March 29, 2015

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OHSAA Tournament: Medina boys win district hoops title

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COPLEY TWP. — Medina’s boys basketball team is headed to the Sweet 16 of the OHSAA Tournament. Junior center Jon Teske made a short hook shot with 20 seconds left on Saturday night, giving the Bees a 45-43 victory over Massillon Jackson in the Copley Division I District championship. The game-winning hoop capped a dominant Read More…

Handwerk wins title, Kiussis, Knipl fall short

COLUMBUS – State finals are finicky at times. Three Medina County wrestlers found that out Saturday as Brunswick’s Nicky Kiussis (138 pounds), Wadsworth’s Tim Knipl (170) and Lutheran West’s James Handwerk (170), who is a Medina resident, reached the pinnacle match of their high school career. For Kiussis and Knipl, the season finished one step Read More…

OHSAA Tournament: Toledo Notre Dame edges Wadsworth

NORWALK – Wadsworth’s girls basketball team played in its fourth straight Norwalk Division I Regional final on Saturday afternoon. And for the fourth year in a row, Toledo Notre Dame ended the Grizzlies’ postseason run in the Elite Eight. Senior point guard Christiana Jefferson scored a game-high 19 points, including two free throws in the Read More…

Bees’ defense ready for high-powered Jackson

Albert Grindle The Gazette It has been hard to argue in recent years. Few use the us-against-the-world card better than Medina. A total afterthought in Northeast Ohio circles following the graduation of power forward Branden Wilkins and transfer of third-team All-Ohio guard Craig Randall to Arizona, the Bees surprised most by advancing to tonight’s Copley Read More…

Kiussis, Knipl, Handwerk make finals

Brad Bournival The Gazette COLUMBUS — If there is one thing to expect in the semifinal round of the state wrestling tournament, it’s nothing. In a high-intensity round where every second and muscle twitch matters, anything can happen and usually does. Friday, eight wrestlers from MedinaCounty reached the round of four. Only three found their Read More…

Never-quit Grizzlies to face Notre Dame Academy

Albert Grindle The Gazette The extra “A” in Kaayla McIntyre’s first name may as well stand for almighty. The Toledo Notre DameAcademy star will be the biggest player on the floor this afternoon in the Norwalk Division I Regional championship. Wadsworth (23-3) and the Eagles (25-2) will battle at 1 o’clock with a state semifinal Read More…

State wrestling: No opening jitters, newcomers have solid debuts at state

Brunswick’s Aaron Naples, left, takes on Central Crossing’s Robbie Fusner in a Division I 195-pound match at state. Naples won 10-5. (RON TWINING / GAZETTE)

COLUMBUS — First-time competitors, more often than not, are supposed to come down to the state wrestling tournament, take their lumps and come back stronger next season. Brunswick’s Aaron Naples (195 pounds), Wadsworth’s Joey Baughman (145) and Black River’s Ryan Slone (195) never got the memo. The trio will join Wadsworth’s Noah Baughman (113), Connor Read More…

Boys basketball districts: Medina upsets another league champ

Medina’s Evan Schreck goes up for a shot between Timken’s LePear Toles, left, and T.J. Lipins in the third quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

COPLEY TWP. — The champions of the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division and Principals Athletic Conference were little match for the NOC Valley Division’s No. 5 team over a five-day span. Respect all but fear none has been the calling card for the Medina boys basketball team, and the vastly underrated, battle-hardened Bees still feel Read More…

Boys district basketball: Brunswick gives second-ranked Lorain all they can handle

Brunswick's Kevin Simmons goes scores past Lorain's Daviere Andrews, left, Kevin Davis (2) and Shane Smith during the first quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

EATON TWP. — Daviere Andrews stepped to the foul line with 0.3 seconds on the clock and victory in hand. The fanatical crowd that has helped make Lorain’s boys basketball team a powerhouse chanted “Un-da-feat-ed … Un-da-feat-ed” during both of Andrews’ attempts. The top-seeded Titans survived Wednesday in the Midview Division I District semifinals, but Read More…

State wrestling: Hanging tough, Garrett Lambert makes up for lost time

Brunswick’s Garrett Lambert defeats Copley’s Tyler Grimes 12-9 in the 126-pound semifinals at the Wadsworth Division I Sectional. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Should Garrett Lambert ever have the opportunity to wrestle a full season, there might not be a superlative strong enough to explain just how incredible he is. A two-time state qualifier, the Brunswick junior hasn’t wrestled an entire schedule the last two years, yet he’s found success. That success turned incomplete seasons into memories. A Read More…