August 27, 2015

Partly cloudy

Select games will be streamed on

Day Date Game
Friday 10/10 Buckeye at Black River
Friday 10/17 Wellington at Buckeye
Friday 10/24 Brunswick at Strongsville
Friday 10/31 TBA

Buzz becomes louder as first football game at new Highland field nears

On Friday night, Brunswick and Highland  fans will witness the first football game at North Gateway Tire Field. Below, is Highland’s new scoreboard. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

GRANGER TWP. — For a little more than a year, football players like Manny Dela Cerna looked to the south side of Highland and dared to dream. A field once filled with rocks and construction vehicles is now one of the crown jewels of Medina County. That Friday will mark the first time Dela Cerna Read More…

New-look Suburban League promises to be interesting

Behind-the-scenes work two years in the making culminates Friday when the new-look Suburban League gets completely under way with the opening kickoffs of the football season. “Intriguing” is the first word that comes to mind. The big-school, small-school divisions mirror a developing trend throughout Ohio. Copley, Revere, Tallmadge and, up until recently, Highland will get 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…

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…

High school football: Parity is name of game in new Suburban League

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CUYAHOGA FALLS — The Suburban League makes sense. That’s the feeling that came out of the SL Media Day on Thursday when the 15 football teams of the “new” conference got together at The Natatorium in Cuyahoga Falls. Cloverleaf and Green have joined the Portage Trail Conference and Federal League, respectively. In their place is Read More…

Hall of Fame: Dick Cromwell’s formula for winning football games worked for 30-plus years


Dick Cromwell is 67 now, but he hasn’t changed a whole since he graduated from Medina High in 1965 at the age of 17. Whether he was playing football, basketball or baseball for the Bees, quarterbacking Ohio Wesleyan to a 16-1-1 record in two years as a starter or winning two state football championships at Read More…

High school football: Mike Gibbons hired as Highland’s coach

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GRANGER TWP. — Highland didn’t leave the Tom Lombardo family tree to find his replacement as football coach. Lombardo’s brother-in-law, Beachwood coach Mike Gibbons, was officially named the 17th coach in school history during a special school board meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The decision came two weeks to the day after Lombardo left for Read More…

Highland expected to name Gibbons football coach

Highland got the man it wanted to replace Tom Lombardo as football coach, and the school board is expected to make that official at a 6 p.m. special meeting tonight. Beachwood coach Mike Gibbons, brother-in-law of Lombardo, has been recommended to become the 17th coach in school history. Gibbons was defensive coordinator at Highland (2007-09) and Read More…

Albert Grindle commentary about Tom Lombardo: It’s hard to fault decision

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Dear Highland: Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. Tom Lombardo sent the Northeast Ohio high school sports world abuzz Wednesday by leaving the Hornets to become head football coach at parochial superpower St. Edward. The Eagles are the defending Division I state champions and lost previous coach Rick Finotti to the University Read More…

Highland football coach Tom Lombardo leaving for St. Edward

Former Highland football coach Tom Lombardo, center, leads the Hornets onto the field in the final game at Highland Stadium last fall. Today, Lombardo was introduced as the new coach of St. Edward. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

LAKEWOOD — Dressed in a gray suit and laughing at a comment about his pepper-black hair, Tom Lombardo was in his element at St. Edward High. If Lombardo was going to leave Highland, the defending Division I state champion Eagles were on the very short list. The winningest football coach in Hornets history changed addresses Read More…