July 24, 2014

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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…

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…