February 11, 2016

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 rnoland@medina-gazette.com. Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

Noland: Brunswick-Medina matchup headlines great night for county basketball

It was, as Brunswick boys basketball coach Joe Mackey said, a great night for Medina County. There was a packed house of 1,050 fans in Brunswick’s one-sided, undersized gym, with barely a seat available when the junior varsity game tipped off shortly after 6 p.m. There were two raucous student sections, Medina going farmer get-up Read More…

High school basketball: Brunswick defense clamps down on Shaker Heights


BRUNSWICK — The Brunswick girls basketball team stayed in a zone defense, and that prevented Shaker Heights from ever getting into one on offense. The Blue Devils played a basic 2-3 almost all night and the Red Raiders never solved it, leading to a 53-45 Greater Cleveland Conference victory for Brunswick. The first time the Read More…

High school basketball: Polidori gives Buckeye spark off bench against Firelands


YORK TWP. — Nathan Polidori made a ton of things happen on the basketball court. Most of them were good. Appearing in just his sixth game of the season, the 100-mph point guard helped Buckeye hold off Firelands 62-57 Tuesday in Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division action. Polidori, who missed five games earlier in the Read More…

High school basketball: Teske hits milestone as Medina beats Euclid in GCC tilt

Jon Teske

MEDINA — “Jon Teske from Ben Geschke.” Those were the words of public address announcer Jim Wienczkowski with 1:40 to go in the third quarter of the Medina boys basketball team’s 72-50 Greater Cleveland Conference victory over Euclid on Friday. Wienczkowski has made that rhyming proclamation at least 50 times over the last two years, Read More…

Cavs: LeBron calmly but forcefully addresses coach killing allegations, other topics in shootaround


INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James went on the offensive — and even got a bit defensive — while meeting with the media at the Cavaliers’ morning shootaround prior to a game against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena. The four-time league MVP remained cooperative and level-headed, but he was upset by recent talk Read More…

High school basketball: Medina boys stunned with loss to Strongsville at buzzer


STRONGSVILLE — To hear coach Chris Hassinger tell it, Medina is the boys high school basketball version of the Cavaliers. The Bees prosper as the underdog but struggle in the role of favorite, which was proven again Tuesday when Strongsville’s Jimmy Pesarchick banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Mustangs a 62-59 Read More…

Special victory: Cavaliers don’t have an easy time with the Timberwolves, still get new coach Tyronn Lue his first win


CLEVELAND — Tyronn Lue arrived at his postgame news conference with his tie loosened and the top button of his dress shirt undone. He had just gotten his first victory as an NBA head coach, but it wasn’t easy or overly impressive, as the Cavaliers struggled to beat the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves 114-107 Monday at Read More…

Blatt had to go

Those of you up in arms about the Cavaliers firing coach David Blatt, stop it. Puh-lease! Just stop it! One, a guy with no previous NBA coaching experience — of any kind — shouldn’t have been hired in the first place. Two, Blatt easily could have been fired before the midpoint of last season, because Read More…

Cavaliers fire Blatt; Lue to take over

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers coach David Blatt didn’t get fired because of losses. He got canned because his team couldn’t handle winning. That was the word from general manager David Griffin, who sent shockwaves through the NBA on Friday afternoon when he fired Blatt, who had compiled an 83-40 regular-season record in a season and a Read More…

High school basketball: Black River girls beat Oberlin to snap 17-game skid


SULLIVAN TWP. — Somebody had to win, so the members of the Black River girls basketball team figured it might as well be them. In a battle of winless squads two-thirds of the way through the season, the Pirates played aggressive and inspired Wednesday night to beat Oberlin 53-37 in Patriot Athletic Conference cross-division action. Read More…