February 9, 2016


High school wrestling: Wissel twins help Highland’s turnaround


For future reference, Ryan Wissel has a mole over his left eye and always is wearing red. His identical twin Tyler is the one wearing blue. Other than that, it’s virtually impossible to tell the Highland sophomores apart. Where one is the other is sure to follow. Even up close it’s tough to see the Read More…

High school wrestling: Wadsworth rebounds from St. Edward loss to win Suburban League tournament

WADSWORTH — Just call the Wadsworth wrestling team the Silly Putty of the Suburban League. A school that was pushed to the limit and beat up just three days prior bounced back into form Saturday at the conference championships to lock up its 24th straight league title. “The ride back was quiet,” Grizzlies coach John Read More…

Boys basketball: Cloverleaf take control gaining a victory over Ravenna in the Portage Trail Conference

1st quarter Cloverleaf# 22 Ryan Gutschow and Ravenna # 15 go for a rebound

(Glen Rutherford / Gazette)

WESTFIELD TWP. — The Cloverleaf boys basketball team cashed in. A squad that has had halftime leads only to fall apart in the second half, the Colts took control in the second quarter Friday and built momentum in a 59-46 Portage Trail Conference Metro Division win over Ravenna. “I always tell them if they work Read More…

High school wrestling: Wadsworth’s Jones has battled adversity his entire career


Wadsworth standout wrestler Alex Jones heads into the Suburban League Tournament on Saturday with a 14-3 record. He cherishes all 17 matches. See, the 170-pound junior knows what its like to have the sport he loves taken away from him. As a freshman, Jones felt like he had it all. He rolled into the SLT, Read More…

College: Family ties lead Highland’s Mapp to Akron soccer

Alex Mapp

GRANGER TWP. — The men’s soccer programs of Bowling Green, Coastal Carolina and John Carroll came calling on Highland’s Alex Mapp. The second the University of Akron talked to him about being center back, the aforementioned three quickly faded into the background. “I’ve grown up watching Akron,” Mapp said. “I’ve basically been to every University Read More…

High school wrestling: St Edward denies Wadsworth once again

John Gramuglia

LAKEWOOD — The Wadsworth wrestling team rarely gets handed its lunch. When it does, fans can bet the Grizzlies come back even stronger. On Wednesday, the squad reached the regional final of the Division I State Duals for the fourth straight year. For the fourth time in the history of the event, the Grizzlies didn’t Read More…

High school swimming: Medina’s Burns becoming accustomed to limelight

Josh Burns is starring in the pool and as a leader of the Medina boys swim team. The Bees finished the regular season 13-0 and 7-0 in the Greater Cleveland Conference.

The kid that was fine in the shadows is really enjoying the limelight. As a member of the Medina boys swimming team, Josh Burns was fine the last two years being the kid who did his talking by winning event after event. With a combined 31 freshmen and sophomores on this season’s team, Bees coach Read More…

College signing: Wadsworth’s Braumbaugh finds home at Wheeling Jesuit

Jake Braumbaugh

WADSWORTH — Sometimes high school seniors can overthink the recruiting process. Wadsworth’s Jake Braumbaugh isn’t one of them. A 2014 Gazette MVP in boys swimming and two-time All-Gazette selection, Braumbaugh found everything he wanted in Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.). While Cleveland State, Manchester University (Ind.) and John Carroll expressed strong interest, in the end the Division Read More…

College signing: Pharmacy program lures Schaefer to ONU

Jacob Schaefer

MEDINA — Many prospective college athletes look at schools as a way to better themselves in their sport. Medina’s Jacob Schaefer was looking for a university that would better him four or five years down the line. While the 2015 Gazette MVP in boys soccer will no doubt get better on the pitch with Ohio Read More…

High school basketball: Wadsworth has night to forget in loss to North Royalton


WADSWORTH — Senior nights are supposed to be games of pomp and circumstance with memories to last for decades, if not a lifetime. There won’t be many moments the Wadsworth boys basketball team will want to remember after a 45-31 Suburban League National Division loss to North Royalton on Friday. While there might have been Read More…