December 20, 2014

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ESPN’s Mel Kiper predicts pass rusher for Browns with 6th pick in draft

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. predicted Wednesday the Browns will draft a pass rusher with the No. 6 pick in April to fill an obvious need. His early top choices are Florida State’s Bjoern Werner and Texas A&M’s Damontre Moore. Kiper said the Browns must also figure out their quarterback situation, but isn’t sure Read More…

Wadsworth Schools talks are at impasse on new contract

WADSWORTH — The union representing non-teaching employees at Wadsworth Schools is protesting the district’s decision to impose provisions of a contract that the workers rejected. Wadsworth Educational Support Personnel Association members said they feel disrespected by the Board of Education unilaterally setting wage and benefits as proposed in the board’s “last and final offer” made Read More…

Munz murder trial: Nephew says he overheard deadly altercation

Steven Cepec, 43, left, consults one of his attorneys, Russell Buzzelli, during a break in Tuesday’s trial. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

MEDINA — The day Frank Munz was killed, his adult nephew heard it happen. “There were two loud thumps, and I heard my uncle yell,” Paul Munz testified. “Then I heard nothing.” Paul Munz told his story Tuesday, the second day of testimony in the trial of Steven Cepec, 43, a wanted parolee accused of Read More…

Boys basketball: Bees respond to Billy Geschke’s challenge

Medina’s Dillon Wiesler, left, Zach Bennett, center, and Logan Winkler celebrate beating Brunswick. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

BRUNSWICK — Following a blowout loss to Mentor last week, Medina guard Billy Geschke was shooting in an empty Medina Community Recreation Center with nothing else but his thoughts. As the Goshen (Ind.) recruit chucked away, he couldn’t escape an undeniable fact: He was sick of losing. The senior then called a players-only meeting less Read More…

Colts take home basketball finale vs. Brooklyn

Cloverleaf’s Adam Podolak drives to the basket past Brooklyn defenders Andrew Grose, left, and Dan Lott in the second quarter. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDD SMERGLIA)

WESTFIELD TWP. — The Cloverleaf boys basketball team made sure its last home game of the season was a joyous one. The Colts led from start to finish and recorded their largest win of the season Tuesday with a 64-40 non-league victory over Brooklyn. “We haven’t been able to celebrate in the fourth quarter much Read More…

Cavs: Three-point showdown put on hold

Byron Scott

INDEPENDENCE — The proposed 3-point contest between Kyrie Irving and coach Byron Scott did not take place, Irving’s left ankle felt fine, a deflating loss the previous evening was ancient history and the team with the best record in the NBA comes to Quicken Loans Arena tonight. Other than that, not much was happening Tuesday Read More…

College notes: Taylor Burke breaks high jump mark

Taylor Burke

Taylor Burke is at it again. After holding just about every high jump record in Ohio, the former Medina standout is breaking records at the national level. The University of Florida sophomore broke the 21-year-old Gators school mark in the high jump Saturday at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet as she cleared 6-feet, 1¼-inches. “I Read More…

Amherst trips up Bucks in basketball

AMHERST — The Buckeye boys basketball team lost to Amherst 55-51 in non-conference action Tuesday. It marked the fourth loss in the last five games for the Bucks (11-8), but coach Matt Saunders was pleased with the effort. “I’m extremely happy with our kids,” he said. “They battled tonight. They played hard and played at Read More…

Medina sheriff deputies training with drones for future ops

Sgt. Jim Sanford, of the Medina County Sheriff's Office, holds one of two drones Wednesday that are used for training by the sheriff's office. Sanford and Deputy Bob Locher are training to be pilots of the aircraft. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

MEDINA — It’s a bird; it’s a plane. No — it’s a drone. The Medina County Sheriff’s Office is the lone sheriff’s department in Ohio with a Federal Aviation Administration permit to fly military-like drones. Two deputies are in training as pilots to operate the aircraft, which have been in the department’s fleet for about Read More…

Talkin’ about the weather at Isham Elementary School

Perrin Shepherd, left, an outreach educator with the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, talks about weather Tuesday morning with a group of first- and second-graders and teachers in the gymnasium of Isham Elementary School in Wadsworth. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

WADSWORTH — The weather of the world was a hot topic Tuesday morning at Isham Elementary School. About 400 kids in kindergarten through fourth grade participated in a program designed to teach them about the weather, such as what makes a cloud and why weather travels west to east in the United States. The event Read More…