April 20, 2014

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Prep Athletes of the Week for Sept. 24

Sophie Barnes

Football Kenny Wilder, Medina Senior safety returned two interceptions for touchdowns om Bees 33-26 Northeast Ohio Conference cross-division victory over Garfield Heights. … First pick-six covered 60 yards in second quarter. … Clinched game with 65-yarder in fourth quarter. … Averaged 39.8 yards on five punts. Boys soccer Collin Zuk, Cloverleaf Senior midfielder scored four goals as Read More…

Delayed court cases for Sept. 24

MEDINA — Three cases were delayed Monday in Medina County Common Pleas Court because Judge Christopher J. Collier was out sick. • The change of plea hearing for an accused methamphetamine dealer was pushed back. Stacie Simon, 28, of Barberton, is charged with illegal manufacture and possession of meth, second- and third-degree felonies. If she’s convicted, Read More…

Defendant found incompetent for third time

Eugene Riffle

MEDINA — A judge dismissed a felony case against a 40-year-old Burbank man who was found incompetent to stand trial last week for the third time since 1996. Eugene A. Riffle was accused of having a stolen GMC Safari in June. Riffle was charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony punishable by Read More…

Girls soccer: Rhodes leads to success for Bees

Holly Rhodes

If you’re being defended by Medina’s Holly Rhodes, you know two things right off the bat: You must be an exceptional player and you will not be getting many opportunities that night to show it. The senior back has made a habit of shutting down some of the top players in the state. It started Read More…

Sweepstakes proponents fall short on signatures

COLUMBUS — Opponents of a state law that effectively bans storefront sweepstakes parlors fell far short Monday of the signatures needed to place a repeal request on the November 2014 ballot. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted found only 160,000 of the nearly 434,000 signatures submitted by the Committee to Protect Ohio Jobs were valid. Read More…

Boys soccer: Medina’s Dean McNeil a presence in goal

RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE Medina’s Dean McNeil has six straight shutouts heading into a key Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division game against Solon.

Medina goalkeeper Dean McNeil knew right away that playing a field position was not for him. Not by a long shot. “It wasn’t pretty,” McNeil said of his play on the field. “If I didn’t enjoy being goalkeeper, I probably wouldn’t be playing soccer right now. I was awful playing the field because I was Read More…

Browns: Chud doesn’t name starting QB

BEREA — Coach Rob Chudzinski loved quarterback Brian Hoyer’s resilience and called his performance against the Vikings “gutsy,” but wasn’t ready to name him the starter for Sunday’s matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals. “I just want to have all of the information,” Chudzinski said Monday. “That’s how we did it last week. We’ll look at Read More…

Hundreds of veterans get ID cards for their service

Marine veteran Clyde D. Campbell, 76, Litchfield Township, front, and his brother George Campbell, 77, Medina Township, an Air Force veteran, file their discharge papers and receive their new county veteran identification cards at the Medina Count Recorder’s office Monday. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAN POMPILI)

MEDINA — More than 200 veterans have knocked on the county recorder’s door since Saturday to get ID cards documenting their service in the military. Medina County has joined several other Northeast Ohio counties in issuing veterans identification cards that entitle them to discounts at area businesses and restaurants. “We had a line from 10 Read More…

Golf: Devils snare first title since ’65

Jared Toom

LAKE TWP. — The time has come to clear room for a new banner in the Brunswick High gymnasium. The Blue Devils boys golf team completed a historic journey Monday at the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division Tournament, as it won the hotly contested event with a 323 to secure the overall championship. The crown Read More…

Browns: Chudzinski shows he has some guts

BEREA — Some coaches need the perfect scenario to take a risk. Not Rob Chudzinski. He just needs an opportunity. Chudzinski is a gambling man by nature and it was on display repeatedly Sunday during a 31-27 win in Minnesota. Bad field position, clock concerns, leading, trailing, it didn’t matter. Cleveland’s rookie coach was ready Read More…