April 18, 2014

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Girls basketball: Highland coach Bolha will not be back

GRANGER TWP. — The revolving door of Highland girls basketball coaches continues to spin. Thirteen months after leading the school to the Medina Division I District championship game, Bernard Bolha’s contract was not renewed, according to a board member. Bolha compiled a 24-25 record over two seasons. The Hornets won 17 games and lost to Read More…

Saville is the real deal

  Brad Bournival The Gazette Standing 5-foot-11, Courtney Saville is hard not to notice. Put a softball in the Brunswick junior’s hand and the attention she demands is almost palpable. While the right-handed pitcher’s success comes in part from her incredible athleticism, her determination is just as responsible for her early achievements with the Blue Read More…

Cardinals leave Pirates in the dark

Black River Pirates pitcher Glen Crabtree (L) and catcher Brock Waltz are unable to come up with a bunt by Brookside's Kyle Houston in the second inning. (Photo Josefczyk)

Albert Grindle The Gazette SULLIVAN TWP. — Well, that was awkward. Weekday high school baseball games almost always start around 4:30 p.m., but a communication snafu Monday caused Brookside to arrive at 5:21 for its Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division game against Black River. Dudley Taw didn’t seem to mind, as the left-hander led the Read More…

Grizzlies learn their lesson

Wadsworth's Julia Horton knocks in a run with a hit in the fourth inning against Tallmadge. (Photo by Aaron Josefczyk)

Brad Bournival The Gazette WADSWORTH — In what is likely going to be another crazy Suburban League softball race, Wadsworth learned a few things Thursday. The Grizzlies found out they can be every bit as good as they were last year, when they finished second in the league. They also discovered so can reigning champion Read More…

Furman leads Devils over Bears

Brunswick's Corey Welch fields the ball against North Royalton during the sixth inning. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Albert Grindle The Gazette NORTH ROYALTON — The ERA of Nick Furman has three numbers just like everyone else. The difference? Those three are 0.00 through 14 innings this season. Long waiting for his chance to be an ace, Furman threw his second complete game of the very young season Wednesday as the Brunswick baseball Read More…

Softball: Rough road trip gives Colts extra incentive

Highland’s Morgan Belsole tags out Cloverleaf’s Sara Meckley attempting to stretch a single into a double in the fifth inning. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

GRANGER TWP. — It turns out going down to the land of “The Mouse” and getting your tails kicked pays dividends. After a rough trip to Orlando, Fla., Cloverleaf’s softball team registered an 11-3 Suburban League road win over Highland on Tuesday. Coming off a 1-4 showing at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Read More…

All-Gazette: Saunders is winter coach of the year, made all the right moves

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  “I’m big into being a commitment guy. You have to be committed to your players, and you’ll get that way by practicing and staying intense. They’re starting to build a tradition here, and I want to further it.” —Matt Saunders, 2013-14 Gazette Winter Coach of the Year Those were the words of Matt Saunders Read More…

High school softball: Hornets squeeze out win

Highland’s Amanda Schniegenberg celebrates after scoring on a squeeze play to beat Green in the seventh inning. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

GRANGER TWP. — Every time the Green softball team tried to put the squeeze on Highland, the Hornets were able to wiggle free. Ironically, a gutsy call by Highland coach Nick Spirtos gave the Hornets a 6-5 Suburban League victory on a Wednesday where his squad learned how to survive and win. After giving up Read More…

High school baseball: Satisfying opener, Bebout stymies Colts

Wadsworth pitcher Nick Bebout makes a sliding catch and comes up throwing for a double play against Cloverleaf during the fifth inning. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

WADSWORTH — A 70-degree day on April Fool’s Day sounds like a sick joke, but Nick Bebout and the Wadsworth baseball team felt it was a thing of beauty. The All-Gazette selection allowed two hits over six innings and the Grizzlies finally backed him late Tuesday, leading to a closer-than-it-appeared 6-0 Suburban League win over Read More…

Badowski saved best for last

Brunswick's Ryan Badowski is the 2013-14 Gazette MVP in boys basketball. (RON SCHWANE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION)

  Albert Grindle The Gazette The time to put up or shut up punched Ryan Badowski and the Brunswick boys basketball team directly in their guts. The Blue Devils lost their third consecutive overtime game in early February. The first two, Medina and Mentor, were dogfights against superior talent. The last, to .500 Normandy, was Read More…