November 27, 2015


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

Area athletes part of college postseason run

One team is in familiar territory, while the other is somewhere it has not been for five years. Mount Union and Ohio Northern came out of the Ohio Athletic Conference this year and into the NCAA Division III playoffs. Mount Union will host Albright in second-round action Saturday. For the Polar Bears, a trip to Read More…

Nine area players named first-team all district; in line for state honors

From left: Polidori, Gray, Thome

Medina County will have nine All-Ohio football players in 2015. That was the number of first-team selections when the All-Northeast Inland District teams were released by The Associated Press on Monday as, despite no playoff wins for the third time in four years, the area again had its share of standouts. All first-team all-district players Read More…

UPDATED: Wadsworth’s Dennison resigns

WADSWORTH — A model of stability and sustained success has hung up his whistle — for now. Wadsworth’s Greg Dennison, the third-winningest football coach in Medina County history, announced his resignation Thursday, ending an unparalleled 21-year tenure at the school. The 51-year-old led the Grizzlies to a 148-77 record, three Suburban League championships (1996, 2007, Read More…

High school football playoffs: Highland knocked out of playoffs by Avon

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Highland High School senior running back Manny Dela Cerna (14) is tackled by Avon High School junior linebacker Eric Steinmetz and senior center Michael Nose (9) on Friday night, Nov. 6.

AVON — First impressions can mean everything in high school football. The problem is it’s the last one that means the most in the playoffs. Sixth-seeded Highland looked good on its opening drive against third-seeded Avon in a Division II, Region 4 opener. But it soon found out the Eagles were worthy of their top Read More…

High school football playoffs: Hard-fought battle for Buckeye; losing in triple overtime

Buckeye High School principals (L-R) Gabe Tutor and Gerycz and Andy Vanboxel cook hot dogs at pregame tailgate prior to the Bucks playoff football game against West Geauga. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk

YORK TWP. — Guard Jalin Brock flipped off his helmet and buried his head into the cold, damp grass at Edwin Steingass Field. Quarterback Nathan Polidori did the same just feet away with helmet still attached. The Buckeye players, along with their teammates, had nothing left to give. They were battered, bruised and exhausted after Read More…

‘Thank you’ to an incredible team

Whether you live in Valley City, Litchfield or Mallet Creek — or anywhere in Medina County, for that matter — if you run across a Buckeye High football player in the next few days, pat him on the back. Tell him thanks for an incredible season. Tell him you’re proud of him. Tell him, maybe, Read More…

LIVE CHAT: High school football playoffs, Week 1

The Buckeye Bucks take the field against Brookside for the final regular season game of the year. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Live Blog High School Football playoffs Week 1  

High school football: Playoffs return to ‘Buck-O-Dome’ for first time in 10 years

YORK TWP. — The largest party in Medina County tonight will be inside the gates of the “The Buck-O-Dome.” That’s the quirky local nickname for Edwin Steingass Field, where the undefeated, third-seeded Buckeye football team will go to war with No. 6 West Geauga (9-1) in a Division III, Region 7 first-round playoff game. The Read More…

High school football: Highland meets Avon in playoffs — again

AVON — The Highland football team will play its fifth playoff game in the last three years tonight, and Avon is the opponent for the third time. The old Inland Conference members have developed plenty of familiarity recently, though many of the players are downplaying that importance. With so much roster turnover since they met Read More…

High school football: Rinard, Meacham serve as linemen Hunters for Hornets

Highland's Hunter Rinard. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

One is a late-blooming, shoot-from-the-hip jokester who has great footwork and enough self-confidence to proudly rock his on-point “Dad Bod.” The other is a naturally big-boned, polished-speaking veteran who manhandles defenders with brute strength. Left guard Hunter Rinard and left tackle Hunter Meacham are the Highland football team’s version of the odd couple. Sure, they Read More…