October 22, 2014

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Soccer: Hoban jumps out early and Buckeye can’t recover

Buckeye’s Norah Barnes hurdles Hoban’s Shannon McMahon to push the ball up the field during the first half. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

YORK TWP. — Not even Mother Nature could slow down Hoban’s girls soccer team Monday night. Despite a torrential downpour for most of the game, the speed of the third-seeded Knights overwhelmed second-seeded Buckeye en route to a 5-0 Brunswick Division II District semifinal victory at the Thiele-Pierce Track and Soccer Complex. The sloppy conditions Read More…

High School Football: Wellington at Buckeye

YORK TWP. — Despite throwing a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter Friday, Buckeye quarterback Nate Polidori was frustrated. Polidori put that emotion to good use after halftime, as he led the Bucks to a much-needed 35-22 victory over Wellington in Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division action. The victory keeps Buckeye (6-2, 3-0) atop Read More…

Soccer: Long-distance victory, Alzarraq’s throw-in dials up celebration

Brunswick's Marissa Fabrizi works against Highland's Elle Cain during the first half. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

BRUNSWICK — It’s not often during the soccer season that Miranda Alzarraq gets to show off her arm. On Thursday night, however, her long-distance toss gave way to the only goal Brunswick needed to take down Highland 1-0 in a Brunswick Division I Sectional final at Judy Kirsch Field. In a game where the Blue Read More…

Soccer: Wadsworth fails to capitalize on chances on the tourney trail

Wadsworth’s Mariah Braman controls the ball against Wooster’s Aiche N’Daiye in the first half. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

WADSWORTH — Typically, if you can control the midfield, you usually win the game. But in the case of Wadsworth’s girls soccer team Monday night, it was one counter-attack that ended its season. Wooster scored late in the first half and let its defense do the rest en route to stunning the Grizzlies 1-0 in Read More…

High School Football: Wadsworth at Revere

Dan Brown The Gazette BATH TWP. — While Wadsworth’s Kyle Kemppel is listed as a linebacker, the senior has the heart of a defensive back. Facing one of the top quarterbacks in the Suburban League on Friday night, Kemppel and his teammates rose to the challenge, forcing multiple turnovers en route to picking up a Read More…

Soccer: Medina wins NOC Valley, gets first outright title since 2010

Medina’s Lauren Rafie attempts to head the ball into the goal while being defended by North Royalton’s Dani Giles and goalie Keeley Malley in the first half. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — With four teams alive for a share of the final Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division championship Wednesday night, many at Medina Memorial Stadium were glued to their phones for score updates. Those text messages proved meaningless, however, as the Bees took care of business and defeated North Royalton 4-1 to claim the outright Read More…

High School Football: Black River at Wellington

WELLINGTON — It wasn’t a shock to Black River football coach Al Young that his offense struggled Friday night. With three starters out, a steady rain and a highly motivated Wellington squad to deal with, the Pirates dropped a 28-12 decision in the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division opener. It was quite a 180-degree feeling Read More…

Girls soccer: Brunswick suffers setback

COPLEY TWP. — It was the rematch the Brunswick girls soccer team had been waiting for all summer. Facing a Copley team that knocked them out of the postseason a year ago, the Blue Devils were out for a little payback Monday night. That revenge will have to wait a little bit longer, however, as Read More…

H.S. Wrestling: Former Black River state champion to coach Pirates

SULLIVAN TWP.— Jesse Campbell is going back to where he made a name for himself. The former Black River state champion wrestler recently was named successor to longtime coach Corey Kline. Campbell spent last year guiding the Pirates’ middle school program, making him almost an ideal fit for a team that will feature a handful Read More…

Pirates win another wacky game

Black River's David Bell breaks through the line for a 55 yard touchdown run in the first quarter Friday night against Clearview. (JUDD SMERGLIA / PHOTO)

Dan Brown The Gazette SULLIVAN TWP. — If you would’ve told coach Al Young his Black River football team would finish its game with Clearview on Friday without its starting quarterback and top running back, he probably would have thought his chances of winning were slim. But behind the legs of Dalton Toth, the Pirates Read More…