August 20, 2014

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Indians: Carrasco could be looking at suspension

CLEVELAND — Carlos Carrasco already got some bad news Wednesday, learning that he had been removed from the rotation and optioned back to Triple-A Columbus. Now, he’s waiting to see if there is more coming. Carrasco could be suspended for hitting Yankees third baseman Kevin Youkilis with a pitch and getting ejected from the Indians’ Read More…

Boys basketball: Medina’s Billy Geschke named Gazette MVP

Medina senior Billy Geschke is the 2012-13 Gazette MVP for boys basketball. (GAZETTE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY RON SCHWANE)

“Normal is boring. Why not be something special. Show the world what you really can be.” Behind the unassuming body and soft-spoken voice is one of the most optimistic, never-say-never 18-year-olds in high school basketball. Billy Geschke’s work ethic is legendary in Medina. Certified gym rats are hard to ignore. There are few more qualified Read More…

Softball: Hornets squander plenty of chances to blow out Colts

Highland's AnnMarie Kirchner drives in a run against Cloverleaf in the first inning. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

WESTFIELD TWP. — The Highland softball team maintained its perfect record Tuesday with a 3-0 Suburban League victory over Cloverleaf, but the Hornets played far from a perfect game. Highland (3-0, 3-0) scored twice in the first and added an insurance run in the seventh, but never delivered a knockout blow while stranding 10 runners. Read More…

Rugby: Medina’s boys team continues to improve rapidly

Grant Morgan

The Medina boys rugby club has come a long way in three years. From a squad that scored just three times in its first season to this year’s team that is one of the top in Division II, Region 2, it’s been a 180-degree turnaround. “It’s fantastic,” said Stephen Miller, who coaches the team with Read More…

School board OK’s $20,000 contract for PR firm’s work

MEDINA — The city school board approved Tuesday a controversial contract with the Cleveland public relations firm of Hennes Paynter Communications. The company, which specializes in “crisis management,” was hired March 6 — the day after The Gazette reported the details of Stepp’s new contract, which provided an $83,000 signing bonus. The firm worked for two Read More…

Girls basketball: Wadsworth’s Rachel Goddard named to D-I unit

WHEELERSBURG — Wadsworth senior Rachel Goddard was named first-team Academic All-Ohio by the Ohio Basketball Coaches Association. The two-time Gazette MVP carried a 3.98 grade-point average while leading the Grizzlies to the Norwalk Division I Regional championship game. Goddard, a 5-foot-7 point guard headed for Miami (Ohio), was one of four Northeast Ohio residents selected Read More…

Board: We’re meeting for our work, not public opinion

Jay Summers, of Medina, who expressed his feelings by dressing as an alien, joins other protesters, shown below, outside Tuesday’s Medina Board of Education meeting. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY LOREN GENSON)

About 30 people showed up at Tuesday’s work session of the Medina school board. Many were disappointed there was no time allotted for public comment. Several voiced their displeasure during the meeting. One man interrupted by asking in a loud voice, “Doesn’t the public have the right to speak on the very agenda items that Read More…

United Way celebrates $1 million in fundraising

Jim Boyes, new president of the United Way of Medina County, addresses hundreds of volunteers and donors at an annual luncheon in their honor Tuesday. Boyes is director of the Medina County University Center and has been a United Way board member since 2011. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Correction, 8:54 a.m.: Event-goers paid $25 for their meals, and wine was not served. MEDINA TWP. — Hundreds of people were honored and thanked at the annual United Way luncheon for volunteers and donors Tuesday. Seth Kujat, executive director of the Medina County United Way, said the 400 or so people who volunteered in 2012 Read More…

Career centers offer ACT prep classes twice a week

College-bound students planning to take the ACT will have an opportunity to enroll in preparation classes this month at the two career centers in the area. The five-week course includes sample ACT tests to identify areas of weakness and help with setting goals and building confidence in taking the test. The classes will be available Read More…

April 10 police log for Medina

Medina police Friday, April 5 8:11 a.m. — 975 Weymouth Road, turfing reported on a grass area and damage to glass block. 8:19 a.m. — 800 block Wadsworth Road, copper sheeting reported stolen from a garage. Saturday, April 6 1:48 p.m. — 100 block W. Friendship St., report of taxes filed fraudulently. Sunday, April 7 Read More…