March 27, 2015

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Defensive lineman, cornerback joining Browns lineup

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The Browns had a good defense in 2014, ranking ninth in scoring but 23rd in yardage. They added a pair of pieces Monday, as coach Mike Pettine and coordinator Jim O’Neil try to take the next step toward dominance in their second season. Cornerback Tramon Williams, who turned 32 Monday, signed a three-year deal reportedly Read More…

Boys basketball commentary: NOC is really, really good

Jon Teske puts up a shot in Medina’s Copley Divsion I District championship win. Garfield Heights, Medina and Shaker Heights, all members of the Northeast Ohio Conference, are in the Sweet 16. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

Unaware he was within earshot of Chris Hassinger, a neutral fan at the Highland-Massillon Jackson Copley Division I District semifinal game last week openly declared the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division isn’t all it’s cracked up to be because “even Medina won some games.” Hassinger, Medina’s first-year coach, was boiling but kept his mouth shut. Read More…

Indians: Gavin Floyd could miss season

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Indians lost their gamble on Gavin Floyd. The right-hander will have surgery on a fractured bone in his right elbow and could miss the season. Floyd, who missed most of last season with Atlanta with the same injury, will have the operation today at the Cleveland Clinic. “He is certainly out Read More…

State wrestling tournament: Medina resident James Handwerk wins in D-III

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COLUMBUS — Broken ribs ended James Handwerk’s freshman season prematurely. The Lutheran West sophomore and Medina resident wasn’t about to let a car accident before sectionals knock him out again. Hobbling on a sprained right ankle throughout the postseason, Handwerk soldiered his way to a title Saturday at the Division III state wrestling tournament. The Read More…

District boys basketball: Jon Teske’s 27 points put Cinderella Medina in Sweet 16

Medina’s Jon Teske holds up the Copley Division I District championship trophy. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

COPLEY TWP. — Jon Teske lifted the Copley Division I District championship trophy over his head and looked toward the appreciative Medina boys basketball fans. The 7-footer’s smile was easy to spot towering above the shoulders of his teammates, and the visual was a perfect representation of Saturday evening. Teske loomed largest on the court Read More…

District boys basketball: Hassinger gets victory he always worked for

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COPLEY TWP. — Chris Hassinger’s dream job was always to be the boys basketball coach at Medina. When it became his destiny last summer, he embraced the opportunity with both arms. “I remember when (Bees athletic director) Jeff Harrison interviewed me for the position like it was yesterday,” Hassinger said. “He asked me how long Read More…

Regional girls basketball: Wadsworth falls to Toledo Notre Dame for fourth straight season

Wadsworth’s Kaile Pappas dribbles against Notre Dame Academy’s Dorian Miller. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

NORWALK — A handful of microscopic missteps assured the hill remained too steep. The Wadsworth girls basketball players rode the bus home from Norwalk thinking of the what-if moments Saturday after falling to Toledo Notre Dame Academy 42-37 in a Division I regional championship game. The nightmare wouldn’t end, as the Eagles (26-2) have defeated Read More…

Regional girls basketball: Grizzlies don’t rebuild, they reload

NORWALK — By all rights, this should have been a rebuilding year for Wadsworth’s girls basketball team. The Grizzlies, however, don’t believe in the concept, which is why they have been one of Ohio’s elite programs for more than two decades. It’s also why Wadsworth’s 42-37 loss to Toledo Notre Dame in the Norwalk Division Read More…

OHSAA Tournament: Medina boys win district hoops title

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COPLEY TWP. — Medina’s boys basketball team is headed to the Sweet 16 of the OHSAA Tournament. Junior center Jon Teske made a short hook shot with 20 seconds left on Saturday night, giving the Bees a 45-43 victory over Massillon Jackson in the Copley Division I District championship. The game-winning hoop capped a dominant Read More…

Handwerk wins title, Kiussis, Knipl fall short

COLUMBUS – State finals are finicky at times. Three Medina County wrestlers found that out Saturday as Brunswick’s Nicky Kiussis (138 pounds), Wadsworth’s Tim Knipl (170) and Lutheran West’s James Handwerk (170), who is a Medina resident, reached the pinnacle match of their high school career. For Kiussis and Knipl, the season finished one step Read More…