August 30, 2014

Medina
Partly cloudy
63°F

Baseball commentary: Cloverleaf regains winning feeling

The mood at practice Tuesday couldn’t have been more relaxed. The Cloverleaf baseball players all but stopped to watch built-like-a-man, four-year starter Devin Cunningham blast batting practice pitches all over the field with a wooden bat. They ooo’d and ahh’d when two left the yard and playfully reminded Cunningham when the others didn’t. The more Read More…

Baseball semifinals: Wadsworth up against too good of a team

Wadsworth third baseman Wil Rock is unable to come up with a ball hit by Walsh Jesuit’s Connor Regan in the fourth inning. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

HUDSON — It could have been much worse. Despite its sparkling record and No. 7 ranking in the Prep Baseball Report Division I state poll, the Wadsworth baseball team wasn’t oblivious to the obvious Monday: It was a decided underdog against top-ranked Walsh Jesuit in the Hudson D-I District semifinals. The Warriors had undefeated Missouri Read More…

Wadsworth righty cools off Medina

Wadsworth's Dylan Palidar hits a double in the bottom of the sixth inning. (JUDD SMERGLIA / GAZETTE)

Albert Grindle The Gazette WADSWORTH — Nippy 55-degree weather, a big crowd, runners in scoring position in five separate innings and postseason dreams on the line. Nick Bebout handled the pressure. The Wadsworth baseball team’s ace worked his magic Friday with a six-hitter, leading the Grizzlies to a 4-0 win over Medina in a Hudson Read More…

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…