July 29, 2014

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Girls softball: Black River put icing on cake against Firelands

SULLIVAN TWP. — The Black River softball team wasn’t about to lose for the fifth time in its last six games. Not on Monday in front of a crowd of 300 screaming fans. Not on the day the Pirates were going to dedicate the diamond to one of their own when Black River christened the Read More…

Black River’s softball field renamed ‘Dorothy Chapman Field’

Former professional women’s baseball player Audrey Daniels signs her baseball card for some young Black River fans. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

SULLIVAN TWP. — They came from across the street to honor an icon in their community Monday. Some came from places like Dallas, Chicago, Kansas City and Detroit to pay homage to a pioneer. There were others that never knew Dorothy “Mickey Maguire” Chapman, who died in 1981, and many others who weren’t even born Read More…

Softball: Rusty? No way, Medina impresses after nine-day layoff

WADSWORTH — With her team playing for the first time in nine days, Medina softball coach Jessica Toocheck was curious to see how it would react Saturday at the fourth annual Strike Out Cancer. The Bees came up aces with an 8-2 win over Manchester and 6-0 victory over the Grizzlies. It was a sigh Read More…

Hornets, Grizzlies team up to fight ALS

  Brad Bournival The Gazette GRANGER TWP. — The disease former New York Yankees great Lou Gehrig brought to the forefront in America is one the communities of Highland and Wadsworth hope to help end. ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, is a disease that Read More…

High school baseball: Coming out flat, Bees fail to gain ground

Medina first baseman Matt Whittaker is unable to handle a throw as Strongsville’s Zach Kahn dives back to first safely in the second inning. Below, Medina coach Nick Kaplack argues a call with the home plate umpire in the third inning. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

STRONGSVILLE — Medina got it 86 percent right Thursday. The only problem: High school baseball is a seven-inning game and one bad frame can mean the difference between a win and loss. Playing a crucial Northeast Ohio Conference River Division game against Strongsville, the Bees were flat out of the chute and it ultimately led Read More…

Girls basketball: 2007 graduate Schrock to coach Tigers

MASSILLON — Tigertown just picked itself up another proven winner. In search of a girls basketball coach after Mark Green’s recently concluded run at Massillon, the board of education unanimously gave 2007 Wadsworth graduate Cassie Schrock the position during its monthly board meeting Monday night. She will also be a parent coordinator at the junior Read More…

Softball: Back from break, Vorndran recharged after taking time off

Highland’s Leegan Vorndran pitches against Green, After taking some time off from softball, Vorndran has returned and is putting up big numbers. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Sometimes the flame needs to flicker before it burns bright again. For Highland pitcher Leegan Vorndran, the game of softball was becoming more a burden than bliss. After a strong freshman year with the Hornets, the right-hander played summer ball and then shut things down. “I really needed a break from softball,” she said. “There Read More…

Softball: Frustrated Blue Devils lose twice in eighth inning

LaGRANGE TWP. — It’s becoming a worn-out script for the Brunswick softball team: The Blue Devils hang around in a tight game, but ultimately lose by a run. It happened again Saturday at the Prebis Memorial Tournament, when they played well against Brecksville and Nordonia only to lose in extra innings. Against the state-ranked Bees, Read More…

Sports Hall of Fame: Anything but normal, Nutter always wanted to stand out

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Nick Nutter owes everything to “them.” An incredible athlete who will be inducted into the Medina County Sports Hall of Fame during June 12 ceremonies at The Galaxy Restaurant in Wadsworth, Nutter took time to thank those who provided the motivation along the way. They said he was too fat and would never be anything Read More…

High school softball: Shultz pumps up Bucks with two homers

YORK TWP. — For the second day in a row, the Buckeye softball team’s game with Firelands was in question. That, of course, meant the Bucks had the Falcons right where they wanted them. A three-run sixth inning Tuesday lifted Buckeye to an 8-7 Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division win one day after a four-run Read More…