September 3, 2015

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Basketball: Ashland basketball lands Jodi Johnson

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WADSWORTH — The Ashland women’s basketball program snared another big fish. Wadsworth first-team All-Ohioan Jodi Johnson is going to give up volleyball, as the senior accepted the Division II school’s partial scholarship offer that increases with each school year. Johnson was so dead set on Ashland there weren’t any other serious contenders for her services. Read More…

Boys basketball: Matt Saunders out, Tom Harrington in at Buckeye

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YORK TWP. — The opportunities were too enticing to ignore. At 31 years old, Buckeye boys basketball coach Matt Saunders realized an offer to become assistant principal at Barberton Elementary West was a rarity for an educator his age. At 32, Brunswick assistant coach Tom Harrington saw gym teacher and head basketball coach openings at 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…

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…

Clady jumps at chance to coach again

Albert Grindle The Gazette YORK TWP. — A seven-minute car drive from Buckeye High to home was enough for Ron Clady to end his self-imposed coaching hiatus. The LiverpoolTownship resident stepped down in 2009 after 10 seasons as Wellington girls basketball coach to focus on his three children, immediately going from the varsity sideline to Read More…

Former Medina High School basketball star leads skill clinics

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More than 20 fifth-graders attended a basketball clinic Wednesday afternoon led by former Medina High star player Tony Stockman. The event was the first in a series of three Medina school appearances by Stockman, 33, now the head coach at Ohio Christian University in Circleville. The free clinic was coordinated with the nonprofit group Still 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…

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…

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…

Girls basketball MVP: Jodi Johnson never craved attention but always starred in the spotlight

Wadsworth junior Jodi Johnson is the 2014-15 Gazette MVP for girls basketball. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION)

Competitiveness and, above all, not letting down her teammates motivated Jodi Johnson to be great. The tradition of Wadsworth girls basketball excellence wasn’t going to fade under her watch. A 62-30 January loss to Lakota West on the regular season’s grandest stage — The Classic in the Country at Berlin Hiland — put that to Read More…