October 20, 2014

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Hornets roll by Grizzlies

Wadsworth's Daniel Weinerman scores a touchdown against Highland's Manny Dela Cerna (14) and Blake Phelps during the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Albert Grindle The Gazette WADSWORTH — Grant Wallace sliced left, dashed right and brought the hammer. There was no stopping Highland freight train No. 41. The senior running back rushed for a career-high 206 yards and three touchdowns Friday night, leading the Hornets to an eye-opening 41-14 win over archrival Wadsworth in Suburban League play. Read More…

Grayson stars as Highland wins overall title

Albert Grindle The Gazette AKRON — Andy Grayson narrowly missed a 50-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole of the Suburban League Tournament. The Highland senior then calmly marked his ball and did a subtle, bobbing dance while waiting for the other players in his group to finish. Grayson knew he was the only player Read More…

Blue Devils’ Clift loves the game because of Dad

Brunswick senior wide receiver Gary Clift Jr. leads Medina County with 394 receiving yards this season. (RON SCHWANE/PHOTO)

The football career of Gary Clift Jr. hadn’t even reached shoulder-pad status when he realized Dad was kind of a big deal. This was back when Clift and now-Brunswick quarterback Steven Ficyk were doing “unheard-of things” in flag football. Clift knew his father, also his namesake, had played at OhioState, but didn’t realize the magnitude Read More…

Golf: Defending champ Medina fine with finish, capture tournament

RAVENNA — It was a victory that was more sweet than bitter for the Medina girls golf team. Trailing Hudson in the season standings by a nearly insurmountable margin heading into the Northeast Ohio Conference Postseason Tournament, the Bees (339) played one of their best 18-hole rounds of the season Tuesday and defeated Solon (340) Read More…

Girls golf: Chloe McKinzie, Highland get another Suburban League crown

Highland’s Chloe McKinzie hits an approach shot on the sixth hole at Brookside Country Club. McKinzie led Highland to its sixth straight Suburban League Tournament title. RON SCHWANE/GAZETTE

NORTON — Chloe McKinzie’s excitement was contagious. A life-changing 15 hours for the Highland senior were nearing their conclusion, and her broad smile stretched all the way from Barberton Brookside Country Club to Athens County. The reasons were many. At 10 p.m. Sunday night, McKinzie made a verbal commitment to continue her career at Ohio Read More…

High School Football: Brunswick at Hudson

Brunswick's Gary Clift makes a great catch with Hudson's Matt Restilo defending during the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

  HUDSON — University of Toledo football coach Matt Campbell will be pleased to hear the latest update about his prized quarterback recruit. In what was expected to be a toe-to-toe Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division showdown between the fourth- and fifth-ranked Division I teams in Ohio, Mitchell Guadagni and Hudson left no doubt Friday Read More…

High school football: Hudson, Brunswick ready for NOC Valley opener

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Buy a ticket early, hit the concession stand and settle in. This will be worth the price of admission. Not many Week 4 games come with this much hoopla: Undefeated Hudson against undefeated Brunswick tonight in the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division opener. If The Associated Press Division I state poll is to be believed, Read More…

High School Football: Medina at Wadsworth

Medina's Ian Crawley hauls in a touchdown reception against Wadsworth's Craig Palidar during the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

WADSWORTH — Wadsworth defensive coordinator Rob Karovic and Medina counterpart Toby Stepis had 84 reasons to be upset. In a non-league game that one team felt it should have won and the other felt fortunate it didn’t lose Friday, the Grizzlies used enough big plays to hold off the never-quit Bees 47-37. Wadsworth (3-0) led Read More…

Football: Medina tackle Zeke Martin hungry for victories

Zeke Martin never wanted to be sick to his stomach again after missing part of his freshman football season with food poisoning. The Medina senior right tackle had to endure a very similar feeling anyway in the fall of 2012. Like so many modern high school athletes, Martin convinced himself that focusing on one sport Read More…

Football commentary: Highland-Buckeye rivalry deserves another chance

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Few can expect current Buckeye and Highland football players to understand. One of Medina County’s oldest rivalries is back, and it’s a beautiful thing. The Hornets rolling to a convincing 44-6 non-league victory last week was secondary because alumni from both sides were smiling from ear to ear. The series had been played consecutively since Read More…