November 26, 2015

Albert Grindle

About Albert Grindle

Albert Grindle is a sportswriter for the Gazette. He can be reached at 330-721-4043 or

Girls basketball: Refueled, refocused Colts beat spunky Bucks

YORK TWP. — Caught completely off-guard by scrappy and much-improved Buckeye on Monday, Lexi Civittolo, Jillian Miglich and the rest of the Cloverleaf girls basketball team woke up just in time. Civittolo went bonkers in second half, Miglich, Helaina Limas and the bench played important supporting roles and the Colts cleaned up their rebounding woes Read More…

Nine area players named first-team all district; in line for state honors

From left: Polidori, Gray, Thome

Medina County will have nine All-Ohio football players in 2015. That was the number of first-team selections when the All-Northeast Inland District teams were released by The Associated Press on Monday as, despite no playoff wins for the third time in four years, the area again had its share of standouts. All first-team all-district players Read More…

Johnson scores 1,000th career point in Wadsworth victory

Wadsworth's Jodi Johnson goes up for a shot against Eastmoor Academy's Ovian Whitlow-Moore during the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

WADSWORTH — It was that awkward moment when Jodi Johnson had absolutely, positively no idea what in the world was going on. The Wadsworth star had just hit a 3-pointer with 2:14 left Friday in what ended up being a 61-40 Grizzlies victory over three-time defending Westerville Division II District champion Eastmoor Academy. Longtime coach Read More…

The strongest link: Dubiel’s play, sense of humor makes him Gazette boys golf MVP

Highland senior Chad Dubiel is the 2015 Gazette MVP for boys golf.

The running gag of the Highland boys golf season involved ace Chad Dubiel and coach Andrew Dutt. The scenario: Dubiel joked with his boys in the van en route to the course, shot around 76 or 77 and handed his scorecard to Dutt. Sarcasm followed almost immediately. Dutt: “So, how’d it go?” Dubiel: “Well, I Read More…

Gazette golf MVP: Highland’s Butler traded ballet shoes for spikes, hasn’t looked back

Highland's Madison Butler is the 2015 Gazette golf MVP. RON SCHWANE/GAZETTE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION

Madison Butler remembers the day vividly, when only one thought popped to mind after she shot 77 for “technically” the second time in her life. “I was like, ‘Wow, I shot that for nine holes a few years ago.”’ she recalled with a laugh. Now a Highland junior, Butler’s growth on the golf course has Read More…

UPDATED: Wadsworth’s Dennison resigns

WADSWORTH — A model of stability and sustained success has hung up his whistle — for now. Wadsworth’s Greg Dennison, the third-winningest football coach in Medina County history, announced his resignation Thursday, ending an unparalleled 21-year tenure at the school. The 51-year-old led the Grizzlies to a 148-77 record, three Suburban League championships (1996, 2007, Read More…

High school football playoffs: Hard-fought battle for Buckeye; losing in triple overtime

Buckeye High School principals (L-R) Gabe Tutor and Gerycz and Andy Vanboxel cook hot dogs at pregame tailgate prior to the Bucks playoff football game against West Geauga. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk

YORK TWP. — Guard Jalin Brock flipped off his helmet and buried his head into the cold, damp grass at Edwin Steingass Field. Quarterback Nathan Polidori did the same just feet away with helmet still attached. The Buckeye players, along with their teammates, had nothing left to give. They were battered, bruised and exhausted after Read More…

High school football: Playoffs return to ‘Buck-O-Dome’ for first time in 10 years

YORK TWP. — The largest party in Medina County tonight will be inside the gates of the “The Buck-O-Dome.” That’s the quirky local nickname for Edwin Steingass Field, where the undefeated, third-seeded Buckeye football team will go to war with No. 6 West Geauga (9-1) in a Division III, Region 7 first-round playoff game. The Read More…

High school football: Highland meets Avon in playoffs — again

AVON — The Highland football team will play its fifth playoff game in the last three years tonight, and Avon is the opponent for the third time. The old Inland Conference members have developed plenty of familiarity recently, though many of the players are downplaying that importance. With so much roster turnover since they met Read More…

High school football: Rinard, Meacham serve as linemen Hunters for Hornets

Highland's Hunter Rinard. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

One is a late-blooming, shoot-from-the-hip jokester who has great footwork and enough self-confidence to proudly rock his on-point “Dad Bod.” The other is a naturally big-boned, polished-speaking veteran who manhandles defenders with brute strength. Left guard Hunter Rinard and left tackle Hunter Meacham are the Highland football team’s version of the odd couple. Sure, they Read More…