April 27, 2015

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College soccer: Wadsworth freshman phenom commits to North Carolina

Wadsworth freshman Jordan Taylor verbally committed to the University of North Carolina this week. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

WADSWORTH — With a name like Jordan, the logical choice was North Carolina. Unlike “His Airness,” Jordan Taylor has given her commitment to the Tar Heels to play women’s soccer. In what is arguably the biggest commitment in Medina County girls soccer history, the Wadsworth freshman gave her word to coach Anson Dorrance that she Read More…

Brian Dulik Browns commentary: Uniform unveiling was over the top

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When the most cogent statement at an event is made by the Bone Lady, it’s a pretty good sign things are out of control. Such was the case Tuesday night at the Cleveland Convention Center, where the Browns unveiled their three new uniform combinations. The white home, brown road and orange alternate jerseys — largely Read More…

Former Medina thrower to be inducted to Medina County Sport Hall of Fame

Former Medina and Kent State thrower Mindy Wirtz will be inducted into the Medina County Sports Hall of Fame on June 11. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Melinda “Mindy” Wirtz is a thrower. Always has been, always will be, in some way, shape or form. But these days, the 1992 Medina High graduate, who will be inducted into the Medina County Sports Hall of Fame during June 11 ceremonies at The Galaxy Restaurant, uses lessons learned from heaving a 2.2-pound discus and Read More…

College signing: Wadsworth’s Shane Mast inks with talented Kent State

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WADSWORTH — When Shane Mast started looking at college programs, the Wadsworth senior didn’t want to go too far from home but still wanted to be pushed. A decorated wrestler for the Grizzlies, the 160-pounder had been eyeing Cleveland State, but when the Vikings dropped the sport temporarily, Kent State became more attractive. As he Read More…

Highland basketball coach Michael Murphy steps down with 47 wins in three years

Highland’s boys basketball coach Michael Murphy has stepped down. Prior to coaching the boys team, Murphy coached Highland’s girls basketball team. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

GRANGER TWP. — The second-winningest coach in Highland boys basketball history has stepped down. Michael Murphy resigned Tuesday, ending a three-year tenure in which the Hornets won 47 games, the Suburban League championship in 2013-14 and their first sectional title as a Division I school this season. The 47-year-old Wadsworth Township resident, who also has Read More…

The Browns’ great unveiling: New uniforms pay tribute to Cleveland

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CLEVELAND — Jerseys and pants in orange, brown and white give the Browns the chance to be the University of Oregon of the NFL, with nine uniform combinations available. But the ballyhooed uniform redesign revealed Tuesday also made one thing perfectly clear: The team belongs to the city. “Cleveland” in all caps is emblazoned across Read More…

Men’s college golf: Jeanne Pritchard takes over as Wayne College coach

Former Medina golf coach Jeanne Pritchard will be coaching the Wayne College men’s golf team. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

MEDINA — Jeanne Pritchard didn’t stay out of coaching for long. Shortly after resigning as Medina boys golf coach in October, Pritchard accepted a boys/girls assistant gig at Walsh Jesuit. All of this followed a summer of 2014 in which Pritchard was the interim women’s coach at Ashland University. Another opportunity arose, however, as the Read More…

High school baseball: Unique save by Chris Byers

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WESTFIELD TWP. — Chris Byers got the save without leaving the dugout. Scheduled to start today for the Wadsworth baseball team, the junior kept the scorebook Tuesday during a Suburban League game against Cloverleaf. Little did Byers know he’d make the biggest play of the day. With Cloverleaf’s Kenny Wells representing the tying run at Read More…

Boys basketball MVP: Medina’s Jon Teske was game changer

Medina junior Jon Teske is the 2014-15 Gazette MVP for boys basketball. (RON SCHWANE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION)

A 7-foot boys basketball player adjusting to being “The Man” may sound silly to ordinary fans, but Medina junior Jon Teske was a unique talent in a unique situation. For the first two years of his career, he was the shot-blocking dynamo alongside All-Ohio scorers Billy Geschke, Craig Randall and Branden Wilkins. The scenario was Read More…

Softball: Talia Boutwell’s RBI hit highlights blowout

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MEDINA — Moments before Talia Boutwell stepped to the plate in the top of the sixth inning Monday, winds picked up on Medina’s softball field and the temperature seemingly dropped five degrees. The imagery was foreshadowing for the Brunswick sophomore, as Boutwell smacked a two-out, two-run single over short to take a one-run game and Read More…