April 28, 2016

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Gazette MVPs: Football toughened Wadsworth’s Johnson on the way to stardom

Wadsworth youth quarterback Graham Blind lined up under center against Highland, poised to lead the offense down the Green Leaf Park field in Sharon Township. The Grizzlies were inside the 40-yard line and aiming for the end zone with a well-timed play call in mind. Blind got the snap and quickly fired outside, where a Read More…

High school softball: Flashy defense leads Brunswick over Solon in GCC

BRUNSWICK — Inspiration can come from anywhere. On Wednesday, the Brunswick softball team drew some want-to from two stellar defensive plays in an 8-1 Greater Cleveland Conference win over Solon. After loading the bases and allowing just one run in the first inning, the Blue Devils (2-0, 2-0) began the second frame by letting the Read More…

Drew Hunter, scion of Brunswick running family, making name for himself in Virginia

The Hunter name is familiar to the Medina County running community. Marc Hunter, a 1974 Brunswick graduate, won the 1973 Class AAA cross country championship and state mile titles in 1973 and ’74. Kerry Hunter also ran for the Blue Devils and serves as a cross country coach, winning state titles with the boys in Read More…

High school softball: Schmeltzer gets 250th win as Wadsworth beats Stow

WADSWORTH — Wadsworth softball coach Mike Schmeltzer Sr. went more than four years without a win, and that’s what made a 1-0 Suburban League National Division victory over Stow on Tuesday so special. From 1999-2011, Schmeltzer guided Wadsworth to 249 victories before Michelle DeAngelis took over for four seasons. Back in the saddle, Schmeltzer wasted Read More…

Gazette MVP: Wadsworth’s Pavlak lives in here and now but reached goals

With one more Gazette MVP for boys swimming, Wadsworth’s Joe Pavlak would join former Grizzlies standout Logan Ware as a three-time winner. Having already notched three top-16 finishes at the Division I state meet, the junior needs three more to equal Ware, arguably the best boys swimmer in Medina County history. That said, Pavlak is Read More…

High school track: Lack, Blythin help Brunswick at Elite Meet

BRUNSWICK— If nothing else, Saturday served as a starting point for the Brunswick and Buckeye track and field teams. The Blue Devils finished fourth (girls) and fifth (boys), while the Bucks took sixth (boys) and seventh (girls) at the Brunswick Elite Meet. The St. Ignatius boys and Solon girls won the titles. Brunswick’s Bailey Lack Read More…

New Brunswick coaches aim to build on tradition

The new Brunswick track and field coaches know the importance of tradition. Tony Davis and Joe Francescangeli take over voids left by Scott Merrill and Melissa Wojtala, who stepped down following the 2015 season. Davis takes the helm for the boys, while Francescangeli leads the girls. Francescangeli knows the Brunswick tradition well as a sprinter Read More…

Gazette MVP: Brunswick’s Pasadyn breaks records on the way to stardom

Cassandra Pasadyn’s bark became a little deeper this season. The 2016 Gazette MVP in girls swimming, who has won the award two years in a row, walked with a little more swagger, too. The question becomes, what can the Brunswick junior possibly do for an encore? A Division I state qualifier in the 100-yard backstroke, Read More…

Gazette MVP: Wadsworth’s Baughman embraced big picture over personal glory

More often than not, athletes aren’t a fan of the sports they compete in once they find fame. Success leads to complacency and complacency to a sense of entitlement. Accolades come and alienation follows. Noah Baughman, the 2016 Gazette MVP in wrestling, is one of the exceptions. When the Wadsworth senior won the Division I state Read More…

High school basketball: Wadsworth girls receive national honor

WADSWORTH — The season ended more than a week ago, but the honors keep coming for the Wadsworth girls basketball team. The Division I state champion Grizzlies (28-1) were informed Tuesday they have been selected as one of 10 nationwide honorees for the MaxPreps Girls Basketball Tour of Champions, presented by the Army National Guard. Read More…