May 2, 2016

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High school basketball: Clock strikes for Brunswick in loss to Canton McKinley

AKRON — Two more minutes. Maybe 30 seconds. The time ultimately needed to complete a miracle was debatable. A lifetime of what-ifs is not. The Brunswick boys basketball team left its collective heart on the James A. Rhodes Arena floor Thursday night against Canton McKinley in the University of Akron Division I Regional semifinals. Given Read More…

Noland: Rally was largely cosmetic, but Brunswick’s chemistry and heart totally real

The frantic fourth-quarter rally was largely cosmetic, but the heart displayed all season by the 2015-16 Brunswick boys basketball team was real. So was the class. And the closeness. And, on this night, the tears. The Blue Devils fought till the bitter end of a University of Akron Division I Regional semifinal, falling 72-65 to Read More…

High school basketball: Wadsworth has talent in reserve(s)

This is a story about four players who average a combined 12.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists for the Wadsworth girls basketball team. Three of them average less than 2.0 points and 2.0 rebounds, and all of them average less than one assist. Those numbers are extremely misleading, however, because the Grizzlies (26-1) would Read More…

High school basketball: Brunswick refocuses, ready for challenge against Canton McKinley

AKRON — Get ready to feel the heat. The Brunswick boys basketball team (21-4) will have another shot to add to its already impressive resume tonight when it plays storied Canton McKinley (21-5) in a University of Akron Division I Regional semifinal at 7. Infused with four starters thanks to a merger with Timken, the Read More…

High school basketball: For Brunswick, Q is the answer

Brunswick boys basketball coach Joe Mackey was a really good point guard at Strongsville High, leading the Mustangs to an undefeated regular season and regional semifinal berth as a senior in 1990. Twenty-six years later, Mackey is back at the same level of the postseason tournament, as his Blue Devils (21-4) will play Canton McKinley Read More…

High school basketball: Ryan steps down as Cloverleaf boys coach

WESTFIELD TWP. — One of the longest streaks in Medina County high school sports history has claimed another coaching victim. Marty Ryan resigned Tuesday as Cloverleaf boys basketball coach. The 55-year-old had a 14-78 record over four seasons, including a 2-21 mark this winter. A chemistry teacher at the high school, Ryan is the 11th Read More…

High school basketball: Cloverleaf’s Civittolo receives all-state honors

COLUMBUS — A Division I special mention All-Ohioan last season, Lexi Civittolo took a step upward Tuesday when she was awarded a D-II third-team All-Ohio accolade by The Associated Press. The Cloverleaf senior was the only player from the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division who was higher than special mention. A 5-foot-11 point forward headed Read More…

High school basketball: Wadsworth’s Palitto enjoying the ride to Columbus

When your tradition-rich girls basketball team wins a Division I regional championship for the first time in 10 years, sticking out during postgame celebrations can be a little difficult. Everyone’s happy, everyone’s hugging, everyone’s smiling, so on and so forth. Laurel Palitto cherished Wadsworth’s 47-39 win over Toledo Whitmer on Saturday arguably more than anyone. Read More…

The Big Badowski: Senior leads Brunswick over Medina in district final

COPLEY TWP. — Cancer survivor Josh Herron grabbed the final rebound and dribbled toward center court as the final seconds ticked away at the Copley Division I District championship. The senior then threw the ball so high into the air it reached the rafters as the buzzer sounded, igniting a party 17 years in the Read More…

Commentary: Grizzlies deserve trip to state

Jodi Johnson savored the moment as she slowly but surely climbed the ladder underneath the north basket at Norwalk High. The egoless superstar cut the final piece of the net, turned to the Wadsworth faithful, raised the nylon into the air and spun it triumphantly. Johnson must have felt like she was on top of Read More…