The end of January is approaching, and the Medina girls basketball team remains undefeated at 16-0 with a game against Euclid coming up on Saturday.
The Bees have wins over Brunswick (48-25), Strongsville (61-50), Shaker Heights (75-18) and Mentor (60-47) since New Year’s Day.
“We have someone different stepping up each night as far as scoring,” Medina coach Karen Kase said. “Everybody has a lot of confidence right now in themselves and also in each other. For example, Elizabeth Stuart is a sophomore who comes in off the bench and she scored 21 points in six minutes against Mentor [last Wednesday]. She was feeling it and we kept passing her the ball because she couldn’t miss.
“Certainly, others have played key roles too. ... Elizabeth is an outside shooter and we were winning by 20 points at halftime because of her. Defensively, we are locked in and everybody is doing their part. We change defenses a lot and the girls have been able to keep up with it and we have been able to confuse the other team.”
Stuart made five 3-pointers, two layups and two free throws during the barrage.
“I don’t think I have ever smiled so much as a head coach,” Kase said. “It was so fun to watch.”
Medina’s starters are seniors Madison Luthy, Abby McMullen and Alexa Nau, junior Lindsey Linard and sophomore Sarah McKee. Linard is a 6-foot-3 Duquesne recruit, and McKee scored 22 points in the recent victory over Strongsville.
Senior Katie Neate and sophomore Rowan McDonald are key reserves. Sophomore sub Alysen Dwyer suffered a knee injury against Shaker and is out for the rest of the season.
The Bees, 10-0 in the Greater Cleveland Conference, also have an upcoming game against Elyria on Jan. 29 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
“Our confidence and team chemistry are sky high,” Kase said.
Curtis earns honor
Canton McKinley senior Alijah Curtis has been selected to receive the Art Teynor Award from the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association. The award is given to the top football player in the state considering athletic, academic and character components.
Curtis will receive the award during the OHSFCA banquet on Feb. 8 at the Hilton Columbus Easton. He was selected from 16 regional finalists.
Curtis was a three-year starter for the Bulldogs, with the final two at quarterback. He finished with school records in single-season passing yards (2,421), single-season completion percentage (65.2), single-game passing yards (301) and career completion percentage (63.8). He completed 147-of-228 passes for 2,421 yards, 17 touchdowns and two interceptions in 2018 while leading the Bulldogs (9-3) to a share of the Federal League title and their first playoff win since 2012.
Curtis, a two-time captain, earned first-team All-Ohio accolades as a senior, and was also the player of the year for the Federal League and the Northeast Inland District Offense.
An honors student in McKinley’s Early College High School, Curtis is on pace to graduate with a high school diploma, an associate’s degree and 60 college credits.
Curtis is also active in the community as a volunteer and has been accepted at West Point Military Academy where he will play football for the Army Black Knights.
Swartz over 1,000
Mogadore junior Lukas Swartz scored 16 points Friday to reach 1,002 career points in 60 varsity basketball games. The Wildcats came up short, though, as Crestwood won 67-64.
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