April 21, 2014

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Gymnastics: Cloverleaf’s Brandt ended career with multiple high finishes at state

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Cloverleaf senior Maddie Brandt excelled at every high school gymnastics meet that she competed in. The soft-spoken standout amassed 82 individual event victories, including 13 North East Gymnastics Conference titles and five first-place finishes at the Medina Sectional in writing one of the most impressive four-year resumes in Medina County history. That’s just a snapshot Read More…

Browns: Whitner happy to come home, Pettine big reason Dansby signed

BEREA — The Browns didn’t express any interest in Cleveland native Donte Whitner during his first venture into free agency. Three years and two Pro Bowl selections later, however, the hard-hitting strong safety was at the top of their wish list. Whitner formally signed a four-year contract worth $28 million with the Browns on Wednesday, Read More…

Dulik commentary: Three games and three times the heartache

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Very few girls basketball teams in Ohio have put together a better three-year run than Wadsworth. The Grizzlies claimed back-to-back-to-back Suburban League titles, a trio of Medina District championships and advanced to the regional finals of each season. There was only one task that Wadsworth was unable to accomplish — and it occurred against the Read More…

Special teams set with Cundiff signing

  Brian Dulik The Gazette BEREA — The Browns are still seeking a franchise quarterback and have myriad holes to fill on defense. Their special teams, however, are set for the upcoming season. Cleveland signed kicker Billy Cundiff to a one-year, $1.02 million contract Thursday, preventing him from becoming an unrestricted free agent this weekend. Read More…

Browns: Cleveland lets go of Bess, two others

BEREA — Slowly but surely, the Browns are ridding themselves of the mistakes made by former CEO Joe Banner and ex-general manager Michael Lombardi. Cleveland’s latest corrective move occurred Wednesday, when it released troubled wide receiver Davone Bess, along with wide receiver Brian Tyms and linebacker Paul Hazel. Bess was a massive disappointment during his Read More…

State gymnastics: They were nothing short of special

HILLIARD — Maddie Brandt and Samantha Borrelli ended their spectacular seasons in fitting fashion at the state gymnastics meet. Cloverleaf senior Brandt finished third in the all-around and on the balance beam, while Medina junior Borrelli was the runner-up on the uneven parallel bars Saturday at Hilliard Bradley High. Brandt also placed sixth on the Read More…

Blue Devils stun state-ranked Raiders

Brian Dulik The Gazette SHAKER HTS. — Brunswick’s Ryan Badowski and Nate Armagost lived the dream of every boys basketball player Friday night. Badowski scored on a driving layup with 11 seconds left and Armagost blocked Ricky Stokes’ jumper at the buzzer as the Blue Devils upset Shaker Heights 51-50 in a Northeast Ohio Conference Read More…

Red-hot Benner leads Blue Devils

Brunswick 's Farrah Benner puts up a shot over Firestone's Ashely Phillips during the first quarter. (Photo by Aaron Josefczyk)

Brian Dulik The Gazette AKRON — Farrah Benner keeps breaking school records and Brunswick’s girls basketball team keeps winning games. Sophomore small forward Benner made a school-record eight 3-pointers and scored a game-high 26 points Thursday, leading the Blue Devils to a 64-33 rout of No. 13 seed Firestone in a Medina Division I Sectional Read More…

Bees fall out of first

Medina's Evan Schreck drives past Shaker Heights' Kaleb Roy during the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

SHAKER HTS. — Branden Wilkins was a physical force, Mike Kaminski provided critical buckets and Craig Randall worked his magic late for the Medina boys basketball team. Shaker Heights, however, simply had too much firepower to be stopped Friday night. Junior power forward Esa Ahmad collected 17 points and 13 rebounds and senior small forward Read More…

Girls basketball: Benner powers Devils to win

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Brunswick’s Claire Albino controls a loose ball against Shaker Heights’ Bria Taylor. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

BRUNSWICK — Senior night for Brunswick’s girls basketball team turned into a party for one talented underclassman. Sophomore small forward Farrah Benner scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds Monday, powering the Blue Devils to a 50-40 Northeast Ohio Conference cross-division victory over Shaker Heights. Benner also made four 3-pointers and now has Read More…