March 29, 2015

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Boys basketball districts: Medina upsets another league champ

Medina’s Evan Schreck goes up for a shot between Timken’s LePear Toles, left, and T.J. Lipins in the third quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

COPLEY TWP. — The champions of the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division and Principals Athletic Conference were little match for the NOC Valley Division’s No. 5 team over a five-day span. Respect all but fear none has been the calling card for the Medina boys basketball team, and the vastly underrated, battle-hardened Bees still feel Read More…

Boys district basketball: Brunswick gives second-ranked Lorain all they can handle

Brunswick's Kevin Simmons goes scores past Lorain's Daviere Andrews, left, Kevin Davis (2) and Shane Smith during the first quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

EATON TWP. — Daviere Andrews stepped to the foul line with 0.3 seconds on the clock and victory in hand. The fanatical crowd that has helped make Lorain’s boys basketball team a powerhouse chanted “Un-da-feat-ed … Un-da-feat-ed” during both of Andrews’ attempts. The top-seeded Titans survived Wednesday in the Midview Division I District semifinals, but Read More…

Girls basketball: Sweet chin music, Jodi Johnson’s 3-pointer knocks out game Bears

Wadsworth’s Jodi Johnson goes up for a shot against North Royalton’s Alison Smolinski in the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

STRONGSVILLE — Jodi Johnson was denied the opportunity to experience what may have been the most beautiful sound of her young life. The roar from the near-capacity crowd inside Strongsville High overpowered the noise of her game-winning 3-pointer hitting nothing but net. Big-time players make big-time shots. Johnson proved that theory Tuesday via a wide-open Read More…

Girls basketball: North Noyalton a formidable threat for Wadsworth

Wadsworth forward Laurel Palitto (GAZETTE)

STRONGSVILLE — The North Royalton girls basketball team may be new to the Division I regional scene, but believing the Bears will be intimidated would be a fatal mistake. Wadsworth (22-3) refuses to fall into that trap as it heads into a Sweet 16 game tonight at Strongsville High. The winner will advance to play Read More…

Basketball: Medina puts forth elite defensive effort to stun Hudson

Medina’s Jon Teske shoots over Hudson’s Trevor Colazzo. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

HUDSON — Pick a player to praise. There was no incorrect answer. Towering 7-footer Jon Teske protected the rim. Zach Bennett guarded everyone from 5-8 point guards to 6-7 centers. Ben Geschke, Evan Schreck and Luke Schaefer denied every conceivable driving angle. It was five-working-as-one defense that first-year coach Chris Hassinger usually only dreams about. Read More…

Slow start dooms Bucks

Buckeye's Nick Wills reacts after losing to Keystone in the Secional final 67-52. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

    LAGRANGE — The combination of a perfect start and a point guard focused on redemption proved impossible to defeat. The top-seeded Keystone boys basketball team had everything going Friday in a North Ridgeville Division II Sectional final, using blistering-hot shooting and a highlight-reel performance from K.J. Williams to take an impressive 67-52 victory Read More…

Girls basketball: Jodi Johnson continues torrid play

Wadsworth’s Jodi Johnson is fouled by Avon’s Sierra Davidson as Catie Kelly helps defend on the play in the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — The floor burns, bumps and bruises were the necessary sacrifice to cut down the nets. Anyone with a pulse Thursday could see Jodi Johnson played like a young woman possessed. The All-Ohio shooting guard continued her torrid postseason, scoring a game-high 21 points to complement textbook defense as the second-seeded Wadsworth girls basketball Read More…

Boys basketball: Tanner Houska, Brogan Scott refuse to let season end

Highland’s Brogan Scott goes up for a shot against Canton McKinley’s Isaiah Smith in the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

GRANGER TWP. — Brogan Scott and Tanner Houska refused to let their careers die. On life support after falling behind by double-digits at halftime, the 12th-seeded Highland boys basketball team saw its stars bring it back from the grave and stun No. 22 Canton McKinley 65-59 in a Copley Division I Sectional semifinal. The Hornets Read More…

Boys basketball: Buckeye’s Ryan Grauel scores 32 points in victory over Clearview

Buckeye’s Ryan Grauel scores against Clearview’s Juan Torres and Jason Young, left, during the third quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

YORK TWP. — Ryan Grauel sat on a locker room bench at halftime and peered into the deepest part of his soul. He then asked himself a question: Is this how he wanted to end his high school basketball career? The answer came in the form of a virtuoso performance that left the student section Read More…

Girls basketball: Jodi Johnson, Aubrey Virgin key in Wadsworth victory


MEDINA — Lexi Civittolo, Jillian Miglich, Ava Illig and Bri Burgos won’t be getting thank you tweets or Christmas cards. Even so, the Cloverleaf girls basketball players gave second-seeded Wadsworth what it needed Monday: A competitive and, more importantly, intense tournament game before the real fun begins. The 19th-seeded Colts threw everything but the kitchen Read More…