May 30, 2015

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Clady jumps at chance to coach again

Albert Grindle The Gazette YORK TWP. — A seven-minute car drive from Buckeye High to home was enough for Ron Clady to end his self-imposed coaching hiatus. The LiverpoolTownship resident stepped down in 2009 after 10 seasons as Wellington girls basketball coach to focus on his three children, immediately going from the varsity sideline to Read More…

District baseball championship: Close call stops Wadsworth cold in title game

Wadsworth’s Adam Dennison and his teammates react after losing 5-4 to Walsh Jesuit in the Hudson Division I District final. Wadsworth ends the season 27-1. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

HUDSON — The stuff fairytales are made of ended in the nightmare of a lifetime. Wadsworth designated hitter Alex Laikos was at the plate Wednesday in the Hudson Division I District championship with his dugout on the edge of pandemonium. The Grizzlies were trailing Walsh Jesuit by one, but the winning run was on first Read More…

Baseball districts: Wadsworth won’t look past Brecksville

Nick Bebout

The Wadsworth baseball team believes it has sacrificed too much to allow its season to end tonight in the loaded Hudson Division I District semifinals. Fourth-seeded Brecksville (21-5) will try everything to take down the top-seeded Grizzlies (26-0), with the winner to battle No. 2 Walsh Jesuit (23-3) or No. 3 Hudson (22-6) for the Read More…

Magics turn tables on Bees

Albert Grindle The Gazette MEDINA — Sometimes role reversals aren’t fun. The Medina softball team had eliminated Barberton from the tournament in each of the last three seasons by a combined 22-6 score, but Friday was a different story. The hug left-handed pitcher Kloee Cuckler gave to catcher Riley Ries was full of joy, as Read More…

Baseball sectionals: Perfect Wadsworth moves on after 5-1 win over Copley

Nick Bebout

WADSWORTH — Cue the 2010 DJ Khaled song “All I do is win.” The Wadsworth baseball team is still undefeated. No. 9 hitter Wil Rock provided the icebreaking hit, Nick Bebout and Craig Palidar bombed line-drive home runs and Bebout made history on the mound Wednesday as the Grizzlies again picked apart Suburban League rival Read More…

Wadsworth baseball: Kings of comedy off the field, unbeatable on it

Depicted is first baseman Dylan Palidar. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Craig Palidar was trying really hard to be serious after the biggest hit of his young career. About 15 minutes earlier Friday, the sophomore with a 1980s Tom Cruise hairdo smoked a walk-off double in the eighth inning against Strongsville, allowing Wadsworth to maintain its distinction as the only undefeated baseball team in Ohio. Aaron Read More…

Palidar comes through with walk-off rocket

Albert Grindle The Gazette WADSWORTH — A few months ago, Wadsworth catcher Craig Palidar couldn’t have dreamed of batting in the bottom of the eighth inning with an undefeated record on the line. A season-ending injury to All-Gazette selection and KentState recruit Alex Laikos in the preseason changed everything, however, and Palidar continues to prove Read More…

OHSAA proposed enrollment figures: County high schools have fewer students

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An overlying theme popped up when new proposed enrollment figures were released by the Ohio High School Athletic Association: Medina County schools are shrinking at the high school level. The figures were recorded by the Ohio Department of Education and reflect students in grades 9-11 with athletic opportunities on Oct. 31, 2014. They will be Read More…

High school football: Mike Gibbons hired as Highland’s coach

Mike Gibbons

GRANGER TWP. — Highland didn’t leave the Tom Lombardo family tree to find his replacement as football coach. Lombardo’s brother-in-law, Beachwood coach Mike Gibbons, was officially named the 17th coach in school history during a special school board meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The decision came two weeks to the day after Lombardo left for Read More…

Highland expected to name Gibbons football coach

Highland got the man it wanted to replace Tom Lombardo as football coach, and the school board is expected to make that official at a 6 p.m. special meeting tonight. Beachwood coach Mike Gibbons, brother-in-law of Lombardo, has been recommended to become the 17th coach in school history. Gibbons was defensive coordinator at Highland (2007-09) and Read More…