July 23, 2014


Medina graduate Chad Toocheck overcomes drugs, alcohol to excel


Chad Toocheck doesn’t remember everything that happened on those nights in late January 2008, but the 2006 Medina High graduate knows this with absolute certainty: They were among the worst of his life. And they also may have saved it. An All-Gulf South Conference wide receiver for the University of West Alabama, Toocheck’s story is Read More…

Cavaliers make deal that could pave way for future deal for Kevin Love

Kevin Love

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers general manager David Griffin continued to reshape the team’s roster by making another trade Tuesday. Cleveland sent shooting guard Carrick Felix and a second-round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, along with approximately $1 million in cash, to the Utah Jazz in exchange for point guard John Lucas III and power forwards Read More…

Carlos Santana, Nick Swisher lead way as Indians top Twins

Carlos Santana

MINNEAPOLIS — The Cleveland Indians hope struggling Carlos Santana and Nick Swisher continue to hit like they did Tuesday night. Having Danny Salazar pitch like he did won’t hurt either. Santana homered among his season high-tying four hits and Salazar won in his first start in more than two months as the Indians beat the Read More…

Clearview’s Anthony Hitchens has chance to be big part of Cowboys

Anthony Hitchens

Anthony Hitchens had never played middle linebacker when the Dallas Cowboys drafted him in the fourth round as insurance if starter Sean Lee got hurt again. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones loved how Hitchens hit at Iowa and thought the skill would translate perfectly to his defense. The policy was quickly cashed in when Read More…

Track and field: Steele Wasik wins Pan American junior decathlon crown

Medina native Steele Wasik celebrates winning the Pan American Cup Junior decathlon title. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

It’s been Steele Wasik’s dream for a while now to represent his country on the track. The Medina native got that opportunity Saturday and made the most of it by winning the Pan American Cup junior decathlon championship at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility in Ottawa, Ontario. Wasik compiled 7,004 points to take the title Read More…

David Matejczyk builds Wiffle ball field of dreams in Seville


It was a picture-perfect early evening in Seville and the setting sun was illuminating the scene as David “Mouse” Matejczyk paced throughout his backyard, talking in such excited circles he often interrupted one story to launch into another. The 56-year-old insurance lawyer was in his element rambling about the loves of his life. There’s his Read More…

Browns backup QB Johnny Manziel No. 1 in jersey sales

Johnny Manziel

Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is second on the Browns’ depth chart, but No. 1 in the NFL in one statistic. Manziel’s No. 2 was the most popular jersey sold on NFL.com from April 1-Thursday. Manziel has yet to take a professional snap and enters training camp this week trailing veteran Brian Hoyer in the competition Read More…

One bad slider spoils Indians’ comeback against Twins

Bryan Shaw

MINNEAPOLIS — The Cleveland Indians were mounting another comeback, and the bullpen was holding strong. Just one off-target slider was the end of that, when Josh Willingham’s tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning sent the Minnesota Twins to a 4-3 victory Monday night. Kurt Suzuki had a two-run double among his three hits, Trevor Read More…

Cavaliers to announce Andrew Wiggins signing

Andrew Wiggins

CLEVELAND — The next step in the Cavaliers’ busy offseason appears to be the signing of rookie swingman Andrew Wiggins. The No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft is expected to ink a multi-year contract with Cleveland this week, according to a Sunday report by ESPN. The first season of the pact will pay Wiggins $5.5 Read More…

Tigers 5, Indians 1: Tribe drops finale but takes series

Ryan Raburn

DETROIT — The Cleveland Indians refused to allow one setback to sour their trip to Detroit. Drew Smyly gave up four hits in seven innings and Torii Hunter hit a two-run homer, helping the Tigers beat Cleveland 5-1 Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep. “It was a great series for us,” Josh Tomlin said after Read More…