July 30, 2014

Medina
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David Matejczyk builds Wiffle ball field of dreams in Seville

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It was a picture-perfect early evening in Seville and the setting sun was illuminating the scene as David “Mouse” Matejczyk paced throughout his backyard, talking in such excited circles he often interrupted one story to launch into another. The 56-year-old insurance lawyer was in his element rambling about the loves of his life. There’s his Read More…

Girls basketball: Wadsworth coach Mike Moser moving to Highland

GRANGER TWP. — Highland only needed to travel 11 miles south to find the 13th girls basketball coach in school history. With the hope that the revolving door of coaches will finally stop spinning, the Hornets selected longtime Wadsworth boys and girls assistant Mike Moser, pending school board approval tonight. The 35-year-old was hand-picked to Read More…

Boys basketball: Craig Randall will transfer to Phoenix-area school

Craig Randall reacts after the Medina boys basketball team defeated Green in the Copley Division I District semifinals. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — The basketball destinations of the Randall family will extend to Arizona. Less than two months after Medina boys coach Anthony Stacey resigned, All-Ohio guard Craig Randall transferred to Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix. One of the assistant coaches for Shadow Mountain is former NBA point guard Mike Bibby, whose son Michael is Read More…

MVP coaches: Greg Pickard’s approach worked wonders at Wadsworth

Wadsworth baseball coach Greg Pickard is the 2014 Gazette Spring Coach of the Year. (RON SCHWANE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION)

The fundamental reasons why the Wadsworth baseball team was so successful this season were, well, fundamentals. Every coach preaches them from T-ball to the big leagues. Whether the players get the message is the underlying question. When both mesh with perfect harmony, however, a team like the Grizzlies is born. Pizzazz was overrated. Wadsworth preferred Read More…

All-Gazette baseball: Wadsworth’s Nick Bebout still working

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Nick Bebout is on track to become one of the winningest pitchers in Medina County history. Sixteen of the Wadsworth baseball team’s 44 victories over the past two seasons have been credited to his right arm. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior was the undisputed ace of the undisputed best team in the area. The only thing Read More…

College basketball: Rachel Goddard returning to area to play at Malone

WADSWORTH — Rachel Goddard is moving much closer to home, as the two-time Gazette MVP transferred from Division I Miami of Ohio to play women’s basketball at D-II Malone in Canton. Goddard’s status as a student-athlete won’t change. The Pioneers will give the 5-foot-6 point guard a partial scholarship next season and a full ride Read More…

Buckeye’s 1977 baseball team inducted into Medina County Hall of Fame

The players who scored the most runs during the 1977 Buckeye baseball team’s run to the Class AA state semifinals batted .111 and .133. Another player scored four times without stepping into the batter’s box. The pitchers walked 41 and allowed 55 hits in 48 playoff innings, meaning two opposing players reached base per inning, Read More…

Baseball commentary: Cloverleaf regains winning feeling

The mood at practice Tuesday couldn’t have been more relaxed. The Cloverleaf baseball players all but stopped to watch built-like-a-man, four-year starter Devin Cunningham blast batting practice pitches all over the field with a wooden bat. They ooo’d and ahh’d when two left the yard and playfully reminded Cunningham when the others didn’t. The more Read More…

Baseball semifinals: Wadsworth up against too good of a team

Wadsworth third baseman Wil Rock is unable to come up with a ball hit by Walsh Jesuit’s Connor Regan in the fourth inning. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

HUDSON — It could have been much worse. Despite its sparkling record and No. 7 ranking in the Prep Baseball Report Division I state poll, the Wadsworth baseball team wasn’t oblivious to the obvious Monday: It was a decided underdog against top-ranked Walsh Jesuit in the Hudson D-I District semifinals. The Warriors had undefeated Missouri Read More…

Wadsworth righty cools off Medina

Wadsworth's Dylan Palidar hits a double in the bottom of the sixth inning. (JUDD SMERGLIA / GAZETTE)

Albert Grindle The Gazette WADSWORTH — Nippy 55-degree weather, a big crowd, runners in scoring position in five separate innings and postseason dreams on the line. Nick Bebout handled the pressure. The Wadsworth baseball team’s ace worked his magic Friday with a six-hitter, leading the Grizzlies to a 4-0 win over Medina in a Hudson Read More…