Rob DiFranco, The Morning Journal

Rob DiFranco

The Morning Journal

Rocky River, OH, United States

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Past articles by Rob:

High school sports: Keystone softball team’s fifth state championship leads 2021 stories of the year – Morning Journal

After a year dominated by cancellations, postponements and disappointment due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, area high school sports teams bounced back in a big way in 2021. This year brought s… → Read More

Elyria beats Lorain on Isaiah Johnson’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer

Elyria’s Isaiah Johnson had not hit a three-pointer through the Pioneers’ first five outings of 2021. He picked a great time to make his first. Johnson hit a buzzer-beating off-balance three to sen… → Read More

High school boys basketball: Rocky River falls to Brunswick in tournament championship game

Looking to cap off a clean sweep of the championships handed out at the annual RBA Holiday Hoops Classic on Dec. 29, Rocky River ran into some trouble. The Pirates — after a solid opening quarter —… → Read More

High school girls basketball: Rocky River wins RBA Holiday Hoops Classic over Firelands

In the final game of the 2021 RBA Holiday Hoops Classic, host Rocky River laid it on visiting Firelands, as the Pirates forced 31 turnovers en route to a 70-35 win and a tournament championship. “I… → Read More

High school basketball: Amherst holds off Elyria Catholic in 64-56 win

The high school basketball playoffs don’t start until mid February, but the Dec. 28 matchup between Amherst and Elyria Catholic felt like a heavyweight playoff battle. Locked in a tight battle unti… → Read More

High school hockey: Rocky River holds off Amherst

Riding the momentum of a two goal opening period, Rocky River picked up a Great Cleveland High School Hockey League, Red Division win over visiting Amherst on Dec. 23. The Pirates (7-5-1) got a thr… → Read More

High school boys basketball Top of the Crop for Dec. 22

The area’s top boys basketball teams through Dec. 23 → Read More

High school basketball: Lorain at Westlake game postponed

The Lorain vs Westlake boys basketball game scheduled for Dec. 21 has been postponed. Lorain earned a spot in the championship game of the tournament after its first-round game against Nordonia was… → Read More

High school scoreboard for Dec. 18

Boys basketball Clearview 59, Lake Ridge Academy 46 Clearview (2-5): Lorenzana 4, Lane 4, Cruz 4, Colvin 23, Castillo 2, Wright 14, Ferenzi 6, Noble 2 Lake Ridge: Spencer 5, Pawloski 2, Kolbay 8, C… → Read More

Clearview vs. Lake Ridge boys basketball: Clippers hold off Royals to pick up second win

Just over 12 hours after their Dec. 17 loss to Brookside, Clearview had to put that performance behind it. The Clippers had a 1 p.m. game against Lake Ridge Academy to focus on. Clearview did well … → Read More

High school basketball: Brookside handles Clearview in LC8 battle

The first half of Brookside’s Dec. 17 win over Lorain County League foe Clearview went about as well as Larry Babics could have hoped. The Cardinals forced nine turnovers and allowed just six point… → Read More

High school football: Avon’s Vakos, Rocky River’s Bebie sign D-I NLI’s

A pair of area All-Ohio football players made their college commitments official on Dec. 15 Avon’s Nathanial Vakos and Rocky River’s Tommy Bebe signed their National Letters of Intent a… → Read More

High school basketball: Elyria starts fast and closes strong to beat Bay

Getting out to a fast start was at the top of Elyria’s game plan against visiting Bay on Dec. 14. Lucky for the Pioneers, junior guard Ryan Walsh couldn’t miss in the opening quarter. Walsh was a p… → Read More

High school boys basketball Top of the Crop for Dec. 12

Eight of the 10 spots in this week’s area rankings have movement. → Read More

High school girls basketball: Rocky River knocks off Bay in rivalry clash

It’d be hard to play a better fourth quarter than the one the Rocky River girls basketball team had against Bay on Dec. 11. The Pirates turned the ball over once and were seven-of-nine from the fre… → Read More

High school boys basketball: Elyria Catholic beats Bay in GLC opener

Weeks after the Elyria Catholic football team’s regional final run, several of its multi-sport athletes are working their way into basketball shape. While they might not be fully there just yet, th… → Read More

High school football: Rocky River’s Josh Wells named GCFCA Coach of the Year

Rocky River head football coach Josh Wells was named the Greater Cleveland Football Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year on Dec. 9. Wells — who just finished his seventh season as head coach at … → Read More

Elyria and Lorain players earn All-Ohio honors

Elyria’s Andrew Palos finished the 2021 regular season as one of the area’s top pass catchers. On Dec. 9 Palos was honored as one of the best receivers in all of Ohio. Palos and several others were… → Read More

High school football: Area players in D-II, III, IV and V honored as All-Ohioans

Area players in Divisions II, III, IV and V earned All-Ohio nods as the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association released its lists on Dec. 7 and 8. Rocky River linebacker Tommy Bebie — the 2021 Matt Wi… → Read More

High school basketball: Lorain scuttles past Cleveland Central Catholic in learning experience

Following his team’s 43-34 win over Cleveland Central Catholic on Dec. 7, Lorain head coach Matt Kielian called what his team is going through a “productive struggle”. That’s a good description of … → Read More