June 30, 2015

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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…

Grizzlies clinch SL title share

Albert Grindle The Gazette COPLEY TWP. — To the surprise of absolutely no one wearing a Wadsworth baseball uniform, clinching a share of a second straight Suburban League championship was never in doubt. Nick “No Doubt” Bebout again lived up to his catchy nickname Tuesday, firing his sixth complete game in as many starts this Read More…

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…