November 28, 2015

Rick Noland

About Rick Noland

Rick Noland is the Cavs beat writer for The Gazette and the author of "Over Time," a compilation of stories he's written in more than 30 years as a journalist. He can be reached at 330-721-4061 or Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

High school basketball: Wadsworth’s season-opening victory over Firestone

AKRON — Measured in feet, the vast majority of Tony Hewitt’s shot attempts were at least 10 times longer than most of his postgame answers were in words. The small forward hit five lengthy 3-pointers Friday as an extremely young Wadsworth boys basketball team came out of nowhere to steal a 55-49 season-opening victory over Read More…

Mozgov has strained right deltoid

Timofey Mozgov

  INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers will be without arguably four of their top eight players when they host the Atlanta Hawks tonight at Quicken Loans Arena. Center Timofey Mozgov, who didn’t play in the second half of a 115-100 victory over Milwaukee on Thursday, has a strained right deltoid and will miss 10 days to Read More…

Noland: It’s still early, but Cavs — including LeBron — might be falling victim to hype


Two unacceptable performances have led to two bad losses and two stern messages from superstar LeBron James. That’s the current situation for the Cavaliers, who will bring an 8-3 record into their game against the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at Quicken Loans Arena. “You can’t play down to the competition at this point,” James said after Read More…

Noland: Bees realize how close they came to state title


The Medina girls soccer team lost the Division I state championship 2-1 to Walsh Jesuit on Tuesday night at misty Brecksville High. Technically, it was only a semifinal game, but let’s be brutally honest: These were the two best teams in the state, regardless of division. The Warriors (20-0-1), who have not lost in 90 Read More…

A game of love: Losing state title match won’t deter Dunbar

Cloverleaf junior Emily Dunbar is the 2015 Gazette MVP for girls tennis. RON SCHWANE/GAZETTE ILLUSTRATION

Less than an hour after falling 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-0 to Hathaway Brown’s Lauren Gillinov in the Division II state singles championship, Cloverleaf’s Emily Dunbar was back on a court at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason. This time, she was hitting with 23-year-old brother Ethan, who is now playing on the ATP World Read More…

Rick Noland: LeBron James knows all Kevin Love needs is love


LeBron James is exaggerating to make a point regarding Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love, and it’s a terrific and needed approach. In the early stages of this season, James has repeatedly gone out of his way to talk about the Cavs running their offense through Love and riding the 6-foot-10, 251-pounder’s coattails. While it’s true Read More…

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‘Thank you’ to an incredible team

Whether you live in Valley City, Litchfield or Mallet Creek — or anywhere in Medina County, for that matter — if you run across a Buckeye High football player in the next few days, pat him on the back. Tell him thanks for an incredible season. Tell him you’re proud of him. Tell him, maybe, Read More…

Noland: Title or bust expectations don’t faze Bees girls soccer team

When you begin the season as the sixth-ranked girls soccer team in the nation, it’s kind of expected that you reach the final four in your own state. That’s the weight Medina has not only carried on its shoulders since August, but thrived under. The Bees showed that again Tuesday, dominating and dismantling a good Read More…

Rick Noland: Grizzlies romp shows just how good Cavs can be

There was some suspense Wednesday in the Cavaliers’ 106-76 road victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, who are a legitimate title contender, to put that very impressive, beginning-to-end rout in some perspective. Four-time league MVP LeBron James was still on the floor in the fourth quarter, his consecutive games streak of scoring in double figures in Read More…

Dream season continues for Medina with win over Wadsworth

MEDINA — If you shoot it, the goals will come. The extremely talented Medina girls soccer team continued its “Field of Dreams” season Tuesday, peppering Wadsworth goalie Jordan Barnhart early and often en route to a 4-0 win in Brunswick Division I District semifinal action. The top-seeded Bees (15-0-3), who outshot the seventh-seeded Grizzlies (5-11-3) Read More…