December 21, 2014

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High school football: Steven Ficyk, Daniel Weinerman make Division I first team

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Steven Ficyk and Daniel Weinerman earned their places among Medina County all-time greats when the Division I and II All-Ohio football teams were released Monday by The Associated Press. The Brunswick quarterback/punter and Wadsworth running back were named to the first team in D-I, highlighting 12 area players to earn recognition. Ficyk, a 6-foot-4, 215-pounder, Read More…

Wadsworth’s defense stops Eagles

RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE Wadsworth’s Sophia Fortner controls a loose ball against Avon’s Zanny Sauter in the second quarter. Albert Grindle The Gazette WADSWORTH — Little things added up to big opening-night success, as the Wadsworth girls basketball team picked up where it left off with outstanding half-court defense Friday. The encouraging news is the Read More…

Lafayette Township native Kyle Juszczyk up for Pro Bowl

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Lafayette Township native Kyle Juszczyk is in contention for the Pro Bowl only 27 games into his NFL career. The 2009 Cloverleaf graduate and second-year Baltimore Ravens player sits third in fullback voting behind Green Bay’s John Kuhn and Washington’s Darrel Young. The latest results were released by the league Wednesday. Highland graduate Jim Ritcher Read More…

All-Gazette golf: Highland’s Andy Grayson was never satisfied with being second best

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Andy Grayson needed to remind himself he was chasing the impossible: The perfect round of golf. The textbook shot fueled the Highland senior. There were no better feelings than striping the fairway, sticking an approach within 5 feet or drilling a nasty bender for birdie. Average golfers fall under this spell until reality sets in Read More…

Girls golf All-Gazette: Chloe McKinzie dedicated years to keeping Highland elite

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Chloe McKinzie walked the Ohio State University Golf Club’s Gray Course with her parents, Tim and Kathy, as an anxious middle-schooler in October of 2009 and ’10. They were cheering on Chloe’s older sister, Lauren, as she helped put the Highland girls golf team on the map. The Hornets’ program had only been around since Read More…

Football: Buckeye’s Trevor Thome is always a threat to take it to the house

Trevor Thome and Buckeye will battle Bowling Green tonight in the Division III, Region 8 quarterfinals. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Lose sight of No. 22 for a nanosecond and he’ll blow by in a flash. The Patriot Athletic Conference has produced NFL starters Hugh Thornton and Anthony Hitchens and 19 first-team All-Ohioans since its inception in 2005. Even so, the 12-school circuit has never seen a better big-play threat than Buckeye standout Trevor Thome, whose Read More…

High School Football Playoffs: Avon at Highland

Highland's Grant Wallace turns the corner against Avon during the first quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

  NORTH ROYALTON — The tears that fell to the FieldTurf of Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium were minimal. The Highland football players realized they were beaten by near-perfect execution in the fourth quarter Friday, as fifth-seeded Avon scored three unanswered touchdowns over the final 10:44 to take a 42-21 victory in a Division II, Region 4 Read More…

High school football: Highland’s Michael Doak contributes all over lines

Two-way lineman Michael Doak, right, has been a key contributor for Highland as it heads into a Division II, Region 4 playoff game against Avon. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Michael Doak was not gifted with freakish athleticism and does not have aspirations of playing football at a school like Miami (Fla.), where his grandfather, Norman Blanchard, was starting center from 1964-65. That’s fine with the Highland two-way lineman, who is proud of his heritage but prefers to stay out of the limelight. He instead Read More…

High School Football: Solon at Brunswick

Brunswick's Michael Bekeny runs away from Solon's Joe Rinicella during the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

    BRUNSWICK — Eric Bulic, Sean Magalski, Elliot Laisure, Adam Weber and Co. weren’t going to let up — not in their last game at Judy Kirsch Field with a Division I, Region 1 playoff berth within their grasp. It was a defensive performance of a lifetime for the Brunswick football team, which surprisingly Read More…

High School Football: Keystone at Buckeye

Buckeye's Trevor Thomes breaks though Keystone's Chris Sittinger, right, and Nick McLaughlin after a pass reception during the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

  YORK TWP. — Championship teams aren’t bought on supermarket shelves. Blood, sweat and tears are required to mold them into works of art. The Buckeye football team found out vividly what the finished product looks like. Dominating the second half from start to finish Friday, coach Mark Pinzone’s Bucks rallied to bury neighboring Keystone Read More…