November 24, 2014

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Lackluster third dooms Cavaliers

Rick Noland The Gazette CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers were pleading the third Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena. Once again not ready to play when the second half began, Cleveland fell 103-92 to the Memphis Grizzlies, who were playing without their best player in power forward Zach Randolph. “Two words for you: Third quarter,” Cavs Read More…

Irving isn’t about to sit down

Rick Noland The Gazette CLEVELAND — When it comes to illness, Kyrie Irving apparently is a quick healer. After vomiting Thursday night and missing the team’s shootaround Friday morning, the Cavaliers point guard visited the doctor, made a rapid recovery and was in the starting lineup against the Memphis Grizzlies. “Thirteen hours of sleep will Read More…

Health department: Bat in Medina home tests positive for rabies

MEDINA — A rabid bat was discovered this week inside an East Liberty Street home, according to a Medina County Health Department report. The bat was found alive Wednesday in the kitchen sink of the Medina home. The animal was sent to an Ohio Department of Health laboratory in Columbus, which confirmed a positive case Read More…

Medina teachers union: No trust in school board, Randy Stepp

Bill Grenfell

MEDINA — The Medina City Teachers Association passed a resolution Thursday, saying it had no trust or confidence in the Medina Board of Education or Superintendent Randy Stepp. The union’s main complaint is that Stepp received a total of $244,037 since 2010 as repayment for student loans, according to documents it received Thursday from the Read More…

Superintendent Randy Stepp gives up $83,000 signing bonus, merit raises

Randy Stepp

MEDINA — Medina Schools Superintendent Randy Stepp has agreed to give up his $83,000 signing bonus, as well as the merit raises in his new contract, according to the school board. A Thursday statement from the board announcing Stepp’s decision comes on the heels of public outcry over his contract. At least 150 people turned Read More…

Jury says convicted killer Steven Cepec should die

Steven Cepec, 43, is handcuffed Thursday after a Medina County common pleas jury recommended he receive the death penalty for killing Chatham Township historian Frank Munz, 73, in 2010. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

MEDINA — The jury in the Frank Munz murder case recommended the death penalty Thursday for his killer, 43-year-old Steven Cepec. County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler said he will consider the jury’s recommendation in the coming weeks. If Kimbler sentences Cepec to death, he would become the only Medina County resident on Ohio’s Read More…

Medina students collect stuffed toys for area children

Members of the Medina High School Student Council pose Thursday afternoon with stuffed animals they collected during a drive last month at the school. The stuffed animals were gathered to benefit underprivileged children in the community. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

MEDINA — Telling somebody to “get stuffed” took on a different meeting last month at Medina High School. Feb. 11 to 15, Student Council members collected stuffed animals from classmates to be given to underprivileged or injured children in the community. The drive netted about 420 stuffed animals in five days. The students were helped Read More…

Girls basketball: Move has paid off for Grizzlies’ McKenzie O’Brien

McKenzie O’Brien has been a driving force for the Wadsworth basketball team the last two seasons after spending the first two years of her high school career starting for Division IV Mansfield St. Peter’s. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

Whether it’s going from defense to offense on the basketball court or from a Division IV parochial school to a D-I public one, McKenzie O’Brien knows how to transition. A star player for two years at Mansfield St. Peter’s before coming off the bench for Wadsworth last season, O’Brien is once again a main cog Read More…

Hinckley’s Matt Tifft on fast track to NASCAR

Hinckley teen Matt Tifft is making a name for himself in racing circles. (COURTESY PHOTO)

By Richard Doyle At an age when most parents marvel at how fast their middle school kids are growing up, Quinten and Vicki Tifft experienced a whole different side of fast when they watched their son Matt mature. Try more than 100-mph fast. While most 14-year-olds were looking for bands for their braces, Hinckley Township Read More…

Guillermo Porras will coach Colts’ girls soccer team

WESTFIELD TWP. — For the third time in as many seasons, Cloverleaf’s girls soccer team has a new coach. Guillermo Porras takes over the program from Judd Peroli, who decided to take a smaller role with the program due to the uncertainty of his fulltime job. Step one for Porras, who served as Peroli’s lead Read More…