August 1, 2014

Medina
Mostly clear
60°F

Pesky Pirates put up a fight

Chad Grant The Gazette SHEFFIELD TWP. — On paper, the Brookside-BlackRiver boys basketball game had all the makings of a blowout win for the host Cardinals. But a fast start for the Pirates and a defensive slugfest kept things interesting in a 51-41 Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division win for Brookside. The Cardinals (11-7, 8-4) Read More…

Grizzlies put it in cruise control

Rick Noland The Gazette WADSWORTH — The members of the Wadsworth boys basketball team must have had some place to be Friday night. The Grizzlies took care of business early and never gave Copley a chance while cruising to an impressive 65-45 Suburban League victory. Wadsworth (10-6, 6-4), which lost 70-68 in overtime to the Read More…

Bucks surge to win in second half

Brad Bournival The Gazette YORK TWP. — Garrett Beck made a statement. It was said with humility Friday after the Buckeye boys basketball team knocked off Wellington 72-39 in Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division action. It also was something very true about the Bucks, who turned a four-point halftime advantage into a 33-point win. “They’re Read More…

Badowski becomes Brunswick’s all-time scoring leader

Mike Peticca The Gazette MENTOR — Ryan Badowski had just distinguished himself from every other player in Brunswick boys basketball history. Badowski, though, is a team player. That’s why he was subdued in the aftermath of the Blue Devils’ 85-72 overtime loss at Mentor on Friday night, the game in which he passed Tyler Ferrell Read More…

Bees bounce back

Jonathan Huff The Gazette STRONGSVILLE — The best way to bounce back from a tough loss is immediately and definitively. That’s what the Medina boys basketball had in mind Friday going into a Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division game against rival Strongsville. Powered by 6-foot-5 power forward Branden Wilkins’ career-high-tying 30 points, the Bees pressured Read More…

Hornets get serious

Highland's Tyler Frederick goes up for a shot against Cloverleaf's Andrew Jarrett and Damian Tripp  during the first quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Albert Grindle The Gazette WESTFIELD TWP. — Brogan Scott didn’t need to save the Highland boys basketball team this time. Angry for nearly losing to three-win Akron North earlier in the week, the Hornets were intent on proving that was a fluke. The result Friday was a 59-31 Suburban League triumph over one-win Cloverleaf. Highland Read More…

Boys basketball: Many people have helped Medina’s Wilkins succeed

Medina senior Branden Wilkins poses with his grandmother, Bonnie Jones. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

There was a time when Branden Wilkins, hardheaded, immature and a bit unruly, had to be told things again and again and again. Sometimes he eventually listened, other times he didn’t. Undeterred, people like maternal grandmother Bonnie Jones, who has raised Wilkins since he was 8, uncles Lovell and Laval Jones, Claggett Middle School and Read More…

Cavs: Manager fired after almost four years on job

Chris Grant

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert likes the players on his team, but that didn’t stop him from canning the man who acquired all of them but Anderson Varejao. General manager Chris Grant was fired Thursday afternoon after 3½ seasons on the job and 8½ years with the organization overall. He had one more season Read More…

Felony vandalism charges reduced with plea deal

Ivan Ray

MEDINA — A felony vandalism charge that landed a 20-year-old Florida man in jail the same day he was acquitted on a rape charge was reduced Thursday to a misdemeanor as part of a plea deal. Ivan L. Ray IV, of Freeport, Fla., was accused of breaking a window in his jail cell in November Read More…

Westfield Twp.: Fiscal officer chosen

Kathy Zweifel

A Zoning Commission alternate is the township’s new fiscal officer. Township trustees unanimously appointed Kathy Zweifel as fiscal officer to fill the seat left vacant by the Jan. 6 resignation of Sandy Tryon. Zweifel also was an alternate on the Zoning Commission from 2009-11. She has a bachelor of science in pre-law from the University Read More…