July 1, 2015

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College soccer: Wadsworth freshman phenom commits to North Carolina

Wadsworth freshman Jordan Taylor verbally committed to the University of North Carolina this week. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

WADSWORTH — With a name like Jordan, the logical choice was North Carolina. Unlike “His Airness,” Jordan Taylor has given her commitment to the Tar Heels to play women’s soccer. In what is arguably the biggest commitment in Medina County girls soccer history, the Wadsworth freshman gave her word to coach Anson Dorrance that she Read More…

College signing: Wadsworth’s Shane Mast inks with talented Kent State

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WADSWORTH — When Shane Mast started looking at college programs, the Wadsworth senior didn’t want to go too far from home but still wanted to be pushed. A decorated wrestler for the Grizzlies, the 160-pounder had been eyeing Cleveland State, but when the Vikings dropped the sport temporarily, Kent State became more attractive. As he Read More…

Softball: Talia Boutwell’s RBI hit highlights blowout

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MEDINA — Moments before Talia Boutwell stepped to the plate in the top of the sixth inning Monday, winds picked up on Medina’s softball field and the temperature seemingly dropped five degrees. The imagery was foreshadowing for the Brunswick sophomore, as Boutwell smacked a two-out, two-run single over short to take a one-run game and Read More…

Softball Ohio Invitational: Dialing things in, Brunswick dominates tune-ups

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AKRON — With a big Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division game today, Brunswick’s softball team used Sunday as a litmus test. If a 15-0 win over Windham and 8-0 victory over Steubenville were indications at the Ohio Invitational, the Blue Devils should be fine. While everyone was buzzing about playing defending NOC champion Medina today, Read More…

High school softball: Warning is issued as Cloverleaf’s Smith sisters sizzle at the plate

Cloverleaf’s Hallee Smith, left, and her sister K.D. Smith are heating up at the plate. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

The Smith sisters have sent out a warning to the rest of the Suburban League: They’ve simmered long enough and now it’s time to sizzle. Both stars for the Cloverleaf softball team, K.D. and Hallee Smith came out on fire in 2014 and then leveled off to have terrific seasons. An All-Gazette selection, K.D. batted Read More…

Baughman won’t rest in his quest to be the best

Brad Bournival The Gazette As the clock struck 6 p.m. on a nondescript day in December, the familiar clang of a set of weights meeting each other reverberated through the halls of WadsworthHigh School. A half-hour later, the whistle of an assistant coach sounded instructions for the next lap to be run. Later, that same Read More…

Bowling MVP: Shannon Jones’ hard-working attitude resulted in individual berth at state

Wadsworth senior Shannon Jones is the inaugural Gazette MVP for girls bowling. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION)

There was symbolism in Jodi Bowers’ labor of love. As the winter season dragged on, the Wadsworth athletic secretary would head out of the athletic department to the posters of the school’s swimming and bowling teams hanging on the walls while armed with tape and a little hope. Every day virtually all of them needed Read More…

Softball: Alex Pasco, Highland revels in the rain

GRANGER TWP. — Even Mother Nature couldn’t knock out the Highland softball team. While rained washed away every other game in the area Thursday, the Hornets played on and the elements were no match. Neither was Copley, which fell 7-3 in Suburban League play against a team that is pushing all the right buttons this Read More…

Wrestling: Brady Chrisman ends year in style, becomes All-American

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When Brady’s Chrisman’s wrestling season ended one match short of the state tournament, the Medina 132-pounder hit reset and made some new goals. As a result, Chrisman can now call himself an All-American. Chrisman, along with Bees coach Chad Gilmore, headed to Virginia Beach, Virginia, to participate in the National High School Coaches Association Nationals Read More…

Softball: Highland rallies in seventh to pick up win against Wadsworth

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WADSWORTH — For a softball team with no seniors and only four juniors, character wins are always a welcome sight. Even when they come in the second game of the season. Such was the scene Wednesday, when Highland staged an improbable rally in the final two innings to knock off Wadsworth 4-3 in Suburban League Read More…