March 30, 2015

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Girls basketball: Sweet chin music, Jodi Johnson’s 3-pointer knocks out game Bears

Wadsworth’s Jodi Johnson goes up for a shot against North Royalton’s Alison Smolinski in the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

STRONGSVILLE — Jodi Johnson was denied the opportunity to experience what may have been the most beautiful sound of her young life. The roar from the near-capacity crowd inside Strongsville High overpowered the noise of her game-winning 3-pointer hitting nothing but net. Big-time players make big-time shots. Johnson proved that theory Tuesday via a wide-open Read More…

Rick Noland sports commentary: These Grizzlies deserve respect

Rick Noland, Gazette sports writer

The temptation is to say the 2014-15 Wadsworth girls basketball team isn’t as good as the squads that advanced to the Division I regional finals the three previous years. From an individual talent standpoint, that might even be true, but let’s give these Grizzlies their due: After a thrilling 44-39 overtime victory over gutsy North Read More…

Basketball: Aubrey Virgin overcomes injuries to star as senior

Wadsworth’s Aubrey Virgin shoots over Cloverleaf’s Jillian Miglich. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Aubrey Virgin has felt the pain. Now she’s dishing out the hurt. Injured in each of her first three high school seasons, the senior center has been right in the middle of the Wadsworth girls basketball team’s march to the Division I regional semifinals. “She hadn’t been healthy for three straight years, so it wasn’t Read More…

Girls basketball: North Noyalton a formidable threat for Wadsworth

Wadsworth forward Laurel Palitto (GAZETTE)

STRONGSVILLE — The North Royalton girls basketball team may be new to the Division I regional scene, but believing the Bears will be intimidated would be a fatal mistake. Wadsworth (22-3) refuses to fall into that trap as it heads into a Sweet 16 game tonight at Strongsville High. The winner will advance to play Read More…

Basketball: Medina puts forth elite defensive effort to stun Hudson

Medina’s Jon Teske shoots over Hudson’s Trevor Colazzo. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

HUDSON — Pick a player to praise. There was no incorrect answer. Towering 7-footer Jon Teske protected the rim. Zach Bennett guarded everyone from 5-8 point guards to 6-7 centers. Ben Geschke, Evan Schreck and Luke Schaefer denied every conceivable driving angle. It was five-working-as-one defense that first-year coach Chris Hassinger usually only dreams about. Read More…

Slow start dooms Bucks

Buckeye's Nick Wills reacts after losing to Keystone in the Secional final 67-52. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

    LAGRANGE — The combination of a perfect start and a point guard focused on redemption proved impossible to defeat. The top-seeded Keystone boys basketball team had everything going Friday in a North Ridgeville Division II Sectional final, using blistering-hot shooting and a highlight-reel performance from K.J. Williams to take an impressive 67-52 victory Read More…

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…