April 30, 2016

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Hammertime: Brunswick’s Lessman to play volleyball at Edinboro

BRUNSWICK — Edinboro University has locked up one of the hardest hitters in Northeast Ohio. Brunswick outside hitter Amanda Lessman — nicknamed “The Hammer” for her powerful spikes — will continue her volleyball career with the Fighting Scots. The 5-foot-9 senior also was recruited by Mount Union, Seton Hill and Clarion, but found a perfect Read More…

Brunswick’s Sikora stuck with sport and had memorable senior season

Brian Dulik The Gazette Gymnastics has consumed the life of Alexx Sikora since she took her first class at the age of 3. Along the way, she won myriad medals and trophies and saluted the crowd from too many podiums to count. Yet, Sikora also suffered more injuries than she thought were possible, leading her Read More…

High school volleyball: Pew takes over for McDivitt as Highland coach

GRANGER TWP. — Highland’s volleyball team will have a new face on the bench next season. Former NCAA Division II All-American middle blocker/setter Jenna Pew has been hired as the Hornets’ coach. The Wheeling Jesuit graduate takes over for Jeff McDivitt, who resigned to pursue an opportunity at the college level. Pew spent the last Read More…

High school basketball: Cebula has MVP evening in boys Hoopla game

MEDINA — Zach Cebula made Hoopla history in the 27th annual edition of the Medina County Senior All-Star Game sponsored by the Brunswick Rotary. The Brunswick sharpshooter buried a record-setting six 3-pointers and scored 22 points Tuesday, earning MVP honors as the Dark team rolled to a 96-59 victory over the Light in the boys Read More…

Blue Devils gymnastics team is fourth at state meet

HILLIARD — Brunswick’s gymnastics team has earned a spot among Medina County’s all-time great squads in the sport. Junior Jessica Froncek, freshman Hannah Burk, and senior Alexx Sikora counted scores in each event Friday as the Blue Devils finished fourth at the OHSAA state meet. Brecksville (149.125) successfully defended its championship, while Rocky River Magnificat Read More…

Blue Devils excited to be on big stage

HILLIARD — Truth be told, all seven returning letterwinners on Brunswick’s gymnastics team knew this was going to be a very good season. It turned out to be even better than they had imagined. The Blue Devils qualified for the OHSAA state team meet for the first time since 2003, while senior Alexx Sikora, junior Read More…

High school volleyball: Ortenzi named new Medina coach

MEDINA — Joe Ortenzi grew up in Pennsylvania and worked in Florida, but he has made himself at home in Ohio. Now, he has even more reason to love being in the Buckeye State. Ortenzi was tabbed as the new coach of Medina’s volleyball team Monday, becoming the 12th person to head the program in Read More…

Two teams, 11 individuals to compete for state berths in district gymnastics meet

CHESTERLAND — Three months of hard work, bruises, blisters, sprains, and myriad body pains have led to this moment. Eleven Medina County gymnasts — and two local teams — will compete Saturday at the West Geauga District. None of the 22 aforementioned girls have previously qualified for the state meet, but each has the opportunity Read More…

College signing: Brunswick’s Holden sees patience rewarded by Clarion

BRUNSWICK — Brunswick middle hitter Julia Holden never wavered in her belief that she would play volleyball at the next level. Not when she tore her right anterior cruciate ligament last spring, nor while she was relentlessly rehabbing her knee after reconstructive surgery. Holden’s faith and hard work was rewarded in grand style as Clarion Read More…

High school basketball: Buckeye stays competitive, but comes up short against North Olmsted

NORTH OLMSTED — Nathan Polidori didn’t hesitate to call North Olmsted “the best team” on the Buckeye boys basketball schedule. Given how competitive the Bucks were against the Eagles, that statement bodes well for their chances in the postseason. Senior center Andy Lucien collected 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists Friday, leading Southwestern Conference Read More…