North Olmsted High School
Track & Field '15: Area girls' top times, distances|
As a new feature this spring, we are going to compile the top times and distances for our area\'s track and field athletes.
We debut with some of the numbers put up by the girls at recent relays and invitationals, including the Ranger Relays in Lakewood and the Comet Relays in Amherst. We also realize this list is probably missing some pretty good performances this spring, so we welcome input from track and field head coaches in the Westshore and Southern Hills areas.
To report those performances, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow us on Twitter @BeAFanatic and use the...
Mustangs clip Eagles, win sectional championship|
Every year, high school basketball brings us great moments when it comes to tournament time. There are the long-awaited matchups, the occasional upset specials and those feel-good stories that always make March memorable.
Well, nobody is feeling any better right now than the Strongsville Mustangs.
The Mustangs, winners of just five games during the regular season, have advanced to the Division I district tournament at Midview. On Saturday night, they notched their second tournament road win as they defeated eight-seeded North Olmsted, 65-52, to win their first sectional championship since 2011.
\"This is incredible...\"
CHAMPIONS! Titans down Eagles for SWC repeat|
The Berea-Midpark basketball team used tough defense, clutch free throw shooting and a little luck to come from behind and defeat North Olmsted Friday night at Bob Purdy Gym, 48-39.
The victory secured back-to-back outright Southwestern Conference championships for the Titans.
\"This means a lot to us,\" Titans,\" said Berea-Midpark\'s 6-11 senior center Nolan Gerrity. \"This proved many people wrong, that we were not just a one-and-done team.
\"I think for years to come, we are going to be a force to be reckoned with,\" he said.
But it was not an easy feat, as North Olmsted held a precarious 39-38 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the game. \"I thought that North Olmsted had...
Eagles skate past Hoover to extend winning streak|
One year ago, the North Olmsted Eagles were struggling through a three-win season. But just over halfway through their 2014-15 season, that all seems like ancient history.
And there\'s nothing like a good, old-fashioned winning streak to keep one\'s attention focused on the future.
North Olmsted, with two goals each from Justin Malinak and Zach Servidio, won its sixth game in a row Friday night, defeating North Canton Hoover 6-1 at the North Olmsted Recreation Center rink. The win also pushed the team\'s unbeaten streak to seven.
The Eagles have not lost since...
Bees in the zone, top Eagles for key SWC road win|
As temperatures continued to drop outside, the Brecksville Bees were busy warming things up indoors Tuesday night at North Olmsted.
The Bees, feeding off their 2-3 zone defense, scorched the Eagles with some red-hot shooting in the second quarter. From there, they controlled the tempo in the second half and rolled to a 55-48 win in a key early-season Southwestern Conference hoops matchup.
With the win, Brecksville moved to 6-2 overall and remained unbeaten in the SWC at 3-0. North Olmsted, after starting the season at 7-0, lost its second straight game and fell to 3-1 in the conference.
\"Brecksville did a good job in slowing us down with their zone,\" explained North Olmsted head coach Jason Frolo, whose team made just eight of its 18 field goals...
Aggressive Rangers send Eagles to their first loss|
The North Olmsted Eagles were off to one of their best starts in recent memory. They took a 7-0 record into Saturday night\'s game with Lakewood and were looking for that streak to continue.
The Rangers, however, were waiting in ambush.
In the first half, Lakewood\'s aggressiveness on defense and under the boards seemed to catch the Eagles off guard. Then a 25-point outburst in the third quarter put the Rangers in control as they went on to score a 78-61 win over North Olmsted before a large crowd at Harding Middle School gym.
Lakewood, paying special attention defensively to the Eagle duo of Andy Lucien and Matt Starcovic, jumped out to a 6-0 lead. The Rangers held North Olmsted scoreless for the game\'s first two and a half minutes before Kyle Wapshott broke the ice with a 3-pointer...
Live at The Q: Quick start gets Eagles by Rockets|
The Bay Rockets and North Olmsted Eagles got to start their 2014-15 basketball seasons on the big stage Tuesday afternoon.
The two teams played at Quicken Loans Arena prior to the Cavaliers\' game with Toronto. And it was the Eagles, behind center Andy Lucien\'s 31 points, who got off to the quick start and came away with a 67-58 win.
North Olmsted jumped out to a 22-13 first-quarter lead and was able to hold off the Rockets the rest of the way. Bay got a big game from its man in the middle as Rex Sunahara poured in 24 points. Brandon Morris added 11 points, while John Koz chipped in...
Demons finish strong, defeat Eagles in DI tourney|
There was rain and lightning on an already muddy field at Drive Morris Stadium in North Olmsted Thursday night, and there were some worries about the playability of the field surface.
But after a 30 minute delay, the third-seeded Westlake and second-seeded North Olmsted girls soccer teams took to the pitch. They battled for 80 minutes to claim the OHSAA Division I sectional crown in the Rocky River district, with the Demons pulling out the 4-1 victory with a three-goal second half.
\"With the field being the way that it was, we\'re a possession team, and we build...
Titans work overtime, get by Eagles in SWC thriller|
Three Hail Mary passes for touchdowns and a divine performance by a quarterback with the surname Christian weren\'t enough to lift North Olmsted\'s football team to an upset of Berea-Midpark\'s homecoming festivities.
They certainly made for an exciting Southwestern Conference clash at Tressel Field.
The quarterback duel ended in the Titans\' favor as they held on to take the sudden death showdown, 48-41, at Baldwin Wallace University\'s George Finnie Stadium Friday night.
Joey Bachie\'s winning 2-yard run in overtime was his team\'s only rushing touchdown of the night. The Berea-Midpark defense did the rest to preserve the victory as the Titans improved to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the SWC.
\"I feel for the kids,\" said North Olmsted...
CHAMPIONS! Titans blank Eagles, get SWC repeat|
The resume of Berea-Midpark\'s boys soccer team just got more attractive.
A team waltzing into the playoffs on a nine-game winning streak, the Titans closed out the regular season with a 4-0 Southwestern Conference win over North Olmsted Tuesday night on Tressel Field at George Finnie Stadium.
The win gave Berea-Midpark the SWC title outright for the second year in a row. It also proved to some of the doubters that the Titans, who finished the regular season 11-4-1 and 5-0-1 in league play, are every bit as good as their record indicates.
In a league known for soccer, Berea-Midpark\'s only tie this season came...
Football '14: Rockets roar into state playoff chase|
Don\'t look now, but the Bay Rockets are in a playoff chase.
With half the season in the books, Bay is tied for first with Perry in Division IV, Region 11 in this week\'s OHSAA Computer Ratings. The 4-1 Rockets have been bolstered by wins over Division II Westlake and Division I Lakewood in the first half of the season.
They\'ll travel to North Olmsted, another Division II school, this Friday night. A bevy of computer points will be on the line, and a win over the 3-2 Eagles would go a long way in getting Bay into postseason play.
Bay and Perry each have a computer point average of 8.75, with Jefferson Area close behind with an 8.45. In fourth is Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin at 8.2, with Mantua Crestwood in fifth at 7.9. The top eight teams at the end of the regular season qualify for the tournament...
Shoregals regroup to rally past determined Eagles|
With the regular season starting to wind down, two Southwestern Conference volleyball teams took the next step in trying to define not only their seasons, but themselves.
Avon Lake, playing in its third match without the injured Katie Coughlin, traveled to North Olmsted for a Saturday morning match. The Eagles, with their share of youth and lineup changes, were also in search of their first SWC win of the season.
In a tightly played contest, Devan Rybarczyk proved to be the difference. The senior outside hitter pounded out 20 kills, seven of them in the pivotal third set, to lead the Shoregals to a 25-17, 19-25, 25-22, 25-21 win over a feisty band of Eagles.
\"She\'s played phenomenally the last couple of matches,\" said Avon Lake head coach Dan Berkheimer of his senior outside hitter.
\"Against Berea-Midpark, she had 25 kills, and today...
Eagles hold off high-powered Demons in SWC win|
Football coaches crave it, their players strive for it and a team\'s end result depends on it. Friday night at Drive Morris Stadium, a young North Olmsted squad added a good dose of consistency to their overall game and made it count.
The Eagles, behind a 170-yard performance from Joshua Hofstetler, built a 21-12 halftime lead and came away with a 35-26 Homecoming Night win over visiting Westlake in the Southwestern Conference opener for both schools.
The win bolstered North Olmsted\'s overall record to 3-1 and atoned for last year\'s storm-delayed loss at Westlake...
McCall's kickoff return rallies Rangers past Eagles|
If Friday night\'s North Ridgeville-North Olmsted football game had been aired on ESPN, it would have already been labeled an Instant Classic.
Down 34-13, the hometown Eagles staged a near miraculous comeback and tied the game at 34-all with 1:34 left in regulation. But on the ensuing kickoff, Ranger junior Demario McCall turned the tables in a hurry with his 99-yard kickoff return that gave North Ridgeville a 41-34 win at Drive Morris Stadium.
McCall, who had already rushed for 206 yards and three touchdowns, hauled in...
Fourth quarter rally pushes Eagles past Lakewood|
With the momentum turned in their favor, the Lakewood Rangers had a chance to salt the game away as the third quarter clock ticked away.
A goal line stand to close out the first half, along with 12 unanswered points in the third quarter, had the home team up 25-21. A second-straight win to open the 2014 season was within the Rangers\' grasp.
North Olmsted, however, had other ideas.
The Eagles, behind the 191-yard rushing effort of sophomore Joshua Hofstetler, came up...
North Olmsted looks to make another run at SWC|
Last season, North Olmsted\'s varsity football team had all the parts needed to make a serious run at the Southwestern Conference championship, and even a postseason berth.
The Eagles had the senior quarterback-center battery of Brad Novak and Beau Bilinsky, respectively, running a quick-strike offense which powered the team to an overall record of 7-3 (3-3 in the SWC). North Olmsted also graduated starting wide receiver Brandon Dickey, linebacker Luke Janik and offensive tackle Jeff Rotheram.
Head coach Tim Brediger, now in his second year at the top spot in the program, knows there will be some hard work to be done...
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...