May 28, 2016

Medina
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High school softball: April remains cruelest month for Medina girls

MEDINA — Bet the house the Medina softball team won’t have a game on April 13, 2017. It’s not that the Bees won’t play any chance they get in Ohio’s volatile spring, but April 13 has not been good the last two seasons. On Wednesday, Medina fell 8-0 in a Greater Cleveland Conference at home Read More…

High school softball: Buckeye uses two-out magic to rally to beat Firelands

YORK TWP. — When the locomotive that is the Buckeye softball team gets rolling, jump on board or get out of the way. Firelands found that out Tuesday in a 5-4 Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division loss that ended on a walkoff single by Kayla Whitmer. It took six innings before the Bucks (2-2, 2-0) Read More…

High school softball: Despite cold weather, Cloverleaf has red-hot bats in win over Buckeye

YORK TWP. — Howie Calame Jr. found out it’s going to be tough to contain Cloverleaf’s softball team. The Buckeye coach watched his team score 21 runs on 21 hits Saturday. It wasn’t nearly enough, as Cloverleaf opened the first game of the doubleheader with a 17-14 win and then backed it up 17-7. “This Read More…

High school softball: Flashy defense leads Brunswick over Solon in GCC

BRUNSWICK — Inspiration can come from anywhere. On Wednesday, the Brunswick softball team drew some want-to from two stellar defensive plays in an 8-1 Greater Cleveland Conference win over Solon. After loading the bases and allowing just one run in the first inning, the Blue Devils (2-0, 2-0) began the second frame by letting the Read More…

High school softball: Schmeltzer gets 250th win as Wadsworth beats Stow

WADSWORTH — Wadsworth softball coach Mike Schmeltzer Sr. went more than four years without a win, and that’s what made a 1-0 Suburban League National Division victory over Stow on Tuesday so special. From 1999-2011, Schmeltzer guided Wadsworth to 249 victories before Michelle DeAngelis took over for four seasons. Back in the saddle, Schmeltzer wasted Read More…

Gazette MVP: Wadsworth’s Pavlak lives in here and now but reached goals

With one more Gazette MVP for boys swimming, Wadsworth’s Joe Pavlak would join former Grizzlies standout Logan Ware as a three-time winner. Having already notched three top-16 finishes at the Division I state meet, the junior needs three more to equal Ware, arguably the best boys swimmer in Medina County history. That said, Pavlak is Read More…

Gazette MVP: Brunswick’s Pasadyn breaks records on the way to stardom

Cassandra Pasadyn’s bark became a little deeper this season. The 2016 Gazette MVP in girls swimming, who has won the award two years in a row, walked with a little more swagger, too. The question becomes, what can the Brunswick junior possibly do for an encore? A Division I state qualifier in the 100-yard backstroke, Read More…

Gazette MVP: Wadsworth’s Baughman embraced big picture over personal glory

More often than not, athletes aren’t a fan of the sports they compete in once they find fame. Success leads to complacency and complacency to a sense of entitlement. Accolades come and alienation follows. Noah Baughman, the 2016 Gazette MVP in wrestling, is one of the exceptions. When the Wadsworth senior won the Division I state Read More…

Brunswick native Heil wins NCAA wrestling title on Madison Square Garden’s grand stage

Dean Heil has four state championships from his high school days. The 141-pound Brunswick resident and former St. Edward standout also was a four-time Disney Duals gold medalist and 2011 Ironman champion. Absolutely none of those accomplishments measured up to what the Oklahoma State redshirt sophomore did Saturday at the NCAA Division I Championships. Wrestling Read More…

Heil makes NCAA Division I wrestling finals

  Oklahoma State’s Dean Heil saw the damage Mat 3 was doing to the best wrestlers in the nation at the NCAA Division I Championships on Friday. That’s why the 141-pound Brunswick resident, two-time All-American and now national finalist made sure he did what he knew he could do in the semifinals against Rutgers two-time Read More…