August 1, 2014

Medina
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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…

Girls rugby: Huge underdogs, Brunswick wins in sudden death

HUDSON — One thing’s for sure: Brunswick’s girls rugby coach Dan Prater knows the hearing in his left ear will come back. The memories of his young squad capturing the Division II state title Saturday afternoon, however, will stay with him forever. Prater guided the Blue Devils, in just their second year as a club, Read More…

Bees make state final game

Dave Smith (left) and Jim Hitchcock celebrate after a Medina goal in the girls OSLA Division I state lacrosse semifinals. (JUDD SMERGLIA)

  Brad Bournival The Gazette WORTHINGTON — Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it. The Medina girls lacrosse team didn’t need much motivation Friday night in its 7-5 Ohio Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association Division I state semifinal win over Mason. Comets coach Paul Limpert provided all the incentive earlier in the Read More…

Six champs hail from Medina County

Dan Brown The Gazette AMHERST — The Highland girls 4×100-meter relay spent more energy standing around than it did winning the Amherst Division I Regional title Friday night. The group didn’t mind the wait on the infield of the Richard S. Cooley Track. It just didn’t want to miss the moment. Five MedinaCounty individuals joined Read More…

Berger wants more

Brian Dulik The Gazette AUSTINTOWN — Wadsworth senior Sarah Berger made it onto the podium at the 2013 state track meet, but has higher aspirations this season. Berger took another step toward achieving that goal Friday night, winning the championship in the girls 1,600-meter run at the Youngstown Division I Regional. The two-time state qualifier’s Read More…