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High School Basketball

Revolving door continues at Highland as Andy Gopp resigns as girls coach


GRANGER TWP. — The most unstable position in Medina County high school sports will keep its reputation for at least a few more years.

Highland girls basketball coach Andy Gopp resigned after two seasons and a 23-24 record. The Highland Middle School teacher was the school’s eighth coach since Mary Becker resigned in 2006.

Gopp did not return phone calls seeking comment. Athletic director John Deuber confirmed the move.

Taking over for Mike Moser, who left to be a boys assistant at Wadsworth, Gopp had a successful debut. The Hornets went 13-11 overall and were in the thick of the Suburban League American Conference championship race heading into February after a seven-game winning streak.

That team was decimated by graduation, returning only guard Emily Lyon and forward Hannah Zuro. Eight freshmen started at least one game in 2017-18, and the Hornets finished 10-13 after a 6-3 start.

Highland lost the versatile Lyon to graduation but otherwise returns its entire roster. Zuro is a two-year starter who averaged 8.1 points and 5.1 rebounds while shooting .739 from the foul line, wing Kendall McCormick (7.7 ppg) was honorable mention All-SL American and point guard Tess Myers and center Alexis Furyes started for most of the season.

The Hornets have five winning seasons since 2002 and no league titles since 1980. The eight coaches since Becker resigned posted a 124-146 record.

Contact Albert Grindle at (330) 721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.
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