February 11, 2016

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Brunswick’s Verbiak signs on the dotted line for Cleveland State

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College coaches kept calling, attempting to recruit Brunswick libero Jordan Verbiak to join their volleyball programs. All those offers, however, fell on deaf ears because the 5-foot-3 dynamo had already made up her mind. Verbiak signed a national letter of intent Wednesday to continue her playing career at Cleveland State. She initially decided to attend Read More…

High school volleyball: Brunswick gives St. Ursula a challenge before falling in regional finals

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NORWALK — There were 21 ties, 10 lead changes, myriad emotional highs and lows and an unforgettable experience for one of the greatest volleyball teams in Medina County history. In the end, No. 2-ranked Toledo St. Ursula emerged with a 25-21, 23-25, 25-20, 25-22 victory over No. 10 Brunswick in the Norwalk Division I Regional championship Read More…

Devils in rematch with St. Ursula

  NORWALK — It’s an Elite Eight rematch one year in the making. An opportunity that Brunswick’s volleyball team has been waiting for. It also will be the toughest challenge that the Blue Devils have ever faced. No. 10 ranked Brunswick (20-5) takes on No. 2 ranked Toledo St. Ursula (24-2) in the Norwalk Division Read More…

High school volleyball: Veteran Brunswick slated to battle underdog St. Joseph

NORWALK — Brunswick’s volleyball team is a known quantity, making its third appearance in the regional semifinals in four years. St. Joseph Academy, on the other hand, entered this postseason as a classic underdog. Their fates will collide Wednesday in the Norwalk Division I Regional semifinals. The Strongsville District champion Blue Devils (20-5) take on the Read More…

Say it ain’t so, Joe (and Alex): Browns offensive linemen on trading block?

CLEVELAND — Left tackle Joe Thomas is the longest-tenured member of the Browns, playing all 8,443 offensive snaps since being a first-round pick in 2007. That streak could end before the Tuesday trade deadline, according to NFL Network, which reported that Cleveland has “had discussions about potentially trading” Thomas and center Alex Mack. The eight-time Read More…

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High school volleyball: Brunswick upends North Royalton for second straight district title

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STRONGSVILLE — Amanda Lessman called it one of the best nights of her life, while Julia Holden summed up the evening as “super great.” Truth be told, they understated what Brunswick’s volleyball team accomplished Thursday. Reigning Gazette MVP Ally Badowski fired a match-high 24 kills as the third-seeded Blue Devils eliminated top-seeded North Royalton 25-21, Read More…

Browns notes: Pro Bowl DBs Haden, Gipson expected to return Sunday

BEREA — Browns cornerback Joe Haden has missed the last two games with a concussion, while safety Tashaun Gipson has been sidelined three weeks with a sprained ankle. Both Pro Bowl defensive backs are likely to return to action Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Haden was released from the NFL’s concussion protocol Read More…

High school volleyball: Badowski leads Brunswick into district finals with win over Strongsville

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STRONGSVILLE — Reigning Gazette MVP Ally Badowski took her game to another level Tuesday night. Because of it, Brunswick’s volleyball team moved on in the postseason. The senior outside hitter hammered a career postseason-high 28 kills, leading the second-seeded Blue Devils to a 25-20, 20-25, 25-19, 25-21 victory over fourth-seeded Strongsville in the Strongsville Division Read More…

High school volleyball: Brunswick, Strongsville meet again tonight

Brunswick's Olivia Krivanek and the Blue Devils take on Strongsville in the District semi-final. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

STRONGSVILLE — Brunswick and Strongsville have been fierce, but respectful athletic rivals for more than 30 years. The next chapter of their never-ending battle takes place this evening on the volleyball court. The third-seeded Blue Devils (18-5) take on the fourth-seeded Mustangs (14-10) in the Strongsville Division I District semifinals at 5 p.m. Top-seeded North Read More…

High school volleyball: Highland sweeps Parma, advances to districts

STRONGSVILLE — The tournament has been known to cause angst and even ulcers for volleyball coaches. Highland’s Jeff McDivitt, however, was a vision of serenity during the Strongsville Division I Sectional semifinals. Senior middle hitters Marlee Profitt and Colleen Hoynes racked up 31 kills and 15 blocks Thursday, leading the fifth-seeded Hornets to a 25-8, Read More…