September 1, 2015

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New-look Suburban League promises to be interesting

Behind-the-scenes work two years in the making culminates Friday when the new-look Suburban League gets completely under way with the opening kickoffs of the football season. “Intriguing” is the first word that comes to mind. The big-school, small-school divisions mirror a developing trend throughout Ohio. Copley, Revere, Tallmadge and, up until recently, Highland will get Read More…

Bucks, Devils tie in opener

Brunswick's Allen Gronert (18) and Buckeye's Adam Matras battle for the ball during the first half. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Brad Bournival The Gazette BRUNSWICK — The final score of the non-conference game between Brunswick and Buckeye’s boys soccer teams read 1-1, but feelings ran the gamut. Both squads came into the season opener Friday with a ton of questions. Some were answered, while some will be later in the season. For the visiting Bucks, Read More…

Wrestling: Alan Fried brings Olympians to Highland

GRANGER TWP. — When Alan Fried took over as Highland wrestling coach this summer, the three-time state champion and one-time national champ talked about taking a solid Hornets base and building it up. An Espoir world champion and the only four-time Junior Freestyle National champion in history is hitting the ground running through his wrestling Read More…

Girls soccer: Medina will feature six Division I recruits

Medina’s Marin Auth (3). Sydney Leckie (18), Olivia Sency, Bri Caccavale (21), Lilly Jackson (6) and Liz Ash (10) are  all heading to Division I college soccer programs. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Believe the hype. Just don’t let it consume you. That’s pretty much the way Medina’s girls soccer team heads into the season. And why not? The Bees are coming off a 13-3-3 season where they lost in the district finals in a shootout to Copley and are ranked sixth in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com. The Read More…

Caccavale selects Lipscomb

Brad Bournival The Gazette MEDINA — Bri Caccavale has never been one to back down from a challenge, so when the Medina senior soccer player went shopping for schools at the next level, she wanted to be tested. She’ll head to Lipscomb on a partial scholarship next fall over South Carolina Upstate and Gardner-Webb. Caccavale Read More…

Prep football season fast approaching

The Medina County high school football season begins in 13 days, so let’s whet the appetite of pigskin-starved fans by taking a quick look at the area’s seven programs (a much more in-depth analysis will be provided in The Gazette’s annual preview section, which will run Aug. 28, the date of the season openers): Black Read More…

College signing: Toledo’s loss is Canisius’ gain with Medina’s Liz Ash

Liz Ash

MEDINA — A hiccup in the Toledo women’s soccer program was Canisius’ gain. Already committed to the Rockets, Medina forward Liz Ash took pause when Toledo changed its entire coaching staff. That allowed the Golden Griffins a chance to sell themselves. As a result, Canisius offered a full scholarship and secured Ash’s services next season. Read More…

Highland Schools to celebrate sports complex opening Saturday

LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE
Highland High School will debut its new football stadium and athletic complex on Saturday. The Pride of Highland marching band will perform its 2015 show, along with varsity sports teams.

The new sports complex for Highland Schools will open to the public during a 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday at the stadium next to the high school at 4150 Ridge Road in Granger Township. The new hornet statue will be unveiled and a varsity football scrimmage will begin at 11 a.m. The boys and girls tennis Read More…

Former soccer star Stefanie Tolar overcomes alcoholism, addiction, eating disorder

Former Medina soccer player Stefanie Tolar. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

A popular and outgoing honors student, a standout soccer player and always quick to flash her infectious smile, Stefanie (Sizemore) Tolar seemed like the All-American girl while at Medina High School. But it wasn’t until recently — until she dealt head on with alcoholism, a serious drug problem, an eating disorder, promiscuity, two abortions, a Read More…

Boys basketball: Matt Saunders out, Tom Harrington in at Buckeye

Tom Harrington

YORK TWP. — The opportunities were too enticing to ignore. At 31 years old, Buckeye boys basketball coach Matt Saunders realized an offer to become assistant principal at Barberton Elementary West was a rarity for an educator his age. At 32, Brunswick assistant coach Tom Harrington saw gym teacher and head basketball coach openings at Read More…