September 18, 2014

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High School Football: Medina at Wadsworth

Medina's Ian Crawley hauls in a touchdown reception against Wadsworth's Craig Palidar during the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

WADSWORTH — Wadsworth defensive coordinator Rob Karovic and Medina counterpart Toby Stepis had 84 reasons to be upset. In a non-league game that one team felt it should have won and the other felt fortunate it didn’t lose Friday, the Grizzlies used enough big plays to hold off the never-quit Bees 47-37. Wadsworth (3-0) led Read More…

Football: Medina tackle Zeke Martin hungry for victories

Zeke Martin never wanted to be sick to his stomach again after missing part of his freshman football season with food poisoning. The Medina senior right tackle had to endure a very similar feeling anyway in the fall of 2012. Like so many modern high school athletes, Martin convinced himself that focusing on one sport Read More…

Football commentary: Highland-Buckeye rivalry deserves another chance


Few can expect current Buckeye and Highland football players to understand. One of Medina County’s oldest rivalries is back, and it’s a beautiful thing. The Hornets rolling to a convincing 44-6 non-league victory last week was secondary because alumni from both sides were smiling from ear to ear. The series had been played consecutively since Read More…

High School Football: Buckeye at Highland

Highland linebacker Grant Wallace reaches out for Buckeyes Nathan Scott during the first half. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk

  GRANGER TWP. — The fat lady sang at halftime Friday. It was too hot to stick around. Grant Wallace and Nick Corvo each rushed for more than 100 yards and the defense dominated all but four minutes, leading Highland to a 44-6 non-league victory over Buckeye on a muggy 89-degree night. The defending Division Read More…

Commentary: Pirates-Roughriders classic had a little bit of everything

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The postgame beverages for Gazette freelance writer Chad Grant were well deserved last week. Ever the high school football fanatic (as well as late-night catfisherman, but I digress), Grant was on an emotional high after witnessing the highest combined score involving a Medina County team since 1923 — Black River’s 72-57 win at Western Reserve. Read More…

High School Football: Medina at Brunswick

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BRUNSWICK — The Brunswick defense was glad to spend most of the first half on the field Friday against rival Medina because the Blue Devils offense was scoring so quickly. Four touchdown drives that each lasted 75 seconds or less and a momentum-swinging botched trick play by the Bees changed the non-league game for good, Read More…

Medina’s Teske makes verbal commitment to Michigan

  MEDINA — Incoming Medina junior Jon Teske verbally committed to the University of Michigan on Thursday. Teske, a 6-foot-11 center, selected the Wolverines over archival OhioState. As a sophomore, Teske averaged 10.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.9 rebounds as Medina reached the Copley Division I District championship. He is expected to have a much larger Read More…

High school golf: Motivated Bees get sweet taste of revenge

Medina’s Evan Schreck tees off on the third hole at Brookside Country Club during the Medina County Tournament. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

NORTON — Sam Thies didn’t mince words. The Medina boys golf team has unfinished business. Led by the senior’s career round, the Bees edged Highland by three strokes to win the Medina County Tournament at picture-perfect Barberton Brookside Country Club. Legendary coach Jeanne Pritchard’s team finished second in the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division for Read More…

Kenny Kaminski leaving Michigan State, undecided where he’ll transfer

Medina native Kenny Kaminski announced  he will transfer from Michigan State. (AP FILE PHOTO)

One of the Big Ten’s most prolific 3-point shooters last season will no longer play for Michigan State. Medina native and incoming redshirt sophomore Kenny Kaminski announced on Twitter he will transfer to a school yet to be determined. The decision Saturday ended an up-and-down Spartans tenure in which the highly recruited forward batted injuries Read More…

David Matejczyk builds Wiffle ball field of dreams in Seville


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…