Brecksville High School
River lacrosse dominates in a win over Brecksville|
A new head coach. Some new players.
Even so, the winning continues for the Rocky River boys lacrosse team.
New head coach Ted Dimond and his band of Pirates have made it four wins in their first five outings. Tuesday night, they scored four goals in the first quarter and never looked back in a 14-0 win over Brecksville at Rocky River Stadium.
\"Our focus has been to build up both the top and bottom of our offense,\" Dimond said. \"We want to feel like at any point of the year, we can feel comfortable with different guys in different spots from attack and midfield.
\"You saw that tonight as we were able...
Lakewood tops Bees in OT, caps off gym's history|
Throughout the decades, Lakewood High School\'s gymnasium has hosted more than its fair share of memorable basketball games.
A few weeks ago, the Rangers added a chapter to the facility\'s history as they defeated Elyria Catholic to win their first conference championship in 40 years. Less than two weeks ago, Lakewood and Brecksville added to the building\'s lore as the Rangers prevailed in a down-to-the-wire thriller.
Wednesday night, the Bees and Rangers met again, this time in a Division I sectional tournament game. In the gym\'s final game, the two teams rocked the Madhouse on Madison one last time with one for the ages.
Back-to-back buckets by junior guard Wes Gerhardt late in overtime broke open a hotly-contested game...
Third-quarter eruption powers Bees past Demons|
Inconsistency has plagued the Brecksville boys basketball team all season. The cold-shooting Bees started off slow Friday night against Westlake and appeared to be on their way to a third straight loss.
Then came the third quarter.
Trailing 9-0 to start the game and down by 12 at halftime, Brecksville stormed out of the locker room and found the offense it was looking for. The Bees outscored the visiting Demons, 27-17, in the third quarter and held on for a 61-58 Southwestern Conference win on Senior Night, spoiling Gavin Skelly\'s record-breaking night for Westlake.
The Bees cashed in on five three-pointers in the third period. Junior guard Luke Cipolla, who led the Bees with six three-pointers and 18 points, drained his second three of the quarter at the 2:18 mark to give Brecksville...
Titans swat away Bees to stay on top in SWC race|
In the first meeting between Berea-Midpark and Brecksville, the host Bees jumped out on the Titans early and led by as many as 18 in the opening half.
The Titans, on their home floor this time, turned the tables on the Bees.
They grabbed a seven-point lead by halftime and cruised to a 70-48 win over Brecksville Friday night in Southwestern Conference boys basketball action. Berea-Midpark, fifth in the most recent AP Division I state poll, improved to 15-1. The Bees dropped to 10-7 overall and 5-5 in the SWC.
\"I thought we played pretty well in the first half,\" said Berea-Midpark head coach Duke Barther. \"We didn\'t do anything differently. They have great shooters everywhere. We just tried to stay up on them.\"
Normally a good outside shooting team, Brecksville was too inconsistent against the Titans...
CHAMPIONS: Bees take SWC swim and dive titles|
The Brecksville Bees made it a clean sweep and broke some records along the way at the 2014 Southwestern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships at the Westlake Rcreation Center.
The Bees scored 370 points to swim past runner-up Amherst\'s 245 in the girls competition. Avon Lake finished third with 223 points, followed by Westlake with 176, Olmsted Falls with 149, North Olmsted with 133 and Berea-Midpark with 99.
For the Brecksville boys, they won nine...
Hot-shooting Demons buzz by Bees in second half|
With the first half winding down, the Brecksville Bees found themselves in familiar territory.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from Tim Tupa and a conventional 3-point play from Luke Cipolla had given them a 30-21 lead over Westlake with 30.1 seconds left in the second quarter. It was just a week earlier, they had built a substantial first-half lead against Berea-Midpark, only to see the Titans rally in the second half to get the win.
As the third quarter began, is was one of those deja vu moments for the visiting Bees.
The Demons got a Makis Beach 3-pointer to close out the half, then came out of the locker room shooting. They scored the game\'s next 13 points and outscored Brecksville 18-2 in the quarter to run away with a 64-48 win in a key Southwestern Conference game Friday night.
With the win, Westlake remained undefeated at 11-0...
Bees start strong, but Titans rally to stay unbeaten|
For about the first 12 minutes of play Friday night, the Berea-Midpark boys basketball team was hardly recognizable. Then the Titans showed why they were undefeated and one of the state\'s top-ranked hoops teams.
Berea-Midpark trailed host Brecksville by 17 midway through the second quarter. Somehow, the Titans found their rhythm and dominated the rest of the way, beating the Bees, 56-45, in a Southwestern Conference showdown.
\"I didn\'t say a lot at halftime,\" said Berea-Midpark head coach Duke Barther.
\"I challenged them a little bit but they did it themselves,\" he said. \"They stepped up defensively. We came in here and they were kind of coaching...
Balanced Bears battle past Bees, retain Honey Jar|
Steve Mehalik\'s worst fear came to fruition Saturday night.
The goal for the Brecksville boys basketball coach against North Royalton - contain star sophomore Omari Spellman. The visiting Bees held the 6-8 forward in check but couldn\'t do enough to stop the other four Bears on the court.
Couple that with an uncharacteristically cold shooting night, Brecksville was just a bit off its game during the 62-50 loss in the Battle for the Honey Jar.
\"We told our guys at the beginning, Omari\'s not gonna beat us,\" said Mehalik. \"If those other guys step up we\'re gonna tip our hat to them - and they did.\"
Spellman may have led the Bears in points with 15 and taken control in the fourth quarter, but it were the other role players who impacted the game through the first three periods...
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...\"
Big second quarter powers Titans past Brecksville|
Sometimes, all it takes is one little stretch of dominance to take down a team on the basketball court.
For the Berea-Midpark girls basketball team on Dec. 18 at Brecksville-Broadview Heights, it was all eight minutes of the second quarter.
The Titans held the Bees to just 2 points, one field goal, for the entire frame and outscored the hosts, 22-2, overall. This run propelled Berea-Midpark to a convincing 52-23 victory at the famed Bee Hive, which was rather quiet on this particular Wednesday evening.
\"Defensively, we picked up the pressure a little bit,\" Berea-Midpark coach Kevin Braaten said. \"We kind of mixed up our presses. Offensively, we hit some shots when we needed to. Obviously, the second quarter was critical...
Bees pull away late, top Shoremen in SWC opener|
Brecksville and Avon Lake may compete in the Southwestern Conference, but Friday night\'s boys basketball matchup between the two schools had a Big Ten feel to it.
Bees head coach Steve Mehalik made such comparison following his team\'s 47-34 win over the visiting Shoremen in the 2013-14 season SWC opener for both teams.
\"We pride ourselves that we just find a way,\" said Mehalik. \"Tonight was a grind out game. They are so good defensively. \"There were a lot of turnovers and there was some ugly basketball. But I think those are two pretty good defensive teams going at it,\" he said.
It wasn\'t the prettiest of games....
Brecksville cheerleading squad takes SWC crown|
Nearly two weeks ago, the Brecksville football team celebrated another Southwestern Conference football championship.
Monday night at Westlake High School, the Brecksville cheerleading squad followed suit.
The Bees scored 316.7 points to win the SWC Cheerleading Championships to give Brecksville a clean sweep among the league\'s Friday night competitors. Avon Lake, which also finished as runner-ups on the gridiron, came in second...
Bees, Tupa buzz past Riverside in playoff opener|
The All-Ohio football teams have yet to be announced, but Brecksville quarterback Tim Tupa will most certainly be high on that list.
Friday night, the poor Riverside defense found out why the senior signal caller is one of the best athletes in Northeast Ohio. Tupa accounted for almost 350 yards of offense and five touchdowns as the host Bees defeated Riverside, 53-35, in the Division II regional football quarterfinals at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School.
It marks Brecksville\'s first postseason football win since the 2000 season.
\"I\'m very happy for our kids, and I\'m very happy for our program and this community,\" said Brecksville head coach Jason Black. \"They deserve it.\" The Bees, who recorded their highest scoring output...
SWC champion Bees down Demons, playoffs next|
The potent Brecksville offense was bottled up and the Bees as a whole looked out of sync. Then in just 13 seconds, everything changed.
The host Bees scored two touchdowns in that span and three times in the final six minutes of the first half to break away from Westlake, 39-14, Friday night in the regular season football finale at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School in Southwestern Conference action.
Luckily for Brecksville, it will be staying put for a week longer. The Bees, now 9-1, had already clinched a Division II playoff spot prior to Week 10. The victory over the visiting Demons...
Bees turn Shoremen turnovers into huge SWC win|
Winning or losing the turnover battle in football goes a long way in determining the outcome of games.
Friday night in Avon Lake, the Shoremen\'s turnover troubles plagued them drastically as they lost a pivotal Southwestern Conference matchup with visiting Brecksville, 24-14, at Memorial Stadium.
It was the fourth straight win for the Bees, who improved to 6-1 overall. They also now stand alone in first place in the SWC at 4-0.
\"It\'s a great feeling,\" said Brecksville head coach Jason Black. \"To play meaningful games in October, those are very fun to have. I don\'t know how to put it into words yet, but it\'s a great experience for them.\"
Avon Lake\'s five-game winning streak...
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...
Bees break away for key SWC victory over Titans|
With the number of chances it got, it was only a matter of time before the Brecksville girls soccer team was able to capitalize.
The Bees broke away from Berea-Midpark down the stretch to beat the visiting Titans, 3-1, Wednesday night in Southwestern Conference girls soccer action.
Brecksville scored twice in the final 23 minutes of play to pull ahead.
\"They\'re a pretty well-coached team, no question,\" said Berea-Midpark head coach Georgia Arcuri. \"We had high expectations and we\'ve got a few games left in the conference, so we should be OK.\"
The Bees received goals from three different players on the night and were constantly attacking the Titans zone. They got on the board first and broke the scoreless tie at the 13:43 mark of the first half when junior Chauntel Houk punched in a goal from near the front of the goalie box. \"We created so many opportunities...
Robertson's goal keeps Titans on top in the SWC|
The Berea-Midpark boys soccer team scored its only goal Tuesday night halfway into the first half. Thanks to a stellar goalie and defensive unit, that\'s all it would need as the Titans edged visiting Brecksville, 1-0, at Baldwin Wallace University\'s Finnie Stadium.
Berea-Midpark improved to an impressive 6-2-3 on the season and a perfect 4-0 in the Southwestern Conference.
\"That\'s big,\" said Titans head coach Steve Blatnica. \"Two big wins this week. Westlake last week was a big win and this was huge. That\'s probably the toughest competition in the conference right now.\"
The Bees certainly had their chances and knocked on the door several times. But the Berea-Midpark back row and junior goalie Shane Bartek completely stonewalled any shot by the Brecksville attackers. That defensive prowess...
Mother Nature takes the lead, games suspended|
Mother Nature was not in a football kind of mood Friday night
Nearly all of the local high school football games were suspended due to lightning and heavy rains. Games were scheduled to be completed on Saturday at times agreed upon by coaches and administrators from the schools involved.
One game that did resume was Berea-Midpark\'s Southwestern Conference contest at Amherst\'s Memorial Field. The Titans - after a 95-minute delay - used interception returns for touchdowns from Jared Paul and Austin Heil to defeat the Comets, 19-7, for the first football win in school history following the merger of Berea and Midpark.
Here\'s a look at what happened Friday...
Week Three: Unbeaten Bees preparing for Hudson|
Brecksville is 2-0 on the young football season and the Bees are flying high.
Now comes a big test.
Facing their first road game of the year, the Bees will travel to Hudson on Friday to face the Explorers, also unbeaten.
\"To be honest with you, Hudson is the exact same team as we are,\" said Brecksville head coach Jason Black. \"Their quarterback runs it, their quarterback throws it, and they\'re able to run the ball from their tailback spot.\"
The Bees have made things look easy so far, blasting Holy Name, 48-14, in the season opener and shutting out rival North Royalton, 28-0, last weekend. The Explorers, however, have been on a similar path...
Bees buzz by Titans to stay in thick of SWC race|
The Brecksville volleyball team swept visiting Berea-Midpark Tuesday night, but you would never know it after talking to head coach Rob Cline.
The Bees took care of business with a 25-16, 25-18, 25-8 victory over the Titans in Southwestern Conference action and snapped a two-game losing streak. While he was happy with the win, Cline did not hide the fact that his squad could have played a whole lot better.
\"In the first two games, I didn\'t like their effort. I didn\'t like the tempo,\" Cline said.
\"The game was very slow-played,” he continued. “I didn\'t even join the huddle for game three. I told (assistant Ashley) Sturgeon...
Bees reclaim the Golden Shoe by blanking Bears|
The rivalry between North Royalton and Brecksville-Broadview Heights on the gridiron has typically been synonymous with shootouts and high-flying aerial attacks.
Not this year.
The host Bees turned back the clock and delivered an old-fashioned, ground-and-pound performance Friday night during their 28-0 win over North Royalton in the 77th annual Battle for the Golden Shoe. During a brief postgame ceremony, Brecksville retrieved the trophy that North Royalton won last season.
\"Obviously every year that\'s one of your goals that you strive for,\" said Brecksville head coach Jason Black, whose team moved to 2-0. \"The fact that you\'re able to beat your rival at your home place...
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...
As another Tupa takes over, Bees look to reload|
The Brecksville football team will look a lot different this season after losing nine starters from a year ago.
Then again, it may look the same.
Gone is quarterback Tommy Tupa, the Bees\' all-time leading passer who earned a scholarship to Miami University. How is Brecksville going to replace the talented signal caller? Just put another Tupa in his place.
The Bees are staying in the family by moving senior receiver Timmy Tupa to quarterback.
\"You can\'t replace your all time leading passer and numerous record holder overnight,\" noted Brecksville head coach Jason Black, whose team is dropping to Division II this season. \"Tommy was a great quarterback, leader and person, but it is his brother\'s turn to shine at the quarterback position...
First-half surge powers Pirates past young Bees|
Coming off an impressive district championship season, the Rocky River girls soccer team is picking up right where it left off this season.
The Pirates wiped out visiting Brecksville-Broadview Heights, 6-0, Wednesday night for their second win of the 2013 campaign. Rocky River, now 2-0, scored four times in the last 17 minutes of the first half and two goals apiece from seniors Abby Elinsky, Grace Bennett and McKenna Klodnick.
Head coach Pat Hopkins was more than thrilled with what has turned into an early season juggernaut. The Pirates have recorded 14 goals in the first two contests.
\"If you told me in the beginning of the year we\'d beat Beaumont, 8-1, and Brecksville, 6-0, I would have told you I don\'t believe that is going to happen. But this is a team that could do that,\" said Hopkins, whose club won the 2012 Division II...
Bees break district drought with win over Demons|
Somehow, some way, high school hoops history was going to be made Saturday night at the Grafton Division I district championship game.
It took nearly all of the game’s 32 minutes, but in the end it was Brecksville that made the night one for the record books.
The Bees, looking to win their first boys district basketball championship in 33 years, did just that with a hard-fought 58-53 win over Westlake. The Southwestern Conference champions advanced to the Sweet 16 and a regional semifinal matchup with Nordonia Wednesday night in Akron.
“Thirty three years...That’s a long time,” said Brecksville head coach Steve Mehalic as his team prepared to cut down the nets.
“We got some emails from some of our former players like Eric Musselman and other guys...
Bees get past short-handed Demons in OT thriller|
If the final Southwestern Conference boys basketball game at Westlake’s gymnasium had been televised, it would have certainly qualified for ‘instant classic’ status.
Regardless, Friday night’s SWC barn burner between arch-rivals Brecksville and Westlake proved to be one for the ages.
The Demons, playing without leading scorer Gavin Skelly and head coach Shawn Hood, gave the SWC champion Bees all they could handle. And because of that effort, it took an extra four minutes of play for the visitors to leave town with a hard-fought 66-63 overtime win before an enthusiastic packed house at Westlake High.
Brecksville, which wrapped up its third-straight SWC championship and first outright title last week, had its collective hands full with a determined band of Demons. Prior to the game, Westlake found out Skelly and Hood would be unavailable for the game due to an OHSAA rules violation. But after spotting Brecksville a 21-9 first-quarter lead, the Demons...
Bees, Comets swim to SWC team championships|
The Brecksville Ladies left no doubt who was the \'big fish\' in the Southwestern Conference pond. Winning diving and eight of eleven swimming events proved they owned the pond.
Later in the afternoon the men of Steele took seven of eleven swimming, including the last four events, to get Amherst over Brecksville.
Larry was at both meets to capture photos and video.
Video: The 2012 SWC Cheerleading Competition|
You\'ve seen - and heard - them on the sidelines at every high school football game throughout the fall season. They were always there in support of their team and their school, rain or shine, win or lose.
This past Monday night was their night to take center stage.
Avon Lake hosted the 2012 Southwestern Conference Competitive Cheerleading Competition, with all eight of the conference schools being represented...
CHAMPIONS! Demons blank Bees, claim SWC title|
Needless to say, Friday night’s pivotal Southwestern Conference game between Westlake and Brecksville wasn’t played under the best of conditions.
A late-October wind and torrents of rain were wipping through the stands, nearly sideways at times. The puddles at Lou Duchez Field were getting larger, and the mud even deeper. The stadium scoreboard was failing well before the opening kickoff, making the time remaining in each quarter a mystery to all. In the end, none of that mattered to anyone wearing the Green and White....
Wertman, Demons take control with win over Bees|
With undefeated Brecksville coming to town for one of just two Southwestern Conference games left on the schedule, the task for the Westlake boys soccer team was laid out in simple black and white:
Win, and take the lead in the SWC standings. Lose, and depend on a lot of help from Amherst and Avon Lake.
The Demons, behind a pair of first-half goals from senior Nick Wertman, managed to take the winning route Tuesday night at Read Field. They handed the Bees their first loss of the season, 3-1, to take control of the conference race and move to 5-0-1 in the SWC.
Brecksville, now 11-1-1 overall, dropped to 4-1 in the conference with games remaining against the Comets and Shoremen. Westlake can win the SWC outright Saturday when it faces Midpark...
Focused Shoregals sweep Bees out of first place|
With a season-opening loss to Brecksville still fresh in their minds, the Avon Lake Shoregals came into Thursday night’s Southwestern Conference rematch focused and ready to go.
That wasn’t good news for the Bees.
Behind a big serving night from Christine Bohan, the Shoregals kept their mistakes to a minimum and swept Brecksville 25-20, 25-18, 25-16 to remain no less than tied for first place in the SWC with six matches to go.
Brecksville, coming off a three-set loss to Amherst on Tuesday night, fell to 6-2 in the SWC and 11-5 overall.
“The first time we played them, we missed 15 serves and had 23 serve receive errors...