August 29, 2015

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Marching band roundup: All of Medina County’s high school bands featured by Gazette

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The Wadsworth High School Marching Band rehearses taking the football field in a full sprint from the end zone and then facing the audience to play.

Over the past few weeks, The Gazette has featured every high school marching band in Medina County. Check out links to the stories here, with buyable photos conveniently provided below. Black River Liam Sleggs wanted to come up with something inspirational for the Black River High School Pirate Marching Band for the 2015 season. So Read More…

Football Week 1: All for one, Brunswick switches to flexbone

Brunswick's new offense will center around quarterback Nick Horton (3) running the flexbone to Zach Snyder (34), Marc Davis (11) and Jordan Sadler. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

The 1978 Van Halen song “Runnin’ with the Devil” never had more meaning for the Brunswick football team. History will be made on multiple levels tonight in Granger Township, where the Blue Devils will play neighboring Highland for the first time since 1986 and the gridiron christening of North Gateway Tire Field is getting most Read More…

Fast facts about Wadsworth High School Marching Band

AT A GLANCE Band name: Wadsworth High School Marching Band Director: Steven Hadgis Assistant director: Dana Albrecht-Hire Percussion director: Ryun Louie Auxiliary instructors: Jessica Acord and Vanessa Lloyd Student teacher: Tabytha Walls Volunteers: Wadsworth Band Boosters Executive Board   DIRECTOR PROFILE How many years at school: 15th year at Wadsworth How many years directing overall: Read More…

Wadsworth High School Marching Band is switching it up

LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE
The Wadsworth High School Marching Band rehearses taking the football field in a full sprint from the end zone and then facing the audience to play.

Each member of the Wadsworth High School Marching Band knows he or she has to be a quick study. That’s because director Steve Hadgis builds into the summer and fall season the concept of bringing audiences a show with a fresh look. For example, the band members will debut their show tonight at the season Read More…

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…

Girls soccer: New kids for Brunswick play like veterans

Brunswick’s Heather Craska (9) controls a header against Highland’s Kaitlin LaFayette in the first half. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

GRANGER TWP. — If season openers are any indication, the kids are all right. The Brunswick girls soccer team came into its non-conference game Wednesday with Highland full of questions after bringing back just four letterwinners from a year ago. The Blue Devils not only ruined the Hornets’ debut at the new Highland Stadium, they Read More…

Wadsworth teens’ sauna project headed to Las Vegas

Chris Kallai, a carpentry teacher at Wadsworth High School, instructs a group of senior students while they build a sauna during the first week of school last week. The sauna will be shipped this week to Las Vegas and be used by athletes during the 2015 World Wrestling Championships in two weeks. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

Fifteen Wadsworth High School seniors successfully wrestled a tight deadline their first week of school to complete a special project. They built a sauna — one that will be used by athletes during the 2015 World Wrestling Championships Sept. 7-12 in Las Vegas. “They finished it today,” Chris Kallai, Wadsworth High School’s carpentry teacher, said Read More…

Wadsworth community mourns teen found dead in home

Drew Newton poses for a photo. (PHOTO COURTESY OF FACEBOOK)

The Wadsworth area is mourning the death of 18-year-old John Andrew “Drew” Newton. Newton was found dead in his family’s upstairs bathroom on the 1200 block of Eastern Road in Rittman, near Wadsworth Township, at 5:15 p.m. Monday, according to sheriff’s reports. Wadsworth paramedics were on the scene when a Medina County Sheriff’s deputy arrived. Read More…

Black River Marching Band is out of this world with space-themed music

Black River High School marching band members break into individual dance routines for a moment during a recent morning rehearsal at school. Director Liam Sleggs is at left. (LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE)

Liam Sleggs wanted to come up with something inspirational for the Black River High School Pirate Marching Band for the 2015 season. So why not a theme of music from outer space? Sleggs is in his first year as a director. He accepted the job at Black River as a 2014 graduate of Baldwin Wallace Read More…

Wrestling: Alan Fried brings Olympians to Highland

GRANGER TWP. — When Alan Fried took over as Highland wrestling coach this summer, the three-time state champion and one-time national champ talked about taking a solid Hornets base and building it up. An Espoir world champion and the only four-time Junior Freestyle National champion in history is hitting the ground running through his wrestling Read More…