August 27, 2014

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High school football players return to gridiron

Veteran Black River coach Al Young is looking at life without leading rusher Andrew Vaughn, left, as a welcome challenge. Today, is the first day of high school football practice. RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE

This week’s weather has high school football faithful excited for the lights of Friday night again. By this time next week, that enthusiasm will be at a fevered pitch when teams across the state are in full pads. This morning, schools were able to meet as a team, put away the 7-on-7 playbooks and actually Read More…

Wadsworth football coach Greg Dennison could miss first game

Greg Dennison

There’s a strong chance the most recognizable figure on Wadsworth’s football team won’t be around when the Grizzlies open their season Aug. 29 at Ashland. Head coach Greg Dennison, who is entering his 20th year with Wadsworth, hasn’t stepped down or been non-renewed. The winningest coach in school history, Dennison will likely still be recuperating Read More…

PHOTOS: Baltimore Raven Kyle Juszczyk returns to Cloverleaf for camp

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Cloverleaf graduate and current Baltimore Raven Kyle Juszczyk visited his alma mater on Monday for the Juice’s Future All-Stars Camp. Juszczyk  and Cloverleaf head football coach Bob Lake worked with players at the camp.

Browns: One day closer to the draft

New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie breaks up a pass for Browns receiver Greg Little. (AP PHOTO)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — In six weeks, Super Bowl XLVIII will be played on the same field the Browns occupied Sunday on a 70-degree afternoon. The Browns couldn’t have looked further from a championship team if they had moved to Antarctica. The Browns played arguably their worst game of a miserable season that continues to Read More…

Football MVP: Highland’s Kinsey has one more decision to make

The high school resume is as impressive as any quarterback in Medina County history. Senior Bruce Kinsey led Highland to its first state semifinal appearance, a school-record 13 wins and No. 6 ranking in The Associated Press Division II state poll. He was the undisputed Northeast Inland District D-II Offensive Player of the Year, a Read More…

All-Ohio football: Black River’s Vaughn is on second team

Black River running back Andrew Vaughn was a narrow runner-up to Fairless quarterback Hunter Wells for Northeast Inland District Division V Offensive Player of the Year last month. Surprisingly, that wasn’t enough for the senior to be named first-team All-Ohio when those teams were announced Tuesday by The Associated Press. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Vaughn earned Read More…

Football: Kinsey on All-Ohio first team, four on second team

COLUMBUS — Highland quarterback Bruce Kinsey was named to The Associated Press Division II All-Ohio first team Monday, but he would trade it “in a second, in a heartbeat” to be playing for a state championship Friday. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior, who led the Hornets (13-1) to their first state semifinal appearance, where they lost Read More…

Heartbreaker for Hornets

Very few things bring a community together quite like a deep playoff run in high school football. The streets are lined with signs rooting for the team as hype turns into hyperbole with every win. At Highland, it was a little different as the Hornets went where few Medina County teams have gone before when Read More…

Hornets are a classy bunch

  Highland quarterback Bruce Kinsey and his teammates almost never lose their composure on the football field. But when a remarkable ride comes to an end, as it did Friday with a 41-13 Division II state semifinal loss to powerful and incredibly fast Glenville at Byers Field, the emotions come pouring out. There were tears Read More…

Robinson to Lattimore a winning combination

  Chad Grant The Gazette PARMA — When two players are clicking the way Marshon Lattimore and Quan Robinson Jr. were Friday night, they can be tough to stop. The duo teamed up to push Glenville past Highland 41-13 in a Division II state semifinal at Byers Field and send the Tarbloooders to their second Read More…