July 22, 2014


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Boys basketball: Lutheran West fights back to knock out Elyria Catholic in double overtime

Elyria Catholic's James Tirbaso goes up for a basket against Lutheran West's Greg Kunse during Tuesday's Division III sectional opener at Lutheran West. Tirbaso has a career-high 21 points, while Kunse had 14 as the Longhorns won in double overtime. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Elyria Catholic threatened on many occasions — in each quarter — to run away from Lutheran West in an opening-round matchup in the stacked Garfield Heights Division III district. The Panthers led by as many as eight in the first half, seven in the third quarter and by six early in the Read More…

Boys basketball: Coach glad Columbia moving on with win over Independence; not so happy with performance

Columbia's Jay Banyasz drives against Independence's Dan Baran on Tuesday at Columbia High School. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — Columbia accomplished what it wanted to accomplish, advancing to a Division III sectional final with a 58-46 win over Independence on Tuesday. Raiders coach Larry Babics, however, was less than thrilled with what he saw from his team. Columbia, the fifth seed in the Garfield Heights district, struggled to put away the Read More…

Boys basketball: K.J. Miller’s 32 points lead way as Christian Community School downs New Day for first regional title

Christian Community's PJ Norris drives past New Day Academy's Devaun Allen, left, and DayVionne Jackson on Tuesday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — K.J. Miller had a dream his team would be cutting down the nets Tuesday afternoon. Miller’s dream became reality as he scored 32 points to lead Christian Community over New Day Academy 74-61 in an Ohio Christian School Athletic Association Northeast regional final. The regional championship is the first in school history Read More…

Girls basketball: Wadsworth shuts down young Amherst team in district semifinal

Amherst's Sara Elliott battles for a loose ball with Wadsworth's Hannah Centea in the fourth quarter of the Division I District semi-final game Tuesday night at Medina High School. JUDD SMERGLIA/CHRONICLE

MEDINA — Inexperienced Amherst achieved the unlikely by winning a sectional title.
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Girls basketball: Short-handed Vermilion falls to Holy Name

Vermilion's Sarah Bartlome is fouled by Holy Name's Jackie Corrigan. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Vermilion gave Holy Name a tough battle last season in the Division II district championship game before losing by seven points. Tuesday’s rematch in a Division II district semifinal wasn’t nearly as close. Holy Name shook off a slow start to gradually pull away from the No. 7-seeded Sailors, then used a huge Read More…

Girls basketball: Keystone puts up a fight, but can’t slow streaking Fairview, which notches 20th straight victory

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ELYRIA — Fairview won its 20th straight game Monday night and set a school record in the process. Keystone gave the Warriors a test, but was left looking to next season. The Warriors defeated the Wildcats 45-30 in a Division II district semifinal at Elyria High, improving to 21-3 for the season. They broke the Read More…

Girls basketball: Avon overcomes early deficit to take lead, only to fade in fourth, fall to Wooster in district semifinal

Avon's Mackenzie Meckes drives around Wooster's Tirzah Talampas in the second half of the Division I district semi-final game at Valley Forge High School Monday night. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

PARMA HEIGHTS — Avon’s district championship dream ran into a roadblock named Sarah Cairnie. The Wooster senior scored a game-high 26 points as the Generals ended the Eagles’ season with a 62-52 win in a Division I district semifinal at Valley Forge High School. Avon (17-7) struggled early to deal with the Generals’ pressure defense, Read More…

Boys basketball: Vermilion’s Boyd defied odds with rapid ACL rehab

Vermilion senior Forrest Boyd managed to come back from an ACL tear in just four months, and now hopes to help the Sailors make some noise in the postseason. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Vermilion’s Forrest Boyd had a lot riding on the West Shore Conference opener against Elyria Catholic on Dec. 6. Boyd was on the verge of completing an incredible comeback — a return to game action just over four months after undergoing surgery to replace a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during the Sailors’ Read More…

Girls basketball: Avon upsets Westlake in sectional final

Avon's Sierra Davidson gets past Westlake's Rebecca Essig, left, and Monica Fury for a shot Thursday night. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — So much for home court advantage. No. 11 seed Avon went into the Westlake Athletic Center on Thursday and made it home away from home, upsetting the No. 5-seeded Demons 36-27 in a Division I sectional final. On a night when Westlake shot a frigid 22 percent from the field, the Eagles went Read More…

Girls basketball: Keystone hands Firelands first conference loss

Firelands' Brandi Holowecky drives past Keystone's McKenah Peters. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

HENRIETTA TWP. — During the regular season, Firelands dominated Patriot Athletic Conference opponents, winning all 16 games. It’s a cliché that virtually every coach uses when the playoffs roll around — the regular season is over and every team is 0-0. Behind a dominant fourth quarter from senior Darcy Irish and clutch free-throw shooting from Read More…