April 30, 2016

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Albert Grindle

About Albert Grindle

Albert Grindle is a sportswriter for the Gazette. He can be reached at 330-721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.

High school baseball: Wadsworth protects ‘the Swamp’ with Suburban League win over Hudson

WADSWORTH — Protect “The Swamp,” baby. The timing couldn’t have been better for the Wadsworth baseball team, which believed it was facing a virtual must-win situation Wednesday against Hudson. There was no way the Grizzlies were going to lose on the 3-year-old home field they call “The Swamp” — a nickname that stuck early on Read More…

High school baseball: Munoz’s mighty swing helps Medina over Brunswick

BRUNSWICK — Dillon Munoz was supposed to ride the pine. Then he was supposed to bunt. Neither happened. Munoz instead unleashed the swing of his life Tuesday, crushing a two-run, opposite-field home run in the top of the seventh inning to help Medina’s baseball team stun rival Brunswick 3-1. The senior outfielder began the Greater Read More…

High school baseball: Brunswick beats Medina to spoil Bees’ GCC title hopes

MEDINA — Playing spoiler can be pretty sweet. The Brunswick baseball team delivered a crushing blow to Medina’s Greater Cleveland Conference championship hopes Monday, scoring two unearned runs in the top of the seventh inning and holding on for dear life to win 8-7. The Blue Devils (6-7, 4-4) ended the wild game that lasted Read More…

High school baseball: Drubbing by Strongsville shows Brunswick has much to work on

BRUNSWICK — The soul-searching is under way. The Brunswick baseball team has played some of Ohio’s best already this season, but the results have shown there is plenty of catching up to do. That held true again Monday, as Strongsville rolled to a 15-1 five-inning victory in a Greater Cleveland Conference rivalry game that traditionally Read More…

Bees waste great effort by Curtis

  STRONGSVILLE — The margin of error continues to be slim in the Greater Cleveland Conference. Ian Hennessey was masterful in throwing a 96-pitch two-hitter Friday as the Strongsville baseball team edged Medina 1-0 on an unearned run, making Bees ace John Curtis (1-2) a hard-luck loser despite allowing only four hits in a complete Read More…

High school baseball: Wadsworth makes statement, manhandled state-ranked Twinsburg

WADSWORTH — The runaway freight train known as the Wadsworth baseball team continued to rumble down the tracks. Taking most by surprise — except themselves, of course — the Grizzlies demolished state-ranked Twinsburg 13-3 Thursday in a key early-season Suburban League National Division game that only took five innings. Wadsworth (7-0-1, 5-0) extended its SL Read More…

High school baseball: Pluta has big day on mound, at plate as Black River beats Brookside

SULLIVAN TWP. — For being relatively new to pitching, Seth Pluta is doing all right. The ace was unhittable for long stretches, got out of a couple jams and, for good measure, belted a two-run home run Wednesday as the Black River baseball team pulled off a thrilling 4-3 win over Brookside. While Travis Sexton Read More…

Gazette MVP: Medina’s Teske cherished opportunity to be one of the guys

Boys basketball coach Chris Hassinger is minding his own business in a hallway at Medina High, engaging in a conversation or loudly making a quip. Lurking in the background is Jon Teske, who at 7-foot-1, 245 pounds always sticks out in a crowd but has a way of staying incognito around “Hass.” Teske keeps his Read More…

Coaching success has followed, but Wadsworth’s Booth remembers where he came from

A tall country boy from tiny Lucas, Ohio, has accomplished big things in a girls basketball coaching career at one of the most respected Division I programs in the state. He won’t be giving up the whistle soon, either. But even after 242 wins, 10 Suburban League titles, eight district crowns, two state tournament berths Read More…

Gazette MVPs: Football toughened Wadsworth’s Johnson on the way to stardom

Wadsworth youth quarterback Graham Blind lined up under center against Highland, poised to lead the offense down the Green Leaf Park field in Sharon Township. The Grizzlies were inside the 40-yard line and aiming for the end zone with a well-timed play call in mind. Blind got the snap and quickly fired outside, where a Read More…