September 1, 2015

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College signing: Toledo’s loss is Canisius’ gain with Medina’s Liz Ash

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MEDINA — A hiccup in the Toledo women’s soccer program was Canisius’ gain. Already committed to the Rockets, Medina forward Liz Ash took pause when Toledo changed its entire coaching staff. That allowed the Golden Griffins a chance to sell themselves. As a result, Canisius offered a full scholarship and secured Ash’s services next season. Read More…

Wrestling: Medina resident becomes four-time Fargo All-American

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FARGO, N.D. — On Tuesday, James Handwerk cemented himself as a four-time Fargo All-American. It happened inside the FargoDome on the campus of North Dakota State University and came with a seventh-place finish in Junior Greco-Roman at Nationals. The seventh-place finish pairs with a Cadet Greco-Roman runner-up finish (2014), Cadet Freestyle fifth-place finish (2014) and Read More…

Track and field: Medina natives to compete at World University Games

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The 2015 World University Games that begin today in Gwangju, South Korea, will be a family affair, as Medina natives Alex and Steele Wasik will wear the red, white and blue for Team USA Track and Field. Alex finished her Villanova career at the NCAA East Preliminary on May 28 with a pole vault of Read More…

Bassett in sand volleyball nationals

Jonathan Huff The Gazette Even with the beaches of Lake Erie easily accessible, Northeast Ohio is not considered a sand volleyball hotbed. That did not deter Julie Bassett, as the former Wadsworth standout made the trip to StetsonUniversity in DeLand, Florida, to pursue a sand volleyball career. “I did sand volleyball growing up along with Read More…

College signing: Wadsworth’s Shane Mast inks with talented Kent State

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WADSWORTH — When Shane Mast started looking at college programs, the Wadsworth senior didn’t want to go too far from home but still wanted to be pushed. A decorated wrestler for the Grizzlies, the 160-pounder had been eyeing Cleveland State, but when the Vikings dropped the sport temporarily, Kent State became more attractive. As he Read More…

Men’s college golf: Jeanne Pritchard takes over as Wayne College coach

Former Medina golf coach Jeanne Pritchard will be coaching the Wayne College men’s golf team. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

MEDINA — Jeanne Pritchard didn’t stay out of coaching for long. Shortly after resigning as Medina boys golf coach in October, Pritchard accepted a boys/girls assistant gig at Walsh Jesuit. All of this followed a summer of 2014 in which Pritchard was the interim women’s coach at Ashland University. Another opportunity arose, however, as the Read More…

Hall of Famer Travis Schwab named men’s basketball coach at Muskingum University

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NEW CONCORD — One of the most decorated Ohio small-college players ever is getting his shot at what he called his “life’s calling.” Medina County Sports Hall of Famer, Medina native and former Ohio Wesleyan All-American Travis Schwab was named men’s basketball coach at Muskingum on Wednesday following an eight-year stint as an assistant at Read More…

College basketball: Frank Kaminsky vs. Jahlil Okafor is the big(s) storyline

Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky (44) and Duke’s Jahlil Okafor will be players to watch tonight in the national championship game. (AP FILE PHOTO)

INDIANAPOLIS — Bo Ryan doesn’t want to face Duke center Jahlil Okafor. “There’s no way I could match up with him,” joked Wisconsin’s gray-haired coach. “He’d kill me.” Luckily, Ryan has 7-footer Frank Kaminsky on his side to bang elbows in the post with the Blue Devils’ freshman phenom. Kaminsky vs. Okafor: The game within Read More…

Sports: Big Ten is back, conference basking in success of its programs

Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky dunks against Indiana. Wisconsin and Michigan State will be carrying the Big Ten’s banner in the NCAA Men’s Final Four. (AP FILE PHOTO)

MILWAUKEE — After Michigan State clinched a spot in the Final Four over the weekend, Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker wrote a short but pointed note on Twitter that packed as much of a punch as one of his slam dunks. “The Big Ten had a down year right?” Dekker asked. If anyone had that perception, it Read More…

Women’s college basketball: Dev King, Brooke Forsythe are All-Americans

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Dev King and Brooke Forsythe were senior centers who played college basketball in Kentucky. Now both are All-Americans. The NAIA last week named King and Forsythe to the 2015 Division I All-American team. King earned third-team honors, while Forsythe earned honorable mention. King is Georgetown College’s 17th All-American recipient. This is the fourth straight year Read More…