July 24, 2016

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Basketball notes: Medina’s Billy Geschke on verge of history

Twenty points separate Medina senior Billy Geschke from history.

The sweet-shooting guard enters tonight’s Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division game at Shaker Heights with 980 points for his career, meaning he is on the verge of becoming the 25th documented player in Medina County history to reach 1,000.

Billy Geschke

Geschke has done the majority of his damage over the past two seasons after scoring just 91 points in 22 games as a sophomore.

“I’m very impressed with Billy Geschke,” Brunswick coach Joe Mackey said after Geschke scored 26 points Tuesday in a 53-51 Medina victory. “He’s one of those gym rats. You don’t find those kids anymore, and that’s what I told him at the end of the game.

“I love kids like that. They work on their games 365 days a year. He’s a great basketball player.”

Geschke, a Goshen (Ind.) recruit, leads the county and NOC with a 22.5 scoring average. He has led the Bees in scoring 17 times in 19 games this season, including three games with 30 or more points.

The only Bees to join the 1,000-point club are Dontaie Anthony (1,230; 2002-05), Tony Stockman (1,211; 1997-2000) and Ryan Sooy (1,020; 1990-93).

Anthony played at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Stockman competed at Clemson and Ohio State — he is now the coach at Ohio Christian University — and Sooy holds the Baldwin Wallace record for career 3-pointers (250).

Black River

Boys (0-19, 0-14): Seniors Caleb Stiver and Zach Sword and sophomore Anton Hsia are the only players to appear in every game this season.
l Freshman Allan Benson has scored 13 points in two starts.

Girls (5-16, 4-12): The Pirates have won the fourth quarter in each of their five victories.

l Black River is 3-3 when it holds an opponent under 35 points.


Boys (10-10, 3-5): All-Ohio guard Ryan Badowski (hip flexor) received medical clearance Wednesday and will play tonight against Strongsville. Coach Joe Mackey said senior Kyle Wheeler, who averaged 23.1 points with Badowski out, will remain at point guard.

l The Blue Devils have won four of their last five games in which three players have scored 10 or more points.

l After losing to Mentor 106-93, Strongsville has lost its last two games by a combined 97 points. Senior Kyle Meehan leads the team in scoring (13.2), but sophomore Alex Barnes has posted 13.8 over the past nine games.

Girls (16-6, 7-3): Senior center Gabrielle Bulic needs 31 career points to reach 1,000. Kelly Fergus (1,473; 1988-92), Toni Stabile (1,428; 1977-81), Tracy Roessner (1,282; 1994-98), Carol Claridge (1,053; 1980-84) and Lorie Hein (1,019; 1976-80) are the only Blue Devils in the club.

l On the opening tip of next week’s Medina Division I Sectional final game between Cuyahoga Falls or Firestone, Bulic will set a school record by appearing in her 91st career game.


Boys (11-8, 8-6): Tonight’s home game against Keystone will be broadcast live on WEOL 930-AM. A win would guarantee the Bucks their first winning season in five years.

l Buckeye needs to beat the Wildcats tonight and Black River on Tuesday to have any hope to share the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division title. The Bucks need help, as Firelands (12-8, 9-5) would have to lose to Brookside on Tuesday.

l Junior Jeff Miller, who often starts at center, is averaging 15.5 points in four games as the starting power forward.

Girls (9-12, 9-7): Entering Thursday, the Bucks were 4-2 when senior point guard Hannah Hartley led them in scoring.


Boys (5-15, 2-10): Tuesday’s 24-point win over Brooklyn was the Colts’ largest since downing Buckeye 62-36 on Jan. 20, 2004.

l A win tonight at Copley or Tuesday at Tallmadge will give Cloverleaf its best Suburban League record in five years.

l Junior guard Ryan O’Callaghan is averaging 8.7 points over the past three games.

Girls (8-14,3-11): Junior forward Emily Civittolo is averaging 15.0 points over the past three games.

l Cloverleaf has lost a county-high five games by five or less points.


Boys (11-8, 7-5): A win tonight over Wadsworth will clinch the Hornets’ first winning season since 2004-05.

l Junior Alex Wood made his first start of the season a week ago at Nordonia.

l Senior guard Austin Casenhiser (ankle), who leads the team with 23 3-pointers, missed the 55-54 loss to the Knights. He will return tonight.

Girls (14-8, 8-6): Highland is 11-0 when it holds an opponent under 45 points.


Boys (10-9, 3-5): Shaker Heights (13-6, 6-2) has lost four of its last seven games, but two losses were at the buzzer and another was by two points.
Second-leading scorer Kash Blackwell (14.9 ppg) has missed the last three games with an ankle injury.

l Freshman center Jon Teske is doubtful tonight with a sprained ankle.

Girls (15-6, 8-2): In holding Mayfield star Shannon Zajec to eight points Wednesday, the Bees became the first team to keep the All-NOC River Division guard in single digits in the last 16 games.


Boys (10-9, 9-3): The Grizzlies are an eye-popping 32-7 under fifth-year coach Mike Schmeltzer Jr. when they allow less than 50 points. This season, Wadsworth is 7-0.

l Backup Anthony Palecek is averaging 6.0 points over the past four games.

Girls (20-2, 14-0): Wadsworth finished the Suburban League season winning by an average of 32.0 points.

l Reigning Gazette MVP Rachel Goddard is averaging 15.0 points over the last five games.

Contact Albert Grindle at (330) 721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.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.