April 24, 2014

Medina
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Technology makes exchanges easier for foreign students

From left, Madeline Bigley shares a moment with Chinese guests Xuanxuan “Clovis” Tang and Tao “Vivian” Huan at a welcome breakfast Saturday at Highland High School in Granger Township. (COURTESY PHOTO)

GRANGER TWP. — Hosting an exchange student is a lot easier in 2013 than it was 10 years ago. For host families of 15 Chinese exchange students at Highland High School, language barriers can be broken down easily with a smartphone application. “Their English is really good, but if there’s a word they don’t know, Read More…

Browns notes: Rob Chudzinski trusts Norv Turner to call plays

BEREA — Coach Rob Chudzinski made his name in the NFL as an offensive coordinator and play caller, and his success in those roles played a significant part in the Browns’ decision to hire him Jan. 10. But Chudzinski had no problem turning over the play-calling duties to coordinator Norv Turner, who was introduced Wednesday. Read More…

High school wrestling: Hornets overpowered by Grizzlies

Wadsworth's Robbie Bosley, top, controls Highland's Jacob Scavuzzo on his way to a 16-1 victory at 152 pounds. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

By Richard Doyle GRANGER TWP. — Wadsworth sent a strong statement to the rest of Ohio on Wednesday in the first round of the Division I state team wrestling tournament. Under the lose-and-go-home format, the No. 2 seeded Grizzlies sent Medina County rival and seventh-seeded Highland packing with a dominating 57-10 victory. Next up for Read More…

OC Norv Turner will call plays for Browns

Norv Turner

BEREA — Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will call the plays for the Browns in 2013. Who will relay them in the huddle has not yet been determined. New coach Rob Chudzinski introduced his former boss to the media Wednesday and announced Turner will be the play caller and quarterbacks coach. Chudzinski wasn’t nearly as decisive Read More…

Blue Devils face reigning wrestling champs tonight

Brunswick’s Josh Heil attempts to escape from Brecksville’s Austin Assad at the Bill Dies Memorial Tournament last weekend. Heil and the Blue Devils take on Hudson tonight with the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division title at stake. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY AARON JOSEFCZYK)

HUDSON — A year ago, Brunswick’s wrestling team was in the cellar of the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division. Tonight, the Blue Devils have a chance to wash that bitter taste out of their mouths as they travel to reigning league champ Hudson with a shot at winning the River championship for the first time Read More…

Wrestling: Annual Brakemen Report discontinued

SHAKER HTS. — If there was one thing you could always count on when it came to high school wrestling, it was the Brakemen Report. The annual handout by wrestling guru Brian Brakeman not only listed the top wrestlers in the state, it also predicted how those athletes would do. For the first time in Read More…

Blue Devils pocket big NOC bowling victory

K.C. Kokitka

BRUNSWICK — Four bowlers had 400 series Tuesday to lead the Brunswick boys team to a big 2,645-2,479 Northeast Ohio Conference victory over reigning league champ Cuyahoga Falls at Dick Hoover Lanes. The Blue Devils (12-1) got a 440 from K.C. Kokitka, a 438 from Mitch Andzelik, a 416 from Zack Miller and a 401 Read More…

Buckeye stays hot in basketball vs. Oberlin

Katie Kelly

OBERLIN — A balanced effort helped Buckeye’s girls basketball team crush Oberlin 57-38 Wednesday in Patriot Athletic Conference cross-division play. Forward Katie Kelly scored a career-high 16 points for the Bucks (7-9, 7-4), who have won five of their last six games. Center Jessica Banas added 10 points, 12 rebounds and three assists, while guard Read More…

Police: Mother of alleged bully punches woman at school

Brunswick police released this photo  of Connie Edmiston taken by a witness Tuesday. Police said Edmiston punched another woman in the face at Willetts Middle School. (COURTESY PHOTO)

BRUNSWICK — A Brunswick woman was charged with assault after she punched another woman in the face Tuesday afternoon while waiting to pick up her child at Willetts Middle School, according to Brunswick police. As parents waited in their cars for their children to be released from school, police said Connie L. Edmiston, 42, of Read More…

We couldn’t understand each other, Somali defendant says of police

Hassan Warsame, left, a Somali immigrant, testifies with his translator, Ohio State University professor Jibril Mohamed, right. Warsame, who speaks English as a second language, is accused of possessing an African plant containing an illegal stimulant. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

MEDINA — A Somali immigrant accused of possessing an African plant containing an illegal stimulant testified Wednesday that police misunderstood him during his interrogation because English is his second language. Hassan Warsame, 35, of Portland, Maine, is charged with possessing more than 4 pounds of khat, a plant containing a Schedule I controlled substance called Read More…