May 26, 2015

Medina
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Bees hammer Cardinals

Brad Bournival The Gazette MENTOR — When Mentor softball coach Emily Strobel decided to save her ace for later in the week, Medina jumped on the opportunity. By the time the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division contest was over, the Bees were on the right side of a 17-6 victory that lasted five innings. With Read More…

Campbell delivers another game-winning hit

Brad Bournival The Gazette LaGRANGE TWP. — History showed freshman Gabbi Campbell wasn’t going to shrink in a pressure situation Friday at the Prebis Memorial Tournament. With a chance to get her second game-winning hit of the season for the Brunswick softball team, Campbell once again came through with a one-out single to score Shaina Read More…

Albert Grindle commentary about Tom Lombardo: It’s hard to fault decision

Tom Lombardo

Dear Highland: Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. Tom Lombardo sent the Northeast Ohio high school sports world abuzz Wednesday by leaving the Hornets to become head football coach at parochial superpower St. Edward. The Eagles are the defending Division I state champions and lost previous coach Rick Finotti to the University Read More…

High school softball: Elyria cools off Brunswick with 5-2 win

Elyria’s Anna Daly scores in the fourth inning as Brunswick catcher Molly Grzybowski is late with the tag. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

BRUNSWICK — With the temperature dipping near the freezing mark Wednesday, it was going to take one hot bat to get things going for the Brunswick or Elyria softball team. That bat belonged to Elyria senior Alex Dick, who smacked a two-run home run in the second inning to lead the Pioneers to an important Read More…

Highland football coach Tom Lombardo leaving for St. Edward

Former Highland football coach Tom Lombardo, center, leads the Hornets onto the field in the final game at Highland Stadium last fall. Today, Lombardo was introduced as the new coach of St. Edward. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

LAKEWOOD — Dressed in a gray suit and laughing at a comment about his pepper-black hair, Tom Lombardo was in his element at St. Edward High. If Lombardo was going to leave Highland, the defending Division I state champion Eagles were on the very short list. The winningest football coach in Hornets history changed addresses Read More…

High school baseball: Brunswick blitzes Medina early

Gary Clift Jr.

MEDINA — The potential for Brunswick’s baseball team to lose Tuesday was gone in 54 pitches. Crushing the ball all over the field, the Blue Devils roared to a sizable lead and Dom Francis pitched six effective innings in an 8-3 win over archrival Medina. Brunswick (7-4, 3-2) was three days removed from losing two Read More…

High school baseball: Buckeyes can’t crawl out of early hole

Steve Wright

YORK TWP. — Play sloppy and good opponents clean house. The inexperienced Buckeye baseball team showed it still has work to do, digging a big hole early before a spirited rally fell short Monday in a 7-4 loss to Firelands. The Bucks (6-7, 4-2) compounded mental errors and ace Liam Murray (2-2) struggled to find Read More…

Softball: Red-hot Black River rolls to tourney title

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SPENCER — On March 31, Black River softball coach Larry Toth saw growth despite a season-opening loss. A team almost devoid of seniors — the Pirates have two — Toth knew it would be a matter of time before the pieces fit and the clock ticked in unison with his timetable. Fast forward to the Read More…

Warriors get best of Bees

Brad Bournival The Gazette AKRON — For the better part of four innings Friday, the Medina baseball team matched Walsh Jesuit at-bat for at-bat. The problem was the Warriors start seven Division I recruits, so things eventually caught up with the Bees in a 5-0 loss at CanalPark in the Chad Crawford Memorial Classic. Medina Read More…

Mackey’s Blue Devils smashed all expectations but their own

Albert Grindle The Gazette “I thought we could be better than people thought, but I’d be lying if I thought we’d get up to 19 (wins).” One of the worst kept secrets in MedinaCounty is coach Joe Mackey’s Brunswick boys basketball team doesn’t get wrapped up in perceptions. In an age of the oftentimes fabricated Read More…