April 18, 2015

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Mackey’s Blue Devils smashed all expectations but their own

Albert Grindle The Gazette “I thought we could be better than people thought, but I’d be lying if I thought we’d get up to 19 (wins).” One of the worst kept secrets in MedinaCounty is coach Joe Mackey’s Brunswick boys basketball team doesn’t get wrapped up in perceptions. In an age of the oftentimes fabricated Read More…

Highland basketball coach Michael Murphy steps down with 47 wins in three years

Highland’s boys basketball coach Michael Murphy has stepped down. Prior to coaching the boys team, Murphy coached Highland’s girls basketball team. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

GRANGER TWP. — The second-winningest coach in Highland boys basketball history has stepped down. Michael Murphy resigned Tuesday, ending a three-year tenure in which the Hornets won 47 games, the Suburban League championship in 2013-14 and their first sectional title as a Division I school this season. The 47-year-old Wadsworth Township resident, who also has Read More…

Men’s college golf: Jeanne Pritchard takes over as Wayne College coach

Former Medina golf coach Jeanne Pritchard will be coaching the Wayne College men’s golf team. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

MEDINA — Jeanne Pritchard didn’t stay out of coaching for long. Shortly after resigning as Medina boys golf coach in October, Pritchard accepted a boys/girls assistant gig at Walsh Jesuit. All of this followed a summer of 2014 in which Pritchard was the interim women’s coach at Ashland University. Another opportunity arose, however, as the Read More…

High school baseball: Unique save by Chris Byers

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WESTFIELD TWP. — Chris Byers got the save without leaving the dugout. Scheduled to start today for the Wadsworth baseball team, the junior kept the scorebook Tuesday during a Suburban League game against Cloverleaf. Little did Byers know he’d make the biggest play of the day. With Cloverleaf’s Kenny Wells representing the tying run at Read More…

Boys basketball MVP: Medina’s Jon Teske was game changer

Medina junior Jon Teske is the 2014-15 Gazette MVP for boys basketball. (RON SCHWANE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION)

A 7-foot boys basketball player adjusting to being “The Man” may sound silly to ordinary fans, but Medina junior Jon Teske was a unique talent in a unique situation. For the first two years of his career, he was the shot-blocking dynamo alongside All-Ohio scorers Billy Geschke, Craig Randall and Branden Wilkins. The scenario was Read More…

Girls basketball MVP: Jodi Johnson never craved attention but always starred in the spotlight

Wadsworth junior Jodi Johnson is the 2014-15 Gazette MVP for girls basketball. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION)

Competitiveness and, above all, not letting down her teammates motivated Jodi Johnson to be great. The tradition of Wadsworth girls basketball excellence wasn’t going to fade under her watch. A 62-30 January loss to Lakota West on the regular season’s grandest stage — The Classic in the Country at Berlin Hiland — put that to Read More…

Hall of Famer Travis Schwab named men’s basketball coach at Muskingum University

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NEW CONCORD — One of the most decorated Ohio small-college players ever is getting his shot at what he called his “life’s calling.” Medina County Sports Hall of Famer, Medina native and former Ohio Wesleyan All-American Travis Schwab was named men’s basketball coach at Muskingum on Wednesday following an eight-year stint as an assistant at Read More…

Medina County All-Stars: MVP Nate Armagost dominates in the second half

Brunswick's Nate Armagost scores over Highland's Brogan Scott and Ben Hauser during the second quarter. Armagost was the Hoopla MVP. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

YORK TWP. — The Towers of Power were locked, loaded and ready to dominate. Brunswick center Nate Armagost and power forward Eric Bulic were the best players on the Buckeye High floor Tuesday in the boys “Hoopla! Medina County Senior All-Star Game, but only one could be named MVP because there was only one trophy. Read More…

Medina County basketball All-Star Games: Hoopla takes stage at Buckeye High School

Cloverleaf’s Darren Mullins will take part tonight in the Medina County Boys Senior All-Star game at Buckeye. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

YORK TWP. — The 26th annual “Hoopla” Medina County Senior All-Star games always have been about ceremoniously ending the season with smiles. Sponsored by the Brunswick Rotary and The Gazette, the area staple that has taken its turns around the county will take place tonight at Buckeye High, located on state Route 252 in York Read More…

All-Ohio boys basketball: Brogan Scott, Jon Teske pick up honors

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The clear-cut top two boys basketball players in Medina County this season earned further accolades Monday evening when The Associated Press Division I and II All-Ohio teams were released. Highland senior Brogan Scott was a third-team selection in D-I, while Medina junior Jon Teske was special mention. The 6-foot-5 Scott averaged 21.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, Read More…