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Football '14: Laird prepared for Mustang challenge
Football '14: Laird prepared for Mustang challengeThe adage around coaching circles when taking over programs is you want to be the man that replaced the man that replaced the legend, not follow the legend.

Larry Laird doesn't know how to do that.

In taking over as the head coach for Strongsville's football team, Laird follows Russ Jacques.

That's Jacques, who led the Mustangs to 12 playoff appearances, eight conference titles and three Division I Regional final appearances. Jacques also had assistant coaching stints at Wisconsin, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Ohio University and Bowling Green...
06/24/14     8456 Reads ·
All-Star Notes: Muldoon, Smith to team up this fall
All-Star Notes: Muldoon, Smith to team up this fallFor 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...
06/14/14     8478 Reads ·
Fourth-quarter rally falls short as East bests West
Fourth-quarter rally falls short as East bests WestWith 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...
06/14/14     8440 Reads ·
Champions! Titans use depth to take regional title
Champions! Titans use depth to take regional titleBerea-Midpark's boys track and field team is having a season to remember.

The Titans, with the Southwestern Conference and Amherst District championships already under their belt, had their team depth pay off again. They scored 71 points to outdistance runner-up Sylvania Southview's 64 to win the Amherst Division I Regional Meet Friday at Richard S. Cooley Track.

Berea-Midpark advanced nine events to the OHSAA Track and Field Championships this weekend in Columbus. Highlighting that group was the team's 4X200 of Caleb Samol, Anfernee Myers, Marlon Robertson and Chris Neumann that turned in a new district record time...
05/31/14     3779 Reads ·
On to Columbus: Bears' tournament run continues
On to Columbus: Bears' tournament run continuesOver the last two weeks, the North Royalton baseball team has put together a tournament run that most teams can only dream of.

But for the Bears, it's all very real. And that reality will surely intensify this coming Friday morning when they step out of the dugout and onto the field at Huntington Park in downtown Columbus.

North Royalton earned its first trip to the OHSAA Division I baseball final four in school history by winning the Bowling Green Regional championship. The Bears defeated St. Edward, 4-1, Thursday at Cuyahoga Community College's Ron Mottl Field, then traveled out to...
05/30/14     4419 Reads ·
Bears best Mustangs, Wildcats to win district title
Bears best Mustangs, Wildcats to win district titleThe North Royalton baseball team is headed to the regional tournament.

The Bears, the third-seeded team in the Strongsville District, defeated the second-seeded Mustangs, 7-2, on Tuesday in the district semifinals. On Wednesday, they stunned top-seeded St. Ignatius, 5-2, to win the district championship and advance to the Bowling Green Regional Tournament.

Next up for North Royalton is St. Edward, the winner of the Lorain District. The two teams...
05/21/14     3038 Reads ·
Titan boys dominate field at Berea Kiwanis Relays
Titan boys dominate field at Berea Kiwanis RelaysChalk up some more hardware for the Berea-Midpark boys track and field team.

The Titans won six events and scored 104 team points to outdistance runner up Brunswick's 78 to win the Berea Kiwanis Titan Relays Friday at George Finnie Stadium. Medina came in third with 75 points, while North /Royalton came in fourth with 55.

In the girls competition, Medina scored 81 points to take the team win. Brecksville was second with 74 points, while Brunswick (69.5) and St. Joseph Academy (58) came in third and fourth, respectively.

Berea-Midpark earned a win in the 4X100 as Caleb Samol, Justin Harris, Marlon Robertson and Chris Neumann clocked in with a 43.42 to edge out Brunswick's 43.73. The Titans' 4X400 squad of Neumann, Terry Duncan, Anfernee Myers and Justin Carroll too first-place honors with their time of 3:24.75. The 4X800 relay of Carroll, Duncan, Isaiah Nichols and Chad Ellis...
05/03/14     4712 Reads ·


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