September 2, 2015

Medina
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Prep football season fast approaching

The Medina County high school football season begins in 13 days, so let’s whet the appetite of pigskin-starved fans by taking a quick look at the area’s seven programs (a much more in-depth analysis will be provided in The Gazette’s annual preview section, which will run Aug. 28, the date of the season openers): Black Read More…

Rick Noland commentary: High school football full of clichés

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times (and resorted to writing this column almost as much): Football is the most cliché-ridden sport there is. But since these are the dog days of summer, the boss wants a story and I’ve learned to take things one day at a time, let’s focus, Read More…

High school football: Parity is name of game in new Suburban League

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CUYAHOGA FALLS — The Suburban League makes sense. That’s the feeling that came out of the SL Media Day on Thursday when the 15 football teams of the “new” conference got together at The Natatorium in Cuyahoga Falls. Cloverleaf and Green have joined the Portage Trail Conference and Federal League, respectively. In their place is Read More…

Hall of Fame: Dick Cromwell’s formula for winning football games worked for 30-plus years

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Dick Cromwell is 67 now, but he hasn’t changed a whole since he graduated from Medina High in 1965 at the age of 17. Whether he was playing football, basketball or baseball for the Bees, quarterbacking Ohio Wesleyan to a 16-1-1 record in two years as a starter or winning two state football championships at Read More…

High school football: Mike Gibbons hired as Highland’s coach

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GRANGER TWP. — Highland didn’t leave the Tom Lombardo family tree to find his replacement as football coach. Lombardo’s brother-in-law, Beachwood coach Mike Gibbons, was officially named the 17th coach in school history during a special school board meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The decision came two weeks to the day after Lombardo left for Read More…

Highland expected to name Gibbons football coach

Highland got the man it wanted to replace Tom Lombardo as football coach, and the school board is expected to make that official at a 6 p.m. special meeting tonight. Beachwood coach Mike Gibbons, brother-in-law of Lombardo, has been recommended to become the 17th coach in school history. Gibbons was defensive coordinator at Highland (2007-09) and Read More…

Albert Grindle commentary about Tom Lombardo: It’s hard to fault decision

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Dear Highland: Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. Tom Lombardo sent the Northeast Ohio high school sports world abuzz Wednesday by leaving the Hornets to become head football coach at parochial superpower St. Edward. The Eagles are the defending Division I state champions and lost previous coach Rick Finotti to the University Read More…

Highland football coach Tom Lombardo leaving for St. Edward

Former Highland football coach Tom Lombardo, center, leads the Hornets onto the field in the final game at Highland Stadium last fall. Today, Lombardo was introduced as the new coach of St. Edward. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

LAKEWOOD — Dressed in a gray suit and laughing at a comment about his pepper-black hair, Tom Lombardo was in his element at St. Edward High. If Lombardo was going to leave Highland, the defending Division I state champion Eagles were on the very short list. The winningest football coach in Hornets history changed addresses Read More…

Lombardo turns down Massillon coaching job

GRANGER TWP. – Highland football coach Tom Lombardo can rest easy. In line to take over head coaching duties for Jason Hall at Massillon, the eight-year Hornets coach decided to stay put. Lombardo did not apply for the job and instead was approached by the Tigers. “It was a tormenting last week,” Lombardo said. “You Read More…

Hillsdale right fit for Ficyk

Brad Bournival The Gazette BRUNSWICK — Steven Ficyk has never been one to shy away from competition. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Brunswick senior proved that in a two-year career as the starting quarterback, throwing for 3,763 yards and 36 touchdowns. So when Division II Hillsdale College told him on his official visit he had a chance Read More…