June 30, 2016

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Samantha Petruzzi makes Medina Makos history

Samantha Petruzzi became the first Medina Makos swimmer to compete in the USA Section 1 Central Zone Speedo Championship.

Fifty-two teams representing 15 states were on hand for the meet in Waukesha, Wis., in March.

Samantha Petruzzi

Petruzzi made the finals in the 200-yard butterfly, finishing 19th. She also competed in the 100 fly and posted three personal-best times over the course of the meet.

Other members of the Makos, meanwhile, had 50 personal-best times out of 67 swims at the Lake Erie Gold Championships.

Ella Gibson, Allie Lyncha and Mac Hancock reached the finals, with Gibson finishing third in the 50 backstroke. Other top-10 finishers were Lyncha, Hancock, Hannah McCulloch, Anthony Petruzzi and Matt Rump.


Redgewood Stables had 22 girls from Medina and Summit counties compete in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association horse show season. Riders ranged from sixth to 12th grade.

The middle school and high school teams qualified for the IEA Regionals. Competing in the Hunt Seat division against 904 other riders, both teams and six individuals qualified for the IEA Zone Finals. In addition, Payton Kiley of Highland, Maxeen Ramlo of Hudson and Lauren Matthies of Copley took part in national competition in Syracuse, N.Y.

Other Medina County riders in the group were Grace Braver, Madelaine Braver, Emily Bloch, Gina Keller, Emily Murphy, Hannah Nerlich, Emma Sturtecky, Hannah VanNostran and Christy O’Keefe.


Level 8 and 9 teams from Pinnacle Gymnastics competed at the state meet and moved on to regional competition. Advancing in Level 9 were Sophia Atienza, Paige Nicholas and Courtney Ridenour. Moving on in Level 8 were Cassidy Gillette, Brittany Hill, Katie Jarvis, Michelle Kalucis, Grace McLaughlin and Alyssa Teper.

• Medina Gymnastics Academy attended the Buckeye Classic, with Level 4 athletes Colleen Johnson and Courtney Welsh placing and Cassidie Thomas and Melinda Thielenhaus competing. In Level 5, Hope Gormley, Paige Yu and Mackenzie Yu placed and Payton Anderson took part, while Avery Kasian placed in Level 8 and Dylana DiPietro competed. In Level 9, Jenna Mattox and Jessica Froncek placed.

The first-place Xcel Silver team got points from Allyson Bresnahan, Megan Rose, Allison Burns, Sunny Rieger and Brooke Saba, while Julia Koval and Elise Koch competed. The second-place Xcel Gold got points from Lea Schroth, Jenna Sterk, McKinley Kerans, Julia Parmelee and Danielle Kendel, while Addison Kasian competed. The third-place Xcel Platinum team got placings from Erin Sievers, Madelyn Alexander, Bethany Yu, Sadie Palmer Wilcox and Eileen Piernik.


Medina’s Madelynne Smith will represent the Mid American District for the second straight year when she takes part in a USA Hockey Women’s National Developmental Camp in St. Cloud, Minn., in July. Athletes are chosen based on tryouts in each district.

Smith plays for the Ohio Flames AAA Hockey Club, which competes in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League. She recently completed the eighth grade at A.I. Root Middle School.


The varsity team from the Stockman Basketball Club went 5-0 to win the championship at the NEO Spring Jamfest. Team members were Brandt Buckholz, Dylan Warner, Brennan Scott, Robert Hale, Brandon Zaccardelli, Ramon Martinez, Branden Wilkins, Jasie Sposet, Cory Inman and Zack Sato.

• The fifth-grade Hoop Guru girls team captured the Tipoff Tournament in Akron. Coached by Alana Bell and Nelson Schorr, the team consisted of Molly Gerity, Elizabeth Stuart, Sydney Hazelwood, Mykala Feikert, Rowan McDonald, Avaya Bell, Maddie Debnar, Lindsay Linard, Cameron Tripp, Haley Letner and Megan Marty.

• The ninth-grade Hoop Guru girls team coached by Schorr won the Baller’s Bash in Massillon. Team members were Abi Oriti, Amanda Holzman, Meg Lyren, Rachel Markle, Sydney Sallee, Delaney Cullen, Kelsi Metlesitz, Allison Baumgartner, Morgan Stubbendeick and Stephanie Heidler.

Disc golf

Team Jenkins will sponsor a junior doubles tournament at the Poolside disc golf course. Juniors must be 16 and under and pair with a partner 21 or older. Teams will play three rounds of nine holes. Cost is $10 per team and proceeds go to the Medina Animal Shelter. For more information, contact Sharon Jenkins at (330) 461-3735.


Cloverleaf Youth Wrestling’s Logan Scandlon, who just completed the fifth grade at Medina Christian Academy, won the 55-pound Nuway National Championship in Battle Creek, Mich.

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.