April 27, 2015

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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…

Medina County All-Stars: MVP Nate Armagost dominates in the second half

Brunswick's Nate Armagost scores over Highland's Brogan Scott and Ben Hauser during the second quarter. Armagost was the Hoopla MVP. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

YORK TWP. — The Towers of Power were locked, loaded and ready to dominate. Brunswick center Nate Armagost and power forward Eric Bulic were the best players on the Buckeye High floor Tuesday in the boys “Hoopla! Medina County Senior All-Star Game, but only one could be named MVP because there was only one trophy. Read More…

Medina County All-Stars: Paige Salisbury puts on MVP showing

Brunswick’s Paige Salisbury pushes the ball up the floor past Highland’s Erica Peterlin and Wadsworth’s Aubrey Virgin in the fourth quarter. Salisbury was named MVP of the game. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

YORK TWP. — Paige Salisbury was the last player to arrive for the girls “Hoopla!” Medina County Senior All-Star Game, but it took the Brunswick senior no time to show she was the best player on the court at Buckeye High. Held up by a softball scrimmage and not on the court for warm-ups until Read More…

All-Ohio boys basketball: Brogan Scott, Jon Teske pick up honors

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The clear-cut top two boys basketball players in Medina County this season earned further accolades Monday evening when The Associated Press Division I and II All-Ohio teams were released. Highland senior Brogan Scott was a third-team selection in D-I, while Medina junior Jon Teske was special mention. The 6-foot-5 Scott averaged 21.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, Read More…

Boys basketball: Esa Ahmad carries Shaker Heights to finals over Medina

Medinas' Evan Schreck shoots over Shaker Heights David Wright during the first half of their Regional semi final game at CSU. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

CLEVELAND — The bull got cornered and blew fire from his nose. Esa Ahmad was that 6-foot-8, 220-pound beast in the Cleveland State Division I Regional semifinals Wednesday, putting the Shaker Heights boys basketball team on his back and leading it to a 53-44 victory over Medina at the Wolstein Center. The West Virginia recruit Read More…

Boys basketball: Shaker Heights hustles way to victory

Medinas' Tyler King is fouled by Shaker Heights Courtney Mays during the first half of their Regional semi final game at CSU. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

CLEVELAND — Hustle and rebounding had never been an issue for the Medina boys basketball team in the postseason. The Bees, for the better part of every win, were the ones rushing to loose balls, contesting every shot and hitting the glass. Against Shaker Heights on Wednesday, Medina learned what it was like to be Read More…

Rick Noland on boys basketball: There’s no substitute for growing up together

Medinas' (L-R) Tyler King, Ben Geschke, Evan Schreck, Luke Schaefer and Jon Teske look on as time expires during their  Regional semi final game against Shaker Heights at CSU. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

Maybe I’m an old fogey, but I still cling to the notion that the true beauty of high school athletics is playing with the kids you grew up with, representing your community and attending the school in your neighborhood. Take nothing away from the Shaker Heights boys basketball team, which was a deserving 53-44 winner Read More…