July 31, 2014

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Hall of Fame: Few athletes come close to Wadsworth native Wib Etter

“Critics have been comparing him to Chic Harley, the Ohio State team’s
All-American halfback, but, as great as Harley is, Etter was his equal — if not his superior — Saturday.” —Springfield News, Nov. 16, 1919

The pain of Wittenberg captain Wilbur “Wib” Etter was so severe many feared he had separated a shoulder or broken a collarbone. The stakes far outweighed the risk of further injury. It was Nov. 25, 1920 — Thanksgiving Day — at muddy Zimmerman Field in Springfield. The 7-0 Lutherans, as they were known at the Read More…

High school basketball: ‘Hass’ is right man for job (commentary)

The over-under on broken clipboards in the 2014-15 season has been set at 2.5. This, of course, is subject to change. Sometime during Chris Hassinger’s highly successful four-year run as Medina girls basketball coach, a clipboard shattered into what felt like a billion pieces. Hassinger’s staff knew Gatorade carry-alls or chairs were next, so they Read More…

Hassinger in line to coach Bees

  Albert Grindle The Gazette MEDINA — Medina didn’t have to look far to find its next boys basketball coach. Bees athletic director Jeff Harrison wasted no time replacing Anthony Stacey, as he offered the post to former girls basketball coach Chris Hassinger on Thursday, just 14 days after Stacey resigned. Hassinger, a lifelong Wadsworth Read More…

Boys baseball: Wadsworth win Suburban League outright

WADSWORTH — Cameron Deemer struck out Highland’s Noah Suran and leaped into catcher Alex Laikos’ arms with his right index finger extended into the air. The rest of the Wadsworth baseball team sprinted to the mound and pummeled the 5-foot-7, 160-pound star of the day until he fell to the ground. It was a celebration Read More…

High school baseball: Grizzlies strike for 11 runs in third inning

WADSWORTH — One inning Thursday was indicative of how the Wadsworth baseball team has roared to the No. 6 ranking in the Prep Baseball Report Division I state poll. Posting double-digit runs in the third without an extra-base hit, the Grizzlies handed traditional Suburban League power Tallmadge a rare 14-1 five-inning loss. Wadsworth (13-1, 8-1), Read More…

High school baseball: ‘Whitty’ in top form

BRUNSWICK — The young man the Medina baseball team calls “Whitty” doesn’t look for pity because his fastball isn’t overpowering. Matt Whittaker instead embraces the slow-it-by-’em approach. The senior had the most impressive performance of his career Thursday, tossing a seven-hit shutout and working out of multiple jams to lead the Bees to a 6-0 Read More…

Luck lets Bees down

Albert Grindle The Gazette MEDINA — Luck was destined to determine the fates of Medina and Mentor as their Northeast Ohio Conference River Division baseball game entered the 10th inning. The Baseball Gods decided Thursday wasn’t the Bees’ day. Given new life of sorts after an overturned call on a suicide squeeze attempt, Domenic Dengel Read More…

Girls basketball: Highland coach Bolha will not be back

GRANGER TWP. — The revolving door of Highland girls basketball coaches continues to spin. Thirteen months after leading the school to the Medina Division I District championship game, Bernard Bolha’s contract was not renewed, according to a board member. Bolha compiled a 24-25 record over two seasons. The Hornets won 17 games and lost to Read More…

Cardinals leave Pirates in the dark

Black River Pirates pitcher Glen Crabtree (L) and catcher Brock Waltz are unable to come up with a bunt by Brookside's Kyle Houston in the second inning. (Photo Josefczyk)

Albert Grindle The Gazette SULLIVAN TWP. — Well, that was awkward. Weekday high school baseball games almost always start around 4:30 p.m., but a communication snafu Monday caused Brookside to arrive at 5:21 for its Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division game against Black River. Dudley Taw didn’t seem to mind, as the left-hander led the Read More…

Furman leads Devils over Bears

Brunswick's Corey Welch fields the ball against North Royalton during the sixth inning. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Albert Grindle The Gazette NORTH ROYALTON — The ERA of Nick Furman has three numbers just like everyone else. The difference? Those three are 0.00 through 14 innings this season. Long waiting for his chance to be an ace, Furman threw his second complete game of the very young season Wednesday as the Brunswick baseball Read More…