June 25, 2016

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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.

Medina County Sports Hall of Fame: Stuart’s state title only part of his identity

Now two months from his 95th birthday but strong-willed, compassionate, mentally sharp and as gregarious as humanly possible, Lylle Stuart refuses to let Father Time get in the way. The lifelong Spencer Township resident drives his 2004 Saturn wherever he needs to go. He also rides a bicycle for enjoyment, making multi-mile trips that help Read More…

Medina County natives scooped up in MLB Draft

From 1993 to 2015, only three Medina County players were selected in the MLB Draft. That statistic was blown to smithereens over a 24-hour span, as Brunswick resident Michael Horejsei (Ohio State), Medina native Mike Ellenbest (Saginaw Valley State) and Highland High graduate Chad Sedio (Miami of Ohio) were drafted on an historic Saturday for Read More…

Falkenberg cherishes his relationships forged through basktball

Basketball was so important to Ben Falkenberg, Joe Capotosta and Nick Goddard that they made the West Gym of the old Wadsworth High their sanctuary. Even on Sundays when no one was around. “We had a three-phase system of getting in,” Falkenberg recalled with a grin. Yes, the three amigos were caught sneaking into the Read More…

Highland graduate Raley drafted by Los Angeles Dodgers

Highland graduate Luke Raley is heading to professional baseball, as the Lake Erie College outfielder was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh round of the MLB Draft on Friday. The 21-year-old Raley, the 221st overall pick, is the first Medina County native drafted since Highland’s Ben Klafczynski in 2011. A 6-foot-3, 220-pounder, Read More…

Gazette MVP: Medina’s Aukerman never backed down

Among Spencer Aukerman’s most cherished baseball memories date to when he played for the 11-and-under Medina Stars. Aukerman was the go-to reliever, often twisting batters into the dirt with a sick curveball he was permitted to unleash competitively for the first time. Ask anyone who faced the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder this spring and they’ll confirm that Read More…

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…