April 25, 2015

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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…

Men’s college basketball: Final Four has plenty of starpower

Aaron Harrison and Kentucky are still undefeated. (AP PHOTO)

If you liked the look of last year’s Final Four, you will love the 2015 edition. One game — Kentucky vs. Wisconsin — is not only a matchup of two No. 1 seeds, it’s a replay of last year’s semifinal won by Kentucky 74-73. Seventh-seeded Michigan State will face Duke, a four-time national champion led Read More…

NCAA Division I: Sweet 16 has plenty of cool storylines

Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein, left, goes up for a shot against Cincinnati’s Octavius Ellis. (AP PHOTO)

It’s the Sweet 16 — the second week of the NCAA Tournament — and that means bragging rights for college basketball programs. Check the cover of media guides or banners adorning arenas. They always start with Sweet 16 appearances. No bragging about the first weekend. Playing this week means you had two good wins and Read More…

Track and field: Medina grad Taylor Burke back at Nationals


Taylor Burke is doing anything but striding peacefully into retirement as she concludes her college career. The Medina graduate and University of Florida senior qualified for her fourth consecutive NCAA Division I Indoor National Championship in track and field this winter. She will represent the Gators in the high jump today at the University of Read More…

Legendary North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith dies at age 83


Dean Smith was more than simply a basketball coach. Yes, the retired Hall of Famer left North Carolina as the winningest coach in men’s history after capturing two national titles along with the 1976 Olympic gold medal and coaching some of the sport’s biggest names, Michael Jordan among them. But he also was an innovator Read More…