North Olmsted High School
State-ranked Shoregals clinch share of SWC title|
The Avon Lake Shoregals clinched a share of the Southwestern Conference fastpitch championship Monday with a 13-0 win over North Olmsted.
Annie Wennerberg tossed a 1-hitter at the Eagles, raising her record to 19-1 for the season. The state-ranked Shoregals were led offensively by Alexis Thomas, who went two-for-three with a triple, a double and three runs batted in.
Avon Lake, 23-1 overall and 13-1 in the SWC, was ranked third in Division I in the latest coaches poll. Brecksville, 21-5 overall and 13-1 in the conference, was ranked ninth. The Shoregals will host Midview Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in a...
Eagles rally twice in late innings to edge Demons|
The North Olmsted Eagles have been involved in a number of close games so far in 2013. So when they found themselves trailing visiting Westlake 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning they were in familiar territory.
“We’ve been on the field against some pretty good teams so far this season,” said North Olmsted head coach Tim Murphy. “In our five losses, we’ve been either tied or had the lead in the middle of the game.
“I don’t think we’re ever out of a game,” he added.
The persistence of Murphy’s Eagles paid off against the Demons. They rallied not once, but twice in the late innings Monday afternoon to claim a 2-1 Southwestern Conference win in nine innings at Victory Park. North Olmsted moved to 6-5 on the season and evened their SWC slate...
Blue Streaks roll past Eagles, move on to district|
Heading into tournament play, Magnificat head coach Meghann Hubach had some concerns about how her young team would handle the rigors of postseason basketball.
If Saturday’s Division I sectional final game with North Olmsted was any indication, most of those concerns were put to rest...at least for one day.
The Blue Streaks began to pull away from Eagles in the second quarter, then blew the game wide open in the third in a convincing 76-36 win at the Elyria Catholic Coliseum. Magnificat ran off 21-straight points in the second half to clinch a spot in this week’s district semifinals.
The No. 1 seeded Streaks will now face Avon, a 45-41 winner over Avon Lake in Saturday’s other sectional title game. That Wednesday night matchup will be the second game of a doubleheader, with Amherst taking on Elyria in the first semifinal at 6 p.m...
Threes power Avon's Eagles past North Olmsted|
While the Avon Eagles have been pretty efficient shooting the ball this season, they haven’t necessarily been known for being a prolific 3-point shooting team.
After Tuesday night’s display at North Olmsted, that’s just one more thing the Eagles’ opponents have to worry about in coming weeks.
Avon nailed 10 3-pointers, including a torrid six in a row, and got some stellar play from its bench bunch as well to get a dominating 70-43 win over North Olmsted’s Eagles in non-conference play. All 13 Avon players scored on a night where it seemed the visitors could do no wrong.
“Everyone got a chance to play tonight,” said Avon head coach Kevin Sapara, whose team moved to 10-6 overall.
“It was a great team win. We didn’t let up when we got the lead, and then we were able to extend it...
Swimming: Streaks take runner-up honors at CSU|
Magnificat and Avon Lake finished second and fourth, respectively, at the girls Division I Swimming Sectionals at Cleveland State University. Westlake was the area\'s top boys team at CSU, finishing sixth.
Individual champions for the girls were Erin Pettegrew from Avon in the 100 Butterfly; Brittany Menzer of Avon Lake in the 500 Freestyle; and Ellen Hutchinson of Magnificat in the 100 Backstroke.
Strongsville dominated the day, winning both the girls and boys team championships. The Mustangs set three meet records in the process, with the girls claiming two...
Swimming: River has record-setting day in sweep|
Rocky River had a record-setting day in winning both the boys and girls championships at the Division II Sectional Meet at Lakewood High School
The Pirates set nine records on the day, five for the girls and four in the boys meet. Bay also had some-record-setting performances as the girls took runner-up honors and the boys placed fourth in the team standings.
Lauren Devorance of Rocky River set two individual meet records, those coming in the 20 Freestyle and the 500 freestyle. Bay\'s Elizabeth Auckley also set a pair of records, those coming in the 100 Backstroke and the 100 Butterfly.
For the boys, Bay\'s Trevor Lake set two meet records in the 50 Freestyle and the 100 Freestyle....
Demons overcome slow start to dominate Eagles|
With 5:30 left in the first half, the North Olmsted Eagles had visiting Westlake Demons right where they wanted them.
On a well-executed give-and-go play, Jason Brent took a pass from Sean Needles, then hit him cutting down the lane for a layup. With the score 16-16, the Orange and Black looked like they might have a shot at breaking their Southwestern Conference winless streak.
That outlook changed drastically over the next 5:26.
After a chat with head coach Shawn Hood durning a timeout, the Demons went on a 15-3 run to close out the half. The onslaught continued in the third quarter as the Demons left town with a convincing 64-34 win Friday night.
“We needed to play with high energy. We needed to play with hunger,” said Hood, whose team was coming off a tough 61-58 loss to Berea...
Area athletes sign on to continue at college level|
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!...
Shoremen top Eagles, extend SWC winning streak|
It might not have been pretty at times, but a win is still a win.
Avon Lake, struggling to find consistency on offense at times, still had more than enough to get past visiting North Olmsted, 58-37, Tuesday night in Southwestern Conference basketball action.
The Shoremen, now 9-4 overall, have won five straight in the SWC to remain tied with Berea for second place behind front-running Brecksville. But Shoremen head coach Eric Smith knew his team would have to shore up their game in a hurry with the Bees coming to town Friday night.
“I was happy in that I thought our defensive pressure was good at times,” said Smith, whose team forced 25 Eagle turnovers and used a solid transition game on its way...
Eagles top Westlake, advance to SWC title game|
In an up-and-down season, the North Olmsted hockey team found itself on a bit of an upswing heading into the 2013 Southwestern Conference Tournament.
That positive trend continued Saturday as the Eagles opened SWC play against Westlake. After a hard-fought 6-3 win over the Demons, the Eagles split their next two games and advanced to the SWC championship game Monday afternoon at the North Olmsted Recreation Complex.
Westlake, despite wins over Avon Lake and Brecksville in its next two contests,...
Shoregals hold on, beat North Olmsted for first win|
With the clock winding down, North Olmsted’s Tara Kelley quickly dribbled the ball up court. Speeding past an Avon Lake defender, she reached the 3-point line, pulled up and launched a shot from the right wing.
As the buzzer sounded, the ball bounced off the front of the rim. While the Eagles’ rally fell short, there was a bit more celebrating than normal on the Shoregal bench.
Avon Lake, which had built a 13 point lead in the fourth quarter, held on for dear life down the stretch and came away with a 49-46 win over North Olmsted Wednesday night. It was the Shoregals’ first win of the season after 11 straight losses.
“We haven’t been in that situation for a long time,” quipped head coach Dave Zvara as foul trouble and North Olmsted’s full-court press made the game’s final two minutes a challenge for his Shoregals. “We weren’t sure how to react to it...
Eagles start new year with win over Rhodes, 63-45|
After taking over the North Olmsted girls program in 2010, Cheryl Bansek feels the tide may be starting to turn for the Eagles in season three of her program rebuild. They got off to a good start to the 2013 portion of their season Wednesday night with a convincing 63-45 win over Cleveland Rhodes in non-conference action.
“We’re ahead of where we were last year at this point,” said Bansek, whose team moved above the .500 mark at 6-5. “And we’re pleased with our progress.
“This is year three for me taking over the program and putting our system in. I think it’s starting to take hold and show on the court in the way we play. Our full-court pressure and intensity have really improved. We have athleticism, and we have speed.
“And we have a lot of length, a lot of height. That makes us a bit different from other teams...
Video: Lady Rockets blast Eagles at the Pad|
The Bay Rockets lady hoopsters took it to North Olmsted Eagles 49-38 last Saturday in a non-conference game at the Rockets Launching Pad. Catch the highlights in this video and photos of JV and Varsity at the link below.
Fast start gets Amherst past North Olmsted icers|
Chalk it up as a lesson learned.
The North Olmsted hockey team picked a bad time to get off to a slow start as two-time Baron Cup II champion Amherst paid a visit Saturday afternoon. The Comets took advantage and scored three goals in the first period alone, coming away with a 5-2 win in a GCHSHL game at the North Olmsted Recreation Complex.
With the win, Amherst remained atop the White West Division with a 3-0 record. The Eagles fell to 1-1 in the division and 3-2 overall despite playing the Comets...
Video: Big second quarter pushes Bay past Eagles|
Bay traveled to North Olmsted to open the 2012-13 high school basketball season Friday night and returned home with a 65-39 win.
The Eagles held a slim 13-11 led after one quarter, but the Rockets outscored them 19-5 in the second quarter to turn the tables and take a 30-18 lead into the locker room at halftime. Craig Linder led Bay with 18 points, while Scott Rapps and Ben Chase chipped in with 13 and 8 points, respectively.
North Olmsted was led by Sean Needles, who poured in 14 points. He was the only Eagle to score in double figures, however, as William Lucien was next in the scoring column with 8 points.
Larry was at the game and captured the action with his photos and video:
CHAMPIONS! Demons clip Eagles for district title|
Baseball may be considered the game of inches, but on Saturday afternoon in the Division I girls soccer district final at Avon, the Westlake Demons won a match of inches.
In a contest featuring several missed opportunities and close calls, Westlake cashed in on a goal from junior midfielder Megan Konrad to post a 1-0 win over its Southwestern Conference rival North Olmsted.
The victory improved the Demons to 11-6-1 on the season and secured their spot in Tuesday night’s Rocky River Division I regional semifinal against Medina. The Bees punched their ticket with a 3-2 win over Copley in overtime. North Olmsted, which defeated top seeded Magnificat to get to the district final, closed out its season with a 5-10-4 mark.
“It’s been quite an up and down season for us,” said Westlake coach Scott Jones. “We have...
Week Nine: Area teams inch closer to the playoffs|
With nine weeks of the 2012 high school football season in the books, the postseason prospects of four Westshore area teams continued to look bright.
In Division II Region 6, Avon and Westlake continued their winning ways.
Avon, behind a five-touchdown performance by Michigan recruit Ross Douglas, scored the last 21 points of the game and left Rocky River with a 42-21 West Shore Conference win. The Eagles, now 8-1, started the night as the No. 5 team in the region and all alone in first place in the WSC.
And Westlake, the No. 3 team in the region heading into it’s game with Berea, got four touchdowns from Logan Paul on the way...
Football: Demons, Eagles move into playoff hunt|
Last year, the Avon Eagles won the West Shore Conference championship, qualified for the OHSAA playoffs and advanced all the way to the Division II state championship game.
This year, with two regular season games remaining, the Eagles aren\'t the only Westshore area team thinking playoffs.
When this week\'s OHSAA Computer ratings came out Tuesday, the numbers revealed that five area teams have legitimate shots at playing in Week 11. Avon, Avon Lake, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake are all...
CHAMPIONS! Shoregals sweep Eagles to win SWC|
Last season, the Avon Lake volleyball team went out in search of the program’s first Southwestern Conference championship since 1995. When the 2012 season rolled around, the Shoregals quickly realized their role in the league had dramatically changed.
They went from being the hunters to the hunted.
But despite a season-opening loss at Brecksville, the Shoregals answered that challenge. They capped off a 13-league match win streak Thursday night with a 24-14, 25-19, 25-16 win at North Olmsted to clinch the outright SWC crown for the second year in a row.
“We had to work a lot harder for it this year,” admitted senior middle hitter Chistine Bohan, who registered 13 kills to lead the Avon Lake offense.
“I feel we turned out to be a better team than last year,” Bohan said. “Even though our record in the conference is the same...
Week Seven: River rolls; Eagles ground Meteors|
Friday night’s wet and windy weather was the perfect climate for a defense-oriented football team with a good running attack.
A team, for example, like Rocky River.
The Pirates, behind a stout defense and the 169-yard rushing performance of Marty Finnegan, disposed of North Ridgeville, 33-16, Friday night at Rocky River Stadium. It was the third win in a row for the Pirates, who now find themselves tied with Midview for second place in the West Shore Conference.
The previously undefeated Middies were unbeaten no longer after visiting Avon dished out a 28-0 decision in Grafton. The Eagles moved to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the WSC, with River and Midview both a game back at 3-1.
“Our kids did a great job tonight,” said...
Eagles soar back to even after sweeping Demons|
Consistency may be the word uttered most by volleyball coaches at all levels of the game when talking about their team’s play. The ups and downs in a match, along with the sometimes-drastic momentum swings, make it a crucial component to a team’s success.
Thursday night’s Southwestern Conference volleyball matchup between North Olmsted and Westlake was one between two teams looking for more of that consistency.
With the regular season nearing a close, North Olmsted seemed to have the edge...
Early goal allows Magnificat to sneak past Eagles|
There seems to be something about a Magnificat soccer uniform that brings out the best in the North Olmsted squad.
Last year, the Eagles ended the Blue Streaks’ season in the Division I tournament with a 1-0 win in double overtime. Saturday afternoon at North Olmsted Stadium, the Eagles gave the visitors all they could handle, with Magnificat getting out of town with a narrow 1-0 win.
The Blue Streaks, who were coming off their first loss of the season...
Week Six: Demons bounce back; Eagles fall short|
Everybody in the Southwestern Conference probably wondered how Westlake would react to losing its first game of the 2012 season.
The answer came quickly and decisively Friday night at Lou Duchez Field.
The Demons got three touchdowns in the first half from senior Logan Paul and shutout visiting Olmsted Falls most of the way in a 26-6 win on Homecoming and Alumni Night. Westlake, ranked ninth in the OHSAA Division II Region 6...
Rodriguez kicks Eagles past Westlake in overtime|
With time expiring in regulation and the crowd on the edge of their collective seats, Tommy Rodriguez’s 25-yard field goal attempt sailed just wide of the right upright.
Not to worry. The North Olmsted senior didn’t have to wait long for his shot at redemption.
With the game moving into overtime, the Eagles’ defense stopped visiting Westlake on four straight plays. North Olmsted took over, and Rodriguez ended the game on a 22-yard field goal to give the Eagles an 18-15 win over the previously...
Thompson's goal allows Demons to salvage 1-1 tie|
With just over 73 minutes played, North Olmsted was clinging to a 1-0 lead over arch-rival Westlake.
But the Demons, looking to hold on to first place in the Southwestern Conference, had just enough sense of urgency to make one last run.
With 6:50 left in the game, Dakota Swisher sent the ball to Adam Thompson on the left side. From just inside 25 yards, he launched a shot that found the inside of the far post. That allowed visiting Westlake to salvage a 1-1 tie and remain in the SWC race with two games remaining. North Olmsted, which got a goal...
Shoregals sweep Eagles, brace for Bees Thursday|
In what seems like eons ago, the Avon Lake volleyball team opened the 2012 season with a loss at Brecksville.
If Tuesday night was any indication, the Shoregals are more than ready for the rematch.
The defending Southwestern Conference champions were a force at the net and served tough all night in a convincing 25-15, 25-21, 25-18 win over visiting North Olmsted. Avon Lake served up a lucky 13 aces on the night and put up a block that stymied Eagle hitters throughout the match.
With the win, Avon Lake moved to 6-1 in the SWC at the halfway point. Shortly after the match, the Shoregals found out that Amherst had thrown the league race into a three-way tie with a 25-22, 25-18, 25-17 thrashing of Brecksville just west up Rt. 2.
The Shoregals, now 7-2 overall, will host the Bees Thursday night...
Shoremen rally, grind out a win at North Olmsted|
With North Olmsted holding a 13-7 halftime lead, Avon Lake head coach Dave Dlugosz had seen enough.
Penalties. Fumbled snaps. Interceptions. It was a trend that continued into the third quarter when a holding call stopped one drive and a David Winkel interception, his second of the game, stopped another.
On their third possession of the second half, the Shoremen went back to what they traditionally do best: Run the football...
Eagle spikers recover for SWC win over Demons|
Trailing Westlake one set to none, the North Olmsted volleyball team knew it had some adjustments to make to get back into Tuesday night’s Southwestern Conference match.
Those adjustments were made, and the results soon followed.
North Olmsted, behind the one-two punch of outside hitters Tia McCord and Dana Borsz, cleaned up it’s game and went on a roll. The Eagles won the next three sets for a solid 23-25, 25-14, 25 16, 25-15 win over the Demons that kept them in the thick of the SWC race.
“We told our kids after the first game that they just needed to stay aggressive,” said Eagles head coach Jason Krucek, whose team...
Avon's Eagles get the better of North Olmsted, 2-0|
This one was for the birds…literally!
The Eagles of Avon, behind first-half goals from senior Fredrik Troupe and sophomore Daniel Minotti, knocked off the visiting Eagles from North Olmsted in non-conference play, 2-0, Monday night.
It was the first time the two teams have met on the soccer field, according to Avon head coach Chris Dore. He also said beating one of the area’s tradition-rich programs could turn into...
Video: River spikers take third at own invitational|
The Rocky River volleyball team finished third at it’s 33rd annual Rocky River Volleyball Invitational Saturday. The Pirates defeated Keystone, 25-23, 25-11 to finish 2-1 on the day.
In the championship match, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin won the event with a 25-19, 20-25, 25-14 win over Brookside.
North Olmsted also went 2-1 on the day, but dropped out of contention with an opening 25-22, 17-25, 25-13 loss to River. The Eagles bounced back with a 25-14, 24-26, 25-18 win over Trinity and a 21-25, 25-16, 25-23 victory over Cuyahoga Heights.
Lakewood had rough day, but finished things off with a 26-24, 25-17 win over Trinity. The Rangers opened their day with a 22-25, 25-21, 27-25...
SWC Wrapup: Eagles lasso Rangers, move to 3-0|
During the first two weeks of the season, North Olmsted’s defense has been a dominating force in wins over Valley Forge and Lakewood.
Friday night against North Ridgeville, the Eagles’ offense got its final tuneup before the start of the Southwestern Conference season.
Head coach Mike Ptacek liked what he saw.
Mike Starcovic ran for 150 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while quarterback Brad Novak...
Defense does the damage as Eagles top Rangers|
If Mike Ptacek was pleased with his defense after last week’s win over Valley Forge, he had to be ecstatic over what he witnessed Friday night at Lakewood Stadium.
The North Olmsted head coach was all smiles after his Eagles came up big defensively and blanked Lakewood, 31-0, to begin the 2012 season at 2-0.
The combination of some big-play defense and an opportunistic offense had the visitors in control of the game from the start. The hometown Rangers, after scoring 51 points in their opener against Lincoln West, probably wondered what would go wrong next in falling to 1-1 on the season.
“I felt coming into this season that we would have...
A new era begins for River in 6-2 win over Eagles|
While most teams had already played a game during the season’s opening week, the Rocky River girls team waited.
The Pirates, coming off the program’s best season ever in 2011, finally got out of the starting gate this past Saturday night. They scored four goals in the first half and fought off a determined rally by host North Olmsted in the second half to come away with a 6-2 win to start off the 2012 campaign. “Being the first game of the season, I’m always...
SWC Wrapup: Eagle defense holds down Patriots|
During the preseason, North Olmsted football coach Mike Ptacek said his team’s success in 2012 would start on the defensive side of the ball.
The Eagles made sure that happened in their Friday night opener with Valley Forge. The visiting Patriots, who led 3-0 early on in the second quarter, managed just 121 total yards of offense on the night in a 21-10 loss to North Olmsted.
North Olmsted’s defense put the first points of the season on the scoreboard when James Ahern intercepted a Forge pass and raced 70 yards for the touchdown. Tommy Rodriguez kicked the extra point, and it was 7-3, Eagles.
Forge regained the lead briefly...
"Predictable' Eagles toppled by Tigers in opener|
After going through just its third losing season in program history, the North Olmsted boys soccer team was looking to get the 2012 season off on the right foot.
Monday night’s season home opener, however, fell well short of the end result the Eagles had in mind.
Twinsburg, a perennial power on the east side, made its long trip to the Westshore worthwhile with a convincing 5-0- win over North Olmsted. The Tigers scored three goals in the first half in a 10-minute span to take control early in their season opener. “We were very predictable when we had the ball,” said North Olmsted head coach Chris Marsh...
Eagles returning skill, experience for 2012 season|
After a 1-3 start to the season, North Olmsted bounced back to close out the season 4-2 and finish in the top half of the always-rugged Southwestern Conference.
In fact, one could argue the Eagles were just a handful of plays away from running the table and finishing 7-3. A 13-10 loss to Brecksville and a 21-14 loss to Olmsted Falls late in the game had the Orange and Black settling for a 5-5 campaign.
As the 2012 season draws nearer, Eagles veteran head coach Mike Ptacek welcomes back 36 lettermen from that team. He feels a combination of skill, experience and character will allow his team to take the next step...