May 31, 2016

Medina
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Albert Grindle

About Albert Grindle

Albert Grindle is a sportswriter for the Gazette. He can be reached at 330-721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.

High school baseball: Highland unafraid of matchup with St. Ignatius

PARMA — The St. Ignatius baseball team is a defending Division I state semifinalist and features big-time pitching recruits Connor Adams (Louisville) and Murphy O’Brien (St. Bonaventure). Highland’s response: That’s cool, but we can play, too. The Hornets (18-9) and Wildcats (20-10) will battle at 3 o’clock this afternoon at Ron Mottl Field on the Read More…

High school baseball: Loeding’s big season helps Highland reach new heights

Greg Loeding attacks. Period. End of story. The Highland baseball team’s senior catcher is a little bit of a throwback. He is chivalrous around adults. He increases the family laundry bill by blocking balls in the dirt. He has a hard-nosed personality teammates love. Just don’t give him the take sign on a 3-0 pitch. Read More…

High school baseball: Highland hangs tough, gets win over Wadsworth

BARBERTON — Odds are favorable that no one on the Highland baseball team will be remembered among the school’s all-time greats. These Hornets instead are made up of hard-nosed 16-, 17- and 18-year-olds who don’t give in. Two outs from its season ending in the Barberton Division I District semifinals Wednesday, fourth-seeded Highland scored twice Read More…

High school softball: Cloverleaf beats Holy Name in barnburner to advance to district finals

LAGRANGE — Coach John Carmigiano was so fidgety during his postgame interview one may have deduced he drank three Red Bulls. Bubbly shortstop Alli Gray was talking 100 mph because, well, that’s what she does. Pitcher Torie Craig was giggling so much she stopped her train of thought and proclaimed, “I’m so awkward at this. Read More…

High school baseball: Padua shoots gaps in win over Buckeye

PARMA — The Padua baseball team went shopping at The Gap. With five of their eight hits going for extra bases Monday, the Bruins’ investment in power paid off with a comfortable 5-1 victory over Buckeye in a Cuyahoga Community College Division II Sectional final. Ranked 10th in the Prep Baseball Report D-II state poll, Read More…

High school basketball: Buckeye assistant Banks named new Cloverleaf boys coach

WESTFIELD TWP. — Cloverleaf athletic director Craig Walkup got his man. Buckeye assistant, Wadsworth resident and Highland graduate Jack Banks has been approved as the new boys basketball coach at Cloverleaf, emerging from a field of approximately 15 candidates. The 50-year-old replaces Marty Ryan, who resigned after compiling a 14-78 record over four seasons. “I Read More…

High school baseball: Loss eliminates Medina from GCC contention; focus shifts to postseason

EUCLID — District championship or bust is the new focus for the Medina baseball team. After maintaining a mathematical chance to win the overall Greater Cleveland Conference title over the prior five days, the Bees’ spirited run came to an end Thursday in a 5-1 loss to Mentor in the GCC Tournament final. The loss Read More…

High school baseball: Wadsworth protects ‘the Swamp’ with Suburban League win over Hudson

WADSWORTH — Protect “The Swamp,” baby. The timing couldn’t have been better for the Wadsworth baseball team, which believed it was facing a virtual must-win situation Wednesday against Hudson. There was no way the Grizzlies were going to lose on the 3-year-old home field they call “The Swamp” — a nickname that stuck early on Read More…

High school baseball: Munoz’s mighty swing helps Medina over Brunswick

BRUNSWICK — Dillon Munoz was supposed to ride the pine. Then he was supposed to bunt. Neither happened. Munoz instead unleashed the swing of his life Tuesday, crushing a two-run, opposite-field home run in the top of the seventh inning to help Medina’s baseball team stun rival Brunswick 3-1. The senior outfielder began the Greater Read More…

High school baseball: Brunswick beats Medina to spoil Bees’ GCC title hopes

MEDINA — Playing spoiler can be pretty sweet. The Brunswick baseball team delivered a crushing blow to Medina’s Greater Cleveland Conference championship hopes Monday, scoring two unearned runs in the top of the seventh inning and holding on for dear life to win 8-7. The Blue Devils (6-7, 4-4) ended the wild game that lasted Read More…