October 20, 2014

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Girls basketball: Highland coach Bolha will not be back

GRANGER TWP. — The revolving door of Highland girls basketball coaches continues to spin.

Thirteen months after leading the school to the Medina Division I District championship game, Bernard Bolha’s contract was not renewed, according to a board member.

Bolha compiled a 24-25 record over two seasons. The Hornets won 17 games and lost to Wadsworth in the district finals in his first season before finishing with a 7-16 record in 2013-14. Mallory Adams and Sam Catron, both letterwinners in 2012-13, did not come out for the team this season.

Neither Bolha nor Highland athletic director Curt Johansen could be reached for comment.

Bolha, a Youngstown resident, came to Highland from Youngstown Chaney, where he pulled rare double-duty as coach of the boys and girls teams for six seasons.

Prior to that, Bolha was the boys coach at Warren Howland for three seasons in the early 2000s. He also had stints as an assistant at Benedictine, Lakewood and Youngstown State.

Highland has been Medina County’s most unstable program in recent years, as it will be searching for its seventh coach since Mary Becker resigned following the 2005-06 season.

The Hornets, who are 102-160 (.389) since 2002, are slated to return four starters next season, including All-Gazette power forward Marlee Profitt.

Contact Albert Grindle at (330) 721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.