- Bonded by baseball and their roots, Zak Blair and Brandon Easton have formed a mutual-admiration society.
- Their high school coaches — Scott Barber at Jefferson and Steve Urchek at Pymatuning Valley — are filled with pride.
— Don McCormack
— Don McCormack
When a team is struggling offensively, it has to find a way to score points. Pymatuning Valley did it from the free-throw line in beating south county rival Grand Valley, 56-41, Thursday night at Grand Valley Gymnasium.
Tony Pasanen and his Conneaut girls find themselves in a bit of a predicament.
Thursday’s 57-27 loss at Ledgemont once again exposed the Spartans’ inexperience, and along with that, their trouble in handling the ball.
The Grand River Academy Eagles are reloading their guns this season with a new cast of characters. On a roster loaded with youth and inexperience, GRA is in a rebuilding mode, and when they fell behind the New Day Academy Eagles by 15 points early in their Lake Effect Conference battle Thursday night at Grand River, it didn’t look good.
Pymatuning Valley 56,
Grand Valley 41
at Grand Valley Gymnasium
FRIDAY, DEC. 13
Lutheran East at Edgewood (6)
South at Geneva (6)
GRA at Horizon Science Academy (6)
Mathews at GV (6)
Jefferson at Girard (5:30)
Madison at Lakeside (6, WFUN)
Badger at PV (6)
Riverside at North (6)
Geauga Grizzlies at St. John (6)
Sometimes, the best way to describe a basketball team is efficient. That description certainly fits the Geneva girls in their 60-29 victory over Lakeside on Wednesday at Geneva.
In remaining undefeated on the young season, the Edgewood girls showed two forces on Wednesday that they hope will join together for the rest of the season to make their inside game a very strong one.
Geneva 60, Lakeside 29
THURSDAY, DEC. 12
New Day Academy at GRA (6)
Conneaut at Ledgemont (6)
PV at GV (6)
Jefferson at Lakeview (5:30)