April 16, 2014

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Girls basketball: Highland coach Bolha will not be back

GRANGER TWP. — The revolving door of Highland girls basketball coaches continues to spin. Thirteen months after leading the school to the Medina Division I District championship game, Bernard Bolha’s contract was not renewed, according to a board member. Bolha compiled a 24-25 record over two seasons. The Hornets won 17 games and lost to Read More…

Badowski saved best for last

Brunswick's Ryan Badowski is the 2013-14 Gazette MVP in boys basketball. (RON SCHWANE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION)

  Albert Grindle The Gazette The time to put up or shut up punched Ryan Badowski and the Brunswick boys basketball team directly in their guts. The Blue Devils lost their third consecutive overtime game in early February. The first two, Medina and Mentor, were dogfights against superior talent. The last, to .500 Normandy, was Read More…

Girls basketball: Medina trio lifts Dark team to win, Rhodes rides off with MVP honors

Medina’s Holly Rhodes scores against Black River’s Angie Kazek in the first quarter. Rhodes was named the MVP of the girls game. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

SULLIVAN TWP. — Holly Rhodes, Casey Midlik and Madi Tata put the “Medina” in the 25th annual “Hoopla” Medina County All-Star Game on Wednesday night. The three Bees combined for all but three of their team’s points through three quarters and 68.5 percent for the game as the Dark beat the Light 38-35. Shooting guard Read More…

Boys basketball: Dark goes downtown in victory over Light

Highland’s Alec Withers scores against Black River’s Brad Spencer and Medina’s Mike Kaminski in the second quarter. Withers was named the MVP of the boys game. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

SULLIVAN TWP. — The Dark team was so good Wednesday at the “Hoopla” Medina County All-Star Game, a member of the Light team quipped “They were actually playing, dude” to his bench afterward. MVP Alec Withers of Highland had 23 points, 12 rebounds and two steals and the Dark team hit 15 3-pointers in a Read More…

High school basketball: Boys contest pits speed against size

Brunswick’s Zach Parker will be playing for coach Joe Mackey’s dark team tonight. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

SULLIVAN TWP. — The 25th edition of the “Hoopla” Medina County Senior All-Star games promises to have plenty of unique storylines. First, the traditional end of the high school basketball season sponsored by the Brunswick Rotary and The Gazette will take place tonight at the cozy confides of Black River, which is located approximately 100 Read More…

Boys basketball: County makes history with six players picked

COLUMBUS — Headlined by Buckeye’s Matt Saunders sharing Division II Coach of the Year honors, Medina County was well represented on The Associated Press All-Ohio boys basketball teams released Monday. Medina guard Craig Randall was a third-team selection in D-I, while Brunswick guard Ryan Badowski earned special mention status. Medina power forward Branden Wilkins and Read More…

District boys basketball: A bad day for a bad game

Medina players, left to right, Zach Bennett, Branden Wilkins, Mike Kaminski, Delontaye Morrow and Jon Teske react during the fourth quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

COPLEY TWP. — The Medina boys basketball team started a season that looked promising in November. It had an all-state transfer in Craig Randall, a bulldog power forward in Branden Wilkins and budding Division I talent in center Jon Teske. Add important pieces like Mike Kaminski, Jake Hamel, Evan Schreck, Jordan Bybee, Delontaye Morrow, Zach Read More…

Dulik commentary: Three games and three times the heartache

Peyton Booth

Very few girls basketball teams in Ohio have put together a better three-year run than Wadsworth. The Grizzlies claimed back-to-back-to-back Suburban League titles, a trio of Medina District championships and advanced to the regional finals of each season. There was only one task that Wadsworth was unable to accomplish — and it occurred against the Read More…

Regional girls basketball: Eagles’ size is too much for Grizzlies to overcome

Wadsworth forward Jodi Johnson attempts to put up a shot against Notre Dame’s Tierra Floyd. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

NORWALK — A five-word cliché from Wadsworth center Madison Gilger summarized everything. “It’s hard to teach size,” she said. All the planning in the world couldn’t overcome Toledo Notre Dame Academy’s massive frontcourt Saturday in a Division I regional championship, where the Eagles came away with a 51-42 decision. Notre Dame (24-3), which defeated the Read More…

Three 6-footers will be challenge for Grizzlies

Wadsworth's Jodi Johnson dribbles against Berea-Midpark's Jess Barnes during a regional semifinal game. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

  Albert Grindle The Gazette NORWALK — The challenge of Stasha Carey was passed with flying colors. The newest obstacle in the Wadsworth girls basketball team’s path to the Division I state tournament will be three times as large this afternoon. Toledo Notre DameAcademy features a frontline of 6-foot-2 small forward Tierra Floyd (18.8 pgg Read More…