July 23, 2014

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Wrestling: Champion Vidika is far from happy

Sebastian Vidika

INDEPENDENCE — Arguably the most anticipated championship match Saturday at the Independence Division III Sectional was the first one. Black River senior Sebastian Vidika, ranked third in his weight class by Intermatwrestling.com’s Josh Lowe and trying for his third straight sectional crown, took on fifth-ranked Manchester sophomore Joey Bowen for the 106-pound championship. Vidika easily Read More…

Wild finish gives Bucks win

Dan Gilles The Gazette LaGRANGE — For a split second, it appeared there would be a second overtime Friday night. On a high snap following Buckeye’s game-tying touchdown, holder Nathan Polidori grabbed the ball and rolled out to his right. He was met by a scrum of Keystone defenders at around the 1-yard line. Before Read More…

Third time is charm for Buckeye girls

Hannah Hartley

ELYRIA — In two meetings during the regular season, Buckeye’s girls basketball team was stunned by Brookside. With a berth in the Elyria Division II Sectional finals at stake Wednesday, the 10th-seeded Bucks got their revenge with a 40-29 victory. Buckeye (10-13), which led 11-2 after the first quarter, advances to play No. 3 Holy Read More…

Black River, Buckeye each win 3 medals in wrestling

WELLINGTON — After seven years of dominance at the Patriot Athletic Conference Tournament, Black River and Buckeye’s wrestling teams failed to claim the championship Saturday at Wellington High School. While red-hot Keystone broke through the logjam atop the PAC for the first time since the conference was formed eight years ago with two individual champions Read More…

Pirates show improvement

Dan Gilles The Gazette SULLIVAN TWP. — Columbia junior guard Brandon Severo swished a 3-pointer on his team’s first shot attempt and his teammates spent the rest of the first half trying to get him the ball. Severo delivered nearly every time in a 79-44 victory over Black River in Patriot Athletic Conference crossover play. Read More…

Boys basketball: Cynthia Berry aims to turn around Pirates’ program

Black River baskeball coach Cynthia Berry with team at a recent practice. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE MANHEIM)

Cynthia Berry remembers growing up as a “farm girl” in the Black River school district with a love of basketball. When her junior high didn’t have a girls team, she simply went out for the boys team — and made it. After she graduated from Black River High School in 1985, and while attending what Read More…

Broadcasting legend Joe Tait still has it

AVON –– Cleveland broadcasting legend Joe Tait has been enjoying his retirement after 39 years calling Cavaliers games. But he took a moment Thursday to join his friend, WEOL’s Tim Alcorn, in the broadcast booth for the Lake Erie Crushers’ game at All Pro Freight Stadium against the Evansville Otters. Tait and Alcorn called the Read More…

Track & field: Buckeye runs away with PAC title

Ryan Gallagher

HENRIETTA TWP. — Every year the Patriot Athletic Conference Meet has existed, one constant has been the performance of Buckeye’s boys track team. From 2006 through 2011, the Bucks have won the overall conference championship. This week they set out to prove 2012 would be no exception. Bolstered by four individual victories and one relay Read More…

Track & field: Buckeye is sitting in first after PAC meet

HENRIETTA TWP. — Black River’s John Guilford gave the area its first individual title Tuesday at the Patriot Athletic Conference Meet. However, it was the Buckeye boys track team that set itself up nicely in the race for the team title. Despite not winning any of the four individual events, the Bucks lead the 12-team Read More…

Buckeye earns wrestling title at PAC tourney

Tyler Carrow

COLUMBIA STATION — Buckeye didn’t have the greatest dual meet season in the Patriot Athletic Conference, going 3-2 in the Stars Division. However, the Bucks turned that into ancient history Saturday at the PAC Wrestling Tournament. Bolstered by a 7-0 performance in the championship round, including 3-for-3 in first-place matches, Buckeye rallied from a 1.5-point Read More…