May 25, 2015

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Johnson gets redemption

Albert Grindle The Gazette YORK TWP. — Jake Johnson was angry. With a season batting average well north of .400, the Buckeye right fielder entered his fourth at-bat Wednesday against Black River without a hit. A sacrifice fly in the first inning was nice, but the stakes were significantly higher in the sixth. Johnson got Read More…

Rough outing for Medina

Albert Grindle The Gazette STRONGSVILLE — A rash of slow starts finally caught up to the Medina baseball team. Rallying consistently allowed the Bees to win six times last week and get into the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division race. The reward was a game Tuesday at Strongsville with a share of first place on Read More…

Albert Grindle commentary about Tom Lombardo: It’s hard to fault decision

Tom Lombardo

Dear Highland: Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. Tom Lombardo sent the Northeast Ohio high school sports world abuzz Wednesday by leaving the Hornets to become head football coach at parochial superpower St. Edward. The Eagles are the defending Division I state champions and lost previous coach Rick Finotti to the University Read More…

Highland football coach Tom Lombardo leaving for St. Edward

Former Highland football coach Tom Lombardo, center, leads the Hornets onto the field in the final game at Highland Stadium last fall. Today, Lombardo was introduced as the new coach of St. Edward. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

LAKEWOOD — Dressed in a gray suit and laughing at a comment about his pepper-black hair, Tom Lombardo was in his element at St. Edward High. If Lombardo was going to leave Highland, the defending Division I state champion Eagles were on the very short list. The winningest football coach in Hornets history changed addresses Read More…

High school baseball: Brunswick blitzes Medina early

Gary Clift Jr.

MEDINA — The potential for Brunswick’s baseball team to lose Tuesday was gone in 54 pitches. Crushing the ball all over the field, the Blue Devils roared to a sizable lead and Dom Francis pitched six effective innings in an 8-3 win over archrival Medina. Brunswick (7-4, 3-2) was three days removed from losing two Read More…

High school baseball: Buckeyes can’t crawl out of early hole

Steve Wright

YORK TWP. — Play sloppy and good opponents clean house. The inexperienced Buckeye baseball team showed it still has work to do, digging a big hole early before a spirited rally fell short Monday in a 7-4 loss to Firelands. The Bucks (6-7, 4-2) compounded mental errors and ace Liam Murray (2-2) struggled to find Read More…

Mackey’s Blue Devils smashed all expectations but their own

Albert Grindle The Gazette “I thought we could be better than people thought, but I’d be lying if I thought we’d get up to 19 (wins).” One of the worst kept secrets in MedinaCounty is coach Joe Mackey’s Brunswick boys basketball team doesn’t get wrapped up in perceptions. In an age of the oftentimes fabricated Read More…

Highland basketball coach Michael Murphy steps down with 47 wins in three years

Highland’s boys basketball coach Michael Murphy has stepped down. Prior to coaching the boys team, Murphy coached Highland’s girls basketball team. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

GRANGER TWP. — The second-winningest coach in Highland boys basketball history has stepped down. Michael Murphy resigned Tuesday, ending a three-year tenure in which the Hornets won 47 games, the Suburban League championship in 2013-14 and their first sectional title as a Division I school this season. The 47-year-old Wadsworth Township resident, who also has Read More…

Men’s college golf: Jeanne Pritchard takes over as Wayne College coach

Former Medina golf coach Jeanne Pritchard will be coaching the Wayne College men’s golf team. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

MEDINA — Jeanne Pritchard didn’t stay out of coaching for long. Shortly after resigning as Medina boys golf coach in October, Pritchard accepted a boys/girls assistant gig at Walsh Jesuit. All of this followed a summer of 2014 in which Pritchard was the interim women’s coach at Ashland University. Another opportunity arose, however, as the Read More…

High school baseball: Unique save by Chris Byers

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WESTFIELD TWP. — Chris Byers got the save without leaving the dugout. Scheduled to start today for the Wadsworth baseball team, the junior kept the scorebook Tuesday during a Suburban League game against Cloverleaf. Little did Byers know he’d make the biggest play of the day. With Cloverleaf’s Kenny Wells representing the tying run at Read More…