August 1, 2014


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…

Hornets use soccer event to build on last year’s success

Highland’s Lauren Tecco, left, and Kaitlyn Lafayette work against each other in practice. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

STRONGSVILLE — After the best finish in Suburban League play in seven years and one of the best overall records in over a decade last fall, Highland’s girls soccer team is on the rise. Despite having to fill some spots due to graduation, the Hornets return eight fulltime starters from a year ago and will Read More…

Retired principal John Deuber put in charge of Highland sports

GRANGER TWP. — After retiring as a principal at Highland Middle School, John Deuber is ready to tackle his new role as assistant principal at the high school and athletic administrator. Deuber, 54, who is under a one-year contract, will have much the same role as outgoing athletic director Curt Johansen. Johansen’s AD position was Read More…

Wrestling: Wadsworth wrestlers push each other

Wadsworth wrestlers Cody Surratt, left, Darrin Gilkerson, center, and Shane Mast will compete in the ASICS/Vaughn Junior & Cadet National Championships. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

WADSWORTH — Much of wrestling is an individual sport. But Wadsworth’s Darrin Gilkerson, Shane Mast and Cody Surratt are happy to be sharing the experience of competing at the ASICS/Vaughan Junior & Cadet National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota this weekend. The three Grizzlies will join a host of wrestlers from across the state in Read More…

PHOTOS: Baltimore Raven Kyle Juszczyk returns to Cloverleaf for camp


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.

Track and field championships: Steele Wasik dominates hurdles

Steele Wasik has never been so happy with a fourth-place finish. The Medina resident set four personal records, which included breaking the American junior decathlon record in the 110-meter hurdles, en route to a banner day at the USATF Championships at Sacramento State University. “The meet was everything I had hoped it would be,” Wasik Read More…

Pro Kyle Juszczyk to hold football camp at Cloverleaf

Baltimore Ravens fullback and Lafayette Township native Kyle Juszczyk, left, will host a youth football camp at Gene Clark Stadium on Monday. (AP FILE PHOTO)

WESTFIELD TWP. — The “Juice” is back at Gene Clark Stadium. Former Cloverleaf football standout and current Baltimore Raven Kyle Juszczyk will conduct the inaugural Juice’s Future All-Stars Camp, a one-day clinic for kids ages 8-13, on Monday. Registration for the camp will start at 8:30 a.m., with instruction by Juszczyk and members of the Read More…

Girls basketball: Wadsworth coach Mike Moser moving to Highland

GRANGER TWP. — Highland only needed to travel 11 miles south to find the 13th girls basketball coach in school history. With the hope that the revolving door of coaches will finally stop spinning, the Hornets selected longtime Wadsworth boys and girls assistant Mike Moser, pending school board approval tonight. The 35-year-old was hand-picked to Read More…

Track and field: Steele Wasik, Sarah Berger help Ohio win

GRANVILLE — When describing her final high school track meet, Sarah Berger was just appreciative of the honor. To represent Team Ohio and help it to another title Saturday afternoon at the Midwest Meet of Champions was a perfect capper to an already highlight-packed career for the recent Wadsworth graduate. Beating the school up north Read More…