February 10, 2016


College: Family ties lead Highland’s Mapp to Akron soccer

Alex Mapp

GRANGER TWP. — The men’s soccer programs of Bowling Green, Coastal Carolina and John Carroll came calling on Highland’s Alex Mapp. The second the University of Akron talked to him about being center back, the aforementioned three quickly faded into the background. “I’ve grown up watching Akron,” Mapp said. “I’ve basically been to every University Read More…

College signing: Pharmacy program lures Schaefer to ONU

Jacob Schaefer

MEDINA — Many prospective college athletes look at schools as a way to better themselves in their sport. Medina’s Jacob Schaefer was looking for a university that would better him four or five years down the line. While the 2015 Gazette MVP in boys soccer will no doubt get better on the pitch with Ohio Read More…

Embracing expectations: With so much talent, Coreno kept Bees focused on big picture

Medina girls soccer coach Doug Coreno is the 2015 Gazette Fall Coach of the Year.

It’s easy to overachieve when a coach has a team that isn’t expected to do much, but what happens when anything less than a state semifinal appearance is considered failure? That’s the situation Medina girls soccer coach Doug Coreno — The Gazette’s 2015 Fall Coach of the Year — found himself in this season. The Read More…

Girls high school soccer: Leckie’s skills made Medina elite

Medina senior Sydney Leckie is the 2015 Gazette MVP for girls soccer.

It’s not uncommon to see a high school student driving a hand-me-down car around town. Medina girls soccer coach Doug Coreno entrusted Gazette MVP Sydney Leckie with a Lamborghini. Heading into the 2015 season, Coreno knew he had the makings of a special team. The Bees were bringing back six players with Division I college Read More…

Man of Steel: Schaefer was star, leader Medina needed

Medina senior Jacob Schaefer is the 2015 Gazette MVP for boys soccer. RON SCHWANE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION

Medina boys soccer coach Simon Spelling looked for a rock. What he found was a wall. Scoring more than 3.5 goals per game last season, the veteran coach knew he what he had on offense coming into this fall. The key was without the ball. He had a second-team All-Ohio selection in Jacob Schaefer, but Read More…

‘Brotherhood’ seals deal for Medina resident, St. Ignatius student Milhoan

Stephen Milhoan

MEDINA — Playing on the U.S. men’s futsal national team — a 5-on-5 indoor soccer squad — Medina resident and St. Ignatius junior Stephen Milhoan saw a glimpse of what it might be like to play for the Xavier men’s outdoor team. Teammates on U.S. squad with Walker Andriot, now a redshirt sophomore for the Read More…

Girls high school soccer: Bees’ Leckie, Highland’s Less get all-state honors

COLUMBUS — One player was the catalyst for a team that made it to the Division I state semifinals. The other was a virtual stonewall in goal. Both Medina County girls soccer players picked up significant awards when the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association released its All-Ohio teams over the weekend. Medina midfielder Sydney Leckie Read More…

Boys high school scocer: Medina’s Schaefer leads all-state selections

COLUMBUS — Boys soccer teams in Medina County had banner seasons, and the rest of the state took notice. The Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association released its All-Ohio teams over the weekend and the area was littered with Division I athletes. Medina fullback Jacob Schaefer, a second-team selection as a junior, was named to the Read More…

Soccer: Buckeye’s Barnes gets wish, heads to BGSU

Sophia Barnes

YORK TWP. — Sophia Barnes always knew where she wanted to go, and Bowling Green State picked up a legacy when the Buckeye junior verbally committed to play soccer for the Falcons. Barnes’ mother, Shannon, was a 1991 graduate of BG, so when the school made the offer, she said “Yes” and grabbed a partial Read More…

Noland: Bees realize how close they came to state title


The Medina girls soccer team lost the Division I state championship 2-1 to Walsh Jesuit on Tuesday night at misty Brecksville High. Technically, it was only a semifinal game, but let’s be brutally honest: These were the two best teams in the state, regardless of division. The Warriors (20-0-1), who have not lost in 90 Read More…