The Strongsville Athletic Department took on a new look early this summer when University Heights native Andy Jalwan took over as the high school\'s athletic director.
Jalwan comes to Strongsville after spending the past seven years as the athletic director at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron. He was formally approved by the Strongsville Board of Education in late May and took over for the retired Paul Moses early in July.
Early this week, we had the opportunity to meet Jalwan for a one-on-one interview. During this interview, he shared some of his vision for the program as the 2015-16 season got underway...
Even as the 2013-14 high school sports season was coming to a close, plans were on the table for 2014-15 here at BeAFanatic.com. Throughout the summer, friends would often ask me about how things were going and what we had in store for 2014-15.
At the time, there were many things still up in the air and undecided. There were other things we simply needed to keep under wraps. As June turned into July, the questions continued. I would usually just smile and answer with a reply of \"we\'re under construction.\"
And as August practices begin, that\'s still not too far from the truth. We\'re far from a finished product as we begin this, our fourth season...
Saturday, April 26th was a beautiful day for high school baseball. The Bay Rockets varsity and junior varsity teams played on their home fields against Avon Lake, immediately followed by a field dedication and 60th. anniversary commemoration ceremony of Bay Men\'s Baseball.
Additional event festivities included an open grill with food, beverages, desserts and staff provided by A Luncheon Time Catering in Dover Junction and raffle baskets...
Good morning, and welcome to BeAFanatic.com!
And...a very special good morning to the athletes, coaches, administrators and fans at Berea-Midpark, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, North Royalton, Olmsted Falls and Strongsville.
Welcome to your new online souce for neighborhood high school sports coverage.
Those of you who follow high school varsity sports in Cleveland’s Westshore area already know us. Since our birth in August of 2011, we’ve covered varsity girls and boys athletics from Cuyahoga County’s western border to the inner suburbs of Lakewood and Rocky River.
It has been, without a doubt, a great and rewarding experience. We look forward to strengthening our relationships...
August has returned, signaling the end of summer and the beginning of another high school sports season.
The pads are popping at football practices throughout the state of Ohio. Soccer and volleyball teams are working their way through drills and scrimmages in preparation for the upcoming season, which begins Saturday. Cross country teams are out on road runs everywhere, while the tennis and golf squads are already playing for keeps.
Things are no different here at BeAFanatic.com as we gear up to bring you our third season of varsity high school sports coverage in the...
It was the end of an era at Westlake High School Thursday afternoon.
Westlake’s No. 1 Fan, Chad Dilillo, was given the school’s traditional State Sendoff as he prepared to leave for the next chapter in his life. After a trip to Florida where his family has a home, he will begin a job with Bridges, according to athletic director Tony Cippolone in a press release.
In honor of Chad’s departure, the school conducted a State Sendoff, a longtime Westlake tradition reserved for a team or individual athlete who qualifies for an OHSAA championship. The marching band and the cheerleaders lead the honorees throughout every hallway...
Rumors of big changes for the Southwestern Conference have been heard for weeks. Yesterday, those rumors became reality.
According to an official press release, the Southwestern Conference will expand to a 10-team format beginning with the 2015-16 season. Lakewood and Midview will leave the West Shore Conference and join the SWC, along with fellow WSC member Avon, to complete that expansion move.
“The addition of these two fine schools adds to the long-term stability of the conference” ...
A number of Westshore area high school athletes recently signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers at the college level. We at BeAFanatic.com wish them nothing but success as they move on to the \"next level.\' Congratulations!...
While out on a walk late last week, I made my way over to Westlake High School and took a few laps around the track at Lou Duchez Field.
It was very quiet and peaceful there that day. I stopped for a moment near the south end zone and chuckled. I knew that serenity wasn\'t going to last much longer.
In a few weeks, the Demons will be hosting North Ridgeville to kick off the 2012 high school football season. Already this week, football teams throughout Ohio are participating in two-a-days getting prepared for opening night on Aug. 24.
All the fall sport athletes are gearing up for the new season. In fact on Monday morning, I saw a number of Westlake cross country runners as they were getting their road work in. Official...
The 2012 Westlake baseball team earned another honor Monday as Mayor Dennis Clough deemed July 10 Westlake High School Baseball Team Day.
Mayor Clough attended Monday’s Board of Education meeting and read a proclamation honoring the Demons, who won a share of the Southwestern Conference championship on the final day of the regular season. Westlake, of course, was just getting started as it rolled through the Division I tournament and advanced all the way...
School is out, temperatures are up and baseball diamonds are buzzing with activity throughout the Westshore area. Summer is officially here, and that also means the Phil Bova Baseball Camp is right around the corner.
The Bova Camp, one of the most popular youth baseball day camps in the Cleveland area, will take the field for the 39th time next Monday, June 18, on the grounds of the Westlake Recreation Center.
Boys ages 7 though 14 will enjoy five mornings and afternoons of baseball fun and instruction...
The Ohio High School Athletic Association will be adding a seventh tournament division in football beginning in 2013, Commissioner Daniel B. Ross has announced. The addition of a seventh division was approved by the OHSAA’s Board of Directors by a 6 to 3 vote during its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday.
The plan will place the top 10 percent of schools based on enrollment in Division I, with the remaining 644 schools divided evenly among the next six divisions. This will leave 72 schools in Division I with the other six divisions averaging approximately 108 schools. Each of the seven...
The bulldozer that tore into the landscape of Division I collegiate athletics was a hot topic in 2011. A number of universities, not wanting to wait until they were left behind, severed longtime conference affiliations and flocked to greener pastures.
And if you took the adjective \"greener\" in a monetary sense, we\'re definitely on the same wavelength.
As the 2011-12 high school sports season passes the halfway mark, many fans, coaches and administrators are talking - privately, if not publicly - about similar changes at the high school level. The ever-changing demographics...
Could the days of wet, muddy field conditions at Westlake’s Lou Duchez Field become a thing of the past?
It could happen in the very near future if a newly-formed citizens group has anything to say about it.
A private group of Westlake citizens has formed a new non-profit foundation dedicated to raising private money which would fund upgrades to the district’s outdoor athletic facilities. The new Westlake Athletic Development Foundation has taken on this project, which would include field turf installation at Duchez, along with...
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!
We hope you and yours have a great day with family and friends as the holiday season begins. All of us have something to be thankful for as we look back on 2011 and prepare to welcome in 2012.
Those of us at the Westshore Sports Fanatic! certainly have plenty to be thankful for as we head into the fourth month of our new venture...
It looks as if the West Shore Conference will be looking for new members again.
On Tuesday morning, officials from the Northern Ohio League announced they had voted to accept Vermilion’s membership application, according to published reports. That move was confirmed Wednesday afternoon by Vermilion superintendent Phil Pempin and school board member Dale Dawson during interviews with The Westshore Sports Fanatic!
\"We are definitely going to the NOL,\" said Dawson...
Welcome to The Westshore Sports Fanatic!
The Westshore Sports Fanatic! is a new Website dedicated to the area’s high school athletes. It’s mission is to provide a daily news source that covers the varsity teams, individuals and coaches, documenting their respective journeys throughout the school year.
From mid-August preseason practices through the OHSAA Track and Field Championships in June, The Westshore Sports Fanatic! will provide stories, photos, videos and more. We’ll also be interacting with you, the fans, on Twitter @BeAFanatic, as well as Facebook.
We hope you enjoy what we feel will be your source for timely high school sports news in the Westshore area.
After all, we’re fanatics, just like you!