North Olmsted High School
All-Star Notes: Muldoon, Smith to team up this fall|
For Berea-Midpark\'s Mason Muldoon, the 42nd annual East-West Cuyahoga County All-Star Game was old hat. For North Royalton\'s Austin Smith, it was brand new. In the fall, the two will merge as one as freshmen on Baldwin-Wallace\'s football team.
Muldoon, who has played his high school career at BW\'s George Finnie Stadium, knows every hash mark of the turf. Friday night, the defensive end was there Friday to help his future running back, who was playing in Berea for the first time.
\"I told him it\'s quick, doesn\'t feel good when you fall, but it\'s good running,\" said Muldoon, who registered six tackles. \"I told him \'Let\'s see if you can keep up with me.\'\"
While the tandem\'s West squad couldn\'t keep up...
Fourth-quarter rally falls short as East bests West|
With 9:46 left in the game and his team trailing 14-7, North Olmsted quarterback Brad Novak found himself in familiar territory.
During the regular season, Novak and his Eagles had been involved in a number of close games that came down to the final minutes. On a cool Friday night in Berea, Novak drove the West All-Stars all the way down to the East 23-yard line as the Finnie Stadium clock ticked down to under five minutes remaining.
As he had in the first quarter, he looked for Cuyahoga Heights\' Jack Alpert in the end zone. Novak\'s pass nearly found its mark, but Beachwood\'s Julio Stevens closed in to knock it away at the last minute and...
Avon's Eagles rally for win against North Olmsted|
Through five innings, North Olmsted and host Avon were locked in a 2-2 tie on a sunny, yet brisk Saturday afternoon at Eagle Field.
After a flurry of runs in the final two frames, there was no telling which band of Eagles would come out on top. But when the final out was made, it was Avon coming away with the narrow 6-5 win in non-conference action.
North Olmsted, now 7-4, had taken a 4-2 lead in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI single from Tommy Sullivan and an infield grounder off the bat of Matt Mckenzie. Avon, however, bounced right back for a four-run rally in the bottom of the inning.
The big inning started when Andrew Lee worked the count full and drew a leadoff walk against North Olmsted reliever Scott Cooney. Shaun Traine followed...
Bees rally late to snare overtime win from Eagles|
On Thursday night, not much went right for North Olmsted\'s Andy Lucien and his Eagle teammates in a 65-42 loss at Olmsted Falls. The 6-5 sophomore had one of his most frustrating games as a varsity player, while the Eagles managed just 15 points in the first half against the red-hot Bulldogs.
Back at home on Friday night, it was a different story as the Black and Orange came within a Tyler Tupa 3-pointer of getting one of the team\'s biggest wins of the season.
Tupa, Brecksville\'s sophomore guard, hit a 3-pointer from the left corner in final minute of regulation to force overtime. The Bees\' defense did the rest, clamping down on the Eagles in the extra session and leaving town with a hard-fought 57-54 win in a Southwestern Conference thriller...
Brecksville swimmers push through, down Eagles|
Even though the swimmers of Brecksville-Broadview Heights built up a substantial lead over North Olmsted early on, the Bees kept pushing, especially at the end of each race.
That, more than anything, pleased head coach Mark Krusinski after Friday night\'s Southwestern Conference meet.
\"What I\'m seeing from our swimmers is that we\'re working really hard,\" Krusinski said. \"We were focusing toward the end of the meet.
\"I\'m really happy with the way...\"
Rockets hold off Eagle rally for Shetzer's first win|
Trailing by 21 points at halftime, a young North Olmsted team faced an uphill climb.
On the other bench, a youthful Bay squad had some challenges of its own.
North Olmsted bounced back, cutting the Rockets\' lead to four with plenty of time left on the fourth-quarter clock. But Bay answered with a 16-6 run to close out the game and take a 72-58 win over the Eagles in the 2013-14 basketball season opener Friday night at the Launch Pad.
The win gave Jared Shetzer his first as Bay\'s new head coach. Former Rockets mentor Jason Frolo was making his return to Bay as well, this time as North Olmsted\'s new head coach. Both coaches, no doubt, experienced a series of highs and lows as the potential blowout turned into a barn-burner late in the second half...
Eagles take care of Bulldogs, fall short of playoffs|
The 2013 football season turned out to be a case of \'so close, and yet so far\' for the North Olmsted Eagles.
For the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs, it was a season of transition and hope for the future.
The two longtime rivals squared off Friday night to conclude the regular season, with North Olmsted coming out on top, 28-14, in a Southwestern Conference matchup.
The Bulldogs finished the season at 1-9 under first-year head coach Tom DeLuca, who took...
It's a TD in OT for Lucas as Shoremen clip Eagles|
With the fans on both sides of Avon Lake Memorial Stadium standing in anticipation, quarterback David Winkel took the snap and handed off to running back Collin Lucas.
There was nothing extraordinary about the play. It was a play that had been executed hundreds of times by both Lucas and Winkel throughout their football careers.
But on this night, there was none bigger.
Lucas took the handoff, ran left and sped virtually untouched into the end zone for the touchdown that not only gave Avon Lake a dramatic...
Demons knock off Eagles, take on Shoremen next|
Neither rain, nor snow nor the North Olmsted Eagles could keep the Westlake boys soccer team from its appointed rounds.
The Demons, fighting both the weather conditions and a challenge from its Southwestern Conference rivals, punched their ticket back to the Division I district finals Wednesday night. They defeated North Olmsted, 4-2, at soggy - and sometimes snowy - Read Field to advance to Saturday\'s title game.
Avon Lake scored a late goal to nip Strongsville, 1-0, in Wednesday night\'s other Rocky River District semifinal match. The Shoremen will host Westlake Saturday at 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium for the right to advance to the regional round.
Westlake, the defending district champion...
Blue Streaks beat Eagles, move on to district final|
The third time proved to be the charm for Magnificat, even if it did take a little extra patience and determination.
The top-seeded Blue Streaks were facing a familiar tournament foe in North Olmsted, a team that had sent them home earlier than expected the past two seasons. Tuesday night, the Eagles and goalkeeper Emily Patterson seemed intent in making it a 3-peat,.
But Magnificat used a pair of second-half goals to come away with a 3-0 win in an OHSAA Division I district semifinal game at Rocky River Stadium. The win set up a Saturday afternoon rematch with rival Westlake for the district championship.
Magnificat, now 13-4-1, will host the Demons in a 3 p.m. title match. Westlake, trailing 2-0...
Eagles topple Titans in a hard-fought SWC contest|
Chippy doesn\'t even begin to describe the play between Berea-Midpark and North Olmsted Wednesday night in boys soccer action.
Emotions were high and running overboard - on and off the field - during North Olmsted\'s 3-2 win over the visiting Titans, whose five-game win streak was snapped.
\"That\'s one of worst games I\'ve ever been a part of,\" said Berea-Midpark head coach Steve Blatnica. \"It\'s frustrating when the ball is taken out of our hands because of some poor calls.\"
What started out as a routine soccer match quickly turned out of hand and borderline out of control late in the second half.
The Titans, trailing, 2-0, at halftime, were assessed an array of penalty cards for some supposed rough play on the field. It eventually became too much to keep track, of...
Tupas, Bees buzz past North Olmsted for SWC win|
In a matchup of 3-1 teams, the Brecksville Bees continued their ascent upwards with a 42-10 victory over Southwestern Conference rival North Olmsted at the Eagles\' Drive Morris Field Friday night.
With the win, Brecksville moved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play. The Bees ended the night tied for first place in the SWC with Avon Lake, a 23-8 winner over Berea-Midpark Friday night.
Brecksville was led by senior quarterback Tim Tupa who hit on 20 of 27 passes and three touchdowns. He also ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns in 12 carries. Tupa\'s younger brother, sophomore Tyler Tupa, grabbed seven passes for 108 yards and a touchdown.
Senior Nick Shirilla nabbed five passes for 93 yards and one touchdown, while junior Garrett Patterson...
Week Four: Demons rally to pull off comeback win|
Saturday afternoon, the Westlake Demons did their best to win Comeback of the Year honors for the 2013 high school football season.
On Friday night, the Demons trailed North Olmsted, 21-0, when severe weather swept through the area and caused the game to be suspended at halftime. When play resumed on Saturday afternoon, Westlake put together a vicious rally and won the game in the final seconds, claiming a 29-28 Southwestern Conference win at Lou Duchez Field.
Westlake, now 3-1, finally got on the board in the third quarter when Paul Angala hauled in a 28-yard touchdown pass from Kent Axcell. North Olmsted countered with a 5-yard run by Matt Starcovic to keep the big lead at 28-7, but the Demons responded with a 22-point fourth quarter to pull out the win. Axcell started the rally with a 1-yard run, and Dakota Swisher\'s conversion kick...
Kurcsak, Novak rally Eagles past North Ridgeville|
Two games into the 2013 high school football season, everyone was talking about North Ridgeville\'s sophomore running sensation, Demario McCall. His six touchdowns in a win at Parma in Week Two created much of the well-deserved attention.
But on a fall-like Friday night in North Ridgeville, the visiting North Olmsted Eagles showed that two backs can be better than one.
The Eagles, trailing 28-21 in the fourth...
Eagles get big news, follow with win over Rangers|
It was a special night in more ways than one for North Olmsted Friday.
Not only did the North Olmsted Eagles wear down Lakewood’s Rangers, 33-13, to move to a 2-0 record on the young season, the community of North Olmsted got a boost for its drive to get new field turf for the athletic field.
It was announced that Morris Cadillac-GMC is entering into a 10-year, $250,000 contract with the North Olmsted Stadium Foundation for naming rights to the school district’s stadium.
In the game, North Olmsted was led by senior quarterback Brad Novak, who ran for 86 yards and one touchdown. He also hit nine of 12 passes for with one 5-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end...
Bulldogs, Eagles battle to draw in SWC encounter|
With the second-half clock clicking down and North Olmsted clinging to a 1-0 lead, Austin Lockhart saw his opportunity.
The Olmsted Falls sophomore advanced the ball past an Eagle defender and let loose a shot on the run from about 25 yards out. The long, arching shot passed over the outstretched hands of North Olmsted goalie Alex Gajowski and just under the crossbar.
With 4:29 left to play, the game was knotted at 1-1. Despite spirited until the final whistle, that’s how the game ended Wednesday night...
Johnson's late goal pushes Eagles past Bulldogs|
The North Olmsted girls varsity soccer team earned its first win of the season with a 1-0 blanking of the visiting Olmsted Falls Bulldogs Wednesday night at North Olmsted Stadium.
After 68 minutes of scoreless play, the Eagles finally broke through when sophomore midfielder Madison Johnson headed in a Nicole Dembie free kick.
\"I knew I had to get my head on it, to get the win,\" Johnson said.
It was an evenly-matched contest throughout the game, but by playing tough defense, and aggressive offense, North Olmsted came out with the win.
\"I thought our girls played a great first half,\" Eagles head coach Tom Greene said...
Bees continue to improve, get past Eagles in three|
Like a fine wine, the Brecksville-Broadview Heights volleyball team seems to just get better with time.
The Bees swept visiting North Olmsted Tuesday night in their home opener, 25-22, 25-21, 25-17, to improve to 2-0 in the Southwestern Conference.
After hanging on to win a couple close ones in the first two sets, Brecksville took things into its own hands in the third and final set.
\"Game 3 is more like what I\'m looking at,\" said Brecksville head coach Rob Cline, whose team evened its overall record at 2-2. \"I thought it was important. We didn\'t sub a lot. I wanted to kind of send a message that this is how it\'s gonna be in the conference.
\"That\'s the goal, try to compete with the best in...
Brediger leading North Olmsted gridders in 2013|
A new head coach with a strong background in old school traditions is leading the North Olmsted Eagles onto the field in 2013.
Tim Brediger, a 1994 North Olmsted graduate who served as an assistant for 14 years – nine as defensive coordinator, including the last eight with former head coach Mike Ptacek - has taken over as the head man after Ptacek became the school’s athletic director earlier this year.
Brediger said he appreciates what’s he’s gained from Ptacek through the years as well as the legacy he left.
“Mike was one of my coaches when I played at North Olmsted,” Brediger said. “I’ve learned...