November 28, 2015


Wisdom of his father: Advice helps Black River’s Hawley become elite runner

Black River senior Tanner Hawley is the 2015 Gazette MVP for boys cross country. RON SCHWANE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION

Sometimes teens realize their father knows best. Tanner Hawley found that out this cross country season. After getting tips from his dad that he should go to the front of the pack and run his own race, Hawley tried it. Then everything clicked. “My dad would tell me what I should do and it’s what Read More…

Girls high school basketball: Profitt, Hornets shine in season opener

GRANGER TWP. — Lights, camera, action. After Marlee Profitt and the Highland girls basketball team opened their season with a 48-38 non-league win over Avon on Saturday, the senior center compared the game to a movie. A movie needs a protagonist, an event or hardship for the hero to overcome, a climax and then — Read More…

Seven-leaf Clover: Kaple ties school record as Medina beats Central Catholic

Clover Kaple

John Urchek The Gazette CANTON — Clover Kaple came through in the end. The senior guard helped kick off the Medina girls basketball team’s season the right way Saturday, burying seven 3-pointers in a 64-57 overtime victory over the Canton Central Catholic in the Romeo’s Pizza Classic at Malone University. “Clover has the ability to do Read More…

Johnson scores 1,000th career point in Wadsworth victory

Wadsworth's Jodi Johnson goes up for a shot against Eastmoor Academy's Ovian Whitlow-Moore during the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

WADSWORTH — It was that awkward moment when Jodi Johnson had absolutely, positively no idea what in the world was going on. The Wadsworth star had just hit a 3-pointer with 2:14 left Friday in what ended up being a 61-40 Grizzlies victory over three-time defending Westerville Division II District champion Eastmoor Academy. Longtime coach 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…

Softball: Akron coach Jones gets wish as Medina’s Holzman commits

Jessie Holzman

MEDINA — In three seasons with the Medina softball team, reigning Gazette MVP Jessie Holzman has built a strong relationship with coach Jessica Toocheck. So when the time came to pick a college to extend her academic and athletic career, the senior wanted a mentor with the same qualities. The center fielder found one in Read More…

Family tradition: Vanessa Pasadyn earns Ohio High School Heisman

Vanessa Pasadyn

Winning a High School Heisman is becoming a family tradition for the Pasadyns. On Monday, Wendy’s High School Heisman and The Heisman Trophy Trust named Brunswick student-athlete Vanessa Pasadyn its 2015 girls High School Heisman winner for Ohio. Older sister Selena won the national Heisman award in 2011, which Vanessa is now eligible for as Read More…

Remember her name: Brunswick’s Craddock determined to prove 2014 season could be matched

Brunswick junior Rebecca Craddock is the 2015 Gazette MVP for cross country.

In 2014, Brunswick cross country runner Rebecca Craddock went into the Division I state meet as a relative unknown. Earning third place meant Craddock would not stay anonymous this year. “I think that did put a target on me,” Craddock said. “My freshman year I was there, but I wasn’t a superstar. Taking third definitely Read More…

Hawley, Theis go from high school rivals to college teammates

Tanner Hawley

Medina County running rivals Tanner Hawley and Colin Theis will soon be teammates. Hawley and Theis have signed with the University of Dayton to continue their running careers under coach Jason Ordway. The Flyers will be getting two of Ohio’s best runners, and two runners who are very familiar with each other on the course. Read More…

The strongest link: Dubiel’s play, sense of humor makes him Gazette boys golf MVP

Highland senior Chad Dubiel is the 2015 Gazette MVP for boys golf.

The running gag of the Highland boys golf season involved ace Chad Dubiel and coach Andrew Dutt. The scenario: Dubiel joked with his boys in the van en route to the course, shot around 76 or 77 and handed his scorecard to Dutt. Sarcasm followed almost immediately. Dutt: “So, how’d it go?” Dubiel: “Well, I Read More…