February 9, 2016


High school basketball: Highland rides Matejin’s hot hand to Suburban League win over Aurora

Isaac Matejin

AURORA — Once he got the hot hand Friday, there was little anyone could do to slow down Isaac Matejin. The Highland senior scored a career-high 25 points, including 18 in the second half, and pulled down nine rebounds as the Hornets edged Aurora 52-47 in Suburban League American Division play. Matejin caught fire after Read More…

High school basketball: Wadsworth has night to forget in loss to North Royalton


WADSWORTH — Senior nights are supposed to be games of pomp and circumstance with memories to last for decades, if not a lifetime. There won’t be many moments the Wadsworth boys basketball team will want to remember after a 45-31 Suburban League National Division loss to North Royalton on Friday. While there might have been Read More…

High school basketball: Teske hits milestone as Medina beats Euclid in GCC tilt

Jon Teske

MEDINA — “Jon Teske from Ben Geschke.” Those were the words of public address announcer Jim Wienczkowski with 1:40 to go in the third quarter of the Medina boys basketball team’s 72-50 Greater Cleveland Conference victory over Euclid on Friday. Wienczkowski has made that rhyming proclamation at least 50 times over the last two years, Read More…

High school basketball: Buckeye beats Wellington in PAC battle of inches

YORK TWP. — For boys basketball teams so close in the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division standings, Buckeye and Wellington spent four quarters getting real close. At the end, a matter of inches separated them Friday as Buckeye won 60-57. Wellington had its share of chances, as the Dukes (9-8, 7-4) held a two-point lead Read More…

High school basketball: Cloverleaf can’t keep pace, drop PTC Metro game to Springfield

LAKEMORE — The Cloverleaf boys basketball team came roaring out of the starting gate Friday in a Portage Trail Conference Metro Division game with Springfield. Then it hit the wall on the first turn and crashed spectacularly in falling 61-48. The Colts (1-16, 1-10) played one of their best quarters of the season and built Read More…

LIVE CHAT: Friday night basketball

Brunswick's Michael Quiring drives past Mentor's Kyle McIntosh during the fourth quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Live Blog Gazette Friday night high school basketball  

Benson plays with unbridled passion, but don’t expect him to brag

Black River's Allan Benson against Mapleton. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Logically speaking, the fact that Black River star basketball player Allan Benson is so quiet and unassuming doesn’t make a lot a sense. His younger sister, Erica, is a spitfire who’s pretty much fearless in social situations, while their parents, Eric and Elaine, aren’t exactly shy, either. So, could Erica explain why big bro is Read More…

High school basketball: Did that all really just happen?


Dude, f’real. Did Tuesday seriously just happen? One of the wildest nights of Medina County boys basketball in years had a little bit of everything. There were three overtime games that included game-tying buckets in the final 4 seconds of regulation, three games that ultimately ended on buzzer-beaters, three first-place teams losing — yet staying Read More…

High school basketball: Wadsworth girls beat Twinsburg, inch closer to SL National Division


WADSWORTH — Never, ever question the toughness of Jodi Johnson. The first-team All-Ohioan and the Wadsworth girls basketball team got all they could handle Wednesday from tough-as-nails Twinsburg. The emotional Suburban League National Division game teetered on the brink of an upset for large portions of the second half. When the pressure increased, Johnson took Read More…

High school basketball: Elyria boys knock off Brunswick to create logjam atop GCC


ELYRIA — Brunswick gave the hottest boys basketball team in the Greater Cleveland Conference its best shot Tuesday. The only problem was Elyria had two shots in its arsenal and registered a 54-52 overtime win for its seventh straight victory. The loss forged a three-way tie between Elyria (11-4, 7-2), Brunswick (13-4, 7-2) and Medina Read More…