July 2, 2016

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Local Corner: Two Medina teams bring home titles

Two Medina youth basketball teams twinkled the twine recently.

The fourth-grade Medina Mavericks boys squad captured the Bulldog Holiday Classic behind the play of Bryce Beech, Ryan Gillespie, Landon Kistler, Corey Tripp, Michael Kermes, Jake Johnson, Peter Jelenic and Dorian Boyland. The coaches were John Stolarski and Mike Kermes.

Fifty-one competitors took part in the Frozen Fingers on the Fairway Charity Disc Golf Tournament. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Not to be outdone, the fourth-grade Medina Bees girls team captured regular-season and tournament titles in the Barberton Travel League, finishing 8-0 in the regular season and downing Wadsworth, Highland and GlenOak to win the tournament.

Team members were Alysen Dwyer, Morgan Hallock, Sydney Hazelwood, Rowan McDonald, Sarah McKee, Bailey Olin, Elizabeth Stuart, Chloe Tesney, Regan Todia and Shannon Wojciak. The coaches were Josh Olin, Tom McDonald and Jay McKee.


Basketball for Christ downed Marion Correctional Institution 91-89 to improve to 11-3. The winners, who had just seven players due to a flu bug, got 32 points from Jeff Gierhart and 28 points and 12 assists from Dontaie Anthony.

Earlier, Basketball for Christ defeated Lake Erie Correctional Institution 98-91. Anthony led the way with 33 points and nine assists, while Connor Gregg had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Brad Mclaurin and Chris Maag had 12 points apiece. Mclaurin also had 10 boards and six assists.

Coached by Jeff Andrews, Basketball for Christ also traveled to Chillicothe and won 89-94 behind 28 points and 10 assists from Tony Stockman. Maag had 18 points and seven rebounds, Roy Skidmore had 16 points and 18 boards, Mclaurin had 14 points and Gierhart had 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Against Indian River, Church for Christ got 29 points and 11 assists from Anthony en route to a 94-85 victory. Maag added 19 points and 13 rebounds and Skidmore had 16 points and 11 boards. The team also defeated Mansfield in a112-104 shootout. Bryce Sanborn had 15 points and 14 rebounds, Anthony had 24 points, Connor Gregg had 20 points and 10 caroms, Andy Glass had 14 points and 10 rebounds, Maag had 15 points and Joe Kalb had some monster dunks to finish with 18 points.


Medina Gymnastics Academy competed at the Ohio Winter State Meet and had several individual state champs crowned, with the Level 4 team placing third. Paige Yu was state champ on the balance beam and second all-around, while Colleen Johnson won gold on the uneven parallel bars. Cassidie Thomas competed on beam. Also placing were Courtney Welsh, Payton Anderson and Katie Strzalka.

In Level 5, Addison Kasian won state titles in the all-around and on beam, while Meghan Deighton won the crown on beam. Also placing were Jenna Sterk and Mackenzie Yu as the team finished third. Level 6 placers were Bethany Yu and Sadie Palmer-Wilcox.


The Silver League is back for its 26th season of slowpitch softball and is now accepting registration for the 2013 season. The 400-member, 33-team league is made up of players 45 and over from nine counties — Medina, Summit, Portage, Stark, Mahoning, Cuyahoga, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas — and has five divisions based on age. All games are played on Monday and Wednesday at the Barberton Sports Complex.

There will be two morning divisions and three evening divisions, and members may choose to play in more than one league, provided they meet the age requirements. The Red Division (45-53) will play doubleheaders on Monday night starting at 7:15, while the White Division (54-60) will play doubleheaders on Wednesday night starting at 7:15. The Silver Division (61 and over) will play single games at 6 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday. Gold (60-73) and Blue (70 and over) will play Monday and Wednesday morning, alternating their start times at 10:15 and 11:30.

Deadline to take advantage of a $60 registration fee is March 3. After that, the fee is $75 for new players but will remain $60 for league veterans. A separate fee is required for every league. The schedule will consist of approximately 24 games, plus a tournament. A league hat, team jersey and banquet are also covered by the fee. For more information, go to silverleaguesoftball.com or call Tom Koch at (330) 867-7295.

Disc golf

Fifty-one competitors showed up in the wind and cold to take part in the Frozen Fingers on the Fairway Charity Disc Golf Tournament at Medina’s Roscoe Ewing Park. The event, hosted by Sharon and Leroy Jenkins, was the second of the 2013 Disc Golf Ice Bowl Series. More than $500 was raised for the Second Harvest Food Bank and two new holes were added to the course. Five more events are slated in the charity series. For more information, visit Discgolfscene.com.


Jim Taylor had a perfect game in the Jo Jo’s Sports Bar League at AMF Medina Lanes, while Jeff Smith had a 299 and Eric Rodriguez had a 298 game and 782 series. Alan Metzel added a 297-772. Robert May added a 299 game in the Mixed Couples League.

Contact Rick Noland at (330) 721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com.

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Rick Noland is the Cavs beat writer for The Gazette and the author of "Over Time," a compilation of stories he's written in more than 30 years as a journalist. He can be reached at 330-721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com. Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.