July 30, 2014

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Medina relay team eyes record at New Balance Indoor Nationals

This weekend will be just the second time this season that the Medina girls 4×1, 600-meter relay team competes together. If Sunday’s race at the New Balance Indoor Nationals goes as well as their first one did, the group of Tarynn Cullings, Sarah Pack, Maria Scavuzzo and Kimmy Vidika may walk away with medals. The Read More…

Boys track MVP: Midseason surgery urged Hunter Williams down stretch

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The start of the 2014 track and field season couldn’t have gone any better for Wadsworth’s Hunter Williams. The senior was winning races, taking huge chunks off his times in the sprints and was leading the Grizzlies to another solid season. Then he got news no one wants to hear. Williams had to have surgery Read More…

Girls track MVP: Sarah Carpenter overcame injuries, shines

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Sarah Carpenter is stronger than most will ever know. Plagued by injuries for the first three years of her high school track and field career, the Highland senior has been through enough physical and emotional pain. Carpenter fought through all those feelings of, “What if this happens?” and put together one of the best seasons Read More…

Boys basketball: Craig Randall will transfer to Phoenix-area school

Craig Randall reacts after the Medina boys basketball team defeated Green in the Copley Division I District semifinals. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — The basketball destinations of the Randall family will extend to Arizona. Less than two months after Medina boys coach Anthony Stacey resigned, All-Ohio guard Craig Randall transferred to Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix. One of the assistant coaches for Shadow Mountain is former NBA point guard Mike Bibby, whose son Michael is Read More…

Track and field: Medina’s Steele Wasik takes 300 hurdles

COLUMBUS — Medina resident Steele Wasik has seen a lot of success at the state track and field championships during his high school career. The one thing that was missing from the St. Edward senior’s impressive resume, which included a host of podium appearances individually and with relays and a pair of team Division I Read More…

MVP coaches: Greg Pickard’s approach worked wonders at Wadsworth

Wadsworth baseball coach Greg Pickard is the 2014 Gazette Spring Coach of the Year. (RON SCHWANE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION)

The fundamental reasons why the Wadsworth baseball team was so successful this season were, well, fundamentals. Every coach preaches them from T-ball to the big leagues. Whether the players get the message is the underlying question. When both mesh with perfect harmony, however, a team like the Grizzlies is born. Pizzazz was overrated. Wadsworth preferred Read More…

Track and field: Highland sophomore second in 3,200-meter run

Highland’s Carlee Rhoads placed second in the 3,200-meter run at the Division I OHSAA State Championships. (RAY RIEDEL / GAZETTE)

COLUMBUS — The goal for Highland sophomore Carlee Rhoads was simple Saturday at the Division I state track and field championships. Little did Rhoads know her goal of finishing second in the 3,200-meter run would be accomplished in the same time she ran to win the Amherst Regional a week ago. “I was hoping for Read More…

Pollock is leaving legacy at Highland

Highland athletic secretary Terry Pollock is retiring after 25 years. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

     Brad Bournival The Gazette GRANGER TWP. — A new era in HighlandHigh School athletics will start in the fall. The bright smiling face that has been a mainstay in the Northeast corner of the school since it opened in 2004 — and one that has been part of the athletic department since 1989 Read More…

Runkle not herself

  Dan Brown The Gazette COLUMBUS — Leah Runkle was the first to admit she wasn’t herself. And with good reason. The Wadsworth sprinter had a member of her family missing Friday from Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium as she competed in three events. Runkle’s father, Scott, had been hospitalized battling leukemia and that was weighing Read More…

Sports commentary: Track always provides theater

Sometimes I forget just how spoiled I am. Over the last five seasons, I’ve had the pleasure to cover Medina County’s best track and field athletes at the state meet in Columbus, a tradition that will continue today. While typing up the list of local athletes that have dreams of standing on the podium in Read More…