lorain 56-49 in the opening round of the 17th annual Lorain County Holiday Read More…

Girls basketball: North Ridgeville opens with win behind senior’s big night

North Ridgeville’s Alyssa Riley has the ball knocked out of her hands by North Olmsted’s Hayley Hicks. Riley scored 29 points to lead the Rangers to a 60-54 victory. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — Coming off a strong junior year, North Ridgeville’s Alyssa Riley came into the new season ready to take on even more of a leadership role with her young teammates. She gave them a lot to look up to Friday night as she scored 29 points and hit a key 3-pointer down the Read More…

Girls basketball: Josie Carandang hits clutch 3-pointer as Elyria Catholic downs Elyria for second straight season

Elyria Catholic’s Josie Carandang atempts to get a pass off from the floor as Elyria’s Sybil Roseboro tries to stop her. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Josie Carandang said it seemed as though she hadn’t made a field goal all night until she nailed the big one with 1:39 left in the game. That’s when Elyria Catholic’s 5-foot-10 junior guard buried the 3-pointer that lifted the Panthers out of a tie with Elyria on Friday night in the Keystone Read More…

Girls basketball season kicks off Friday with Holiday Classic

Basketball fans have a treat in store when the girls season tips off tonight in the Keystone gym. It’s opening night of the 17th annual Lorain County Holiday Classic, and the four-team tournament has some interesting elements this year. For one, it features the return of four of last November’s five all-tournament team members. They Read More…