July 5, 2015

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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…

Never-quit Grizzlies to face Notre Dame Academy

Albert Grindle The Gazette The extra “A” in Kaayla McIntyre’s first name may as well stand for almighty. The Toledo Notre DameAcademy star will be the biggest player on the floor this afternoon in the Norwalk Division I Regional championship. Wadsworth (23-3) and the Eagles (25-2) will battle at 1 o’clock with a state semifinal Read More…

Boys basketball districts: Medina upsets another league champ

Medina’s Evan Schreck goes up for a shot between Timken’s LePear Toles, left, and T.J. Lipins in the third quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

COPLEY TWP. — The champions of the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division and Principals Athletic Conference were little match for the NOC Valley Division’s No. 5 team over a five-day span. Respect all but fear none has been the calling card for the Medina boys basketball team, and the vastly underrated, battle-hardened Bees still feel Read More…

Boys district basketball: Brunswick gives second-ranked Lorain all they can handle

Brunswick's Kevin Simmons goes scores past Lorain's Daviere Andrews, left, Kevin Davis (2) and Shane Smith during the first quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

EATON TWP. — Daviere Andrews stepped to the foul line with 0.3 seconds on the clock and victory in hand. The fanatical crowd that has helped make Lorain’s boys basketball team a powerhouse chanted “Un-da-feat-ed … Un-da-feat-ed” during both of Andrews’ attempts. The top-seeded Titans survived Wednesday in the Midview Division I District semifinals, but Read More…

Boys basketball: Jackson Polar Bears cool off Highland Hornets in 70-47 win

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COPLEY TWP. — The morning shave will not be a close one for members of the Highland boys basketball program. With players and coaches having taken to growing mustaches at the start of the postseason — some more successfully than others — the 12th-seeded Hornets “stubbled” to a 70-47 loss to top-seeded Massillon Jackson on Read More…

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

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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…