March 6, 2015

Medina
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Girls basketball: Jodi Johnson continues torrid play

Wadsworth’s Jodi Johnson is fouled by Avon’s Sierra Davidson as Catie Kelly helps defend on the play in the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — The floor burns, bumps and bruises were the necessary sacrifice to cut down the nets. Anyone with a pulse Thursday could see Jodi Johnson played like a young woman possessed. The All-Ohio shooting guard continued her torrid postseason, scoring a game-high 21 points to complement textbook defense as the second-seeded Wadsworth girls basketball Read More…

Girls basketball: Wadsworth’s defense clamps down

MEDINA — The defense never rested. Because of that, the Wadsworth girls basketball team dominated overmatched Avon 58-26 Thursday in the Medina Division I District final. “Defense wins championships,” freshman point guard Sophia Fortner said after the Grizzlies’ fifth straight district title. “Defense wins games. We emphasize that all the time. Defense is most of Read More…

Boys basketball: Tanner Houska, Brogan Scott refuse to let season end

Highland’s Brogan Scott goes up for a shot against Canton McKinley’s Isaiah Smith in the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

GRANGER TWP. — Brogan Scott and Tanner Houska refused to let their careers die. On life support after falling behind by double-digits at halftime, the 12th-seeded Highland boys basketball team saw its stars bring it back from the grave and stun No. 22 Canton McKinley 65-59 in a Copley Division I Sectional semifinal. The Hornets Read More…

Boys basketball: Evan Schreck gives Medina a big spark

Medina’s Evan Schreck battles for the ball after having it blocked by North Canton Hoover’s Tyrler Drabick in the second quarter. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — Evan Schreck didn’t blink. He winked. With the Medina boys basketball team’s season hanging in the balance Wednesday night, the senior hit back-to-back 3-pointers to spark the 10th-seeded Bees to a 64-53 win over 16th-seeded North Canton Hoover in a Copley Division I Sectional semifinal. The Bees (12-11), who will play at seventh-seeded Read More…

Boys basketball: Buckeye’s Ryan Grauel scores 32 points in victory over Clearview

Buckeye’s Ryan Grauel scores against Clearview’s Juan Torres and Jason Young, left, during the third quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

YORK TWP. — Ryan Grauel sat on a locker room bench at halftime and peered into the deepest part of his soul. He then asked himself a question: Is this how he wanted to end his high school basketball career? The answer came in the form of a virtuoso performance that left the student section Read More…

Girls basketball: Jodi Johnson, Aubrey Virgin key in Wadsworth victory

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MEDINA — Lexi Civittolo, Jillian Miglich, Ava Illig and Bri Burgos won’t be getting thank you tweets or Christmas cards. Even so, the Cloverleaf girls basketball players gave second-seeded Wadsworth what it needed Monday: A competitive and, more importantly, intense tournament game before the real fun begins. The 19th-seeded Colts threw everything but the kitchen Read More…

Girls basketball: Medina can’t find touch in loss

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ELYRIA — Sometimes the basket is the size of the Pacific Ocean. Sometimes it’s the size of a pin. When the 10-foot goal shrinks, it might as well be an 80-foot obstruction. That was the case Monday, when 18th-ranked Medina played third-ranked Magnificat in an Elyria Catholic Division I District semifinal that turned ugly by 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…