December 22, 2014

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Blue Devils jump to 38-3 halftime lead in win over Mustangs

Albert Grindle The Gazette BRUNSWICK — Highlighted by some dude wearing a full-body costume that looked eerily similar to raunchy movie character “Ted,” the members of the Brunswick student section couldn’t contain themselves. They knew the opportunity would never present itself again, so, naturally, they let ’er rip. “You have one point,” they blurted in Read More…

Boys basketball: Black River proves it can handle bright lights in win over Brooklyn

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CLEVELAND — The magnitude of the moment wasn’t lost on senior shooting guard Alex McIntyre. The Black River boys basketball team was clinging to a single-digit lead over Brooklyn heading into the fourth quarter. The golden opportunity to grab its second Patriot Athletic Conference victory in 46 months was there for the taking. The catch Read More…

Boys basketball: Fun-loving Dillon Mullins keeps things loose for improved Cloverleaf

Cloverleaf center Dillon Mullins (42) pulls down a rebound between Keystone’s Jacob Miller, right, and Jake Bowers on Dec. 3, 2013. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

The first question posed to shooting guard Braedon Hansen, one half of Cloverleaf’s version of comic strip characters Mutt and Jeff, was what comes to mind when someone says “Dillon Mullins.” As most boys basketball fans know by now, Mullins is an old-school, back-to-the-basket center who is among the top scorers in the Suburban League. Read More…

Scott the stopper

Highland's Brogan Scott puts up a shot against Wadsworth's Joel Kipfer (21) and Nick Hewitt during the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

    WADSWORTH — Thirty years from now, Brogan Scott will be remembered as one of the elite scorers in Highland boys basketball history. Should the Hornets repeat as Suburban League champions, his teammates will recall fondly what he did at the other end of the court Friday against archrival Wadsworth. Guarding center Joel Kipfer Read More…

Grizzlies run by Colts

Albert Grindle The Gazette WADSWORTH — Jodi Johnson, Laurel Palitto and Co. channeled their inner Dixie Chick on Wednesday to put away a pesky opponent. Like the 1999 song that reached No. 2 on the country charts, the Wadsworth girls basketball players were “Ready to Run” in the third quarter of a 63-35 Suburban League Read More…

Boys basketball: North Ridgeville packs too much punch against Buckeye

Buckeye’s Ryan Grauel goes up for a shot against North Ridgeville’s Demario McCall during the first quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

YORK TWP. — Other than Blake Brumfield and Tristan Widenmeyer scoring their initial varsity points, Tuesday was a disaster for the Buckeye boys basketball team. Again getting manhandled on the glass and adding bull-fighter-quality perimeter defense to their problems, the Bucks were drilled by sometimes sloppy but always-aggressive North Ridgeville 65-50 in non-league play. Buckeye Read More…

Virgin, Fortner lead Grizzlies past Revere

WADSWORTH — Aubrey Virgin and Sophia Fortner proved without a shadow of a doubt they have hearts of champions. The senior center and freshman point guard came up with key plays in crucial moments Saturday, leading the Wadsworth girls basketball team to a 56-45 victory over hard-charging Revere. The Grizzlies (2-0, 1-0) won their 62nd Read More…

Unselfish Hornets win Moser’s debut

GRANGER TWP. — It’s impossible to spell potential without an “O.” The new-look Highland girls basketball team was relentless Saturday in its first game under coach Mike Moser. The Hornets pushed the ball unselfishly, crashed the boards hard and won nearly every hustle play. The end result was an offensively driven 65-32 victory over Copley Read More…

Earning a reward

Medina's Zach Bennett splits Ashland's Isaac White (11) and Trey Smith during the first quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

    MEDINA — Less than five seconds remained and All-Ohio Ashland point guard Issac White was attempting two meaningless free throws. First-year Medina boys basketball coach Chris Hassinger then turned to face his bench and smiled as he said, “Hey, we’re going to B-Dubs (Buffalo Wild Wings).” It was the loudest cheer on a Read More…

Football MVP: Steven Ficyk powered Brunswick back to playoffs while living childhood dream

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The Brunswick football legacy was drilled into Steven Ficyk from seemingly every angle. Nothing on earth was going to stop him from turning childhood fantasies into reality. The son of a former Blue Devils quarterback, Ficyk needed no introduction as to why the school colors are deeply entrenched in the blue-collar community. When Ficyk was Read More…