August 31, 2015

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Curtis makes splash in debut at QB as Bees impress with 56-13 win

MEDINA — It’s been a long time since the Medina football team used its passing game to set up the running game, but that’s exactly what happened Friday night at Kenneth Dukes Stadium. Utilizing four wide receivers most of the evening, the Bees used the right arm of junior quarterback John Curtis to open up Read More…

Tennis: Emily Dunbar to play tennis at Richmond

Emily Dunbar

WESTFIELD TWP. — Emily Dunbar has always wanted to play tennis for the University of Richmond, so she quickly accepted when the Division I school offered her a full ride. Just starting her junior year at Cloverleaf, two-time Gazette MVP Dunbar will attend the same college as older brothers Ethan and Jacob, who combined to Read More…

J.R. Smith returns to the Cavs: ‘I wanted to rejoin an incredible organization’

J. R. Smith

Swingman J.R. Smith announced Thursday on Instagram that he had agreed to a contract with the Cavaliers. “Happy to say that I am returning to the Cavs!” Smith wrote. “It’s been a long ride this summer but I can say for sure, well worth the wait. When I opted out of my contract, I wanted Read More…

Football: Chad Toocheck bouncing back after NFL passes on drafting him

Chad Toocheck, 26, poses for a picture at Kenneth Dukes Stadium, where he played high school football for Medina. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — Chad Toocheck has overcome bigger obstacles, so he vows not to let the disappointment of not being selected in the 2015 NFL Draft keep him down. Toocheck, a 2006 Medina High graduate who shared his lengthy battle with drug and alcohol addiction with Gazette readers last summer, caught 45 passes for 688 yards Read More…

Prep football season fast approaching

The Medina County high school football season begins in 13 days, so let’s whet the appetite of pigskin-starved fans by taking a quick look at the area’s seven programs (a much more in-depth analysis will be provided in The Gazette’s annual preview section, which will run Aug. 28, the date of the season openers): Black Read More…

Former soccer star Stefanie Tolar overcomes alcoholism, addiction, eating disorder

Former Medina soccer player Stefanie Tolar. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

A popular and outgoing honors student, a standout soccer player and always quick to flash her infectious smile, Stefanie (Sizemore) Tolar seemed like the All-American girl while at Medina High School. But it wasn’t until recently — until she dealt head on with alcoholism, a serious drug problem, an eating disorder, promiscuity, two abortions, a Read More…

Cavs in sticky situation as Tristan Thompson’s negotiations get more interesting

Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson, left, battles Golden State’s Draymond Green during the NBA Finals. (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL / TNS)

LeBron James conducted a question-and-answer session with some of his 22.7 million Twitter followers on July 28, at which time he was asked whether power forward Tristan Thompson would be back with the Cavaliers. “Yeah of course he will,” James responded. “Means way too much to our team success!” That will almost certainly still be Read More…

U-12 Swarm wins state championship

The under-12 Medina Swarm captured the G League state championship in Alliance, and it did so in convincing fashion, defeating Promos Unlimited 18-3 in the title game. The Swarm, which plays in the Lorain County Hot Stove League, captured the Lorain Regional with a 13-1 win over the Medina Thunder. The team went on to Read More…

USA basketball mini-camp: LeBron James takes first step necessary for Olympics

LeBron James

LeBron James will take the first step necessary to play on the United States’ 2016 Olympic men’s basketball team. The four-time league MVP will attend USA Basketball’s mini-camp meeting Monday in Las Vegas, but will not take part in workouts the following three days. The Cavaliers small forward has a “Family Reunion” event in Akron Read More…

Rick Noland commentary: High school football full of clichés

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times (and resorted to writing this column almost as much): Football is the most cliché-ridden sport there is. But since these are the dog days of summer, the boss wants a story and I’ve learned to take things one day at a time, let’s focus, Read More…