July 29, 2014

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Bilek aims to build demo cars with lasting power

Gary Bilek, right, can't compete in the demolition derby at the Medina County fair, but he does build cars for competitors like Kristen Frantz. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

  Brad Bournival The Gazette MEDINA — Fans will gather next week at the grandstand of the Medina County Fairgrounds ready to hear the engines roar and listen for the loud crashes of the demolition derby. Gary Bilek, one of its biggest fans will be front and center in the pit, cheering on the competitors Read More…

Basketball tourney keeps growing

MEDINA — The Hoop-N-Que has come a long way in a little under a decade. What once was an event that housed a single tournament played on a court with roll away basketball hoops, the Hoop-N-Que is a big happening in Medina County these days. The ninth annual tournament will take place Aug. 2 and Read More…

Retired principal John Deuber put in charge of Highland sports

GRANGER TWP. — After retiring as a principal at Highland Middle School, John Deuber is ready to tackle his new role as assistant principal at the high school and athletic administrator. Deuber, 54, who is under a one-year contract, will have much the same role as outgoing athletic director Curt Johansen. Johansen’s AD position was Read More…

Clarett will be in Wadsworth for a benefit and camp

  Brad Bournival The Gazette WADSWORTH — “BigMo” is coming to Wadsworth and he’s staying for two days. One of the most polarizing sports figures to step foot on Ohio State’s campus over the last two decades, gridiron great Maurice Clarett has been in the news for a variety of reasons. The former running back Read More…

Making memories that will last a lifetime

Nick Nutter speaks during his induction into the Medina County Sports Hall of Fame. (BRAD BOURNIVAL / GAZETTE)

    Brad Bournival The Gazette WADSWORTH — For those who missed the Medina County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at The Galaxy Restaurant on Thursday, well, they missed a lot. The approximately 450 individuals who made the trip to Wadsworth saw Wilbur Etter, Nick Nutter, Kase (McCoy) Stiefvater, Jesse Leng, Jessica Toocheck, Bob Jenne Read More…

Pollock is leaving legacy at Highland

Highland athletic secretary Terry Pollock is retiring after 25 years. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

     Brad Bournival The Gazette GRANGER TWP. — A new era in HighlandHigh School athletics will start in the fall. The bright smiling face that has been a mainstay in the Northeast corner of the school since it opened in 2004 — and one that has been part of the athletic department since 1989 Read More…

Leng turned wrestling into his lifestyle

Former Highland and Ohio State wrestler Jesse Leng will be inducted into the Medina County Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies on June 12 at The Galaxy Restaurant in Wadsworth. (RON SCHWANE/GAZETTE)

    Brad Bournival The Gazette What started as something Jesse Leng did on a whim has turned into a career full of memories. Leng, 33, who will be inducted into the Medina County Sports Hall of Fame during June 12 ceremonies at The Galaxy Restaurant in Wadsworth, was first introduced to wrestling by a Read More…

Lacrosse: Early five-goal deficit gives Medina little shot at crown

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NEW ALBANY — Experience told the Medina girls lacrosse team it would be in trouble if Sycamore got out to a fast start. For the second time this year, the Aviators came out blazing. It led to an Ohio Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association Division I state title for Sycamore in a 14-6 victory Saturday that turned Read More…

Bees make state final game

Dave Smith (left) and Jim Hitchcock celebrate after a Medina goal in the girls OSLA Division I state lacrosse semifinals. (JUDD SMERGLIA)

  Brad Bournival The Gazette WORTHINGTON — Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it. The Medina girls lacrosse team didn’t need much motivation Friday night in its 7-5 Ohio Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association Division I state semifinal win over Mason. Comets coach Paul Limpert provided all the incentive earlier in the Read More…

Girls lacrosse: Medina won’t look past Mason

WORTHINGTON — A three-year state title streak ended last year when the Medina girls lacrosse team lost to eventual state runner-up Sycamore one step away from the championship game. It was a team the Bees had tied in the regular season, so Medina might have been looking ahead. That loss taught the squad a valuable Read More…