August 21, 2014

Mostly clear

Girls soccer: Expecting more, Medina pulls out win

Medina's Hannah Ludwig works to control the ball against Copley's Courtney Campbell during the first half. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — Chalk it up to opening-night jitters, but the Medina girls soccer team didn’t put together the effort it wanted or expected Monday. Despite that, the nationally ranked Bees still found a way to pick up a goal late in regulation to edge a pesky Copley squad 1-0 in non-league play at Medina Memorial Read More…

Highland Schools break ground on $8 million sports complex


School board members shared the job of breaking ground for the district’s new $8 million sports complex with members of the Highland High football team. At a ceremony Monday night in Granger Township, officials said they can’t wait for the community to visit and enjoy the new sports complex at the school when it’s completed Read More…

Medina’s Teske makes verbal commitment to Michigan

  MEDINA — Incoming Medina junior Jon Teske verbally committed to the University of Michigan on Thursday. Teske, a 6-foot-11 center, selected the Wolverines over archival OhioState. As a sophomore, Teske averaged 10.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.9 rebounds as Medina reached the Copley Division I District championship. He is expected to have a much larger Read More…

High school golf: Motivated Bees get sweet taste of revenge

Medina’s Evan Schreck tees off on the third hole at Brookside Country Club during the Medina County Tournament. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

NORTON — Sam Thies didn’t mince words. The Medina boys golf team has unfinished business. Led by the senior’s career round, the Bees edged Highland by three strokes to win the Medina County Tournament at picture-perfect Barberton Brookside Country Club. Legendary coach Jeanne Pritchard’s team finished second in the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division for Read More…

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.