April 23, 2014

Medina
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Teske, defense block Bulldogs from moving on

Medina's Craig Randall goes up for a shot against Green's John Davies, right, and Nicholas Reale during the fourth quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Albert Grindle The Gazette MEDINA — Style points in March are overrated. Everyone knew beforehand what the 11th-seeded Green boys basketball team was going to do Thursday against No. 3 Medina in the Copley Division I District semifinals: Maintain patience on offense and bring physicality on defense. That still wasn’t enough, as the Bees countered Read More…

District boys basketball: Great effort falls short

Buckeye’s Garrett Beck scores between Vermilion’s Forrest Boyd, right, and Seth Konrad in the first quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

WESTLAKE — Hearts were left in western Cuyahoga County on Wednesday night. They belonged to Buckeye boys basketball players, as the most successful season in school history ended with an action-packed yet heartbreaking 74-72 loss to Vermilion in the Westlake Division II District semifinals. The fifth-seeded Sailors (18-7), who received a virtuoso performance from All-Ohio Read More…

District boys basketball: Devils finally get another shot at title

Brunswick players (L-R) Jason Okulovich, Nate Armagost and Ryan Badowski celebrate a victory as time expires against the Westalke Demons. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk

BROADVIEW HTS. — The Brunswick boys basketball team scratched a 15-year itch Wednesday night. For the first time since 1999, the Blue Devils will play for a regional berth after defeating Westlake 54-48 in Brecksville Division I District semifinal action. Seventh-seeded Brunswick (16-9) will meet powerful and top-seeded St. Edward, a 69-37 winner over Nordonia Read More…

District boys basketball: Weight-training has made Bucks’ Miller a matchup nightmare

Power forward Jeff Miller and Buckeye will play Vermilion tonight in the Westlake Division II District semifinals. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

The basketball pedigree for Buckeye power forward Jeff Miller was always in his back pocket. It was up to him to maximize God-given talent. Miller’s father, also named Jeff, earned second-team All-Gazette honors for the Bucks in 1980 after averaging 10.2 points and 10.7 rebounds playing alongside legendary center Garth Wurstle. Uncle Bob was even Read More…

Regional girls basketball: Relentless Booth leads Grizzlies to regional final

Wadsworth’s Peyton Booth shoots against Berea-Midpark’s Lexi Siggers, left, and Jess Barnes in the third quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

NORTH ROYALTON — Here we go again: Wadsworth vs. Toledo Notre Dame, Part III, in the Division I regional finals. The first two meetings resulted in four-point Eagles victories, and the Grizzlies wanted another shot from the start of the season. Ranked No. 4 in the final Associated Press state poll, Wadsworth will get that Read More…

Regional girls basketball: Titans feature nationally ranked center

Wadsworth senior Peyton Booth puts up a shot against John Marshall in the Medina Division I Sectional finals. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

NORTH ROYALTON — The matchup to watch couldn’t be more clear. Berea-Midpark’s Stasha Carey is hard to miss. The 6-foot-3 senior is an ESPN.com four-star recruit committed to Pittsburgh, the 12th-ranked center in the country and averages 18.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks. Without a player taller than 5-11, Wadsworth (25-1) knows the challenge Read More…

Regional girls basketball: Gilger takes great pride in doing the dirty work

While many girls basketball fans will head to North Royalton tonight in anticipation of watching New Hampshire commit Peyton Booth headline a Wadsworth win or seeing Jodi Johnson fill the hoop, Grizzlies coach Andrew Booth knows where to look for his team’s success. While the ninth-year coach won’t say Madison Gilger’s play in the post Read More…

Sectional boys basketball: Go nuts then cut down the nets

Buckeye center Chris Vogt blocks the shot of Firelands’ Logan Sittinger. (JUDD SMERGLIA / GAZETTE)

YORK TWP. — Garrett Beck walked out of the locker room Saturday following the Buckeye boys basketball team’s 82-52 win over Firelands in the Westlake Division II Sectional finals with the game ball under his arm. There is no special trophy case for that special ball. Its life will remain, well, lively. “I’m going to Read More…

Boys basketball sectionals: Game Grizzlies give favored Bees a fight to the end

Medina forward Mike Kaminski is fouled by Wadsworth's Barry Fernholz in the first quarter. (JUDD SMERGLIA / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — Saturday was Exhibit A why tournament basketball is so mesmerizing. Wadsworth’s All-Gazette center, Kyle Prunty, was in street clothes with a separated shoulder. Many observers believed the Grizzlies wouldn’t come within 20 points of third-seeded Medina in the Copley Division I Sectional finals. Fourteenth-seeded Wadsworth instead nearly sent shockwaves through Northeast Ohio. Almost Read More…

Huge run gives Grizzlies Sweet 16 berth

Wadsworth's Madison Gilger shoots against Lakewood's Erin Hoffert, left, and Christina Kamkutis during the third quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Albert Grindle The Gazette MEDINA — Seniors Madison Gilger, Peyton Booth, Hannah Centea, Courtney Palange, Taylor Wyatt and Olivia Thompson know the routine: Convincingly win a district title, cut down the nets and wander aimlessly until a parent asks for a celebratory photo. It never gets old. Sixth-seeded Lakewood got a glimpse of the Wadsworth Read More…