August 21, 2014

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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…

Tennis MVP: New law allowed home-schooled Hanna to win for Cloverleaf

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A stroke of the pen, coupled with the passage of Ohio’s state budget last summer, changed the present and future of boys tennis in Medina County. When Gov. John Kasich signed into law that home-schooled students must be allowed to play sports at local public schools, it set the wheels in motion for Cloverleaf’s Austin Read More…

Schedule for Medina County competitors at state

Schedule The following is a schedule of when Medina County athletes will be in action this weekend at the OHSAA State Track & Field Meet at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium: FRIDAY Division II 1:30 p.m. – Girls 4×800 relay finals (Rachel Iacofano, SVSM/Medina resident) 4 p.m. – Girls 4×400 relay prelims (Autumn Read More…

Stenger close to history in only his second year of high jumping

Dan Brown The Gazette COLUMBUS — More than a year and a half ago, Andrew Stenger was playing center for his CYO basketball team. On Saturday, the Medina senior will be competing for a Division I state title in the high jump at the OHSAA State Track & Field Meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Read More…

All-Gazette baseball: Wadsworth’s Nick Bebout still working

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Nick Bebout is on track to become one of the winningest pitchers in Medina County history. Sixteen of the Wadsworth baseball team’s 44 victories over the past two seasons have been credited to his right arm. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior was the undisputed ace of the undisputed best team in the area. The only thing Read More…