October 25, 2014

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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…

Regional girls basketball: Gilger takes great pride in doing the dirty work

While many girls basketball fans will head to North Royalton tonight in anticipation of watching New Hampshire commit Peyton Booth headline a Wadsworth win or seeing Jodi Johnson fill the hoop, Grizzlies coach Andrew Booth knows where to look for his team’s success. While the ninth-year coach won’t say Madison Gilger’s play in the post Read More…

Sectional boys basketball: Go nuts then cut down the nets

Buckeye center Chris Vogt blocks the shot of Firelands’ Logan Sittinger. (JUDD SMERGLIA / GAZETTE)

YORK TWP. — Garrett Beck walked out of the locker room Saturday following the Buckeye boys basketball team’s 82-52 win over Firelands in the Westlake Division II Sectional finals with the game ball under his arm. There is no special trophy case for that special ball. Its life will remain, well, lively. “I’m going to Read More…

Boys basketball sectionals: Game Grizzlies give favored Bees a fight to the end

Medina forward Mike Kaminski is fouled by Wadsworth's Barry Fernholz in the first quarter. (JUDD SMERGLIA / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — Saturday was Exhibit A why tournament basketball is so mesmerizing. Wadsworth’s All-Gazette center, Kyle Prunty, was in street clothes with a separated shoulder. Many observers believed the Grizzlies wouldn’t come within 20 points of third-seeded Medina in the Copley Division I Sectional finals. Fourteenth-seeded Wadsworth instead nearly sent shockwaves through Northeast Ohio. Almost Read More…

Huge run gives Grizzlies Sweet 16 berth

Wadsworth's Madison Gilger shoots against Lakewood's Erin Hoffert, left, and Christina Kamkutis during the third quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Albert Grindle The Gazette MEDINA — Seniors Madison Gilger, Peyton Booth, Hannah Centea, Courtney Palange, Taylor Wyatt and Olivia Thompson know the routine: Convincingly win a district title, cut down the nets and wander aimlessly until a parent asks for a celebratory photo. It never gets old. Sixth-seeded Lakewood got a glimpse of the Wadsworth Read More…

Girls basketball: Grizzlies will be wary of Rangers

MEDINA — The odds of this game being over by halftime are slim. The top-seeded Wadsworth girls basketball team is well aware West Shore Conference champion Lakewood has nothing to lose in tonight’s Medina Division I District championship game. That holds doubly true after the Grizzlies (24-1) watched in disbelief as the sixth-seeded Rangers (20-4) Read More…

Boys basketball: Badowski leads way in opener with 33 points

Brunswick’s Ryan Badowski goes up for a shot against Strongsville’s Tyler Jamison in the first quarter. Badowski scored 33 points in the win. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

BRUNSWICK — Ryan Badowski has said it multiple times during his illustrious career: He believes he’s the best player whenever he steps on the court. The argument for that Wednesday was as one-sided as the Brunswick gym. The 6-foot-3 senior was electric once again against archrival Strongsville, powering the seventh-seeded Blue Devils to an impressive Read More…

Girls basketball: Only one left alive, Rangers beat buzzer, Devils

Brunswick’s Paige Salisbury blocks the shot of Lakewood’s Taylor Shaw in the second quarter. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDD SMERGLIA)

MEDINA — Once Lakewood sophomore Christin Donahoe collects her thoughts, she’ll relive a once-in-a-lifetime moment over and over and over again. So, too, will Brunswick’s girls basketball team — for all the wrong reasons. All the Blue Devils needed to do Tuesday was inbound and kill the final 3.8 seconds of their Medina Division I Read More…

Bucks win Stars title outright

Buckeye's John Tighe celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. (JUDD SMERGLIA / GAZETTE)

Rick Noland The Gazette LaGRANGE — The Keystone boys basketball team wanted to share, but Buckeye would have none of it. The Bucks captured an outright Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division title and set a program record for wins in a season Friday with a hard-fought 49-38 victory in front of a packed house. “We Read More…

Blue Devils stun state-ranked Raiders

Brian Dulik The Gazette SHAKER HTS. — Brunswick’s Ryan Badowski and Nate Armagost lived the dream of every boys basketball player Friday night. Badowski scored on a driving layup with 11 seconds left and Armagost blocked Ricky Stokes’ jumper at the buzzer as the Blue Devils upset Shaker Heights 51-50 in a Northeast Ohio Conference Read More…