Olmsted Falls High School
Titans top Bulldogs, advance to district title game|
The rematch is set. But this time, there\'s way more than bragging rights on the line.
During the regular season, Berea-Midpark hosted St. Ignatius and earned a 70-61 win over the Wildcats at Purdy Gymnasium. This Saturday afternoon, the two teams will battle each other again, this time at Midview for a Division I district championship and a berth in the OHSAA\'s Sweet 16.
The Titans advanced Wednesday night. Using a 23-4 fourth quarter, they earned a convincing 72-48 win over Southwestern Conference rival Olmsted Falls before a packed house at Midview\'s Kubuski Gym. Guard Alex Brown, the SWC\'s Most Valuable Player, led the way with 23 points, 14 of them coming in the second half.
On Thursday, St. Ignatius claimed its spot...
CHAMPIONS! Titans slip past Bulldogs to win SWC|
The Berea-Midpark boys basketball team wasn\'t about to let this rare opportunity slip away.
Having already lost to Olmsted Falls exactly a month ago, the Titans knew they were in for another fight. They withstood a late second quarter rally by the Bulldogs, battled back from a halftime deficit and made the plays down the stretch.
All of that added up to a Southwestern Conference-clinching 67-64 home win over Olmsted Falls Friday night in front of a sellout crowd. A win by Olmsted Falls would have forced an SWC split title.
Just like their girls team, the Berea-Midpark boys were crowned conference champs in the inaugural year of the merger.
\"Our mindset was we\'re not cutting down the nets, we\'re not celebrating if we don\'t win this game,\" said Berea-Midpark head coach Duke Barther...
Hot-shooting Bulldogs send Demons to first defeat|
During the first half of the 2013-14 basketball season, a lot of attention was being paid to the undefeated boys teams at Berea-Midpark and Westlake. The Titans and the Demons were the talk of the Southwestern Conference and looked to be the two favorites to win a conference championship.
After last week, you can add a third team to the mix.
Olmsted Falls sent shock waves through the SWC early last week with a 68-60 win over Berea-Midpark, sending the Titans to their first defeat. Then on a snowy Friday night in Westlake, the Bulldogs shot the lights out in the third quarter and held on for a 66-59 win over the Demons before a packed house in the Westlake Athletics Center.
The Bulldogs, now 12-3 overall, find themselves in a virtual three-way tie with the Titans and Demons as the second half of the league season begins...
Demons top Bulldogs on way to SWC tourney title|
The Westlake hockey team was putting together a run at the right time.
The Demons imposed their will against Olmsted Falls Saturday night and defeated the Bulldogs, 7-1, at the North Olmsted Recreation Center to win their seventh straight.
The victory put Westlake in the finals of the Southwestern Conference tournament Sunday against Brecksville. It was the second time the Demons had defeated Olmsted Falls by a 7-1 score this season.
On Sunday, the Demons finished the job...
Demons do it with defense, rally late past Bulldogs|
Things couldn\'t have looked any more bleak for the Westlake girls basketball team Saturday night.
The Demons had made just one field goal in the first half. They were getting pounded on the boards to the tune of 25-12. Then late in the third quarter, Olmsted Falls sophomore Kara Marshall nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to give the visiting Bulldogs a 26-19 lead.
The fourth quarter, however, proved to be a totally different ballgame.
The Westlake defense pitched a shutout in the final eight minutes of play, and Corinne Furci and Taylor Hood capped off an 11-0 run to give the Demons the improbable 30-26 win in a Southwestern Conference contest. Westlake, now 12-1 overall and 6-1 in the SWC, made only five baskets...
Hood's free throw helps Demons sneak past Falls|
Crunch time is nothing new to Westlake.
Trailing by three late in the fourth quarter and tied with under a minute left, the Demons had things right where they wanted. Sophomore guard Taylor Hood sized up her defender at the top of the key, drove the lane and was fouled with four seconds left.
Hood connected on one of two at the free throw line to give visiting Westlake a 37-36 girls basketball win over Olmsted Falls Wednesday night in the Southwestern Conference opener for both teams.
After Westlake forced an Olmsted Falls turnover, Hood brought the ball up the court with about 20 seconds left and everyone on the edge of their seats.
\"That\'s the play we like to do...\"
Bulldogs' pressure leads to a win over Mustangs|
It wasn\'t quite the debut Darren Collins was hoping for.
Ups and downs can be expected. But the new Strongsville head boys basketball coach had to witness more downs than ups during the Mustangs\' 88-62 home loss to Olmsted Falls Friday night in the hoops opener for both teams.
\"They play physical and get after it,\" said Collins, who came over from the former Berea High School. \"You can\'t go through lulls against a good team and turn the ball over. You work on it, but you can\'t simulate it.\"
Early turnovers and sloppy play against the Olmsted Falls full-court press proved costly for the host Mustangs, who started just one senior and have just three total on their roster. Strongsville trailed by 12 at halftime and was outscored, 32-16, in the third quarter as the Bulldogs started to run away with it in the second half.
All but one Olmsted Falls player reached the scoring column...
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...
Top-seeded Wildcats boot Bears in district semis|
As former Arizona Cardinals head football coach Dennis Green once emphatically exclaimed during a postgame press conference following a loss to the Chicago Bears, \"They are who we thought they were.\"
The now-infamous saying could also apply to Wednesday night\'s boys soccer district semifinal match between St. Ignatius and North Royalton.
The top-seeded and bigger St. Ignatius squad proved to be just what North Royalton thought it would be during the Wildcats\' 4-0 victory at a rain-soaked Wasmer Field. As a result, St. Ignatius advanced to Saturday\'s district title game with St. Edward, a 2-0 winner over Brecksville Wednesday night.
North Royalton head boys soccer coach Alex Nagy knew what he and his players were up against. The Bears battled tough in the second half, but it wasn\'t enough...
Demons fight off Falls' challenge for sectional title|
The field conditions may have been less than ideal, but that mattered little to Southwestern Conference rivals Olmsted Falls and Westlake.
After all, an OHSAA Division I sectional championship was on the line.
The Bulldogs and Demons battled each other tooth and nail for 80 minutes at soggy Read Field, with all the slipping and sliding failing to dampen the intense play between the two sides. When the final whistle sounded, it was Westlake advancing to next week\'s district soccer tournament with a hard-fought 2-0 win.
Westlake, now 7-5-3, advanced to next Wednesday\'s district semifinal...
Robertson goal gives SWC championship to Titans|
Berea-Midpark senior forward Marlon Robertson said he had not scored on a header all season.
Well, he picked a perfect time for his first one.
Just over five minutes into the Titans\' boys soccer matchup with visiting Olmsted Falls, Robertson executed a textbook header to give his team a 1-0 lead and the eventual game-winning goal. It was all the Titans needed as they went on to clinch the Southwestern Conference championship Wednesday afternoon at Big Creek Elementary School.
\"It\'s a feeling I\'ve never had before,\" said Berea-Midpark head coach Steve Blatnica...
Titans set the tone early, score shutout over Falls|
The Berea-Midpark Titans set the tone right from the opening snap during their 34-0 shutout football win over Olmsted Falls Friday night at George Finnie Stadium.
On the first play from scrimmage, Berea-Midpark\'s Justin Harris sprinted 91 yards down the sideline to put the host Titans ahead, 7-0. They continued to put the pedal to the metal, scoring all 34 points in the first half in this Southwestern Conference matchup.
Berea-Midpark, winners of two of its last three...
Magnificat comes together, sweeps past Bulldogs|
Magnificat volleyball coach Mike Cannon likes what he sees from his team. The biggest thing Cannon likes, though, is the fact that his squad is getting healthy enabling him to put all of the pieces together on the court of play.
The Blue Streaks weathered the storm of injuries at the outset of the 2013 campaign, and are now putting it all together in terms of securing some well-deserved victories. One of those hard-fought wins came Thursday night, with Magnificat sweeping Olmsted Falls in three sets, 25-14, 25-17, 25-23.
\"We are starting to play better as a team,\" noted Cannon. \"Everybody is back on the floor contributing in big ways. We saw that tonight against a very good Olmsted Falls team.\" Indeed. With the match tied at 3-3 in the first set, Magnificat went on a 5-0 run led by the serving...
Bulldogs make quick work of short-handed Titans|
Berea-Midpark was fighting a losing battle right from the start.
Already without one of their top hitters, the visiting Titans showed some of their youth and inexperience during a three-game sweep at the hands of Olmsted Falls. The host Bulldogs dominated from the opening serve and defeated Berea-Midpark, 25-7, 25-12, 25-13, in Southwestern Conference volleyball action Tuesday night.
\"I kind of expected it to go that way,\" said Olmsted Falls head coach Dawn Moses. \"We\'re just really trying to work on focus with this team...
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...
New-look Bulldogs moving forward under DeLuca|
The Olmsted Falls football team is pushing the reset button.
New faces, systems and coaches will permeate the Bulldogs this fall. The most notable change on the Olmsted Falls sideline starts at the top with the head coach.
Longtime Bulldogs coach Jim Ryan has stepped down from the position after 25 years on the job. He started in 1988 and compiled a 180-92 record in that span. Taking over Ryan\'s spot is former Westlake defensive coordinator Tom DeLuca.
\"I\'m definitely excited,\" DeLuca said. \"I\'m very, very busy, but I\'m excited and looking...
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\"...
Blue Streaks start tourney trail with win over Falls|
Getting off to a good start in tournament play is a big step for any high school team, regardless of seeding, field conditions or opponent.
Magnificat, the top seed in the Rocky River Division I district field, delt with all of that Thursday night. The Blue Streaks fought off an early challenge from visiting Olmsted Falls and rolled to a 7-1 win in a sectional final at cold and windy Rocky River Stadium.
“I thought tonight the first half was a well-contested game,” said Magnificat head coach John Fenix, whose team outshot the Bulldogs 23-4 on the night.
“They came after us and had a great solo-effort goal. We obviously have the...