April 16, 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 Read More…

Cardinals leave Pirates in the dark

Black River Pirates pitcher Glen Crabtree (L) and catcher Brock Waltz are unable to come up with a bunt by Brookside's Kyle Houston in the second inning. (Photo Josefczyk)

Albert Grindle The Gazette SULLIVAN TWP. — Well, that was awkward. Weekday high school baseball games almost always start around 4:30 p.m., but a communication snafu Monday caused Brookside to arrive at 5:21 for its Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division game against Black River. Dudley Taw didn’t seem to mind, as the left-hander led the Read More…

Furman leads Devils over Bears

Brunswick's Corey Welch fields the ball against North Royalton during the sixth inning. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Albert Grindle The Gazette NORTH ROYALTON — The ERA of Nick Furman has three numbers just like everyone else. The difference? Those three are 0.00 through 14 innings this season. Long waiting for his chance to be an ace, Furman threw his second complete game of the very young season Wednesday as the Brunswick baseball Read More…

All-Gazette: Saunders is winter coach of the year, made all the right moves

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  “I’m big into being a commitment guy. You have to be committed to your players, and you’ll get that way by practicing and staying intense. They’re starting to build a tradition here, and I want to further it.” —Matt Saunders, 2013-14 Gazette Winter Coach of the Year Those were the words of Matt Saunders Read More…

College signing: Wadsworth’s Martice Jackson selects University of Akron

WADSWORTH — Martice Jackson to Akron has a ring to it. The former Wadsworth running back is hoping to bring much more to the Zips after initially accepting a preferred walk-on offer that turned into a scholarship once one unexpectedly became available. The rugged 5-foot-8, 209-pounder turned down fellow Mid-American Conference teams Bowling Green, Ohio Read More…

High school baseball: Satisfying opener, Bebout stymies Colts

Wadsworth pitcher Nick Bebout makes a sliding catch and comes up throwing for a double play against Cloverleaf during the fifth inning. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

WADSWORTH — A 70-degree day on April Fool’s Day sounds like a sick joke, but Nick Bebout and the Wadsworth baseball team felt it was a thing of beauty. The All-Gazette selection allowed two hits over six innings and the Grizzlies finally backed him late Tuesday, leading to a closer-than-it-appeared 6-0 Suburban League win over Read More…

Badowski saved best for last

Brunswick's Ryan Badowski is the 2013-14 Gazette MVP in boys basketball. (RON SCHWANE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION)

  Albert Grindle The Gazette The time to put up or shut up punched Ryan Badowski and the Brunswick boys basketball team directly in their guts. The Blue Devils lost their third consecutive overtime game in early February. The first two, Medina and Mentor, were dogfights against superior talent. The last, to .500 Normandy, was Read More…

Girls basketball MVP: Booth brought much more than statistics to record-setting Grizzlies

Wadsworth senior Peyton Booth is
the 2013-14 Gazette MVP for girls basketball. (GAZETTE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY RON SCHWANE)

Wadsworth senior Peyton Booth was 10 seconds removed from fouling Toledo Notre Dame Academy star Tierra Floyd in the closing moments of a Division I regional championship game at Norwalk High School. The four-year letterwinner walked to the scorers’ table instinctively after fouling out. She then turned, looked to her father, Grizzlies coach Andrew Booth, Read More…

Boys basketball: Dark goes downtown in victory over Light

Highland’s Alec Withers scores against Black River’s Brad Spencer and Medina’s Mike Kaminski in the second quarter. Withers was named the MVP of the boys game. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

SULLIVAN TWP. — The Dark team was so good Wednesday at the “Hoopla” Medina County All-Star Game, a member of the Light team quipped “They were actually playing, dude” to his bench afterward. MVP Alec Withers of Highland had 23 points, 12 rebounds and two steals and the Dark team hit 15 3-pointers in a Read More…

High school basketball: Boys contest pits speed against size

Brunswick’s Zach Parker will be playing for coach Joe Mackey’s dark team tonight. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

SULLIVAN TWP. — The 25th edition of the “Hoopla” Medina County Senior All-Star games promises to have plenty of unique storylines. First, the traditional end of the high school basketball season sponsored by the Brunswick Rotary and The Gazette will take place tonight at the cozy confides of Black River, which is located approximately 100 Read More…