April 19, 2015

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Warriors get best of Bees

Brad Bournival The Gazette AKRON — For the better part of four innings Friday, the Medina baseball team matched Walsh Jesuit at-bat for at-bat. The problem was the Warriors start seven Division I recruits, so things eventually caught up with the Bees in a 5-0 loss at CanalPark in the Chad Crawford Memorial Classic. Medina Read More…

Mackey’s Blue Devils smashed all expectations but their own

Albert Grindle The Gazette “I thought we could be better than people thought, but I’d be lying if I thought we’d get up to 19 (wins).” One of the worst kept secrets in MedinaCounty is coach Joe Mackey’s Brunswick boys basketball team doesn’t get wrapped up in perceptions. In an age of the oftentimes fabricated Read More…

College soccer: Wadsworth freshman phenom commits to North Carolina

Wadsworth freshman Jordan Taylor verbally committed to the University of North Carolina this week. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

WADSWORTH — With a name like Jordan, the logical choice was North Carolina. Unlike “His Airness,” Jordan Taylor has given her commitment to the Tar Heels to play women’s soccer. In what is arguably the biggest commitment in Medina County girls soccer history, the Wadsworth freshman gave her word to coach Anson Dorrance that she Read More…

Former Medina thrower to be inducted to Medina County Sport Hall of Fame

Former Medina and Kent State thrower Mindy Wirtz will be inducted into the Medina County Sports Hall of Fame on June 11. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Melinda “Mindy” Wirtz is a thrower. Always has been, always will be, in some way, shape or form. But these days, the 1992 Medina High graduate, who will be inducted into the Medina County Sports Hall of Fame during June 11 ceremonies at The Galaxy Restaurant, uses lessons learned from heaving a 2.2-pound discus and Read More…

Highland basketball coach Michael Murphy steps down with 47 wins in three years

Highland’s boys basketball coach Michael Murphy has stepped down. Prior to coaching the boys team, Murphy coached Highland’s girls basketball team. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

GRANGER TWP. — The second-winningest coach in Highland boys basketball history has stepped down. Michael Murphy resigned Tuesday, ending a three-year tenure in which the Hornets won 47 games, the Suburban League championship in 2013-14 and their first sectional title as a Division I school this season. The 47-year-old Wadsworth Township resident, who also has Read More…

High school baseball: Unique save by Chris Byers

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WESTFIELD TWP. — Chris Byers got the save without leaving the dugout. Scheduled to start today for the Wadsworth baseball team, the junior kept the scorebook Tuesday during a Suburban League game against Cloverleaf. Little did Byers know he’d make the biggest play of the day. With Cloverleaf’s Kenny Wells representing the tying run at Read More…

Boys basketball MVP: Medina’s Jon Teske was game changer

Medina junior Jon Teske is the 2014-15 Gazette MVP for boys basketball. (RON SCHWANE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION)

A 7-foot boys basketball player adjusting to being “The Man” may sound silly to ordinary fans, but Medina junior Jon Teske was a unique talent in a unique situation. For the first two years of his career, he was the shot-blocking dynamo alongside All-Ohio scorers Billy Geschke, Craig Randall and Branden Wilkins. The scenario was Read More…

Softball: Talia Boutwell’s RBI hit highlights blowout

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MEDINA — Moments before Talia Boutwell stepped to the plate in the top of the sixth inning Monday, winds picked up on Medina’s softball field and the temperature seemingly dropped five degrees. The imagery was foreshadowing for the Brunswick sophomore, as Boutwell smacked a two-out, two-run single over short to take a one-run game and Read More…

Track and field: Last-event drama, Medina’s 4×4 clinches home title

Medina’s Allyson Campbell wins the 100-meter hurdles at the Medina Relays. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — The Medina girls track and field team showed a flare for the dramatic Saturday at the Medina Relays. After a day of tight competition, the Bees edged Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division rival Solon to win their home meet. Wrapping up the afternoon, the Medina 4×400-meter relay placed first for 10 important points. Read More…

Softball Ohio Invitational: Dialing things in, Brunswick dominates tune-ups

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AKRON — With a big Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division game today, Brunswick’s softball team used Sunday as a litmus test. If a 15-0 win over Windham and 8-0 victory over Steubenville were indications at the Ohio Invitational, the Blue Devils should be fine. While everyone was buzzing about playing defending NOC champion Medina today, Read More…