September 1, 2014

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Track and field: Steele Wasik, Sarah Berger help Ohio win

GRANVILLE — When describing her final high school track meet, Sarah Berger was just appreciative of the honor. To represent Team Ohio and help it to another title Saturday afternoon at the Midwest Meet of Champions was a perfect capper to an already highlight-packed career for the recent Wadsworth graduate. Beating the school up north Read More…

Athlete of the Year: Peyton Booth enjoyed unparalleled success

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Peyton Booth’s illustrious and well-chronicled athletic career at Wadsworth High can be summed up in two words: She won. Actually, to do justice to the 2014 Gazette Senior Female Athletic of the Year, four words should probably be used: She won a lot. The 5-foot-10, 140-pound Booth didn’t lose a Suburban League basketball game in Read More…

Athlete of the Year: Andrew Vaughn broke bad habits — then records

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They have an extremely tight bond now, but there was a time when Andrew Vaughn was scared to death of Black River football coach Al Young. That’s a good thing, because without that fear, Vaughn might not be the 2014 Gazette Senior Male Athlete of the Year. As a middle school student, Vaughn was blessed Read More…

Medina relay team eyes record at New Balance Indoor Nationals

This weekend will be just the second time this season that the Medina girls 4×1, 600-meter relay team competes together. If Sunday’s race at the New Balance Indoor Nationals goes as well as their first one did, the group of Tarynn Cullings, Sarah Pack, Maria Scavuzzo and Kimmy Vidika may walk away with medals. The Read More…

Boys track MVP: Midseason surgery urged Hunter Williams down stretch

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The start of the 2014 track and field season couldn’t have gone any better for Wadsworth’s Hunter Williams. The senior was winning races, taking huge chunks off his times in the sprints and was leading the Grizzlies to another solid season. Then he got news no one wants to hear. Williams had to have surgery Read More…

Girls track MVP: Sarah Carpenter overcame injuries, shines

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Sarah Carpenter is stronger than most will ever know. Plagued by injuries for the first three years of her high school track and field career, the Highland senior has been through enough physical and emotional pain. Carpenter fought through all those feelings of, “What if this happens?” and put together one of the best seasons Read More…

Boys basketball: Craig Randall will transfer to Phoenix-area school

Craig Randall reacts after the Medina boys basketball team defeated Green in the Copley Division I District semifinals. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — The basketball destinations of the Randall family will extend to Arizona. Less than two months after Medina boys coach Anthony Stacey resigned, All-Ohio guard Craig Randall transferred to Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix. One of the assistant coaches for Shadow Mountain is former NBA point guard Mike Bibby, whose son Michael is Read More…

Track and field: Medina’s Steele Wasik takes 300 hurdles

COLUMBUS — Medina resident Steele Wasik has seen a lot of success at the state track and field championships during his high school career. The one thing that was missing from the St. Edward senior’s impressive resume, which included a host of podium appearances individually and with relays and a pair of team Division I Read More…

MVP coaches: Greg Pickard’s approach worked wonders at Wadsworth

Wadsworth baseball coach Greg Pickard is the 2014 Gazette Spring Coach of the Year. (RON SCHWANE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION)

The fundamental reasons why the Wadsworth baseball team was so successful this season were, well, fundamentals. Every coach preaches them from T-ball to the big leagues. Whether the players get the message is the underlying question. When both mesh with perfect harmony, however, a team like the Grizzlies is born. Pizzazz was overrated. Wadsworth preferred Read More…

Track and field: Highland sophomore second in 3,200-meter run

Highland’s Carlee Rhoads placed second in the 3,200-meter run at the Division I OHSAA State Championships. (RAY RIEDEL / GAZETTE)

COLUMBUS — The goal for Highland sophomore Carlee Rhoads was simple Saturday at the Division I state track and field championships. Little did Rhoads know her goal of finishing second in the 3,200-meter run would be accomplished in the same time she ran to win the Amherst Regional a week ago. “I was hoping for Read More…