April 30, 2016

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High school basketball: Wadsworth beats Whitmer to punch ticket to state

NORWALK — As the buzzer sounded, there was one overwhelming sense that swept across the gymnasium. Relief. After four years of heartache in the Division I regional finals, Wadsworth’s girls basketball team finally got to celebrate, holding off Toledo Whitmer 47-39 Saturday afternoon at Norwalk High. The Grizzlies (26-1) advanced to Columbus for the first Read More…

High school basketball: District final lives up to hype

On one end, veteran Brunswick boys basketball coach Joe Mackey pumped his fist, his team, already up 10, about to shoot two free throws with 18 seconds left. On the other, 7-foot-1 Medina senior Jon Teske, tears streaming down his 18-year-old cheeks, left to a standing ovation after the final game of his illustrious high Read More…

Wadsworth girls basketball team headed for state

The first reaction wasn’t joy or elation or tears. It was relief. After four years of heartache in the regional final Wadsworth’s girls basketball team finally got to celebrate, holding off Toledo Whitmer 47-39 Saturday afternoon at Norwalk. The Grizzlies (26-1) advanced to the state semifinals for the first time since 2006. “It definitely feels great to Read More…

Grizzlies one game from Columbus (again)

The demons that live inside the Wadsworth girls basketball team’s house of horrors are going to be exorcised. That’s the plan, anyway. The Grizzlies will travel to Norwalk High for the fifth straight season to play today in a 1 p.m. Division I regional championship game. The opponent is not Toledo Notre Dame Academy, as Read More…

Bees, Blue Devils thrilled for rubber match

There is no reason to downplay what everyone is talking about: One of the biggest boys basketball games in Medina County history will take place tonight. The delectable rubber match will be on the table at 7 o’clock, as top-seeded Brunswick (20-4) will go blow for blow with second-seed archrival Medina (19-6) for the Copley Read More…

Bay rockets by Buckeye

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The Buckeye boys basketball team exploded through the door at the outset of its North Ridgeville Division II District semifinal game against top-seeded Bay, then had it slammed in its face. The fourth-seeded Bucks resiliently pushed that door open a bit on several more occasions, but never got through it again in Read More…

Bees subdue Bulldogs

COPLEY TWP. — Medina small forward Luke Schaefer was so mesmerized by the biggest dunk of Jon Teske’s career he wanted to give the big fella a kiss — but not in front of 2,500 fans, of course. All Teske could do was flash a smile as wide as his 7-foot-1 frame is tall because Read More…

High school basketball: Brunswick beats Hoban to advance to district final

COPLEY TWP. — Mid-to-late 2000s Brunswick stars Sean Kelly and Joe Puch were in attendance Wednesday to witness the Copley Division I District semifinal featuring the Blue Devils against Archbishop Hoban. It was fitting, perhaps, that coach Joe Mackey’s team took a page out of Kelly and Puch’s playbook. Playing defense like crazy and hitting Read More…

High school basketball: Wadsworth’s Lance has kicked things up a notch

NORTH ROYALTON —With a first-team All-Ohioan in Jodi Johnson and teammates that know their roles, Wadsworth has the makings of a very good girls basketball team. Throw in the play of Lexi Lance and the 2015-16 version of the Grizzlies has the chance of joining the 1997, ’98, ’99 and 2006 squads that reached the Read More…

Noland: Wadsworth girls on verge of ending streak

Read this sentence five times: The Wadsworth girls basketball program will play for the Norwalk Division I Regional championship. Now read this one four times and we’ll explain in a moment: The Grizzlies went home heartbroken. For the fifth straight season, Medina County’s best and most tradition-rich basketball program finds itself one victory away from Read More…