May 6, 2015

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Bowling MVP: Brunswick’s Eric Bator always found ways to excel in big-time moments

Brunswick senior Eric Bator is the inaugural Gazette MVP for boys bowling. (RON SCHWANE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION)

Teams poked and prodded to find Eric Bator’s boiling point, but the Brunswick senior always had the safety valve to release the pressure. In a sport where coaches say 90 percent of success is cerebral, Bator stood above the rest. When his Blue Devils bowling team was in 10th place after two games at the Read More…

Gazette swimming MVP: Brunswick’s Cassandra Pasadyn never let size get in way of success

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Standing 5-foot-2 and weighing 100 pounds on a good day, Cassandra Pasadyn doesn’t look like a hulking figure. Put her anywhere near water, however, and the 2015 Gazette MVP in girls swimming turns into a viper. Unquestionably the leader for Brunswick this season, the sophomore used her stature to saturate the record books for the Read More…

College wrestling: Oklahoma State’s Dean Heil earns All-America status

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ST. LOUIS — Given the way Dean Heil’s redshirt freshman season finished, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the four-time state champion from St. Edward already back in the wrestling room getting ready for 2015-16. The Brunswick resident went into nationals with the goal of becoming an All-American and did just that. With a Read More…

College wrestling: Nick Tavanello member of Buckeyes’ championship

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ST. LOUIS — Nick Tavanello’s already impressive resume added another bullet point Saturday as a member of the Ohio State University wrestling team. In 2010, Tavanello was part of the first Wadsworth team to win a title since 1942. On Saturday, he was a member of the first Buckeyes team to win a national title. Read More…

All-Gazette boys swimming: Older brothers taught Wadsworth’s Joe Pavlak how to stand out

Wadsworth sophomore Joe Pavlak is the 2014-15 Gazette MVP for boys swimming and diving. (RON SCHWANE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION)

Success can come from anywhere. For this season’s Gazette MVP in boys swimming, it all started by growing up Pavlak. A standout for Wadsworth this season, Joe Pavlak did things that surpassed his expectations. A lot of that came just by looking in the rearview mirror at brothers before him. His brother, Mike, was a Read More…

Heil opens with two wins

Brad Bournival The Gazette ST. LOUIS — Dean Heil’s first trip to Nationals went much like his high school wrestling career at St. Edward. With his hand raised. The Brunswick resident and redshirt freshman for OklahomaState, won his first two matches Thursday and heads into this morning’s quarterfinal at the ScottradeCenter one win away from Read More…

Boys basketball: Shaker Heights hustles way to victory

Medinas' Tyler King is fouled by Shaker Heights Courtney Mays during the first half of their Regional semi final game at CSU. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

CLEVELAND — Hustle and rebounding had never been an issue for the Medina boys basketball team in the postseason. The Bees, for the better part of every win, were the ones rushing to loose balls, contesting every shot and hitting the glass. Against Shaker Heights on Wednesday, Medina learned what it was like to be Read More…

State wrestling tournament: Medina resident James Handwerk wins in D-III

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COLUMBUS — Broken ribs ended James Handwerk’s freshman season prematurely. The Lutheran West sophomore and Medina resident wasn’t about to let a car accident before sectionals knock him out again. Hobbling on a sprained right ankle throughout the postseason, Handwerk soldiered his way to a title Saturday at the Division III state wrestling tournament. The Read More…

Handwerk wins title, Kiussis, Knipl fall short

COLUMBUS – State finals are finicky at times. Three Medina County wrestlers found that out Saturday as Brunswick’s Nicky Kiussis (138 pounds), Wadsworth’s Tim Knipl (170) and Lutheran West’s James Handwerk (170), who is a Medina resident, reached the pinnacle match of their high school career. For Kiussis and Knipl, the season finished one step Read More…

Kiussis, Knipl, Handwerk make finals

Brad Bournival The Gazette COLUMBUS — If there is one thing to expect in the semifinal round of the state wrestling tournament, it’s nothing. In a high-intensity round where every second and muscle twitch matters, anything can happen and usually does. Friday, eight wrestlers from MedinaCounty reached the round of four. Only three found their Read More…