October 24, 2014

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Regional girls basketball: Titans feature nationally ranked center

Wadsworth senior Peyton Booth puts up a shot against John Marshall in the Medina Division I Sectional finals. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

NORTH ROYALTON — The matchup to watch couldn’t be more clear. Berea-Midpark’s Stasha Carey is hard to miss. The 6-foot-3 senior is an ESPN.com four-star recruit committed to Pittsburgh, the 12th-ranked center in the country and averages 18.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks. Without a player taller than 5-11, Wadsworth (25-1) knows the challenge Read More…

Regional girls basketball: Gilger takes great pride in doing the dirty work

While many girls basketball fans will head to North Royalton tonight in anticipation of watching New Hampshire commit Peyton Booth headline a Wadsworth win or seeing Jodi Johnson fill the hoop, Grizzlies coach Andrew Booth knows where to look for his team’s success. While the ninth-year coach won’t say Madison Gilger’s play in the post Read More…

Rick Noland sports commentary: Scoring, snoring, roaring

Since we finally got a temporary break from the Browns and the Indians are still in Goodyear, let’s jump through a bunch of (basketball) hoops in Rick-o-chet-style fashion: Ohio State is probably going to make the NCAA Tournament, but if the Buckeyes keep losing — and losing while looking real bad — they will have Read More…

Cavs: ‘Z’ invites LeBron to jeresey retirement ceremony

Zydrunas Ilgauskas

INDEPENDENCE — An upcoming ceremony may have just gotten bigger. LeBron James could be at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday night when the Cavaliers retire the No. 11 jersey of former center Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Ilgauskas, who played with James for seven years in Cleveland and another in Miami, had the Akron native on a list Read More…

County court log for March 4

The following people appeared in Medina County Common Pleas Court Monday, according to county Prosecutor Dean Holman: • Sean Reed, 48, East 69th Street, Cleveland, sentenced to three years of community control sanctions on one count of permitting child abuse, a fourth-degree felony. • Gertrude Stutler, 22, College Street, Wadsworth, sentenced to 180 days in jail on Read More…

Smoking leads to bedroom fire in Wadsworth

WADSWORTH — Officials say smoking is to blame for a bedroom fire Monday that damaged a two-story duplex at 266 High St. “We believe it was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials,” Assistant Fire Chief Ron Likley said. The report of the fire came in about 12:30 p.m. and firefighters had the blaze out within Read More…

Alcohol suspected in crash that hurt police officer

LIVERPOOL TWP. — Alcohol may have contributed to the crash early Saturday morning that sent an off-duty North Olmsted police officer to a hospital with serious injuries, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol. “Alcohol appears to be a factor, but that’s all I can say at this time,” said Sgt. Jason Bittinger of the patrol’s Read More…

Library speaker reflects on time with army during WWII

Joseph Campagna, 93, Parma Heights, speaks to an audience at the Medina Library on Monday evening as part of the library’s World War II Roundtable speaker series. Army Sgt. Campagna served as cook in the 134th Ordnance repair unit in the European Theater.  TOP: U.S. tanks move in the snow and ice from the town of Tri-le-Cheslaing, Belgium, on Jan. 7, 1945, during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. (DAN POMPILI / GAZETTE)

Students, history buffs and veterans saw history through the eyes of 93-year-old Joseph Campagna on Monday evening. Campagna, of Parma Heights, was the featured speaker in Medina County District Library’s World War II speaker series, a monthly lecture series featuring veterans of the last world war. The former sergeant’s story began in August 1942. “I Read More…

Party heads spar over changes to early voting laws

MEDINA — Local Democrats are joining state party leaders in opposing recent changes to Ohio’s early voting laws including a change that cut short early voting by seven days and eliminated the “golden week” where voters could both register and vote in the same day. “When I was 21, the biggest thing I could do Read More…

Medina Schools treasurer Chambers named, coming from Fremont Schools

David Chambers

Medina school board members Monday named David Chambers as the district’s new treasurer. Board members approved a 3⅓-year contract that will pay Chambers $97,000 annually. Chambers now is treasurer for Fremont Schools in Sandusky County. He will start work in Medina on April 1. “He probably had the best resume of all the people we Read More…