May 29, 2016

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‘It got really real’: State title finally sinking in as Wadsworth girls get back to school

Laurel Palitto was in her bedroom Sunday night, busy texting her closest friends about a speech she had to give at a pep assembly the next morning. One by one, her mom, dad and older sister and brother came in to congratulate her. Finally, around 12:30 a.m. Monday, her door closed for good. After a Read More…

Noland: Grizzly girls take place in immortality with state title

Take a bow, Wadsworth players Jodi Johnson, Jenna Johnson, Laurel Palitto, Sophia Fortner, Lexi Lance, Maddie Movsesian, Peyton Banks, McKenna Banks and Olivia Chaney. You, too, coaches Andrew Booth, Mark Postak, Tom Carnes, Jen Martin, Mike Schmeltzer and Lindsay Tenyak. Now take another. And another. The Wadsworth community will cherish its 2015-16 Division I state Read More…

Noland: Past is present in “Sea of Red” for Wadsworth

Jodi Johnson, Sophia Fortner, Lexi Lance, Jenna Johnson, Laurel Palitto and Co. are one victory from a Division I girls state basketball championship after they helped Wadsworth come from behind to defeat Reynoldsburg 58-48 Friday at Value City Arena. Katelyn Vujas, Elisa Inman, Kate (Lyren) Sondles, Jen (Martin) Echols and Kristin (Hoover) Obendorf, the starting Read More…

Noland: Rally was largely cosmetic, but Brunswick’s chemistry and heart totally real

The frantic fourth-quarter rally was largely cosmetic, but the heart displayed all season by the 2015-16 Brunswick boys basketball team was real. So was the class. And the closeness. And, on this night, the tears. The Blue Devils fought till the bitter end of a University of Akron Division I Regional semifinal, falling 72-65 to Read More…

High school basketball: Wadsworth has talent in reserve(s)

This is a story about four players who average a combined 12.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists for the Wadsworth girls basketball team. Three of them average less than 2.0 points and 2.0 rebounds, and all of them average less than one assist. Those numbers are extremely misleading, however, because the Grizzlies (26-1) would Read More…

High school basketball: For Brunswick, Q is the answer

Brunswick boys basketball coach Joe Mackey was a really good point guard at Strongsville High, leading the Mustangs to an undefeated regular season and regional semifinal berth as a senior in 1990. Twenty-six years later, Mackey is back at the same level of the postseason tournament, as his Blue Devils (21-4) will play Canton McKinley Read More…

High school basketball: District final lives up to hype

On one end, veteran Brunswick boys basketball coach Joe Mackey pumped his fist, his team, already up 10, about to shoot two free throws with 18 seconds left. On the other, 7-foot-1 Medina senior Jon Teske, tears streaming down his 18-year-old cheeks, left to a standing ovation after the final game of his illustrious high Read More…

Bay rockets by Buckeye

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The Buckeye boys basketball team exploded through the door at the outset of its North Ridgeville Division II District semifinal game against top-seeded Bay, then had it slammed in its face. The fourth-seeded Bucks resiliently pushed that door open a bit on several more occasions, but never got through it again in Read More…

Noland: Wadsworth girls on verge of ending streak

Read this sentence five times: The Wadsworth girls basketball program will play for the Norwalk Division I Regional championship. Now read this one four times and we’ll explain in a moment: The Grizzlies went home heartbroken. For the fifth straight season, Medina County’s best and most tradition-rich basketball program finds itself one victory away from Read More…

Colts’ season is over

Rick Noland The Gazette ROCKY RIVER — The Cloverleaf boys basketball program is right back where it started. The Colts made some baby steps at various points of the regular season, but took a big leap backward Tuesday while losing 67-32 to Rocky River in the opening round of the North Ridgeville Division II Sectional. Read More…