September 3, 2015

Intermittent clouds

Browns being cautious with Johnny Manziel, who will sit out two games

Johnny Manziel

BEREA — Johnny Manziel’s preseason is over at the halfway point. Manziel didn’t throw for the fourth straight day Thursday with a sore right elbow. Coach Mike Pettine ruled him out for the game at Tampa Bay on Saturday and the finale Thursday in Chicago. “Just given the short week and not wanting to put Read More…

Football Week 1: All for one, Brunswick switches to flexbone

Brunswick's new offense will center around quarterback Nick Horton (3) running the flexbone to Zach Snyder (34), Marc Davis (11) and Jordan Sadler. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

The 1978 Van Halen song “Runnin’ with the Devil” never had more meaning for the Brunswick football team. History will be made on multiple levels tonight in Granger Township, where the Blue Devils will play neighboring Highland for the first time since 1986 and the gridiron christening of North Gateway Tire Field is getting most Read More…

Buzz becomes louder as first football game at new Highland field nears

On Friday night, Brunswick and Highland  fans will witness the first football game at North Gateway Tire Field. Below, is Highland’s new scoreboard. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

GRANGER TWP. — For a little more than a year, football players like Manny Dela Cerna looked to the south side of Highland and dared to dream. A field once filled with rocks and construction vehicles is now one of the crown jewels of Medina County. That Friday will mark the first time Dela Cerna Read More…

Girls soccer: New kids for Brunswick play like veterans

Brunswick’s Heather Craska (9) controls a header against Highland’s Kaitlin LaFayette in the first half. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

GRANGER TWP. — If season openers are any indication, the kids are all right. The Brunswick girls soccer team came into its non-conference game Wednesday with Highland full of questions after bringing back just four letterwinners from a year ago. The Blue Devils not only ruined the Hornets’ debut at the new Highland Stadium, they Read More…

Browns: Johnny Manziel still isn’t throwing, sore elbow is the culprit

Johnny Manziel

BEREA — Johnny Manziel’s right elbow is still barking. So he still isn’t throwing, which is troubling for a quarterback. Manziel made a couple of soft tosses with his left hand during warm-ups and handed off with the right. But that was the extent of his action Wednesday afternoon during the half-hour of practice open Read More…

Still Here Basketball gets to play at Harlem’s famed Rucker Park


Mark Bruner | The Gazette We are Still Here. To explain: Still Here Basketball, Inc., is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to basketball. We are committed to advancing the game through education, encouragement and a respect for the brotherhood and sisterhood of all basketball players. We contribute to a variety of nationally recognized charities and Read More…

Tennis: Emily Dunbar to play tennis at Richmond

Emily Dunbar

WESTFIELD TWP. — Emily Dunbar has always wanted to play tennis for the University of Richmond, so she quickly accepted when the Division I school offered her a full ride. Just starting her junior year at Cloverleaf, two-time Gazette MVP Dunbar will attend the same college as older brothers Ethan and Jacob, who combined to Read More…

Basketball: Ashland basketball lands Jodi Johnson

Jodi Johnson

WADSWORTH — The Ashland women’s basketball program snared another big fish. Wadsworth first-team All-Ohioan Jodi Johnson is going to give up volleyball, as the senior accepted the Division II school’s partial scholarship offer that increases with each school year. Johnson was so dead set on Ashland there weren’t any other serious contenders for her services. Read More…

Volleyball: Wadsworth still rolling in Suburban League

Wadsworth’s Jenna Johnson passes against Stow. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

WADSWORTH — The Suburban League might look new, but the Wadsworth volleyball team wants to make sure everyone involved knows not much has changed. A team that won four straight league crowns until last season, the Grizzlies want to show that just because they now sit it in the National Division of the league, they Read More…

Soccer: Medina gets sweet beginning and a bit of revenge on Copley

Medina's Sydney Leckie works to get past Copley's Gabby Banayan (2) and Brooke Semmelroth during the first half. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — Revenge is a dish best served with an exclamation point. For 10 months — or 303 days, the way the Medina girls soccer team saw it – the Bees had to sit and stew in anticipation of a rematch with Copley. What happened Monday in Medina’s 5-0 season-opening win over the Indians can Read More…