June 27, 2016

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Medina County Sports Hall of Fame: Stuart’s state title only part of his identity

Now two months from his 95th birthday but strong-willed, compassionate, mentally sharp and as gregarious as humanly possible, Lylle Stuart refuses to let Father Time get in the way. The lifelong Spencer Township resident drives his 2004 Saturn wherever he needs to go. He also rides a bicycle for enjoyment, making multi-mile trips that help Read More…

Gazette MVP: Wadsworth’s Blamble used last year’s near-miss as motivation for record-breaking season

The inspiration for Matt Blamble’s senior season can be traced to .04 seconds last year. That was the amount of time that kept the Wadsworth standout from a spot at the Division I state meet. Bedford’s Cameron Odom beat Blamble by that margin in the 200-meter dash at the Austintown Regional to delay Blamble’s state Read More…

Hanna improved during junior season

  For two full months this spring, Austin Hanna was absolutely unbeatable. The Cloverleaf junior mowed down opponent after opponent during the regular season, then cruised through his first 10 postseason matches — dropping one total set — in one of the greatest runs in Medina County boys tennis history. Hanna became just the third Read More…

Gazette MVP: Medina’s Aukerman never backed down

Among Spencer Aukerman’s most cherished baseball memories date to when he played for the 11-and-under Medina Stars. Aukerman was the go-to reliever, often twisting batters into the dirt with a sick curveball he was permitted to unleash competitively for the first time. Ask anyone who faced the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder this spring and they’ll confirm that Read More…

Gazette MVP: Medina’s Holzman became master of her craft

Need a wrench? Jessie Holzman has you covered. Same goes for a hammer and probably pliers. An incredible five-tool player, Holzman did it all in helping the Medina softball team return to the Division I Barberton District final for the first time in three seasons. A two-time All-Ohioan and first-team selection this year, the Medina Read More…

High school lacrosse: Medina’s Vanadia named first-team all-American

MEDINA — A torn ACL may have robbed Sarah Vanadia of her last two and a half games in high school, but the Medina senior more than made up for it with a phenomenal season. After leading the Bees to a 12-7 record and another Division I regional final, she was named to the U.S. Read More…

State track meet: ‘Anything can happen’ as Pasadyn places second, Blamble third

COLUMBUS — The encore will be interesting. With so many fresh faces in Columbus, it wouldn’t have been a surprise to see a mediocre Ohio High School Athletic Association state meet for Medina County track and field athletes. Someone forgot to tell them, as they put on a show Saturday. That held true especially for Read More…

High school softball: Medina’s Holzman named first-team all-state

Jessie Holzman keeps pulling in the awards, as the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association named her Division I first-team all-state. The Greater Cleveland Conference co-MVP walked out of Medina as a two-time All-Ohioan. The senior center fielder batted .425 with 20 RBIs and added four home runs, three triples, six doubles and 33 Read More…

High school baseball: Highland unafraid of matchup with St. Ignatius

PARMA — The St. Ignatius baseball team is a defending Division I state semifinalist and features big-time pitching recruits Connor Adams (Louisville) and Murphy O’Brien (St. Bonaventure). Highland’s response: That’s cool, but we can play, too. The Hornets (18-9) and Wildcats (20-10) will battle at 3 o’clock this afternoon at Ron Mottl Field on the Read More…

Medina County Sports Hall of Fame: Gehring’s been involved with Black River athletics for more than 40 years

The time of year doesn’t matter. The sport doesn’t matter. The period in school doesn’t matter. Head to Black River and there’s a constant. Irene Gehring. She’s not just a pillar in the community and school district. She’s part of the foundation. It’s why she’s a perfect person to be inducted into the 31st Medina Read More…