February 5, 2016

Medina
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High school basketball: Did that all really just happen?

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Dude, f’real. Did Tuesday seriously just happen? One of the wildest nights of Medina County boys basketball in years had a little bit of everything. There were three overtime games that included game-tying buckets in the final 4 seconds of regulation, three games that ultimately ended on buzzer-beaters, three first-place teams losing — yet staying Read More…

High school basketball: Wadsworth girls beat Twinsburg, inch closer to SL National Division

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WADSWORTH — Never, ever question the toughness of Jodi Johnson. The first-team All-Ohioan and the Wadsworth girls basketball team got all they could handle Wednesday from tough-as-nails Twinsburg. The emotional Suburban League National Division game teetered on the brink of an upset for large portions of the second half. When the pressure increased, Johnson took Read More…

High school basketball: Elyria boys knock off Brunswick to create logjam atop GCC

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ELYRIA — Brunswick gave the hottest boys basketball team in the Greater Cleveland Conference its best shot Tuesday. The only problem was Elyria had two shots in its arsenal and registered a 54-52 overtime win for its seventh straight victory. The loss forged a three-way tie between Elyria (11-4, 7-2), Brunswick (13-4, 7-2) and Medina Read More…

High school basketball: Rittman delivers game-winner as Highland upsets Avon

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GRANGER TWP. — The shot heard ’round Granger Township couldn’t have been more wide open, and Collin Rittman coolly drilled the biggest bucket of his young career. With the Highland boys basketball team shortly removed from blowing a seven-point lead in the final minute Tuesday, Rittman took a pass from Isaac Matejin and hit nothing Read More…

High school basketball: Medina boys stunned with loss to Strongsville at buzzer

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STRONGSVILLE — To hear coach Chris Hassinger tell it, Medina is the boys high school basketball version of the Cavaliers. The Bees prosper as the underdog but struggle in the role of favorite, which was proven again Tuesday when Strongsville’s Jimmy Pesarchick banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Mustangs a 62-59 Read More…

High school basketball: Benson hits milestone, but Black River falls to Oberlin

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SULLIVAN TWP. — It was a memorable Tuesday night for senior Allan Benson, and it came about 14 seconds shy of being just a bit more for he and his Black River boys basketball teammates. On a night when Benson became the third Black River player to reach 1,000 career points, the Pirates gave Oberlin Read More…

High school basketball: Bartinelli’s 20 second-half points help Buckeye to PAC upset of Clearview

YORK TWP. — Joey Bartinelli’s sharpshooting sunk the powerful Clearview Clippers. The junior shooting guard scored a career-high 20 points — all in the second half — to lead the Buckeye boys basketball team to a 63-55 Patriot Athletic Conference upset of Clearview on Tuesday. Bartinelli made 8-of-12 shots over the final two quarters, including Read More…

High school wrestling: Wadsworth defends turf in home invitational

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WADSWORTH — Don’t tell Noah Baughman, Brandon Baughman, Kyle Green and Brock Swartzbaugh the 30th annual Grizzly Invitational Tournament was a tune-up for the postseason. All seniors competing in their hometown event, they knew what the GIT meant to the school. They also remembered how it felt when St. Paris Graham ended a 12-year winning Read More…

College wrestling: Wadsworth’s Tavanello makes return to area as Buckeyes wrestle at Walsh Jesuit

CUYAHOGA FALLS — Wadsworth native Nick Tavanello returned to the gymnasium where his high school career began Sunday and the memories came rushing back. A member of the Ohio State wrestling team, Tavanello and the Buckeyes took part in a Big Ten dual with Michigan State, beating the Spartans 33-9 in front of a standing-room-only Read More…

High school basketball: Brunswick goes to overtime to get milestone win for Mackey

Joe Mackey

NORTH CANTON — At times it was hard to tell if the Brunswick boys basketball team was hot or cold Sunday night. Sometimes the Blue Devils played like ice-cold assassins, other times with fire and pride. They relied on a mix of those styles in a 62-53 overtime win against Walsh Jesuit in the final Read More…