March 6, 2015

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Boys basketball: Midview gets confidence boost with win over North Olmsted

NORTH OLMSTED — The grind of a long season, with more basketball left when tournament play starts in two weeks, intensifies in the final weeks, with mental fatigue often looming as largely as anything physical. In these late stages, then, any boost can prove welcome, even if it is a seemingly otherwise meaningless non-conference victory Read More…

Boys basketball: Wellington struggles against Cloverleaf press in third quarter, suffers fifth straight loss

Wellington’s Trey Bealer goes up for a shot against Cloverleaf’s Troy Kapeluck during the third quarter of Monday’s game at Cloverleaf. The Dukes were dominated in the third quarter and lost their fifth straight game. RON SCHWANE/CHRONICLE

WESTFIELD TWP. — The Triangle of Terror was an equation the Wellington boys basketball team failed to solve. Behind a multilook press and the post-attacking trio of Troy Kapeluck, Connor Ploucha and Dillon Mullins, Cloverleaf shaped the game the way it wanted, rallied and knocked off the Dukes 56-53 Monday night in non-league play. The Read More…

Girls basketball: Westlake keeps Southwestern Conference championship all to itself with 49-38 win over Brecksville

Westlake’s Rebecca Essig, left, Lauren Kriaris, back,and Monica Fury triple team Brecksville’s Mary Schentur. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — As Gordon Gekko said in the movie “Wall Street,” greed is good. Westlake came out Saturday determined not to share the Southwestern Conference girls basketball title. And in front of a rowdy student section, the Demons defeated Brecksville 49-38 to claim sole possession of the SWC championship, the school’s first since 2009. “I Read More…

Boys basketball: Lorain rolls up 100 points against Euclid, improves to 19-0

Lorain’s Devon Andrews slams home two of his 21 points Friday night in the undefeated Titans’ romp over Euclid. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — After his team dismantled Euclid in front of a sold-out Senior Night crowd, Lorain coach John Rositano didn’t really talk about what happened in the 100-41 win over the Panthers. He wanted to give credit for what has been a “basketball renaissance” of sorts in Lorain … one that has the program poised Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria downs North Royalton for sixth straight win

Elyria’s Blake Furcron shoots over North Royalton’s Sam Tamowski (25) and Nick Coberly (12). Furcron led Elyria with 21 points. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Friday’s game at Elyria High could be described simply as a nice win. The Pioneers got off to an early lead and hung on for 58-47 victory against an improved North Royalton team to improve to 14-4, 6-2 in the Northeast Ohio Conference Lake Division. The win also kept alive Elyria’s hopes of Read More…

Boys basketball: Avon rides strong finish, technical fouls to win over Bay

AVON — As Bay was starting to pull away, Avon’s offense took off while the Eagles defense grounded the Rockets. Zack Torbert and DelShawn Orr combined to score seven unanswered Avon points in the final four minutes, and the Eagles survived Bay’s final attempt in the waning seconds to secure a 58-56 West Shore Conference Read More…

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…