September 19, 2014

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Volleyball: Defense boosts Wadsworth in victory over rival Highland

GRANGER TWP. — Wadsworth’s volleyball team used a dynamic defensive performance to dominate its archrival Thursday night. Jenna Johnson recorded a match-high 19 digs and Haley Witschey made four blocks as the Grizzlies shut down Highland in a 25-20, 25-19, 25-14 Suburban League victory. Maria Sansonetti added 15 digs, Olivia Fortner had 12 and Jodi Read More…

It’s full speed ahead for Browns rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell

baby backs

BEREA — Ben Tate signed a two-year, $6.2 million contract March 15 to become the Browns’ featured running back. Just six months later, his status in Cleveland isn’t nearly as sunny because of “The Baby Backs.” Rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell have shined during Tate’s absence with a sprained right knee, creating major competition Read More…

Brian Dulik: Once again, Browns QB Brian Hoyer proves he has the clutch gene

Brian Hoyer, Kenny Vaccaro

Brian Hoyer gritted his teeth and took a deep breath when the Browns unveiled their “Johnny Football” offensive package Sunday afternoon. Then he went back into the game and showed the world why he is Cleveland’s starting quarterback — and rookie Johnny Manziel is his backup. Hoyer engineered a brilliant 14-play, 85-yard drive in the Read More…

Gordon could be back in Week 11

Gordon is serving an indefinite ban for failing at least his fourth drug test since being chosen by Cleveland in the second round of the 2012 supplemental draft. The league issued the minimum one-year suspension after denying his appeal on Aug. 27. No official statement on Gordon’s status was released by the NFL or the Read More…

Manziel OK with sitting, learning

Brian Dulik The Gazette BEREA — Right guard Vinston Painter was one of two Browns who were in uniform for their season opener in Pittsburgh but didn’t get into the game Sunday. He had pretty good company on the sideline. Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel also failed to step onto the field during Cleveland’s 30-27 loss Read More…

H.S. volleyball: Brunswick loses first

WADSWORTH — It was going to take a phenomenal performance to hand Brunswick’s volleyball team its first loss of the season. Amherst Steele delivered exactly that Saturday afternoon, outlasting the Blue Devils in a 35-33, 27-25 thriller at the Wadsworth Triangular. Brunswick junior outside hitter Ally Badowski hammered 16 kills, while Comets junior outside hitter Read More…

Manziel knows what Pettine expects

  Brian Dulik The Gazette BEREA — Johnny Manziel has heard the message loud and clear from Browns coach Mike Pettine. Whenever and wherever the rookie quarterback makes his NFL debut, he had better be prepared for it. “Throughout this week, I’ve been really dialed in with everything that’s going on because I need to Read More…

Volleyball: Colts off to best start since ’09

WESTFIELD TWP. — Chemistry isn’t just the name of a high school science class. It’s also a critical component in winning volleyball. Just ask the Cloverleaf Colts, who are off to their best start since 2009 after finishing fifth Saturday at their annual eight-team tournament. “I have never seen our team more excited about a Read More…

Browns: Rex Grossman among latest cuts

BEREA — Browns general manager Ray Farmer continued to work through the holiday weekend, making eight transactions Sunday that altered the bottom of the 53-man roster. Cleveland released veteran quarterback Rex Grossman, wide receiver Charles Johnson, tackle Martin Wallace and guard Karim Barton. All four survived the so-called final cuts a day earlier, only to Read More…

Browns notes: Buster Skrine back on field

Cleveland Browns cornerback Buster Skrine chases wide receiver Miles Austin during practice at training camp. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — When the Browns returned to practice late Sunday afternoon, cornerback Buster Skrine was the happiest man on the field. The fourth-year pro had been sidelined with a broken right thumb that required surgery Aug. 18, but was cleared to resume football activities. “I’ve been watching a lot of film, eating right and conditioning Read More…