April 21, 2015

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Softball Ohio Invitational: Dialing things in, Brunswick dominates tune-ups

Courtney Saville

AKRON — With a big Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division game today, Brunswick’s softball team used Sunday as a litmus test. If a 15-0 win over Windham and 8-0 victory over Steubenville were indications at the Ohio Invitational, the Blue Devils should be fine. While everyone was buzzing about playing defending NOC champion Medina today, Read More…

Girls basketball MVP: Jodi Johnson never craved attention but always starred in the spotlight

Wadsworth junior Jodi Johnson is the 2014-15 Gazette MVP for girls basketball. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION)

Competitiveness and, above all, not letting down her teammates motivated Jodi Johnson to be great. The tradition of Wadsworth girls basketball excellence wasn’t going to fade under her watch. A 62-30 January loss to Lakota West on the regular season’s grandest stage — The Classic in the Country at Berlin Hiland — put that to Read More…

High school softball: Warning is issued as Cloverleaf’s Smith sisters sizzle at the plate

Cloverleaf’s Hallee Smith, left, and her sister K.D. Smith are heating up at the plate. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

The Smith sisters have sent out a warning to the rest of the Suburban League: They’ve simmered long enough and now it’s time to sizzle. Both stars for the Cloverleaf softball team, K.D. and Hallee Smith came out on fire in 2014 and then leveled off to have terrific seasons. An All-Gazette selection, K.D. batted Read More…

Brunswick’s Miller steps down

Brian Dulik The Gazette BRUNSWICK — The longest-tenured gymnastics coach in MedinaCounty is stepping down. Michelle Miller, who spent the last 13 years piloting Brunswick’s program, has resigned in order to spend more time with her family. “This was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make,” she said. “My team is Read More…

Baughman won’t rest in his quest to be the best

Brad Bournival The Gazette As the clock struck 6 p.m. on a nondescript day in December, the familiar clang of a set of weights meeting each other reverberated through the halls of WadsworthHigh School. A half-hour later, the whistle of an assistant coach sounded instructions for the next lap to be run. Later, that same Read More…

Bowling MVP: Shannon Jones’ hard-working attitude resulted in individual berth at state

Wadsworth senior Shannon Jones is the inaugural Gazette MVP for girls bowling. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION)

There was symbolism in Jodi Bowers’ labor of love. As the winter season dragged on, the Wadsworth athletic secretary would head out of the athletic department to the posters of the school’s swimming and bowling teams hanging on the walls while armed with tape and a little hope. Every day virtually all of them needed Read More…

Softball: Alex Pasco, Highland revels in the rain

GRANGER TWP. — Even Mother Nature couldn’t knock out the Highland softball team. While rained washed away every other game in the area Thursday, the Hornets played on and the elements were no match. Neither was Copley, which fell 7-3 in Suburban League play against a team that is pushing all the right buttons this Read More…

Baseball: Wadsworth ekes out victory against Highland

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GRANGER TWP. — The boring way is the Wadsworth baseball team’s way. The Grizzlies don’t apologize for that, either. Highland coach Jay Grissom had a different reaction — he lowered his head and shook it side to side — as junior Chris Byers tossed a shutout and Wadsworth scored its run without a hit Wednesday Read More…

Wrestling: Brady Chrisman ends year in style, becomes All-American

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When Brady’s Chrisman’s wrestling season ended one match short of the state tournament, the Medina 132-pounder hit reset and made some new goals. As a result, Chrisman can now call himself an All-American. Chrisman, along with Bees coach Chad Gilmore, headed to Virginia Beach, Virginia, to participate in the National High School Coaches Association Nationals Read More…

Softball: Highland rallies in seventh to pick up win against Wadsworth

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WADSWORTH — For a softball team with no seniors and only four juniors, character wins are always a welcome sight. Even when they come in the second game of the season. Such was the scene Wednesday, when Highland staged an improbable rally in the final two innings to knock off Wadsworth 4-3 in Suburban League Read More…