The Medina County Gazette The Medina County Gazette is a community newspaper serving Medina County, Ohio, since 1832. 2016-02-06T10:33:57Z WordPress Obituaries - The Chronicle-Telegram <![CDATA[Luella Lee “Runt” Wertman]]> 2016-02-05T21:49:07Z 2016-02-06T10:33:57Z Read More...
Wertman_LuellaLuella Lee “Runt” Wertman, formerly of Lodi, passed away Thursday, February 4, 2016 in Florence, Kentucky. Luella was born October 16, 1921 in Spencer, West Virginia, to Merrill E. and Viola (Richardson) Ridgway.
She graduated from Wooster High School, Class of 1940 and married Robert “Bob” Wertman on July 4, 1943. Luella and Bob moved to Lodi in 1950 and together operated Wertman’s Dry Cleaning and Coin Laundry until their retirement in 1983. Luella was a 65 year member of Lodi Chapter OES #137 and had volunteered at Lodi Community Hospital. She enjoyed making memories with her family.
Luella was “Mom” to daughter, Connie and son-in-law, Dennis Riedel of Florence, Kentucky; “Gram” to Adam and Rachel Riedel of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Aaron and Sarah Riedel of West Salem and Andrew and Stephanie Riedel of Canton; she was “Great Gram” to Solomon, Gabi, Chloe, Paige, Tessa, Micah, Mariah, Olivia and Quorra; Luella was “Aunt” to six nephews and five nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bob; brothers, Huey and Bob Ridgway and son, Randy Wertman.
Friends may call one hour prior to the services from 1 to 2 P.M., at Parker & Son Funeral Home, 210 Medina St., Lodi. Memorial services will be Monday, February 8, 2016 at 2 P.M., in the funeral home, with Pastor Tom Chmura officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Lodi.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 North Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.
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Obituaries - The Chronicle-Telegram <![CDATA[Joshua Allen Slone]]> 2016-02-05T21:47:33Z 2016-02-06T10:33:26Z Read More...
Joshua Allen Slone, 33, of Seville, died Monday evening, February 1, 2016 at his home. He was born May 28, 1982 in Medina, the son of Orda and Kathy (Booth) Slone.
He graduated in 2001 from Cloverleaf High School. He enjoyed fishing and watching football.
He is survived by his parents; sister, Lisa (Scott) French of Ashland; nieces, Victoria, Lilly and Emily; nephews, Brendan and Gavin and his grandmother, Virginia Toler of Burbank.
Funeral Services will be Monday, February 8, 2016 at 11 A.M., at the Matteson funeral Home in West Salem, with Pastor Tommy Wiley officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, February 7, 2016 from 6 to 8 P.M., in the funeral Home. Burial will be in West Salem Cemetery.
Memorials contributions may be given to the Matteson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 314, West Salem, OH 44287 to help with the funeral expenses.
Online condolences may be shared at the funeral home website

Katie Anderson - The Chronicle-Telegram <![CDATA[Lodi police to hold third-annual community meeting on heroin epidemic]]> 2016-02-06T07:46:44Z 2016-02-06T07:46:44Z Read More...
The Lodi Police Department announced it is holding a community meeting 6 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Lodi American Legion Post 523, 120 Bank St., to educate the public on the heroin epidemic.

Chief Keith Keough said it’s the third year his department has held a meeting on the topic.

“We have it each year and it’s a lot of questions and giving answers,” Keough said. “We try to bring people together who can answer those questions.”

Typically, officers from the Medina County Drug Task Force will talk about drug use trends and Cloverleaf High School counselors will talk about the impact drugs can have on students.

This year, Keough said the meeting will focus on the department’s new Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative.

Keough announced in November the department’s affiliation with PAARI, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization that works with
46 police agencies nationwide to get opiate addicts treatment instead of jail time.

The program allows people who want to overcome addiction to come to a police station and ask for help. Keough said they can turn over any drugs or drug equipment they have and they won’t be charged with a crime. Instead, the department will help them get into a treatment program.

Since starting the program at the beginning of the year, Lodi Police have placed seven people in rehab facilities in California and Florida.

“We had four people come in Monday wanting help,” he said. “For most addicts in this area, they’re kind of at a loss for how to get help. They don’t know who to turn.”

The rehab stays are paid for by PAARI, but the airfare is raised locally through an online fundraiser, Keough said.

The Lodi Police Community Advisory Board has been managing the fund at
airfare4addicts. Since Jan. 1, it’s raised $450.

Keough said he’s also trying to get addicts help locally if possible.

“If there are resources near by, we’d like to use those, too,” he said. “We’re trying to get people into residential treatment programs in Ohio.”

Keough said he’s also communicating with county nonprofits such as Alternative Paths, Lorain County Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services, and Solutions Behavioral Healthcare.

“We’re hoping to get the word out and have more people approach us,” Keough said.

Bob Finnan - The Chronicle-Telegram <![CDATA[Fundraiser to benefit Artwell family who lost dog, possession in house fire]]> 2016-02-06T07:45:05Z 2016-02-06T07:44:09Z Read More...
Bob Finnany The Gazette

A family who lost all their possessions in a fire in Lafayette Township on Jan. 30 is continuing to receive community help.

Jim and Trish Artwell and their four children were burned out of their home at 5255 Columbia Road during a 2 a.m. fire.

Jim Artwell got his four children out of the house, but the family dog and cat perished. Artwell’s wife was at work at the time of the fire.

Reece, a 10-pound Shih Tzu, is credited with alerting the family to the fire by barking in the middle of the night. But Artwell was unable to get the dog out of the house.

The family moved into a home in Medina this week and the community’s generosity is almost overwhelming, Jim Artwell said.

“It’s unbelievable,” he said. “I’m not worthy of all this. It’s humbling.”

Artwell said he took his family to Applebee’s Thursday night. When he asked the waitress for the check, she told him someone in the restaurant recognized him and picked up the tab.

“I just busted out crying,” Jim Artwell said. “I’m not someone who usually cries at things, but every day something just floors me.”

Bob Evans Restaurants in Northeast Ohio announced they will donate 15 percent of all sales on Saturday,
Feb. 27, to the Artwell family. Restaurant patrons must have a Bob Evans flier or a cell phone image of it when they check out.

It can be used for dine-in, carryout and catering. The Artwell family requested Reece’s picture on the flier.

“I’m overwhelmed,” Jim Artwell said.

“I certainly have a different outlook on life. It has brought our family together. When you get out of burning house — there was a time there when I didn’t know if I’d make it out — it puts things in perspective.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family and has raised $5,395, as of Friday evening.

Elizabeth Dobbins - The Chronicle-Telegram <![CDATA[Wadsworth man hurt in motorcycle crash in Seville]]> 2016-02-06T07:44:42Z 2016-02-06T07:42:19Z Read More...
A Wadsworth man remained in intensive care condition Friday, two days after he was flown from the scene of a Seville motorcycle crash to Summa Akron City Hospital.

Nickolas Nixon, 31, of Wadsworth, was hospitalized after his motorcycle crashed on Park Avenue West outside a Dairy Queen restaurant on Wednesday afternoon.

The Ohio Highway Patrol said Friday that Nixon was riding his red Suzuki motorcycle eastbound, after exiting the parking lot of the nearby World Truck Towing and Recovery.

Nixon drove straight instead of turning at a curve in the road, hitting a curb on the right side of the road, and continued traveling along the side of the road before coming to a stop in front of the Dairy Queen sign on the northeast corner of the parking lot, troopers said.

The patrol said Nixon may have been speeding — the posted limit is 25 miles per hour — at the time of the crash, but no charges have been filed.

Drugs and alcohol are not suspected to be a factor, troopers said.

Nixon was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, but he suffered head injuries during the crash, troopers said.

According to a GoFundMe page started by a friend of the family to raise money for the Nixon’s bills, Nixon suffered “severe brain injuries” and several breaks in his spine, which “ended up severing his spine.”

Nixon has a wife, Brigette, and a young daughter, Alex. He is the main financial provider for the family, according to the page.

As of Friday night, the GoFundMe page — Prayers for Nick — has raised $1,360.

Chad Grant - The Chronicle-Telegram <![CDATA[Boys basketball: Brunswick maintains three-way tie atop the Greater Cleveland Conference beating last place Euclid]]> 2016-02-06T04:50:00Z 2016-02-06T04:50:00Z Read More...
EUCLID — With a big game looming Tuesday, the Brunswick boys basketball team left no doubt it was ready in a Greater Cleveland Conference game with last-place Euclid.

The Blue Devils came out firing on all cylinders Friday and dropped the Panthers 65-53 in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the final score indicated.

Brunswick maintained a three-way tie with the Bees and Elyria atop the GCC with three games remaining. The Blue Devils host Medina on Tuesday.

Behind sparkling starts from Kevin Simmons and Michael Quiring, Brunswick (15-4, 9-2) left little doubt.

“(Euclid) in another league is near the top or at least in the middle of the pack,” Brunswick coach Joe Mackey said. “Our league is so tough on any given night anybody in our league from the bottom of the conference, the middle of the conference can beat anybody. We’re just thrilled to come out of here with the win.”

Simmons (19 points) made the first quarter his personal highlight reel, hitting his first five shots and throwing down three dunks to help his team to a 20-10 lead.

The guard showed no fear and played aggressively, driving into the teeth of a Euclid defense that featured a pair of 6-foot-7 post players.

“My job is to get in there and penetrate,” Simmons said. “If I have a layup, take the layup, but also look out for the pass. I was just trying to do what I normally do and get to the basket and if someone stepped in front of me to kick it out.”

Foremost among them was Rider commit Quintin Dove, who Simmons posterized with a one-handed dunk to close the first-half scoring.

The ability of Simmons to get into the lane opened the outside for his teammates.

Dove, the GCC’s leading scorer, was just about all the Panthers had. The as-advertised senior led all players with 28 points and 12 rebounds and scored all 10 of his team’s first-quarter points.

“Ideally, I would have liked to do a little bit better job on him,” Mackey said. “I thought the adjustment we made late in the game where we were didn’t try to get around him and we just stayed behind and doubled, we didn’t do a very good job of doing that early. We tried, but just didn’t do a very good job. Near the end of the third and into the fourth, we got the ball out of his hands.”

While Dove didn’t have much backup, Simmons had plenty of it, with Quiring (6 assists, 4 rebounds, 4 steals) and Zach Cebula adding 17 points each. The duo scored the Blue Devils’ other 10 points in the first quarter.

In the first quarter, the Blue Devils hit 9-of-12 shots, forced seven turnovers, didn’t commit a foul and turned the ball over just twice.

“We definitely wanted to get up in them,” Quiring said. “We wanted to create some turnovers, get out on the break and get Kevin (Simmons) some easy ones. I think we wanted to turn them over. We thought we could and we did.”

The undersized Blue Devils had a hard time on the glass — they were outrebounded 35-17 — but used crisp ball movement and stifling defense to maintain control throughout.

The spread reached 61-41 when Simmons hit a pair of free throws with five minutes to play.

The Panthers finished the game on a 12-4 spurt — mostly from the foul line — leading to the slightly misleading final score. Euclid made 8-of-12 freebies in the final five minutes.


The Blue Devils took home a victory in the junior varsity game 56-40. Zak Zografos led the way with 16 points, while Cameron Sasala added 14.

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Brunswick 65, Euclid 53

BRUNSWICK                        20  19  15  11  —  65

EUCLID                                   10  11  14  18  —  53

Brunswick — Kevin Simmons 8-2-19, Zach Cebula 6-2-17, Aaron Badowski 0-0-0, Kyle Goessler 2-0-4, Michael Quiring 5-4-17, Austin Mick 1-0-3, Tyler Williams 0-0-0, Zak Zografos 2-0-5, Keith Simmons 0-0-0, Ryan Flynn 0-0-0, Dominic Garcia 0-0-0, Chad Kaiser 0-0-0, Josh Herron 0-0-0. TOTALS: 24-8-65.

Euclid — Aaron Berry 1-0-2, Iszak Wynn 0-0-0, Quintin Dove 12-4-28, Gary Simpson 0-1-1, Ricky Adams 1-0-2, Will Saunders 3-0-7, Emari Baddour 1-8-10, Latrayl Alexander 0-3-3. TOTALS: 18-16-53.

3-point goals — Cebula 3, Quiring 3, Mick, Simmons, Zografos, Saunders. Rebounds — Brunswick 17 (Quiring 4), Euclid 35 (Dove 12). Assists — Brunswick 12 (Quiring 6), Euclid 6 (Wynn 3). Records — Brunswick (15-4, 9-2), Euclid (3-14, 1-10). Junior varsity — Brunswick 56, Euclid 40.

Gazette staff - The Chronicle-Telegram <![CDATA[Boys basketball: Determined Keystone sinks Black River in PAC]]> 2016-02-06T04:36:18Z 2016-02-06T04:36:18Z Read More...
SULLIVAN TWP. — The Keystone boys basketball team came into Black River’s house looking to clinch a share of the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division championship. The Pirates were looking to play spoiler.

In the end Friday, the Wildcats used Brody Kuhl’s sharpshooting and a 10-minute Black River scoring drought to win 58-34.

The Pirates (5-13, 3-9) were not without early opportunities, as they trailed the Wildcats (15-5, 13-1) by one point midway through the second quarter. They used a combination of feisty defense and inspiring hustle from big man Curtis Roupe (8 points, 8 rebounds) to cut Keystone’s early lead to 17-16 at the 4:28 mark of the second quarter.

The Pirates were on the verge of taking the lead when point guard Allan Benson stole the ball in the backcourt and appeared headed for a layup.

A turnover gave the ball to the Wildcats.

“We talked about that play at halftime,” Black River coach Josh Calame said. “It looked like a foul from our vantage point, and had he taken the ball in and scored who knows what would have happened after that lead change.”

Keystone used an effective half-court trap to rattle the Pirate guards, thus taking them out of their inside-out game plan that was working effectively earlier in the quarter.

From the 4:28 point of the second quarter, the Wildcats held Black River scoreless until the 1:12 mark of the third. The result was a 29-point run and 48-21 lead at the end of the period.

During the streak, Kuhl decided to give a lesson on long-range shooting, as the sophomore guard hit five consecutive threes in the first half. He finished with a game-high 23 points and a season-high seven 3-pointers.

“Brody is a great shooter and a confident kid,” Keystone coach Jeff Holzhauer said. “When he starts hitting, he’s hard to stop.”

On the opposite side, Roupe was facing double and triple teams down low, including against Ohio football recruit Austin Conrad, as the Wildcats took advantage of the cold-shooting Pirate backcourt.

At the start of fourth quarter, Roupe started creating opportunities for his guards to knock down 3-pointers by utilizing creative passes. Benson came alive, scoring all 12 of his points in the last nine minutes, but at that point the deficit was too large to overcome.

“You’ve got to give credit to that Black River team,” Holzhauer said. “They continued to work hard to keep themselves in the game. They always do.”


Josh Kenska and Kevin Mealwitz each scored 10 points as Keystone’s junior varsity won 43-24. Caleb Poldruhl had seven points for the Pirates.

Contact Richard Doyle at

Keystone 58, Black River 34

KEYSTONE                            17  13  18  10  —  58

BLACK RIVER                       11   5    5   13  —  34

Keystone  — Austin Conrad 3-2-8, Turner Campbell 0-0-0, Brandon Kuhl 6-1-13, Brody Kuhl 7-2-23, Chris Sittinger 0-0-0, Jeremy Gerhardinger 2-6-10, Trey Minnich 0-0-0, Corey Moffat 1-1-3, Kyle Sherrill 0-0-0, Tyler Bresky 0-0-0, Steven Speck 0-1-1. TOTALS: 19-13-58.

Black River — Brennan Scheck 0-0-0, Derek Hawley 1-0-3, Curtis Roupe 2-4-8, Zach Hawley 1-1-3, Allan Benson 3-4-12, Mike Hazlett 3-0-8, Seth Pluta 0-0-0, River Wheeler 0-0-0, Garrett Hord 0-0-0. TOTALS: 10-9-34.

3-point goals — Bro. Kuhl 7, Benson 2, Mike Hazlett 2, D. Hawley. Rebounds — Keystone 36 (Conrad 12), Black River 24 (Roupe 8). Assists — Keystone 8 (Sittinger 3), Black River 7 (Roupe 3). Records — Keystone (15-5, 13-1), Black River (5-13, 3-9). Junior varsity — Keystone 43, Black River 24.

Jonathan Huff - The Chronicle-Telegram <![CDATA[Boys basketball: Highland falls short in overtime leaving Copley still undefeated]]> 2016-02-06T04:20:35Z 2016-02-06T04:20:35Z Read More...
COPLEY TWP. — Undefeated looks good, even if it has been banged up a little bit.

That’s how Copley’s boys basketball team felt Friday after a Suburban League American Division match with Highland. The Indians escaped with a 77-74 overtime win to maintain their perfect record and clinch the division title.

The difference came from one block. With less than a minute remaining and a three-point lead, the Copley defense kept Highland (11-7, 5-4) from getting any looks at the basket. Forced to resort to a 3-point attempt, 6-foot-7 Highland center Joe Wiencek put up a shot that went into the hand of 5-8 Copley guard Larnell Nealy. The swatted ball fell away as the clock counted down the final seconds.

“I told them we needed four minutes of work,” Copley coach Mark Dente said. “We needed to play our way and make a stop, and we made it.”

The game played out as an air battle.

Nealy provided the threat for Copley (18-0, 10-0), using his jumping abilities to create havoc. The spring powered his 3-point shots, making five from beyond the arc, and allowed him to float over the Highland defense on drives. The senior led Copley with 22 points.

For Highland, the height of Wiencek (14 points) and Isaac Matejin (13) established the Hornets’ presence under the hoop on both ends. The duo came up big on blocks and gave Highland a 31-16 advantage on rebounds.

The Hornets chased the game from the beginning. Copley’s press forced turnovers and the Indians started the second quarter with an 8-0 run, but they never left Highland behind.

“We did what we’ve been doing all year,” Highland coach Adam Cestaro said. “We don’t quit, and we’re resilient as heck. We know we need to cut into leads with our defense. There aren’t any 10-point shots or seven-point shots. We are pretty darn good in our ability to come back. We showed a lot of poise in a hostile environment.”

That poise kept Highland in the game throughout the second half despite the Indians coming out gunning. Copley hit eight 3-pointers in the half to keep distance, as the focus on Nealy left Austin Brenner (17 points) and Jeffrey Thomas (7 points) open from long range.

Brenner made four 3-pointers in the second half.

“(Nealy) is one of the best points in the area,” Dente said. “He’s led us all season. We are a guard-oriented team, and tonight it paid off for us.”

With no regard to the scoreboard or Copley’s falling threes, Highland kept coming. The movement around the key led to points from Wiencek and Matejin. Driving the lane again and again, Collin Rittman pushed the team forward, leading the Hornets with a career-high 27 points.

“(Rittman) has ice in his veins,” Cestaro said. “He is not afraid to take the big shot.”

Rittman hit that big shot, driving to tie the game at 69 with 12 seconds left. Nealy could not find a response at the buzzer.

Wiencek started overtime right, winning the jump ball against Nealy then finishing a three-point play to give Highland its first lead of the night. Wiencek then stopped Nealy again with a block after a Highland turnover.

The teams traded leads going into the final minute when Nealy got back at Wiencek.

Copley players and fans stormed the court as a team official brought out a box of T-shirts commemorating the division title.

“Highland has given us a tough game twice now,” Dente said. “We haven’t been down (in or after the fourth quarter) at all this season. Our boys came back to pull it out and clinch the title.”


Copley took the junior varsity game 46-33. Devin Myers led Highland with 11 points.

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Copley 77, Highland 74

HIGHLAND                         16  17  18  18  5  —  74

COPLEY                              17  23  17  12  8  —  77

Highland — Collin Rittman 13-0-27, Isaac Matejin 6-0-13, Joe Wiencek 4-6-14, Jake Mall 7-1-15, Collin Levandowski 1-3-5, Brandon Shaw 0-0-0, Brandon Sauer 0-0-0, Tyler Frederick 0-0-0, Ryan Frederick 0-0-0. TOTALS: 31-10-74.

Copley — Bryce Harvey 5-7-18, Jeff Thomas 3-0-7, Jacob Williams 0-2-2, Austin Brenner 6-1-17, Larnell Nealy 8-1-22, Jake White 1-1-3, Brian Roberts 1-2-4, Drew Bodnar 1-0-2, Trey Neal 1-0-2. TOTALS: 26-14-77.

3-point goals — Matejin, Rittman, Nealy 5, Brenner 4, Harvey, Thomas. Rebounds — Highland 31 (Wiencek 11), Copley 16 (Brenner 6). Assists — Highland 10 (Wiencek, Levandowski 3), Copley 6 (Nealy, Brenner 2). Records — Highland (11-7, 5-4), Copley (18-0, 10-0). Junior varsity — Copley 46, Highland 33.

Brad Bournival - The Chronicle-Telegram <![CDATA[Boys basketball: Cloverleaf take control gaining a victory over Ravenna in the Portage Trail Conference]]> 2016-02-06T04:11:04Z 2016-02-06T04:11:04Z Read More...
WESTFIELD TWP. — The Cloverleaf boys basketball team cashed in.

A squad that has had halftime leads only to fall apart in the second half, the Colts took control in the second quarter Friday and built momentum in a 59-46 Portage Trail Conference Metro Division win over Ravenna.

1st quarter Cloverleaf #3 Tyler Kapeluck goes for 2 against Ravenna #15 Derek Cross (Glen Rutherford / Gazette)

1st quarter Cloverleaf #3 Tyler Kapeluck goes for 2 against Ravenna #15 Derek Cross
(Glen Rutherford / Gazette)

“I always tell them if they work hard, they’ll get paid,” Colts coach Marty Ryan said. “With all the hard work they’re putting in, they’ve been playing good basketball in spurts. They just had to put it all together. Today, we played disciplined, we played smart and it paid off.”

The Colts (2-16, 2-10) snapped a 10-game losing streak that dated to Dec. 22 (62-58 over Springfield) and did whatever they wanted when they wanted.

“This one meant a lot,” guard Timmy Schuerger said. “Every day we’ve been working hard toward that common goal. I know it’s been a long time. That third quarter has been our Achilles’ heel all year (against the Ravens, it was a 14-14 quarter). We worked on it. We got our team straight and got it done.

“All of us were constantly talking to each other, constantly keeping each other in the game. This was the best overall team effort. Everyone contributed.”

While Schuerger (16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists) and Tyler Kapulek (13, 5, 2) led the Colts offensively, defense turned things around against the Ravens (3-15, 2-10).

Ravenna wasn’t afraid to shoot, putting it up 54 times, but the Ravens connected on only 18.

The main reason why was stringent man defense by Cloverleaf. The other part was when the ball went up and missed, it usually fell into the hands of a Colts player. Cloverleaf outrebounded Ravenna 37-28, with Kapulek, Jeff Gilbert, Travis Hissom and Schuerger all grabbing five rebounds or more.

“This is the best defense we’ve played all year,” Schuerger said. “We were talking on defense. We’ve done it in spurts, but this game we did it the entire time. That’s what we haven’t been doing.”

That defense caused nine first-half turnovers, allowing the Colts to settle in and get their feet under them.

“It’s the best we’ve played all season,” Ryan said. “The big thing we did was rebound the ball. We’ve been having a lot of trouble with teams putting up two or three shots, getting three or four possessions to our one because we haven’t been doing a good job on the boards.

“We did a good job boxing out. I’m very pleased with the heart this defense showed tonight.”

Schuerger, who was just under his scoring average, keyed Cloverleaf in the second quarter after the lead had changed possession eight times with five ties thrown in.

With the scored knotted at 14, the senior scored six of the next eight points for the Colts, who went on a 13-6 run to take a seven-point lead into intermission.

Cloverleaf never trailed again.

“The big thing was we got that run and didn’t give it back,” Ryan said. “We’ve had trouble in the past where we’ve had leads and lost it. Today, we talked about adding to that lead and we did that today. It was a big step for us.”


The Ravenna junior varsity took home a 57-44 win. Joe Rohde led Cloverleaf with 17 points.

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Cloverleaf 59, Ravenna 46

RAVENNA                               12   8   14  12  —  46

CLOVERLEAF                       10  17  14  18  —  59

Ravenna — Brandon Nelson 6-0-12, Andrew Daugherty 1-0-2, Derek Cross 5-1-12, Andy Prentice 0-0-0, Dejuan Barfield 2-1-5, Jon Berry 3-2-8, Johnny Stuart 1-2-5, Gage Wagner 0-2-2, Brady Starkey 0-0-0, Nick Burns 0-0-0. TOTALS: 18-8-46

Cloverleaf — Tyler Kapulek 5-3-13, Jeff Gilbert 4-0-8, Ryan Gutschow 3-1-7, Timmy Schuerger 6-3-16, Michael Martin 2-6-10, Levi Grimm 0-0-0, Travis Hissom 0-5-5, Austin Greer 0-0-0. TOTALS: 20-18-59

3-point goals — Cross, Stuart, Schuerger. Rebounds — Ravenna 28 (Nelson, Berry 5), Cloverleaf 37 (Gilbert 8). Assists — Ravenna 12 (Cross 3, Barfield 3), Cloverleaf 13 (Gilbert, Schuerger 3). Records — Ravenna (3-15, 2-10), Cloverleaf (2-16, 2-10). Junior varsity — Ravenna 57, Cloverleaf 44.

Albert Grindle - The Chronicle-Telegram <![CDATA[Boys basketball: Medina crushes short-handed and inexperienced Shaker Heights]]> 2016-02-06T03:54:03Z 2016-02-06T03:54:03Z Read More...
MEDINA — The Medina County showdown of the season is set.

Playing one of its best all-around games, the Medina boys basketball team started strong, ended stronger and still played well in-between Friday to crush short-handed and inexperienced Shaker Heights 76-52 in Greater Cleveland Conference play.

Medina's Jon Teske blocks the shot of Shaker Height's J'van Beasley in the first quarter.

Medina’s Jon Teske blocks the shot of Shaker Height’s J’van Beasley in the first quarter.

The Bees (14-5, 9-2), who scored 25 of the game’s first 29 points, maintained their shared position atop the GCC. A ginormous battle at archrival Brunswick (15-4, 9-2) awaits Tuesday.

“I think it was a great day,” said backup post Jimmy Daw, who was the Bees’ leading scorer at halftime with eight points. “We had a long week — we didn’t have a game Tuesday — so we had a lot of time to prepare. We worked on a lot of things for this game along with the game coming up.

“We played really well tonight. We’re shooting the ball well.”

Learning valuable lessons from a buzzer-beating loss to Strongsville last week, Medina was sharp from the opening tip against the Red Raiders (7-11, 4-7), who were without double-digit scorers Jeramie Burge and Amani Redus (undisclosed).

The Bees were extremely balanced, as 10 players scored and six had at least seven points. Medina shot 28-for-56 overall, 10-for-11 at the foul line and 10-for-19 from 3-point range while adding 21 assists and owning a commanding 43-18 rebounding advantage.

Stars Jon Teske (14 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks) and Luke Schaefer (15, 7, 6) put up great numbers, but role players Jackson Sartain (12, 4-of-7 3-pointers), Ben Geschke (7, 2 assists), Colin Szumski (7, game-high 6 assists) and Daw set Medina apart.

“We can’t look down on anyone,” said Szumski, whose assists all came after halftime. “(Shaker Heights) was one of the lower teams in our conference, but our conference is so good anyone can beat us on any given night, as we saw at Strongsville.

“We just had to come out with energy and play really hard.”

Shaker Heights started two juniors, two sophomores and a freshman and never had a chance after scoring four points on 2-of-10 shooting in the first quarter. The Red Raiders then gave up a 9-0 run — all on 3-pointers — that made the score 25-4 only 1:51 into the second.

J’Von Beasley, Dale Bonner and James Williams had 10 points apiece for Shaker Heights, which didn’t attempt a free throw until 2:07 left in the first half and struggled to make buckets period (7-or-28 in the first half) with the 7-1 Teske owning the middle.

“The 2-3 (zone) worked really well on defense,” Daw said.

Medina has taken care of business the last two games, beating GCC bottom feeders Euclid and Shaker Heights by a combined 46 points. The Bees appear to be jelling again after a 5-5 midseason stretch that culminated with the upset loss at Strongsville.

The timing couldn’t be much better, as the nitty-gritty portion of the year has arrived.

“I think we’re very dangerous,” Daw said. “Everyone should look out when we’re on like that.”


Cameran Thomas (17 points) banked in a floater with 4.4 seconds left to give Shaker Heights’ junior varsity a 32-30 win. Sam McKee had a game-high 18 points for Medina.

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Medina 76, Shaker Heights 52

SHAKER HEIGHTS           4   14  19  15  —  52

MEDINA               16  21  19  20  —  76

Shaker Heights — Jordan Burge 2-0-5, Kevin Bishop 1-0-2, George Evans 3-0-6, J’Von Beasley 3-2-10, Dale Bonner 4-0-10, Cory Ivory 1-0-2, Jaylin Garner 0-0-0, Isiah Wright 2-0-5, James Williams 3-2-10, Tyler Binda 1-0-2, Marlon Seymore 0-0-0. TOTALS: 20-4-52.

Medina — Luke Schaefer 7-1-15, Jimmy Clark 1-0-2, Jon Teske 4-6-14, Jackson Sartain 4-0-12, Ben Geschke 3-0-8, Colin Szumski 3-0-7, Jimmy Daw 3-1-8, Tyler Kaminski 0-0-0, Sam McKee 1-2-4, Jared Keith 0-0-0, Shane Cullen 1-0-3, Matthew McNaughton 1-0-3. TOTALS: 28-10-76.

Shaker Heights — Beasley 2, Bonner 2, Williams 2, Wright, Burge, Sartain 4, Geschke 2, Szumski, Daw, Cullen, McNaughton. Rebounds — Shaker Heights 18 (Evans 4), Medina 43 (Teske 15). Assists — Shaker Heights 10 (Bonner 4), Medina 21 (Szumski, Schaefer 6). Records — Shaker Heights (7-11, 4-7), Medina (14-5, 9-2). Junior varsity — Shaker Heights 32, Medina 30.