July 28, 2015

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Wrestling: Medina County pair finishes strong in Freestyle Junior Nationals

Medina resident James Handwerk, left, takes on Kansas’ Isacc Luellen in the seventh-place match at 182 pounds. (BRAD BOURNIVAL / GAZETTE)

FARGO, N.D. — Familiar faces led to seventh places Saturday at the Junior Nationals during Freestyle competition in Fargo, North Dakota. That left Wadsworth’s Noah Baughman (120 pounds) and Medina resident James Handwerk (182), a Lutheran West junior, grinning after what were impressive performances at the FargoDome to earn All-American status. After putting together six Read More…

Highland hires wrestling legend Alan Fried as coach

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GRANGER TWP. — In terms of coaches with credentials, Highland just hit a home run. Looking for a varsity wrestling coach after Frank Calarco stepped down from the position after one year, the Hornets hired Alan Fried. That’s Alan Fried, Espoir World Champion, three-time Ohio high school state champion and the first wrestler in history Read More…

Track and field: D.J. Schrock steps down to spend more time with his family

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WADSWORTH — A shake-up is coming to the Wadsworth track team next spring. Chris Beery, who led the girls last spring, will take over the boys job as D.J. Schrock steps down after five years. For Schrock, the decision was about time and priorities. “My wife and I are expecting our second child in August,” Read More…

Toocheck to be an assistant softball coach at KSU

Brad Bournival The Gazette MEDINA — The pull to get back to her college alma mater finally grabbed a hold of Jessica Toocheck. A standout softball player at KentState and the Mid-American Player of the Year in 2008, Toocheck was very happy after five seasons as Medina’s softball coach and two years as a Bees Read More…

Boys basketball: Highland selects Adam Cestaro as new coach

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GRANGER TWP. — A familiar face within the Highland community has been named the 19th boys basketball coach in school history. Already in the loop as a high school history teacher and freshman coach, Adam Cestaro accepted the school’s offer Friday after a drawn-out interview process. The 35-year-old St. Vincent-St. Mary High graduate replaces Michael Read More…

Golf: Spencer Koch breaks Fox Meadow course record held by his father

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MONTVILLE TWP. — Spencer Koch was wound so tightly as dusk approached Wednesday, he walked off the Fox Meadow Country Club course late in the round, went home and grabbed his oldest brother, Josh, before finishing. Spencer wanted to make sure someone had video of history. Playing with childhood friend Sean Gordon, the 18-year-old recorded Read More…

Brunswick’s track coaches step down

Jonathan Huff The Gazette BRUNSWICK — Less than a week removed from the state track meet, Brunswick’s boys and girls head coaching jobs are open. Boys coach Scott Merrill and girls coach Melissa Wojtala stepped down from their posts citing time factors playing into their decisions. “It was a combination of things,” Merrill said. “I Read More…

Girls track and field: Brunswick’s Gabby Maslowski impacted scoreboard in variety of ways

Brunswick senior Gabby Maslowski is the 2015 Gazette MVP for girls track and field. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

All season, Brunswick girls track and field coach Melissa Wojtala attributed success to the team’s bond. The Blue Devils won meets together and not because of a star getting first-place points in a flood of events. Senior Gabby Maslowski still filled the role of getting big points. Maslowski, along with Bailey Lack, acted as a Read More…

One-day basketball clinic provides youngsters with basics in Medina

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They came in bare feet, flip flops, shower slippers and expensive-looking sneakers, too. About 60 students from kindergarten to sixth grade descended on Ray Mellert Park in Medina Tuesday morning to participate in a high-energy basketball clinic taught by Medina High School boys varsity coach Chris Hassinger. Hassinger made sure he had strength in numbers Read More…

Maslowski sees long wait come to end

Jonathan Huff The Gazette COLUMBUS — Making the second day of the Division I state track meet has been a long wait for Brunswick’s Gabby Maslowski. On her final trip to Columbus, Maslowski made sure she would run one more day, qualifying for the finals in the 300-meter hurdles and with the Blue Devils’ 4×100 Read More…