July 2, 2015

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From high school to college to coaching, cross country was part of Karen DeVries

Legendary Indiana high school cross country coach and Wadsworth native Karen (Friend) DeVries will be inducted into the Medina County Sports Hall of Fame during
June 11 ceremonies at The Galaxy Restaurant in Wadsworth. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION)

Lisa Gayle Grayson | The Gazette It is no coincidence that each path Karen (Friend) DeVries has taken in her life has led her to where she is today. Like a well-written novel penned by God, DeVries’ journey, which will include her June induction into the Medina County Sports Hall of Fame, has been a Read More…

Hall of Fame: Black River was first Class A Medina County volleyball team to make state semis

Members of the 1984 Black River Class A state semifinalist volleyball team in action. Clockwise from upper left are Pam Heilman, Tina Lieb, Deanna Hawley and Melissa Freeman. Sue Leach is in the center. The team will be inducted into the Medina County Sports Hall of Fame during June 11 ceremonies at The Galaxy Restaurant in Wadsworth. (PHOTOS PROVIDED / RON SCHWANE ILLUSTRATION)

Lisa Gayle Grayson | The Gazette It was a time when female sports were gaining respect. Black River’s volleyball team advanced to the Class A state semifinals 12 years after Title IX was passed by the federal government. Still, in 1984, sports played by female athletes were trying to establish respect. According to the Feminist Read More…

Medina teams place second at Amherst District

Dan Gilles The Gazette AMHERST — It was a great day for the Medina boys and girls track and field teams Friday at the Amherst Division I District. Both teams finished second in the team standings, with 117 points for the boys (behind Berea-Midpark) and 102 for the girls (behind Strongsville). Among the stellar performers Read More…

Blue Devils have solid day at district

Jonathan Huff The Gazette BRUNSWICK — After their first time hosting a district track meet, the Brunswick teams wound up with a couple second-place finishes. The girls ended with 141 Friday to finish behind only St. Joseph Academy’s 156, and the boys scored 129 to finish behind St. Ignatius (148½). “We moved on most of Read More…

Grizzlies run off with title

Brad Bournival The Gazette MACEDONIA — Moving day, especially in the track postseason, is supposed to be a time where nerves are as big an enemy as the competition. Someone forgot to tell the Wadsworth boys that Friday at the Nordonia Division I District. The Grizzlies had a field day in Boliantz Stadium, capturing the Read More…

Wadsworth learns tough lesson in Softball semifinals loss

Michelle DeAngelis

BARBERTON — The Wadsworth softball team learned a valuable lesson Thursday. Unfortunately for the Grizzlies, it ended their season. Up one run heading into the bottom of the third of a Barberton Division I District semifinal against Walsh Jesuit, Wadsworth relaxed for a split second and that resulted in a 9-4 defeat. “Against a team Read More…

District baseball championship: Close call stops Wadsworth cold in title game

Wadsworth’s Adam Dennison and his teammates react after losing 5-4 to Walsh Jesuit in the Hudson Division I District final. Wadsworth ends the season 27-1. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

HUDSON — The stuff fairytales are made of ended in the nightmare of a lifetime. Wadsworth designated hitter Alex Laikos was at the plate Wednesday in the Hudson Division I District championship with his dugout on the edge of pandemonium. The Grizzlies were trailing Walsh Jesuit by one, but the winning run was on first Read More…

Baseball districts: Wadsworth won’t look past Brecksville

Nick Bebout

The Wadsworth baseball team believes it has sacrificed too much to allow its season to end tonight in the loaded Hudson Division I District semifinals. Fourth-seeded Brecksville (21-5) will try everything to take down the top-seeded Grizzlies (26-0), with the winner to battle No. 2 Walsh Jesuit (23-3) or No. 3 Hudson (22-6) for the Read More…

Wadsworth boys win SL track title

Jonathan Huff The Gazette MACEDONIA — As rain fell at the close of the Suburban League Meet, the Wadsworth boys track and field athletes were singing, celebrating their league championship. The Grizzlies took 192 points to lead the pack and cap a perfect SL season. Like it has all year, Wadsworth relied on depth to Read More…

Magics turn tables on Bees

Albert Grindle The Gazette MEDINA — Sometimes role reversals aren’t fun. The Medina softball team had eliminated Barberton from the tournament in each of the last three seasons by a combined 22-6 score, but Friday was a different story. The hug left-handed pitcher Kloee Cuckler gave to catcher Riley Ries was full of joy, as Read More…