August 1, 2015

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High school football: Parity is name of game in new Suburban League

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CUYAHOGA FALLS — The Suburban League makes sense. That’s the feeling that came out of the SL Media Day on Thursday when the 15 football teams of the “new” conference got together at The Natatorium in Cuyahoga Falls. Cloverleaf and Green have joined the Portage Trail Conference and Federal League, respectively. In their place is Read More…

Wrestling: Medina County pair finishes strong in Freestyle Junior Nationals

Medina resident James Handwerk, left, takes on Kansas’ Isacc Luellen in the seventh-place match at 182 pounds. (BRAD BOURNIVAL / GAZETTE)

FARGO, N.D. — Familiar faces led to seventh places Saturday at the Junior Nationals during Freestyle competition in Fargo, North Dakota. That left Wadsworth’s Noah Baughman (120 pounds) and Medina resident James Handwerk (182), a Lutheran West junior, grinning after what were impressive performances at the FargoDome to earn All-American status. After putting together six Read More…

Highland hires wrestling legend Alan Fried as coach

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GRANGER TWP. — In terms of coaches with credentials, Highland just hit a home run. Looking for a varsity wrestling coach after Frank Calarco stepped down from the position after one year, the Hornets hired Alan Fried. That’s Alan Fried, Espoir World Champion, three-time Ohio high school state champion and the first wrestler in history Read More…

Wrestling: Noah Baughman, James Handwerk take care of business

Wadsworth’s Noah Baughman, right, wrestles Minnesota’s Jakob Bergeland. Baughman beat Bergeland to end the day with three wins. (BRAD BOURNIVAL / GAZETTE)

FARGO, N.D. — On the first day of competition in the Freestyle Junior Nationals, it’s easy to not get ahead of yourself. One big win can be met with a crushing loss that knocks a competitor to the consolation bracket where almost every match becomes win or go home. That’s the way Wadsworth’s Noah Baughman Read More…

Wrestling: Medina resident becomes four-time Fargo All-American

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FARGO, N.D. — On Tuesday, James Handwerk cemented himself as a four-time Fargo All-American. It happened inside the FargoDome on the campus of North Dakota State University and came with a seventh-place finish in Junior Greco-Roman at Nationals. The seventh-place finish pairs with a Cadet Greco-Roman runner-up finish (2014), Cadet Freestyle fifth-place finish (2014) and Read More…

Toocheck to be an assistant softball coach at KSU

Brad Bournival The Gazette MEDINA — The pull to get back to her college alma mater finally grabbed a hold of Jessica Toocheck. A standout softball player at KentState and the Mid-American Player of the Year in 2008, Toocheck was very happy after five seasons as Medina’s softball coach and two years as a Bees Read More…

Women’s golf: Renee Dietz, Alice Ho keep pulling off upsets

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MEDINA TWP. — The Women’s Ohio State Golf Association set up the seeds after the first day of its Amateur Championship. Alice Ho and Renee Dietz keep knocking them out. The Medina County golfers reached the semifinals of their respective flights Wednesday thanks to another day of strong match play. In order to reach the Read More…

Baughman, Handwerk earn All-America status

FARGO, N.D. — Two wrestlers from Medina County entered the Junior National Freestyle tournament in Fargo, North Dakota, this week. Both will finish as All-Americans. Considered by many to be the best tournament in the nation — there were 1,140 entrants at the beginning — it’s an event that separates the very good from the Read More…

Special memories made at Medina County Sports Hall of Fame banquet

Brad Bournival The Gazette WADSWORTH — While countless Northeast Ohioans sweated the beginning of Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, 450 people gathered in Wadsworth for the Medina County Sports Hall of Fame banquet. They gathered at The Galaxy Restaurant for the 30th annual event and celebrated Bob Crum, Karen (Friend) DeVries, Dick Read More…

Devils’ 4×800 relay makes podium

Brad Bournival The Gazette COLUMBUS — With clipboard in hand at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Brunswick distance coach Kerry Hunter went through the years. It took 15 of them until he found the answer. When the girls 4×800-meter relay finished eighth Friday at the Division I state track meet, it not only marked the first Read More…