September 15, 2014

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High School Football: Manchester at Black River

Black River quarterback Vernon Beard throws as he is hit by Manchester Linebacker Mason Nist during the first quarter. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk

SULLIVAN TWP. — The last in a long series of memorable games between the Black River and Manchester football teams ended in the Panthers’ favor Friday night. What seemed like a close game on paper was anything but, as Manchester ran away with a 51-28 victory. For coach Al Young’s Pirates, there won’t be any Read More…

High School Football: Medina at Wadsworth

Medina's Ian Crawley hauls in a touchdown reception against Wadsworth's Craig Palidar during the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

WADSWORTH — Wadsworth defensive coordinator Rob Karovic and Medina counterpart Toby Stepis had 84 reasons to be upset. In a non-league game that one team felt it should have won and the other felt fortunate it didn’t lose Friday, the Grizzlies used enough big plays to hold off the never-quit Bees 47-37. Wadsworth (3-0) led Read More…

High School Football: Cloverleaf at Buckeye

Buckeye quarterback Nathan Polidori celebrates after a Buckeye touchdown in the third quarter.

YORK TWP. — It took a little trickeration, some Johnny Manziel-like quarterbacking and some huge defensive stops, but the Buckeye football team finally ended a long losing streak against Cloverleaf with a 27-7 non-league win Friday. The Bucks (1-2) ended a 14-game skid against their county rival by taking control of the game late in Read More…

High School Football: Brunswick at Austintown Fitch

AUSTINTOWN — To begin its season with three straight wins, the Brunswick football team had to overcome a big barrier: The Blue Devils had to halt Austintown Fitch’s 15-game regular-season winning streak. Make Brunswick 3-0 after it coasted to a 41-27 non-conference victory Friday night at Falcon Stadium. “We wanted to be the ones to Read More…

High School Football: North Royalton at Highland

GRANGER TWP. — Defense led the way as the Highland football team wrapped up non-conference play Friday with a convincing 35-6 victory over North Royalton. The win served as a final test before kicking off Suburban League play against undefeated Nordonia next week. “We had a great week at practice and the coaches prepared us Read More…

Gordon could be back in Week 11

Gordon is serving an indefinite ban for failing at least his fourth drug test since being chosen by Cleveland in the second round of the 2012 supplemental draft. The league issued the minimum one-year suspension after denying his appeal on Aug. 27. No official statement on Gordon’s status was released by the NFL or the Read More…

Manziel OK with sitting, learning

Brian Dulik The Gazette BEREA — Right guard Vinston Painter was one of two Browns who were in uniform for their season opener in Pittsburgh but didn’t get into the game Sunday. He had pretty good company on the sideline. Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel also failed to step onto the field during Cleveland’s 30-27 loss Read More…

Cavs to hold lotteries for single-game tickets

The Cavaliers are great when it comes to lotteries. After winning the NBA Draft Lottery in 2011, 2013 and 2014, the Cavs will initiate a monthly lottery designed to help preserve single-game tickets for as many fans as possible. Demand for tickets is at an unprecedented high now that LeBron James and Kevin Love have Read More…

Football: Medina tackle Zeke Martin hungry for victories

Zeke Martin never wanted to be sick to his stomach again after missing part of his freshman football season with food poisoning. The Medina senior right tackle had to endure a very similar feeling anyway in the fall of 2012. Like so many modern high school athletes, Martin convinced himself that focusing on one sport Read More…

Wrestling: Living legends Houghtaling, Kallai to enter national hall

Jim Houghtaling and Chris Kallai have gone national for all the right reasons. Longtime legends at the local high school level, the two will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Oct. 19. Given the lifetime service to wrestling award by the Ohio Chapter of the NWHOF, Read More…