December 22, 2014

Medina
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Unselfish Hornets win Moser’s debut

GRANGER TWP. — It’s impossible to spell potential without an “O.” The new-look Highland girls basketball team was relentless Saturday in its first game under coach Mike Moser. The Hornets pushed the ball unselfishly, crashed the boards hard and won nearly every hustle play. The end result was an offensively driven 65-32 victory over Copley Read More…

Earning a reward

Medina's Zach Bennett splits Ashland's Isaac White (11) and Trey Smith during the first quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

    MEDINA — Less than five seconds remained and All-Ohio Ashland point guard Issac White was attempting two meaningless free throws. First-year Medina boys basketball coach Chris Hassinger then turned to face his bench and smiled as he said, “Hey, we’re going to B-Dubs (Buffalo Wild Wings).” It was the loudest cheer on a Read More…

‘Big’ problem for the Bucks

Buckeye's Robert Miller shoots over Norwayne's Cade Hiles in the first quarter. Photo by Judd Smerglia

  YORK TWP. — Buckeye boys basketball coach Matt Saunders knew his team could have some “big” problems this season. They surfaced immediately, as 6-foot-6 sophomore center Nate Weinman put up 34 points and 18 rebounds Friday night to lead Norwayne to a 65-61 victory in the non-league season opener for both teams. The Bucks’ Read More…

Shooting woes hurt Grizzlies

WADSWORTH — Count on Wadsworth’s boys basketball team to hit more open shots than it did in the season opener Friday night. Therefore, count on the Grizzlies to win their share of games this season and put their 57-51 non-league loss to Firestone behind them. “I haven’t seen the stats, but I can’t believe we Read More…

Fall Coach of the Year: Mande Luttner led Brunswick to regional final, school record

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Brunswick volleyball coach Mande Luttner has a great relationship with her players, but she managed to hide a secret from them until this fall. “We learned that Coach believes in superstitions, especially on game days,” outside hitter Ally Badowski revealed. “She had a strict routine that no one could change because if it got messed Read More…

Football MVP: Steven Ficyk powered Brunswick back to playoffs while living childhood dream

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The Brunswick football legacy was drilled into Steven Ficyk from seemingly every angle. Nothing on earth was going to stop him from turning childhood fantasies into reality. The son of a former Blue Devils quarterback, Ficyk needed no introduction as to why the school colors are deeply entrenched in the blue-collar community. When Ficyk was Read More…

High school football: Steven Ficyk, Daniel Weinerman make Division I first team

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Steven Ficyk and Daniel Weinerman earned their places among Medina County all-time greats when the Division I and II All-Ohio football teams were released Monday by The Associated Press. The Brunswick quarterback/punter and Wadsworth running back were named to the first team in D-I, highlighting 12 area players to earn recognition. Ficyk, a 6-foot-4, 215-pounder, Read More…

Wadsworth’s defense stops Eagles

RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE Wadsworth’s Sophia Fortner controls a loose ball against Avon’s Zanny Sauter in the second quarter. Albert Grindle The Gazette WADSWORTH — Little things added up to big opening-night success, as the Wadsworth girls basketball team picked up where it left off with outstanding half-court defense Friday. The encouraging news is the Read More…

All-Gazette Volleyball: Losing sophomore year to injury pushed Ally Badowski to new heights

Brunswick junior Ally Badowski is the 2014 Gazette MVP for volleyball. RON SCHWANE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION

It’s impossible to fully appreciate the highs in sports until you experience the lows. Ally Badowski understands that better than most, having missed her entire sophomore season with a stress fracture and tendon problems in her left foot. “Being out last year opened my eyes that everything is very fragile and can be taken away Read More…

Kyle Hotz named Gazette soccer MVP for renewed focus, fitness

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Kyle Hotz knew something had to change. After a five-goal junior season in which he struggled to stay on the pitch for long periods of time, the Brunswick forward was far from satisfied. “When (my junior) season ended, I got off the bus and Coach (Ben Dotson) asked me if I was going to play Read More…