May 6, 2015

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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

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…