March 2, 2015

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Wrestling: Brunswick turns heads and upends favored Wadsworth for first sectional title

Brunswick’s Nick Kuissis pins Wadsworth’s Cody Surratt in the 138-pound semifinals. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

WADSWORTH — Brunswick wrestling coach Mike Koshar racked his brain and couldn’t come up with an answer. Former Blue Devils wrestlers took their best guesses but didn’t have anything concrete, either. A phone call to former coach Gary Eaton late Saturday night finally confirmed what many thought was true. When Brunswick won the Wadsworth Division Read More…

Highland’s Ashley Mennenga highlights record-setting day for county stars

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CANTON — Another day, more records and more history. That’s how the final rounds of the Division I state swimming meet went Saturday as Medina County athletes closed the season with memorable performances. Ashley Mennenga gave the Highland faithful hope for a very bright future, as the freshman broke her school record in the 100-yard Read More…

Bucks peak at right time

Buckeye senior guard Tyler Hagmeier beats Columbias Kevin Simon to a reboound during the second quarter. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk

    YORK TWP. — Every boys basketball team aims to peak for the start of the postseason. Buckeye is one of the few to actually achieve that goal. Junior forward Liam Murray scored 17 points, including a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter, as the Bucks edged Columbia 57-52 in Patriot Athletic Conference cross-division Read More…

Quiring stands tall in win

Brunswick's Steve Ficyk chases down a loose ball in front of Shaker Height's Ricky Stokes in the second quarter. Photo by Judd Smerglia

    BRUNSWICK — All 5 feet, 8 inches of Michael Quiring — and that’s being generous — attacked the redwoods with an unflappable resolve. The diminutive point guard kept swinging until the trees crashed to the ground. In a Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division slugfest featuring nine players standing 6-4 or taller, the smallest Read More…

Cardinals win battle of giants

Medina's Zach Bennett drives around Mentor's Paul Sateika during the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

  MEDINA — Micah Potter and Jon Teske will have a lot to talk about the next time their families get together. Both junior centers had monster nights Friday, but Potter’s Mentor team got the better of Teske and Medina with an 81-69 victory in Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division boys basketball action. “It’s two Read More…

Houska nets 1,000th point in win

MACEDONIA — It took Tanner Houska almost the entire game to get his points across Friday. Highland, on the other hand, didn’t wait that long. Add it up and the Hornets boys basketball team closed the regular season with a 57-50 Suburban League win over Nordonia. Houska (10 points) scored his 1,000th career point with Read More…

Deck stacked against Colts

GREEN — The Cloverleaf boys basketball team had a lot of things to contend with in the regular-season finale. Having already clinched its first Suburban League title since 1991, Green was playing for an undefeated season on senior night. The deck was stacked against the Colts from the outset. Cloverleaf felt the full brunt of Read More…

Wrestling sectionals: Connor Gray gets final shot at landing state berth

Wadsworth’s Connor Gray controls Highland’s Josh Kedzior on his way to a pin in the 126-pound championship match at the Suburban League Tournament. Saturday, Gray will begin the postseason road at the Wadsworth Division I Sectional. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

The just-missed kid is ready to hit it big. Wadsworth’s Connor Gray has never forgotten his freshman season. A wrestler who appeared ticketed for the state tournament, Gray lost a controversial 2-0 decision to Oregon Clay’s Jared Davis in the match to go to Columbus. Fast forward three years later and Gray still hasn’t reached Read More…

Sectional girls basketball: Cloverleaf cruises to win against Copley

Cloverleaf’s JIllian Miglich battles Copley’s Armani Jackson for a rebound in the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

WESTFIELD TWP. — Jilly was silly before she played anything but willy-nilly. About 45 minutes after messing around with a selfie stick, amateur guitar player/singer/guard Jillian Miglich improvised Thursday when someone forgot to turn on the warm-up music. She then led an impromptu team-wide a cappella rendition of Vance Joy’s “Riptide” as the Cloverleaf girls Read More…

Sectional girls basketball: Medina’s defense delivers against Avon Lake

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AVON LAKE — The Medina girls basketball team put on a defensive clinic and dominated Thursday in a 43-20 Elyria Catholic Division I Sectional final win over Avon Lake. The 18th-seeded Bees (11-12) turned a spectacular performance defensively, allowing a three-point first quarter and a one-point fourth. They advanced to meet third-seeded Magnificat on Monday. Read More…