December 20, 2014


Congrats to all the Student Athletes!

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…

North Ridgeville resident Brittany Morrison picks Buffalo to play basketball

Brittany Morrison

Correction: Brittany Morrison was misidentified in the original story, due to a reporter’s error. CLEVELAND — It’s probably not a surprise that North Ridgeville resident Brittany Morrison is going to play college basketball after graduating from St. Joseph Academy this year. But how she earned a full-ride scholarship to the University of Buffalo was a surprise Read More…

Avon’s Sierra Davidson to continue basketball career at Cleveland State

Sierra Davidson

AVON — Sierra Davidson has been a big part of the resurgence of Avon basketball the past three seasons. Now she wants to be a part of Cleveland’s comeback. On Wednesday, Davidson committed to playing college basketball at Cleveland State University. After spending time at the school’s downtown Cleveland campus Tuesday, Davidson knew that was Read More…

Boys basketball: Midview’s Robert Overy, Ohio’s assistant coach of the year, wants his players to learn more than hoops

Robert Overy

A chance encounter at a wedding more than two decades ago led Midview assistant basketball coach Robert Overy on a mission to win games and change lives. Overy, who has been a member of the Middies boys basketball coaching staff the last 23 years, was honored this season by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Read More…

Girls basketball: John McDermott new North Olmsted coach

John McDermott

NORTH OLMSTED — There will be a new voice in charge of the North Olmsted girls basketball team next season. On May 19, longtime area coach John McDermott is expected to be approved by the North Olmsted school board as the Eagles’ new head coach. McDermott replaces Cheryl Bansek, who was at North Olmsted the Read More…

Vermilion’s Cameron Kuhn to play basketball at Baldwin Wallace

Cameron Kuhn

VERMILION — After making it official Monday that he would be continuing his academic and basketball career at Baldwin Wallace, Vermilion senior Cameron Kuhn planned to celebrate. By playing basketball, of course. “I can just play basketball now, a lot of the stress is gone,” said Kuhn, who will major in physical education. “I’m very Read More…

High school basketball: Westlake’s Gavin Skelly earns MVP award in junior tournament in Italy

Westlake senior Gavin Skelly, right, holds the MVP award he won at a junior tournament in Citta' Di Lissone, Italy. PHOTO PROVIDED

Gavin Skelly considers his recent trip to Italy life changing. Skelly, a senior at Westlake High School, returned home Thursday after a nine-day stay, while playing with Team Ohio in the APL Junior International Tournament in Citta’ Di Lissone, Italy, where he was named Most Valuable Player and his team went 5-0, winning gold medals. Read More…

Girls AAU Basketball: Lissy Roggenburk hits buzzer-beater to lift TNBA to tourney title in open division

ELYRIA — It was a mixed bag for local teams Sunday at the 2nd Adidas North Coast Cup basketball tournament. In the open division host TNBA pulled out a 61-59 win over Toledo Thunder in the championship game. With the score tied and 1.4 seconds to play, Olmsted Falls’ Kerry Gasper inbounded the ball to Read More…