September 1, 2014

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Softball: Bees ready to take on team of destiny

Medina’s Vanessa Scoarste keeps her eye on the softball. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

AKRON — There is a quiet confidence around the Medina softball team. OK, OK, so nothing is truly quiet when it comes to this rambunctious, outgoing, cheerful group. But when the Bees (22-7) take on Austintown Fitch (20-8) today at 5 p.m. in a University of Akron Division I Regional semifinal at Lee Jackson Field, Read More…

Track and field: Pep talk does trick

Alexis Smith

Todd Shapiro AMHERST — The Medina girls 4×800-meter relay got some help from a couple of old friends Wednesday before it ran at the Amherst Division I Regional at Richard S. Cooley Track. Taylor Wickey and Anna Boyert, members of last year’s state championship relay, gave this year’s runners a pep talk. They must have Read More…

Tribe: Giambi to rescue, Indians beat Reds 5-2

CLEVELAND — Those wondering why Jason Giambi was still on the Indians roster got an emphatic answer Wednesday night at Progressive Field. With Cleveland leading by just a run, Giambi, who entered the day batting a minuscule .164, belted a decisive three-run home run in the sixth inning that ensured a 5-2 victory over the Read More…

Tribe: Terry Francona isn’t worried about recent losses

CLEVELAND — What, Terry Francona worry? Though his club entered Wednesday riding a season-high five-game losing streak and with its bullpen in the midst of an extended slump, the Indians manager appeared more confident than ever. “I feel every bit as good about our ballclub right now as I did 10 days ago, if not Read More…

Track and field: Seme, 4×8 relay advance to state

Wadsworth’s Nick Seme set another school record in the discus at the Youngstown Division I Regional. Below, Wadsworth’s Madi Salem, left, tries to catch Hudson’s Sarah Wolanske in the 4x800 relay. The relay finished second and Seme third to earn state track berths. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDD SMERGLIA)

AUSTINTOWN — Coming into the Youngstown Division I Regional on Wednesday, Wadsworth’s 4×800-meter team knew it could earn one of the four state bids. The members of the unit shocked themselves in bringing home runner-up honors to earn that elusive trip to Columbus next weekend. “I wasn’t expecting second place at all,” anchor leg Sarah Read More…

Softball: Cardinals, coach take wild ride to title game

AKRON — It took six Solon errors, an umpiring change and two extra innings to do it, but the Mentor softball team advanced to a regional final for the first time in school history Wednesday. The Cardinals pushed across their third unearned run of the game on a ninth-inning throwing error to down Solon 3-2 Read More…

College signing: Brunswick’s Gerry Salisbury picks OU

Gerry Salisbury

BRUNSWICK — Division I scouts with radar guns have been spotted nearly every time Gerry Salisbury has taken the mound this season. On Tuesday, the Brunswick left-hander with a mid-80s fastball and hard-biting curveball felt there were no negatives in selecting Ohio University to continue his career. Beginning next season, Salisbury will play against current Read More…

Browns: Jim Brown becomes special advisor for team

CLEVELAND — Jim Brown posed for a picture Wednesday with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam in front of his No. 32 in the team’s ring of honor. Brown’s relationship with the organization he helped build into a national presence and a local treasure had officially come full circle. Brown was given the role of special adviser Read More…

Bike program helps students burn calories, save environment

courtesy of BOB SOROKY of Century Cycles Six of the 138 students who biked to A.I. Root Middle School during the 15-day Bike-to-School Challenge are, from left,  Dominic Drockton, Leila Bachir, Katherine King, Maria Schweppe, Mackenzie Knox and Maddie King. There were so many cyclists that students had to use the fence on the tennis court, rear, to lock up their bikes.

Andrew Davis More than 215 Medina middle school students pedaled a combined 14,723 miles during this month’s Bicycle-to-School Challenge. The three-week event, designed to promote health, the environment and the enjoyment of riding bicycles, ended Wednesday as students packed the A.I. Root Middle School gymnasium. Overall, students at A.I. Root and Claggett middle schools burned Read More…

Main Street Medina wins state awards

Main Street Medina, a nonprofit organization that promotes preservation and the city’s historic district, has been honored with four state awards for its work. Heritage Ohio, which oversees Main Street programs throughout the state, announced the awards at the Ohio Preservation Conference, in Columbus May 22 and 23. “The city is proud to be a Read More…