March 28, 2015

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Boys basketball: Shaker Heights hustles way to victory

Medinas' Tyler King is fouled by Shaker Heights Courtney Mays during the first half of their Regional semi final game at CSU. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

CLEVELAND — Hustle and rebounding had never been an issue for the Medina boys basketball team in the postseason. The Bees, for the better part of every win, were the ones rushing to loose balls, contesting every shot and hitting the glass. Against Shaker Heights on Wednesday, Medina learned what it was like to be Read More…

Rick Noland on boys basketball: There’s no substitute for growing up together

Medinas' (L-R) Tyler King, Ben Geschke, Evan Schreck, Luke Schaefer and Jon Teske look on as time expires during their  Regional semi final game against Shaker Heights at CSU. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

Maybe I’m an old fogey, but I still cling to the notion that the true beauty of high school athletics is playing with the kids you grew up with, representing your community and attending the school in your neighborhood. Take nothing away from the Shaker Heights boys basketball team, which was a deserving 53-44 winner Read More…

Boys basketball: Zach Bennett took coach’s message to heart

After the celebration had subsided Saturday night following the 10th-seeded Medina boys basketball team’s 45-43 victory over top-seeded Massillon Jackson in the Copley Division I District championship, senior Zach Bennett was standing near the 3-point line in front of his team’s bench. Coach Chris Hassinger was at midcourt when he noticed the smirk on the Read More…

Girls basketball All-Ohio: Jodi Johnson makes first team

Wadsworth junior Jodi Johnson puts up a shot over Notre Dame’s Jami Huth. Johnson has been named to the Division I All-Ohio first team. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

WADSWORTH — Katelyn Vujas and Cassie Schrock were the only first-team All-Ohioans in the history of Wadsworth girls basketball before Monday. That changed, as Jodi Johnson was among the top six players in Division I when the 2014-15 All-Ohio teams were released by The Associated Press. Johnson was a virtual lock to earn the distinction Read More…

Boys basketball commentary: NOC is really, really good

Jon Teske puts up a shot in Medina’s Copley Divsion I District championship win. Garfield Heights, Medina and Shaker Heights, all members of the Northeast Ohio Conference, are in the Sweet 16. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

Unaware he was within earshot of Chris Hassinger, a neutral fan at the Highland-Massillon Jackson Copley Division I District semifinal game last week openly declared the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division isn’t all it’s cracked up to be because “even Medina won some games.” Hassinger, Medina’s first-year coach, was boiling but kept his mouth shut. Read More…

State wrestling tournament: Medina resident James Handwerk wins in D-III

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COLUMBUS — Broken ribs ended James Handwerk’s freshman season prematurely. The Lutheran West sophomore and Medina resident wasn’t about to let a car accident before sectionals knock him out again. Hobbling on a sprained right ankle throughout the postseason, Handwerk soldiered his way to a title Saturday at the Division III state wrestling tournament. The Read More…

District boys basketball: Jon Teske’s 27 points put Cinderella Medina in Sweet 16

Medina’s Jon Teske holds up the Copley Division I District championship trophy. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

COPLEY TWP. — Jon Teske lifted the Copley Division I District championship trophy over his head and looked toward the appreciative Medina boys basketball fans. The 7-footer’s smile was easy to spot towering above the shoulders of his teammates, and the visual was a perfect representation of Saturday evening. Teske loomed largest on the court Read More…

District boys basketball: Hassinger gets victory he always worked for

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COPLEY TWP. — Chris Hassinger’s dream job was always to be the boys basketball coach at Medina. When it became his destiny last summer, he embraced the opportunity with both arms. “I remember when (Bees athletic director) Jeff Harrison interviewed me for the position like it was yesterday,” Hassinger said. “He asked me how long Read More…

Regional girls basketball: Wadsworth falls to Toledo Notre Dame for fourth straight season

Wadsworth’s Kaile Pappas dribbles against Notre Dame Academy’s Dorian Miller. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

NORWALK — A handful of microscopic missteps assured the hill remained too steep. The Wadsworth girls basketball players rode the bus home from Norwalk thinking of the what-if moments Saturday after falling to Toledo Notre Dame Academy 42-37 in a Division I regional championship game. The nightmare wouldn’t end, as the Eagles (26-2) have defeated Read More…

Regional girls basketball: Grizzlies don’t rebuild, they reload

NORWALK — By all rights, this should have been a rebuilding year for Wadsworth’s girls basketball team. The Grizzlies, however, don’t believe in the concept, which is why they have been one of Ohio’s elite programs for more than two decades. It’s also why Wadsworth’s 42-37 loss to Toledo Notre Dame in the Norwalk Division Read More…