May 4, 2015

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Boys basketball: Zach Bennett took coach’s message to heart

After the celebration had subsided Saturday night following the 10th-seeded Medina boys basketball team’s 45-43 victory over top-seeded Massillon Jackson in the Copley Division I District championship, senior Zach Bennett was standing near the 3-point line in front of his team’s bench. Coach Chris Hassinger was at midcourt when he noticed the smirk on the Read More…

Girls basketball All-Ohio: Jodi Johnson makes first team

Wadsworth junior Jodi Johnson puts up a shot over Notre Dame’s Jami Huth. Johnson has been named to the Division I All-Ohio first team. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

WADSWORTH — Katelyn Vujas and Cassie Schrock were the only first-team All-Ohioans in the history of Wadsworth girls basketball before Monday. That changed, as Jodi Johnson was among the top six players in Division I when the 2014-15 All-Ohio teams were released by The Associated Press. Johnson was a virtual lock to earn the distinction Read More…

Boys basketball commentary: NOC is really, really good

Jon Teske puts up a shot in Medina’s Copley Divsion I District championship win. Garfield Heights, Medina and Shaker Heights, all members of the Northeast Ohio Conference, are in the Sweet 16. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

Unaware he was within earshot of Chris Hassinger, a neutral fan at the Highland-Massillon Jackson Copley Division I District semifinal game last week openly declared the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division isn’t all it’s cracked up to be because “even Medina won some games.” Hassinger, Medina’s first-year coach, was boiling but kept his mouth shut. Read More…

District boys basketball: Jon Teske’s 27 points put Cinderella Medina in Sweet 16

Medina’s Jon Teske holds up the Copley Division I District championship trophy. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

COPLEY TWP. — Jon Teske lifted the Copley Division I District championship trophy over his head and looked toward the appreciative Medina boys basketball fans. The 7-footer’s smile was easy to spot towering above the shoulders of his teammates, and the visual was a perfect representation of Saturday evening. Teske loomed largest on the court Read More…

District boys basketball: Hassinger gets victory he always worked for

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COPLEY TWP. — Chris Hassinger’s dream job was always to be the boys basketball coach at Medina. When it became his destiny last summer, he embraced the opportunity with both arms. “I remember when (Bees athletic director) Jeff Harrison interviewed me for the position like it was yesterday,” Hassinger said. “He asked me how long Read More…

Regional girls basketball: Wadsworth falls to Toledo Notre Dame for fourth straight season

Wadsworth’s Kaile Pappas dribbles against Notre Dame Academy’s Dorian Miller. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

NORWALK — A handful of microscopic missteps assured the hill remained too steep. The Wadsworth girls basketball players rode the bus home from Norwalk thinking of the what-if moments Saturday after falling to Toledo Notre Dame Academy 42-37 in a Division I regional championship game. The nightmare wouldn’t end, as the Eagles (26-2) have defeated Read More…

Regional girls basketball: Grizzlies don’t rebuild, they reload

NORWALK — By all rights, this should have been a rebuilding year for Wadsworth’s girls basketball team. The Grizzlies, however, don’t believe in the concept, which is why they have been one of Ohio’s elite programs for more than two decades. It’s also why Wadsworth’s 42-37 loss to Toledo Notre Dame in the Norwalk Division Read More…

OHSAA Tournament: Medina boys win district hoops title

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COPLEY TWP. — Medina’s boys basketball team is headed to the Sweet 16 of the OHSAA Tournament. Junior center Jon Teske made a short hook shot with 20 seconds left on Saturday night, giving the Bees a 45-43 victory over Massillon Jackson in the Copley Division I District championship. The game-winning hoop capped a dominant Read More…

OHSAA Tournament: Toledo Notre Dame edges Wadsworth

NORWALK – Wadsworth’s girls basketball team played in its fourth straight Norwalk Division I Regional final on Saturday afternoon. And for the fourth year in a row, Toledo Notre Dame ended the Grizzlies’ postseason run in the Elite Eight. Senior point guard Christiana Jefferson scored a game-high 19 points, including two free throws in the Read More…

Bees’ defense ready for high-powered Jackson

Albert Grindle The Gazette It has been hard to argue in recent years. Few use the us-against-the-world card better than Medina. A total afterthought in Northeast Ohio circles following the graduation of power forward Branden Wilkins and transfer of third-team All-Ohio guard Craig Randall to Arizona, the Bees surprised most by advancing to tonight’s Copley Read More…