March 29, 2015

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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…

OHSAA Tournament: Toledo Notre Dame edges Wadsworth

NORWALK – Wadsworth’s girls basketball team played in its fourth straight Norwalk Division I Regional final on Saturday afternoon. And for the fourth year in a row, Toledo Notre Dame ended the Grizzlies’ postseason run in the Elite Eight. Senior point guard Christiana Jefferson scored a game-high 19 points, including two free throws in the Read More…

Bees’ defense ready for high-powered Jackson

Albert Grindle The Gazette It has been hard to argue in recent years. Few use the us-against-the-world card better than Medina. A total afterthought in Northeast Ohio circles following the graduation of power forward Branden Wilkins and transfer of third-team All-Ohio guard Craig Randall to Arizona, the Bees surprised most by advancing to tonight’s Copley Read More…

Hughes signs extension

Scott Petrak The Gazette John Hughes has been a part-time player in the past. His new contract extension signals he’ll be more than that in the future. Hughes signed a four-year, $14.4 million extension Friday as the Browns secured one of their own on the fourth day of free agency. “It’s an amazing feeling,” Hughes Read More…

Kiussis, Knipl, Handwerk make finals

Brad Bournival The Gazette COLUMBUS — If there is one thing to expect in the semifinal round of the state wrestling tournament, it’s nothing. In a high-intensity round where every second and muscle twitch matters, anything can happen and usually does. Friday, eight wrestlers from MedinaCounty reached the round of four. Only three found their Read More…

Never-quit Grizzlies to face Notre Dame Academy

Albert Grindle The Gazette The extra “A” in Kaayla McIntyre’s first name may as well stand for almighty. The Toledo Notre DameAcademy star will be the biggest player on the floor this afternoon in the Norwalk Division I Regional championship. Wadsworth (23-3) and the Eagles (25-2) will battle at 1 o’clock with a state semifinal Read More…

State wrestling: No opening jitters, newcomers have solid debuts at state

Brunswick’s Aaron Naples, left, takes on Central Crossing’s Robbie Fusner in a Division I 195-pound match at state. Naples won 10-5. (RON TWINING / GAZETTE)

COLUMBUS — First-time competitors, more often than not, are supposed to come down to the state wrestling tournament, take their lumps and come back stronger next season. Brunswick’s Aaron Naples (195 pounds), Wadsworth’s Joey Baughman (145) and Black River’s Ryan Slone (195) never got the memo. The trio will join Wadsworth’s Noah Baughman (113), Connor Read More…

Boys basketball districts: Medina upsets another league champ

Medina’s Evan Schreck goes up for a shot between Timken’s LePear Toles, left, and T.J. Lipins in the third quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

COPLEY TWP. — The champions of the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division and Principals Athletic Conference were little match for the NOC Valley Division’s No. 5 team over a five-day span. Respect all but fear none has been the calling card for the Medina boys basketball team, and the vastly underrated, battle-hardened Bees still feel Read More…

Browns: Miami closes deal, Jordan Cameron is latest to leave

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Jordan Cameron was back. Then he was gone. Then he was weighing his options. Then he was gone again. The tight end, who made the Pro Bowl for the Browns in 2013, ended the night by signing a deal with the Miami Dolphins, the team announced. The deal was reached around 8:45. Only a couple Read More…

Track and field: Medina grad Taylor Burke back at Nationals

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Taylor Burke is doing anything but striding peacefully into retirement as she concludes her college career. The Medina graduate and University of Florida senior qualified for her fourth consecutive NCAA Division I Indoor National Championship in track and field this winter. She will represent the Gators in the high jump today at the University of Read More…