July 25, 2016

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Sports Hall of Fame: Dale Weygandt, Julie Solis to be inducted

WOOSTER — Former Medina County coaches Dale Weygandt and Julie Solis will be inducted into the Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame during Saturday night ceremonies at Wooster High School.

Weygandt was Medina’s baseball coach for 20 years and won Southwestern Conference championships in 1974, 1983 and ’84. He also coached the girls basketball team, compiling a 104-134 record from 1981-92 with conference titles in ’82 and ’89.

Graduating from Northwestern High in 1953, Weygandt was honorable mention All-Ohio as the Huskies went 52-2 with him at center. Weygandt was also a standout catcher with a batting average around .440 as Northwestern qualified for regionals in 1953.

Weygandt continued his playing career at the College of Wooster, where he earned seven letters between the two sports.

Solis (nee Paolano) led Cloverleaf’s girls basketball team to a school-record 19 wins in 2003-04. She moved on to Solon, leading the Comets to the D-I state championship game in 2006, and most recently won back-to-back state crowns at Twinsburg, where the Tigers have not lost to an Ohio team since the 2010 Canton D-I Regional title game.

A five-time first-team All-Wayne County Athletic League athlete at Chippewa, Solis earned 11 letters between volleyball, basketball and softball. Playing under Wadsworth Township resident Denny Schrock — a Wayne County Sports Hall of Famer himself — Solis was best known for her play on the hardwood and earned honorable mention All-Ohio accolades as a senior.

Solis played college basketball at the College of Wooster and later Hiram. She graduated as the Terriers’ all-time leader in every assist category.

The Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame is biennial, and more information can be found at wcshof.com.

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Albert Grindle is a sportswriter for the Gazette. He can be reached at 330-721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.