October 1, 2014

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Sectional tennis: Grizzlies out to prove year wasn’t a fluke

Back in August, Sarah Wellert, Annie Nichols, Rylee O’Brien, Selena Laikos, Hannah Jarolim, Abby Tolson and Sarah Elfers embarked on a journey that even Wadsworth girls tennis coach Kristy Nichol didn’t foresee. A mixed bag of players all competing in new spots for the Grizzlies, the septet picked up steam early, carried that momentum and Read More…

‘The Quiet Storm’ makes noise

Buckeye quareterback Nathan Pollidori scrambles away from Lutheran Wests Nickolas Kessel in the first quarter. (AARON JOSEFCZYK)

Brad Bournival The Gazette YORK TWP. — “The Quiet Storm” whipped around Edwin Steingass Field like a cyclone Friday. If he keeps up the pace, Nathan Scott might reach typhoon status by the time the season is over. A wide receiver employed quite a bit in the Buckeye football team’s run scheme, the junior had Read More…

Volleyball: Wadsworth battles to the end, refuses to give up title

Wadsworth’s Jenna Johnson hits against Revere’s Nicole Mandalfino in the second set. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

WADSWORTH — If Revere’s volleyball team had any ideas of prying the Suburban League trophy away from four-time defending champion Wadsworth on Tuesday, the Grizzlies were going to make sure the Minutemen played their best. Facing match point four times in Game 4, Wadsworth bounced back to force a fifth set, but lost 25-13, 21-25, Read More…

Boys soccer: Win streak halted as Strongsville edges Medina

Medina’s Noah Hastings beats Strongsville goalkeeper Reese Laurell (0) and Tim Hoffman to score a goal in the first half. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

STRONGSVILLE — The margin for error between the Medina and Strongsville boys soccer teams is so minimal sometimes a misdirected ball or just-missed shot is the difference. That was the case Tuesday night for the Bees, who fell 3-2 in Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division action to snap a three-game winning streak against the Mustangs. Read More…

Wrestling: Living legends Houghtaling, Kallai to enter national hall

Chris Kallai, left, and Jim Houghtling will be inducted into the National Wresling Hall of Fame in October. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Jim Houghtaling and Chris Kallai have gone national for all the right reasons. Longtime legends at the local high school level, the two will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Oct. 19. Given the lifetime service to wrestling award by the Ohio Chapter of the NWHOF, Read More…

Girls tennis: Hornets’ Allie Welch has worked hard to achieve goals

Senior Allie Welch is the Highland girls tennis team’s first singles player. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

It’s not hard to figure out where Allie Welch fits on the Highland girls tennis team. A first singles player with the serve to get things done and the ground strokes to make sure her point gets across, the Hornets senior is the unquestioned leader of the team. That tenacity has been honed over the Read More…

Volleyball: A silver lining, Bees content despite defeat

Medina’s Jess Sency hits against North Royalton’s Holly Hetman. Below, the Bees’ Carla Relitz hits against the Bears’ Casey Wroblewski (6) and Maddie Meinberg. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — The scorebook showed a four-set victory for the North Royalton volleyball team Tuesday against Medina. Those in attendance know the Bears’ 25-23, 25-9, 24-26, 25-17 win was a lot closer than it seemed. The Bees (4-2, 0-2) gave North Royalton (9-0, 2-0) all it could handle and the Bears, ranked sixth in the Read More…

High School Football: Keystone at Cloverleaf

Cloverleaf's Tyler Slavens defends on a pass attempt to C.J. Conrad during the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

WESTFIELD TWP. — Keystone knows praise will come for standout wide receiver C.J. Conrad. The defense knows it will start getting more attention if it keeps doing what it’s done through two games this season. What the Wildcats wanted to talk about Friday after a 25-8 win over Cloverleaf was something that hasn’t happened in Read More…

Boys soccer: Copley crushes Bees

COPLEY TWP. — One thing became abundantly clear to Medina’s Jacob Schaefer just 15 minutes into the Bees’ 5-0 loss to Copley. By the end of the non-league boys soccer match, virtually everyone else came to an agreement with the junior. “They’re probably the best team in Northeast Ohio,” he said. “They’re skilled. They move Read More…

Devils’ Ficyk has big arm, brain

Football enjoyment isn’t measured in yards for Steven Ficyk. It’s not a game about points, punts and penalties. Instead, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior would rather talk about kings, queens, rooks and pawns. A returning starter who led Brunswick to the playoffs last season for the first time since 2009, the senior would rather talk about Read More…