April 23, 2014

Medina
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Red-hot Benner leads Blue Devils

Brunswick 's Farrah Benner puts up a shot over Firestone's Ashely Phillips during the first quarter. (Photo by Aaron Josefczyk)

Brian Dulik The Gazette AKRON — Farrah Benner keeps breaking school records and Brunswick’s girls basketball team keeps winning games. Sophomore small forward Benner made a school-record eight 3-pointers and scored a game-high 26 points Thursday, leading the Blue Devils to a 64-33 rout of No. 13 seed Firestone in a Medina Division I Sectional Read More…

Colts get to cut down the net

Cloverleaf's Jessica Lindemeyer battles Parma's Jasmine Miller for the ball in the second quarter. (JUDD SMERGLIA/ GAZETTE)

Albert Grindle The Gazette WESTFIELD TWP. — Jessie Lindemeyer didn’t spin the net ’round her head like a helicopter — a la the Petey Pablo song “Raise Up”  — but she still she still smiled as she twirled it. The three-year letterwinner was the final Cloverleaf girls basketball player to climb the Werner stepladder and Read More…

Grizzlies edge Bees

Wadsworth's Josh Kipfer drives to the basketball against Medina's Branden Wilkins in the second quarter. (JUDD SMERGLIA / GAZETTE)

WADSWORTH — Austin White did enough to save the Wadsworth boys basketball team from itself. The All-Gazette small forward scored eight fourth-quarter points and blocked a potential game-tying 3-point attempt by Medina’s Mike Kaminski as time expired Tuesday, allowing the Grizzlies to escape with an ugly 52-49 non-league victory. The Bees (16-5), who have lost Read More…

Bees fall out of first

Medina's Evan Schreck drives past Shaker Heights' Kaleb Roy during the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

SHAKER HTS. — Branden Wilkins was a physical force, Mike Kaminski provided critical buckets and Craig Randall worked his magic late for the Medina boys basketball team. Shaker Heights, however, simply had too much firepower to be stopped Friday night. Junior power forward Esa Ahmad collected 17 points and 13 rebounds and senior small forward Read More…

Girls basketball: Tata doesn’t wait till later, scores with 3.4 seconds left

Madi Tata

OLMSTED FALLS — Madi Tata wasn’t about to let the Medina girls basketball team’s comeback go to waste. That held especially true Saturday after the 16th-ranked Bees roared back from a fourth-quarter deficit against 12th-seeded Olmsted Falls in the opening round of the Valley Forge Division I Sectional. The senior forward worked her magic with Read More…

Girls basketball: Quick and painless, balanced Grizzlies move on to finals

Wadsworth power forward Laurel Palitto grabs a rebound against Lincoln-West’s Nautica Chappell. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

WADSWORTH — The most important thing Saturday was no one got hurt. The top-seeded Wadsworth girls basketball team played really, really nice and opened the Medina Division I Sectional with an 84-9 over No. 33 seed and winless Lincoln-West. Coach An-drew Booth pulled the press midway through the first quarter, the starters at halftime and Read More…

Bucks clinch title share

Brad Bournival The Gazette SHEFFIELDVILLAGE — The Buckeye boys basketball team has made a living out of playing big this season. On Friday, the Bucks clinched at least a share of the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division title by going small. In a game that was called tighter than a snare drum is strung, Buckeye Read More…

Houska’s shot lifts Hornets

Highland's Brogan Scott steals the ball away from Wadsworth's Tyson Heideman in the first quarter. (PHOTO BY JUDD SMERGLIA.)

Albert Grindle The Gazette WADSWORTH — Tanner Houska and Brogan Scott had been through too much to let the moment slip away. They now can call themselves Suburban League champions. Scott sent the game into overtime Friday with a contested 3-pointer with 10 seconds left in regulation and Houska nailed a pull-up jumper with 4.4 Read More…

Wildcats had extra motivation

Chad Grant The Gazette SULLIVAN TWP. — Motivation can come in many forms. In the Keystone boys basketball team’s Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division game against Black River, the Wildcats used their first matchup against the Pirates as incentive to pull off an 81-24 rout. Specifically, Keystone (15-5, 13-2) used the first quarter for that Read More…

There’s no quit in Colts

Mike Peticca The Gazette COPLEY — Four games into this season, it was apparent the going could be tough for Cloverleaf’s boys basketball team. That’s when versatile 6-4 junior Connor Ploucha was ruled out for the remainder of the campaign with a torn left patella tendon. Another key player, senior Brady Kotlarek, had suffered a Read More…