March 27, 2015

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Rick Noland sports commentary: Hugging, shrugging, struggling, plugging

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It’s been awhile and I’m a little rusty, but let’s catch up on a few things with a Rick-o-chet around the world of sports: If the Indians don’t win the World Series, the pennant or even make the playoffs, it won’t be because they were on the cover of Sports Illustrated. … Then again, if Read More…

Medina County All-Stars: Paige Salisbury puts on MVP showing

Brunswick’s Paige Salisbury pushes the ball up the floor past Highland’s Erica Peterlin and Wadsworth’s Aubrey Virgin in the fourth quarter. Salisbury was named MVP of the game. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

YORK TWP. — Paige Salisbury was the last player to arrive for the girls “Hoopla!” Medina County Senior All-Star Game, but it took the Brunswick senior no time to show she was the best player on the court at Buckeye High. Held up by a softball scrimmage and not on the court for warm-ups until Read More…

Rick Noland commentary: Issues could arise for Cavs during playoffs

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt yells from the sidelines during an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. (AP PHOTO)

Since starting the season 19-20, the Cavaliers have gone 27-6. That .818 winning percentage over the last 33 games comes out to 67 victories when extrapolated over an 82-game regular season. With 10 games left before the start of the postseason, there is no disputing the Cavs (46-26) have been playing some great basketball heading Read More…

Cavs clinch playoff berth

Rick Noland The Gazette CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers clinched their first playoff berth in five years in a playoff-style game. It wasn’t always pretty, but Cleveland qualified for the postseason for the first time since 2010 with a hard-fought 95-92 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday at Quicken Loans Arena. “We’re not going to Read More…

Game with Pacers may be playoff preview

Rick Noland The Gazette INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers’ loss in Miami on Monday, their second to the Heat this season, would have served as a first-round playoff preview if the regular season had ended prior to Thursday. Tonight’s game at Quicken Loans Arena against the Indiana Pacers, who have also beaten the Cavs twice this Read More…

Rick Noland on boys basketball: There’s no substitute for growing up together

Medinas' (L-R) Tyler King, Ben Geschke, Evan Schreck, Luke Schaefer and Jon Teske look on as time expires during their  Regional semi final game against Shaker Heights at CSU. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

Maybe I’m an old fogey, but I still cling to the notion that the true beauty of high school athletics is playing with the kids you grew up with, representing your community and attending the school in your neighborhood. Take nothing away from the Shaker Heights boys basketball team, which was a deserving 53-44 winner Read More…

Call him ‘Johnny Futbol’: Medina native joins U-17 national soccer team

Johnny Nelson is going places. Actually, the 16-year-old Medina native has already been to more countries — Spain, Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Honduras, Panama, Bosnia, Croatia, Turkey and Italy, to name just a few — than most people visit in a lifetime. It’s all been part of chasing his soccer dream, which will involve playing Read More…

Boys basketball: Zach Bennett took coach’s message to heart

After the celebration had subsided Saturday night following the 10th-seeded Medina boys basketball team’s 45-43 victory over top-seeded Massillon Jackson in the Copley Division I District championship, senior Zach Bennett was standing near the 3-point line in front of his team’s bench. Coach Chris Hassinger was at midcourt when he noticed the smirk on the Read More…

Boys basketball: Jackson Polar Bears cool off Highland Hornets in 70-47 win

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COPLEY TWP. — The morning shave will not be a close one for members of the Highland boys basketball program. With players and coaches having taken to growing mustaches at the start of the postseason — some more successfully than others — the 12th-seeded Hornets “stubbled” to a 70-47 loss to top-seeded Massillon Jackson on Read More…

Rick Noland sports commentary: These Grizzlies deserve respect

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The temptation is to say the 2014-15 Wadsworth girls basketball team isn’t as good as the squads that advanced to the Division I regional finals the three previous years. From an individual talent standpoint, that might even be true, but let’s give these Grizzlies their due: After a thrilling 44-39 overtime victory over gutsy North Read More…