August 22, 2014

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Baseball: Good ‘Knight’ for Nordonia’s hitters

Mike Ellenbest

Richard Doyle MACEDONIA — In a matchup pitting great pitching vs. great hitting Thursday, the hitting won out. Medina’s ace pitching staff couldn’t stop Nordonia’s efficient bats in an exhausting 7-5 decision in Hudson Division I Sectional semifinal action. The fourth-seeded Knights (21-7) advance to host No. 5 Highland (20-8) today. Nordonia starter Billy Smith Read More…

Track: Four county runners take lead

Angela Landrum

MACEDONIA — Sarah Berger couldn’t wait to get the baton Thursday afternoon. With the bitter taste of last season’s loss in the 4×800-meter relay final at the Suburban League Championships still lingering, the Wadsworth junior wanted to rinse it away. Berger helped the distance relay do that and then some in winning the title. She Read More…

Track: Bucks miss chance at title

Chance Ziegler

FAIRVIEW PARK — What seemed to be impossible or highly unlikely became reality Thursday evening. The Buckeye boys track team’s streak of consecutive Patriot Athletic Conference titles ended at seven, as Firelands rallied to win the eighth annual PAC Championships 114½-106½. The Bucks captured their seven titles by an average margin of 60 points. Only Read More…

College signing: Wadsworth bowler Lexie Shirley selects Ursuline

Lexie Shirley

WADSWORTH — Lexie Shirley will be bowling for dollars starting with the 2013-14 school year. The Wadsworth senior accepted a scholarship offer that combines academics and athletics from Division II Ursuline College. “It’s cool,” Shirley said Thursday. “Not many people get to bowl in college.” Shirley led the Grizzlies to the state team tournament as Read More…

Sotball: Bucks swept aside

Buckeye shortstop Julia Sekerak tags out Holy Name’s Caitlin Welsh at second base in the third inning. Below, Buckeye third baseman Nicole Koontz catches a foul ball in the third. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDD SMERGLIA)

YORK TWP. — The Buckeye softball team allowed extra outs with its defense and cost itself outs with mistakes on the basepaths. Not surprisingly, the sixth-seeded Bucks fell 10-2 Thursday to third-seeded Holy Name in a LaGrange Division II Sectional final. The game was played at Buckeye (11-13) because Holy Name (16-5) could not secure Read More…

Buckeye Schools removed from fiscal caution

Administrators at Buckeye Schools in York Township are breathing a little easier after the state announced it was lifting the district’s fiscal caution status earlier this week. The district, which was placed on fiscal caution in 2009, passed a 7.9-mill property tax levy in August, the first new money issue voters approved in 18 years. Read More…

Cloverleaf Schools could cut employee benefits

State Auditor Dave Yost said cash-strapped Cloverleaf Schools can save $300,700 annually by further cuts in employee benefits. The recommendation was in a performance audit released Thursday. The audit broke down the potential savings: • $97,000 a year by reducing sick leave payouts for retirees. Employees now are paid for a maximum 90 days at retirement. Read More…

Experts: Water authority’s secret ballots broke law

LAGRANGE — The Rural Lorain County Water Authority board’s use of secret ballots in a vote Wednesday to remove Mark McConnell violated Ohio’s Sunshine Laws, according to an open meetings expert and a 2011 opinion issued by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. “You can’t vote on anything in secret,” Tim Smith, an attorney and professor Read More…

Police, businesses team up for teen driver safety

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When 16-year-old Erin Ehrbar left for school the morning of April 28, 2010, her parents never thought to worry. “You don’t think if they’re driving a quarter-mile to school that anything bad could happen to them,” said Erin’s stepfather, Chris DePiero. A teenager’s speeding car broadsided Erin’s vehicle as she pulled out of the family’s Read More…

It’s poppy time in Medina again

This weekend, members of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 202 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Unit will sell crepe-paper poppies at various locations around Medina. The funds collected will be used to help veterans’ families at Thanksgiving and Christmas. “None of the money leaves the community,” said Patti Randolph, president of the American Legion Read More…