July 31, 2014

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All-Gazette softball: Medina’s Vanessa Scoarste can never get enough

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High praise seems to follow Medina shortstop Vanessa Scoarste no matter where she goes. The four-time All-Gazette selection and 2014 Gazette MVP has been a thorn in the side of opposing coaches for the last 48 months, but when Elyria coach Ken Fenik rather emphatically said the senior was unlike anyone he’d ever coached against, Read More…

College track and field: Foster sisters double their pleasure

The Foster kids did it again. Competing in the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Grand Valley State University, the Cloverleaf graduates brought home more hardware to an already overflowing drawer full of awards. For Stephanie, a 2009 Cloverleaf graduate and Walsh University senior, it was the perfect way to go out. Read More…

Buckeye reaches district final

Brad Bournival The Gazette LaGRANGE TWP. — The postseason redemption tour rolled on for the sixth-seeded Buckeye softball team Thursday in a 4-2 LaGrange Division II District semifinal win over second-seeded Clearview. For the second time since tournament play began last week, the Bucks (12-11) faced a team they had lost to in the regular Read More…

Softball sectionals: Medina wastes no time putting Highland away

Medina’s Vanessa Scoraste tags out Highland’s Abbigail Rinard at second base in the top of the sixth inning. (JUDD SMERGLIA / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — A softball team that loves the comeback didn’t need it Monday. Second-seeded Medina rolled to a 7-2 win over seventh-seeded Highland in a Barberton Division I Sectional final that started with a strong statement by the Bees. Medina (20-4), which has come back twice this season from 6-0 deficits, came out on fire Read More…

Sectional softball: Colts have bases loaded and no outs

WESTFIELD TWP. — By the time the LaGrange Division II Sectional final between the Cloverleaf and Holy Name softball teams gets going today, Shannon Mohney will have had more than 52 hours to think about her at-bat. Rain suspended the game and a ton of Colts momentum Saturday. The Green Wave was up 5-2 but Read More…

School athletic departments swamped due to rainy weather

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For people like Buckeye athletic director Glen Reisner, there are three seasons: Fall, winter and monsoon season. While the veteran AD was joking, this year’s spring sports season has been anything but a dream for the seven Medina County athletic directors and their secretaries. So far, 8.7 inches of rain has fallen in April and Read More…

High school softball: Buckeye has field day against Black River

SULLIVAN TWP. — Sometimes coach Howie Calame knows his Buckeye softball team can be offensive. Against Black River on Saturday, the Bucks were exactly that in a lightning-fast 14-2 Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division win. It happened early, it happened often and, most importantly to Calame, it happened consistently. By the time the 75-minute game Read More…

Wadsworth is in state of flux

Wadsworth catcher Sam ryan throws out North Royalton's Kelsey stoneberg in the bottom of the fourth. (JUDD SMERGLIA / GAZETTE)

Brad Bournival The Gazette NORTH ROYALTON — Softball coaches use the final week of the regular season to see where their teams stand before the start of the games that really count. Wadsworth heads into the Barberton Division I Sectional in four days in a state of flux after a 5-1 non-conference loss to North Read More…

Bees erase six-run deficit to win critical game

Medina's Allison Stack is tagged out as she collides with Brunswick catcher Molly Grzybowski in the seventh inning. (JUDD SMERGLIA / GAZETTE)

Brad Bournival The Gazette MEDINA — Some games mean just a little bit more. When Medina and Brunswick hit the softball field and the outlook of the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division hangs in the balance, it gets magnified even more. The Bees spotted the Blue Devils six runs, battled back with some late-inning heroics Read More…

Softball: Wadsworth drops pair but still in the hunt

Highland’s Morgan Belsole scores the winning run as the ball gets away from Wadsworth pitcher Kim Crookston in the ninth inning of the first game. Below, Belsole tags out Wadsworth’s Cara Crookston at second base in the eighth inning of the first game. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

WADSWORTH — Playing two crucial Suburban League softball games on Tuesday, it was gut-check time for Highland and Wadsworth. Both were coming off debilitating losses the day before, so being able to sweep both games — the first contest was the conclusion of a suspended game from April 14 — was crucial. The Hornets came Read More…