April 25, 2015


Congrats to all the Student Athletes!

Sectional Boys Basketball: Midview rallies late, downs Rhodes, moves on to face Elyria

CLEVELAND — Trailing by seven with less than three minutes to go, the Midview Middies found themselves on the brink of an early tournament exit at the hands of ninth-seeded Cleveland Rhodes. But the Middies didn’t buckle. Instead they turned to what has been their calling card all season — smothering defense — to quickly Read More…

Boys Basketball: Clearview can’t stop Buckeye’s Ryan Grauel in second half

Clearview’s Jason Young goes up for a shot against Buckeye’s Tyler Hagmeier. RON SCHWANE/CHRONICLE

YORK TWP. — Ryan Grauel sat on a locker room bench at halftime and peered into the deepest part of his soul. He then asked himself a question: Is this how he wanted to end his high school basketball career? The answer came in a virtuoso performance that sent Clearview to the offseason. The free-wheeling Read More…

Boys Basketball: Firelands fight back, but deficit too large

Firelands’ Colin Myers goes up strong against Padua’s Michael Craider on Tuesday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

HENRIETTA TWP. — Time ran out on Firelands in a Division II sectional opener Tuesday. Down by 13 points to Padua with just over three minutes to play, the Falcons dug in defensively and nearly pulled out an improbable victory before falling 51-50. “Our effort was there, our kids were focused,” Firelands coach Brett Bartlett Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic overcomes struggling start to capture Division III sectional opener

Elyria Catholic's Jacob Kuchta and James Tirbaso foul Oberlin's Donald Johnson as he drives to the basket. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It took a quarter of basketball, but once Elyria Catholic figured out Oberlin’s 2-3 zone it quickly took control. The Panthers trailed by a bucket after the first quarter before dominating the final three in an 84-59 Division III sectional opener at the Elyria Catholic Coliseum. The Phoenix started the game in a Read More…

Boys basketball: Danny Stintsman comes up with big basket as Open Door downs Lake Ridge in OT

Open Door’s Danny Stintsman comes up with a steal  in overtime Tuesday night in the Patriots’ win over Lake Ridge in a Division IV sectional opener. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Danny Stintsman came up with a biggie, and Open Door is headed to the second round of the Division IV sectional tournament Friday at Cuyahoga Heights. With the score tied at 56 with 1:20 left in overtime Tuesday, Stintsman made a dramatic layup in heavy traffic to put Open Door in front to Read More…

District Girls Basketball: Elyria’s postseason ends as Pioneers can’t catch up to Berea-Midpark

Elyria defenders Sami Harjar, center, and Dierra Hammons, right, pressure Lexie Scarton of Berea-Midpark. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

PARMA HTS. — If Elyria would have had the Staples reset button on its bench Monday, it might have been able to get a do-over for its slow start against Berea-Midpark in the Division I district semifinals at Valley Forge High School. Instead, the Pioneers were forced to try to play catch-up the entire evening Read More…

District Girls Basketball: Westlake turns up defense in 2nd half, stops Lakewood

Westlake's Rebecca Essig moves the ball up the court. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Rebecca Essig, a Westlake guard, said it seemed at halftime as though the Demons needed to ramp up the defense. They did, and very effectively. How effective were they? After leading Lakewood by just two points at the break, the Demons held the Rangers to just two points in the third quarter. In Read More…

District Girls Basketball: Avon clears hurdle, beats St. Joseph Academy, reaches district final

MEDINA — Avon was not going to let Brittany Morrison take over its district semifinal Monday evening. After recording a double-double in the first half, St. Joseph’s Morrison was limited to just six points and two rebounds in the second. The Eagles turned up the defense and forced the Jaguars into seven third-quarter turnovers during Read More…

Girls basketball: Firelands’ shooting ice cold in loss to Bay

Firelands’ Victoria Grasso drives to the hoop Monday past Bay’s Nora Ziebarth during the Falcons’ 34-18 loss in a Division II district semifinal at Elyria High School. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The cold weather has everyone down, and Bay and Firelands couldn’t escape its clutches Monday in the Division II district semifinal. No, the Elyria gym doors weren’t open, letting in all the frigid air that has left snow on the ground for 58 straight days and nights. It was the teams’ ice-cold shooting Read More…

Boys basketball: How far can the Lorain Titans go?


Warrensville Heights did everything right Thursday in its bid to end Lorain’s run at an unbeaten season. The Titans, for a while at least, did a lot wrong. That Lorain overcame those two factors to beat the Tigers and complete that 22-0 record raises two pressing questions as the Division I district tournament begins this Read More…