October 22, 2014

Medina
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Volleyball: Highland beats Medina in revenge match

From left to right, Highland players Angel Redman, Kathleen Kirchner, Olivia Sir Louis, Mallory Adams, Emmi Esker and Nikki Tecco celebrate a Barberton D-I district semifinal win over Medina. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

BARBERTON — Revenge was sweet and it came in a sweep for Highland’s volleyball team. Junior middle hitter Marlee Profitt had game highs of 14 kills and eight blocks Tuesday as the second-seeded Hornets beat third-seeded Medina 25-23, 25-11, 25-23 in the Barberton Division I District semifinals. Highland (17-7) avenged its five-game loss to the Read More…

Rick Noland: Cavaliers have met the the preseason hype

LeBron James, Mike Dunleavy

Expectations surrounding the Cavaliers were so high it would have been virtually impossible for them to exceed them in the preseason, but let’s be honest: They’ve looked pretty darn good as they prepare for their exhibition finale tonight in Memphis. Here’s a look at some of the positives, followed by a few areas of concern Read More…

Scott Petrak: Bad loss to Jaguars doesn’t mean season is over

Brian Hoyer, Telvin Smith

A modest two-game winning streak ended Sunday in Jacksonville. The season didn’t. As pathetic and dismaying as the Browns’ 24-6 loss was, it was only one game. It doesn’t erase the impressive win over Pittsburgh seven days earlier — or quarterback Brian Hoyer’s eight previous starts. The Browns are 3-3 — a lot better than many Read More…

World Series: Bumgarner pitches Giants to Game 1 win

World Series Giants Royals Baseball

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants put a sudden stop to the Kansas City Royals’ perfect postseason roll. Bumgarner pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence homered early and the Giants showed off their October poise, shutting down the Royals 7-1 Tuesday night in the World Series opener. Read More…

Volleyball: Medina, Highland excited with finals berth on line

BARBERTON — It’s a rematch one full year in the making. It also is exactly what every person in the Highland and Medina volleyball programs knew would occur. The second-seeded Hornets (16-7) and third-seeded Bees (13-10) will square off tonight at 6 in the Barberton Division I District semifinals. Though there is great respect between Read More…

Soccer: Hoban jumps out early and Buckeye can’t recover

Buckeye’s Norah Barnes hurdles Hoban’s Shannon McMahon to push the ball up the field during the first half. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

YORK TWP. — Not even Mother Nature could slow down Hoban’s girls soccer team Monday night. Despite a torrential downpour for most of the game, the speed of the third-seeded Knights overwhelmed second-seeded Buckeye en route to a 5-0 Brunswick Division II District semifinal victory at the Thiele-Pierce Track and Soccer Complex. The sloppy conditions Read More…

Prep Athletes of the Week for the week of Oct. 21

Chloe McKinzie

Football Gary Clift Jr., Brunswick: Senior wide receiver scored two touchdowns in Blue Devils’ 59-21 win over Twinsburg. … First score in Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division game came on 70-yard punt return. … Other TD was 9-yard reception in second quarter. … Had 134 punt return yards in first quarter. … Finished with five Read More…

Cavaliers notes: LeBron says Bulls are the team to beat in the East

LeBron James

COLUMBUS — LeBron James isn’t going to provide any bulletin board material for Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls, who are widely considered the Cavaliers’ most formidable challenger in the Eastern Conference this season. “Chicago is a lot better than us right now,” James said Monday prior to an exhibition game against the Bulls at Read More…

Browns Notes: Running game lacks rhythm

Johnathan Cyprien, Ben Tate

BEREA — The Browns are the only NFL team to have three players with 200-plus rushing yards on the season. None of them, however, were effective Sunday in a 24-6 loss to previously winless Jacksonville. Starter Ben Tate gained a team-high 36 yards on 16 carries, undrafted rookie Isaiah Crowell had 18 on seven attempts, and Read More…

Browns lament loss to Jaguars, try to move on quickly

Brian Hoyer, John Greco, Paul McQuistan

BEREA — The disappointment hadn’t dissipated by Monday afternoon. The Browns (3-3) squandered an opportunity for a three-game winning streak, playing easily their worst game of the season in a 24-6 loss to previously winless Jacksonville. Their first two losses came on field goals on the final play. This one stung because the performance was Read More…