October 24, 2014

Medina
Mostly sunny
61°F

Browns: Kyle Shanahan expects offense to improve vs. Oakland

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BEREA — Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan believes there is nowhere to go but up following a dismal performance Sunday in Jacksonville. Cleveland only managed two field goals and 266 total yards — both season lows — in a 24-6 loss to the Jaguars at EverBank Field. “I don’t think there was one position that Read More…

Volleyball: Highland beats Medina in revenge match

From left to right, Highland players Angel Redman, Kathleen Kirchner, Olivia Sir Louis, Mallory Adams, Emmi Esker and Nikki Tecco celebrate a Barberton D-I district semifinal win over Medina. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

BARBERTON — Revenge was sweet and it came in a sweep for Highland’s volleyball team. Junior middle hitter Marlee Profitt had game highs of 14 kills and eight blocks Tuesday as the second-seeded Hornets beat third-seeded Medina 25-23, 25-11, 25-23 in the Barberton Division I District semifinals. Highland (17-7) avenged its five-game loss to the Read More…

Volleyball: Medina, Highland excited with finals berth on line

BARBERTON — It’s a rematch one full year in the making. It also is exactly what every person in the Highland and Medina volleyball programs knew would occur. The second-seeded Hornets (16-7) and third-seeded Bees (13-10) will square off tonight at 6 in the Barberton Division I District semifinals. Though there is great respect between Read More…

Browns Notes: Running game lacks rhythm

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BEREA — The Browns are the only NFL team to have three players with 200-plus rushing yards on the season. None of them, however, were effective Sunday in a 24-6 loss to previously winless Jacksonville. Starter Ben Tate gained a team-high 36 yards on 16 carries, undrafted rookie Isaiah Crowell had 18 on seven attempts, and Read More…

Browns’ John Greco enjoys new position, not being center of attention

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BEREA — Browns offensive lineman John Greco and quarterback Brian Hoyer are like two peas in a pod. Both are Northeast Ohio natives who starred on the high school level, but had little success in the NFL until coming to Cleveland. Greco, however, has one significant edge over his friend from St. Ignatius. “We played Read More…

Browns Notes: Joe Haden looking forward to second chance against Cecil Shorts

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BEREA — Browns cornerback Joe Haden has experienced many lows in his career, but rock bottom occurred last Dec. 1 at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Pro Bowl honoree was beaten for the game-winning touchdown by Cecil Shorts III with 40 seconds left, allowing lowly Jacksonville to beat Cleveland 32-28. Following the game, Haden broke down in Read More…

Volleyball: Making districts, Carla Relitz kills Cloverleaf’s hopes

Medina’s Jess Sency tips the ball past Cloverleaf’s Brooke Bell in the first game. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

BARBERTON — Carla Relitz emerged as a key contributor for Medina’s volleyball team late in the regular season. The junior outside hitter made an even bigger impact in her tournament debut. Relitz hammered nine of her career-high 10 kills over the first two games Tuesday, leading the Bees to a 25-12, 25-8, 13-25, 25-16 win Read More…

Volleyball sectional: Rockets rally to beat Bucks

PARMA HTS. — Buckeye’s volleyball team recovered from numerous injuries in time to peak for the start of the postseason. Unfortunately for the Bucks, their stay was limited to one match. Bay rallied from a four-point deficit in the fifth game Monday for a 25-20, 18-25, 14-25, 25-20, 15-11 victory over Buckeye at the Holy Read More…

Browns notes: Big win has downside as Pro Bowl center Alex Mack suffers broken leg

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CLEVELAND — Browns center Alex Mack will miss the rest of the season after suffering a broken left lower leg Sunday, a league source confirmed. The two-time Pro Bowl selection was injured on a running play in the second quarter of Cleveland’s 31-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mack was immediately placed in an air Read More…

Brian Dulik: Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer keeps proving he’s a leader and a winner

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Joe Haden was headed out of the Browns locker room, but he abruptly changed course when he saw Brian Hoyer striding toward the interview podium. “My man,” the Pro Bowl cornerback said, smiling broadly. “You can say whatever you want up there.” Though it was a simple gesture, it reflected the feelings of the entire Read More…