North Royalton 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...
On to Columbus: Bears' tournament run continues|
Over 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...
Bears best Mustangs, Wildcats to win district title|
The 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...
Mustangs rally late, survive slugfest with Royalton|
Through the first four innings, everything seemed to be going North Royalton\'s way.
The Bears put up a 5-run second inning Tuesday against Mustang ace Alex Barnes, who had previously given up just one run in 18 innings of work. Then in the bottom of the fourth, first baseman Dominic Pissini blasted a 3-run homer over the right field wall to give the home team a 9-4 lead.
Even trailing 11-9 in the sixth, the Bears put up three more runs to retake the lead. But Strongsville got a pair of runs in the seventh and made them stand to come away with a 13-12 win in a key Northeast Ohio Conference...
Berea-Midpark boys dominate at Lakewood Relays|
The Berea-Midpark boys track and field team made its presence felt Friday night at the Lakewood Ranger Relays.
The Titans dominated the field of eight teams, winning 10 events and scoring 134 team points. Runner-up North Royalton scored 90 points, while Westlake came in third with 74.
St. Joseph Academy won the girls event with 92 points, with the North Royalton Bears right on their heels with 86 points. Rocky River took third place with 80 points.
But this night belonged to the Berea-Midpark boys. It began with the Titans\' showing in the field events.
Ken Sladnick (45-03.25), Somas Sessions...
Run-and-gun Rangers shock North Royalton, 65-41|
Lakewood may have been the underdog based on the seedings, but teams shouldn\'t underestimate the 21-win Rangers boys basketball team going forward.
On Saturday, the eighth-seeded Rangers, with their fast-faced style of play, shocked second-seeded North Royalton. They left the Bears in the rear-view mirror during their 65-41 hoops win in the Division I sectional finals.
Lakewood, now 21-3, will face fourth-seeded St. Ignatius Thursday night at Midview High School.
Lakewood junior guard Wes Gerhardt drained eight of the team\'s nine three-pointers and finished with a game-high 28 points. North Royalton held a three-point lead after the first quarter, but the Rangers outscored the Bears, 21-5, in a pivotal second quarter.
\"We shot the ball pretty darn well...\"
Streaks defeat Bears for third-straight district title|
Throughout most of the regular season, the Magnificat Blue Streaks have used their defense to generate a potent offense. Such was not the case, however, in an early one-point loss to North Royalton.
Friday night at the Elyria Catholic Coliseum, the Blue Streaks seemed hell bent on not letting that happen again.
The Magnificat defense bottled up the Bears\' outside shooting attack for most of the game, and the offense responded in kind with a solid transition game. The result was a 57-46 win for the Blue Streaks and a third straight Division I district championship.
\"We had to come back from that loss, admitted Magnificat senior guard Sarah Scelza, who led all scorers with 17 points. \"We had a bad...
A classic! Bears topple Titans in overtime thriller|
The sold out crowd that packed the North Royalton gym Saturday night for the Bears\' game against Berea-Midpark certainly got its money\'s worth - and more.
The Bears and Titans, with a combined two losses heading into the matchup, battled for four quarters and four minutes of overtime while North Royalton prevailed, 69-64, in non-conference boys basketball action.
\"Two good teams playing,\" said North Royalton head coach Tim Matus. \"It\'s what it\'s for. We\'re getting close to the tournament and it felt like a tournament game. Both teams made a lot of plays throughout and we were fortunate enough to have a couple plays in overtime.\"
Both squads made their fair share of clutch plays throughout the course of the game. Berea-Midpark\'s Alex Brown, who led his team with 24 points, hit a pair of free throws...
Presto! Bears claw their way to a win over Magics|
It wasn\'t perfect, but North Royalton head boys basketball coach Tim Matus wasn\'t going to dwell on the negatives.
The positives? His team hung on to beat Barberton, 63-58, Saturday night to win its 10th in a row and improve to 12-1 on the season.
Things weren\'t always smooth for the Bears, particularly at the start of the first and fourth quarters. But they did enough in between and down the stretch to get the job done. \"They\'re well-coached, they played really hard,\" Matus said...
Bears do it with defense, run past rival Mustangs|
For the better part of two quarters, the Strongsville Mustangs were able to use their size advantage to stay in the game with the smaller, but quicker North Royalton squad.
But as the second half wore on, it was evident the Bears\' wall-to-wall pressure defense was beginning to take its toll.
North Royalton opened up a 13-point lead early in the third quarter, then turned up the defensive pressure a notch or two the rest of the way. That combination allowed the Bears to leave Strongsville with a 52-41 win in a Northeast Ohio Conference Saturday afternoon matinee.
The Bears, now 13-1 overall and 5-0 in the conference, forced 12 second-half turnovers and churned out...
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...
With a big second-half run, Bears roar past Bruins|
Down 21 points early in the third quarter, Padua had a big hole to climb out of. The Bruins went to work and chipped away at the large North Royalton lead. They got back to within 10, 47-37, on a Tim King 3-pointer with just over three minutes left in the quarter.
At that point, the visiting Bruins had some momentum. But after Bears head coach Tim Matus called a timeout, that all changed in a hurry.
North Royalton went on a 27-2 run and never looked back, coming away with a...
Bears get by Blue Streaks in Fight or Flight thriller|
North Royalton head girls basketball coach Steffani Cicerchi has witnessed a great deal of maturity from her girls over the course of the last year.
The improvement during crunch time was no more evident than during the Lady Bears\' 49-48 win over Magnificat Saturday afternoon in the annual Fight or Flight Invitational at Twinsburg High School.
Clinging to a one-point lead with less than a minute remaining, Magnificat\'s Phoebe Sterba drained a 3-pointer to put the Blue Streaks on top. It was a temporary punch in the gut to the Lady Bears, but they quickly brushed it off.
Following a big defensive stand, North Royalton raced to the other end in transition. The ball ended up in the hands of senior guard Abby Miduri, who made a...
Late run pushes Bears past Cards in NOC thriller|
North Royalton knew going into Wednesday\'s Northeast Ohio Conference crossover game against Mentor that it would be tough to overcome the Cardinals\' height advantage.
Mentor featured three girls listed at 6-0 or above, while the Bears had 6-1 forward Rachel Flis, and no one else taller than 5-8. So instead of trying to beat the Cardinals in its half court set, the Bears decided to take its already fast-paced offense to another level.
In a high-flying, transitional game, host North Royalton edged Mentor, 60-53, after some strong shifts of momentum in the second half.
Mentor used a 25-7 run that lasted from late in the first half until midway through the fourth quarter to take a 47-39 lead. But Bears head coach Steffani Cicerchi used a timeout with 4:30 to play that proved to be pivotal toward her team\'s success.
Royalton proceeded to outscore Mentor, 21-6, over the final...
Magnificat advances, tops Bears in 5-set marathon|
Magnificat senior Nicole Keshock had the eye of the tiger in this one.
The 5-10 outside hitter took the Blue Steaks on her back and helped lead them to a five-set win over North Royalton Tuesday night in the Division I district volleyball semifinals at Strongsville High School.
Keshock, one of six seniors on the Magnificat squad, finished with a team-high 31 kills and flat out dominated when her team needed points at critical stretches. What may have seemed like an everlasting match ended in a 15-25, 26-24, 25-23, 27-29, 15-10 victory for the Blue Streaks, who advance to Thursday night\'s district final against Strongsville.
The Mustangs swept St. Joseph Academy in three sets 25-10, 25-14, 25-18 in Tuesday night\'s...
Mustangs prevail over Bears in a 5-set NOC thriller|
Thursday\'s North Royalton-Strongsville volleyball match exemplified that of any other one between the two schools.
Back and forth, intense and long-lasting, it was just the type of matchup that has turned the meeting into a continuous, competitive rivalry. For the third time this season the Lady Mustangs got the better of North Royalton as they defeated the visiting Bears, 18-24, 25-19, 22-25, 25-18, 15-12, on Senior Night.
\"When we play North Royalton no matter who\'s up or who\'s down, it\'s always a tough match,\" said Strongsville head coach Erick Sopata. \"To me it\'s the match I look forward to most in the year.\"
Strongsville, now 19-3, won its 13th straight match despite falling behind, 2-1, in the first three sets. The Mustangs weren\'t perfect every set but were able to make the plays needed...
Bears tame Wildcats, keep unbeaten season intact|
Thirteen games in, and the North Royalton boys soccer team is still finding ways to impress its own head coach.
The Bears continued their season dominance by blasting visiting Mayfield, 7-1, Tuesday night on Senior Night at Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium. The win kept North Royalton undefeated at 12-0-1 on the season.
\"We were definitely clicking on all cylinders,\" said North Royalton head coach Alex Nagy. \"We were able to get the seniors some time, which is tough to do sometimes with the level of competition.
\"A lot of the guys stepped up and showed what they\'re capable of...
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...
First-half outburst pushes Blue Streaks past Bears|
For the second game in a row, the Magnificat soccer team was held scoreless in the second half.
But with a 3-0 halftime lead, the Blue Streaks had provided just enough firepower to get another win.
Magnificat moved to 4-0 on the season Thursday night with a 3-0 win over North Royalton at Rocky River Stadium. On Saturday, the Blue Streaks upped that record a notch to 5-0 with a 3-1 win over Notre Dame Academy.
\"This is our second game where we won by holding the other team without a goal,\" said Magnificat\'s first-year head coach Gretchen Micklitsch, whose team was coming off a 4-0 win over Padua. All four Blue Streak goals were scored in the first half in that game as well
\"Yet, again we weren\'t able to score a goal...
Bears overcome slow start to spoil Titans' debut|
It may not have showed on the scoreboard, but both North Royalton and Berea-Midpark came out winners Friday night.
The Bears were the actual winners, beating the visitors, 31-21, in Week One of the high school football regular season. Walking away with a moral victory were the Titans, who were playing their first ever football game of the Berea-Midpark era.
\"It would have been great to have a victory and all that, but offensively we improved from our scrimmages. I\'m pleased with the improvement I saw,\" said Berea-Midpark head coach Ray Hradek...
Youthful Bears start strong, best Bulldogs in four|
Both the North Royalton and Olmsted Falls volleyball teams are facing their share of early season challenges.
But it was the visiting Bears who came out on top Saturday afternoon in nonconference action. The young Bears defeated the host Bulldogs, 25-14, 25-22, 22-25, 25-12 and moved to 2-1 on the season.
\"We\'re starting four sophomores,\" said North Royalton head coach Kristin Hubbell. \"And we are really small compared to what we usually are. It\'s a different mentality. For me this year, I have to be a little more laid back.\"
While the visitors were battling inexperience, Olmsted Falls was also dealing with the loss of talented sophomore Katie Edgington. She was not available due to an injury. The Bulldogs fell behind 2-0 and grabbed a victory in Game 3, but couldn\'t put up much of a fight in Game 4. \"No blocks tonight, no serve receive\"...
Bears look to maintain their winning ways in 2013|
There was no shortage of publicity for the North Royalton football team in 2012.
It was very much deserved, though, as the Bears won a school record 10 games and notched their first ever playoff win in school history.
The bad news for head coach Nick Ciulli is a large chunk of that group has departed due to graduation. The good news is that the current players seem to be more than willing and ready to fill those shoes.
\"This group has a chip,\" said Ciulli, entering his ninth season as head coach. \"They were a big part of last year, but last year\'s group got all the credit. And they should have, because they were the seniors and all that. But this group of seniors, they\'re playing with a chip on their shoulders. \"Our theme is ...
Royalton holds off Lakewood to win sectional final|
Lakewood came into Wednesday’s Division I sectional final against North Royalton chasing an improbable 21st victory. The Rangers then proceeded to chase the Bears for 32 minutes.
In the end, they caught neither.
After a late-game rally that saw the Rangers cut a 34-22 halftime deficit to four points in the fourth quarter, the Bears managed to drain the clock and hit their free throws to escape with a 52-43 win at Valley Forge.
The fourth-seeded Rangers finish their season at 20-4. The No. 5 Bears (14-8) move on to face No. 1 St. Joseph Academy in the district semifinals Feb. 28.
“I think we were a little impatient...
Late fourth-quarter rally gets Demons past Bears|
After three straight losses, the Westlake girls basketball team needed a win.
Early on in the fourth quarter against North Royalton, the Demons were staring loss No. 4 square in the face. A Nikki Newman basket inside had given the visiting Bears a 45-39 lead and some momentum heading into the final six minutes of play.
But despite the deficit, Westlake’s pressure defense was taking its toll on the young North Royalton squad. As a result, the Demons took advantage of numerous Bear turnovers down the stretch and scratched out a 52-49 win Wednesday night in non-conference play.
“That was a big win for us,” admitted Westlake head coach Chip Weiss. “It’s been like this the past couple of games where we just couldn’t hit any shots. Nothing has been falling in for us...