March 27, 2015


Congrats to all the Student Athletes!

Girls basketball: Sweet chin music, Jodi Johnson’s 3-pointer knocks out game Bears

Wadsworth’s Jodi Johnson goes up for a shot against North Royalton’s Alison Smolinski in the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

STRONGSVILLE — Jodi Johnson was denied the opportunity to experience what may have been the most beautiful sound of her young life. The roar from the near-capacity crowd inside Strongsville High overpowered the noise of her game-winning 3-pointer hitting nothing but net. Big-time players make big-time shots. Johnson proved that theory Tuesday via a wide-open Read More…

Rick Noland sports commentary: These Grizzlies deserve respect

Rick Noland, Gazette sports writer

The temptation is to say the 2014-15 Wadsworth girls basketball team isn’t as good as the squads that advanced to the Division I regional finals the three previous years. From an individual talent standpoint, that might even be true, but let’s give these Grizzlies their due: After a thrilling 44-39 overtime victory over gutsy North Read More…

Basketball: Aubrey Virgin overcomes injuries to star as senior

Wadsworth’s Aubrey Virgin shoots over Cloverleaf’s Jillian Miglich. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Aubrey Virgin has felt the pain. Now she’s dishing out the hurt. Injured in each of her first three high school seasons, the senior center has been right in the middle of the Wadsworth girls basketball team’s march to the Division I regional semifinals. “She hadn’t been healthy for three straight years, so it wasn’t Read More…

Girls basketball: North Noyalton a formidable threat for Wadsworth

Wadsworth forward Laurel Palitto (GAZETTE)

STRONGSVILLE — The North Royalton girls basketball team may be new to the Division I regional scene, but believing the Bears will be intimidated would be a fatal mistake. Wadsworth (22-3) refuses to fall into that trap as it heads into a Sweet 16 game tonight at Strongsville High. The winner will advance to play Read More…

Basketball: Medina puts forth elite defensive effort to stun Hudson

Medina’s Jon Teske shoots over Hudson’s Trevor Colazzo. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

HUDSON — Pick a player to praise. There was no incorrect answer. Towering 7-footer Jon Teske protected the rim. Zach Bennett guarded everyone from 5-8 point guards to 6-7 centers. Ben Geschke, Evan Schreck and Luke Schaefer denied every conceivable driving angle. It was five-working-as-one defense that first-year coach Chris Hassinger usually only dreams about. Read More…