Berea Midpark High School
Demons get past Titans to extend winning streak|
The Westlake softball team kept its recent hot streak going this week with a 4-2 win over visiting Berea-Midpark in Southwestern Conference action.
The Demons extended their win streak to nine games and improved to 8-2 in the SWC with two games remaining in conference play. Westlake was coming off back-to-back shutout wins, 2-0 over Amherst and 12-0 over Avon Lake in five innings.
Both the Demons and the Titans will be playing in the upcoming Avon Lake Division I District Tournament. Berea-Midpark...
Titans get past Shoremen, stay in SWC title chase|
Berea-Midpark got strong pitching from Jaret Peterson band scored the winning run in the top of the sixth inning for a hard-fought 4-3 win at Avon Lake in Southwestern Conference baseball.
The Titans stayed in the thick of the SWC race as Peterson went the distance. He struck out 11 and didn\'t walk a batter, although the Shoremen did rally for a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth,
For Avon Lake, Jeremiah Campo laced a pair of doubles, while Luke Harris and...
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...
Bears, Titans claim team honors at Ranger Relays|
The North Royalton girls held off a challenge from St. Joseph Academy, while the Berea-Midpark boys won convincingly at the annual Ranger Relays at First Federal Lakewood Stadium.
North Royalton scored 112 team points to edge SJA, which took second in the 4x400 to finish with 106 points. Berea-Midpark won the boys competition with 142 points, while North Royalton was a distant second with 86.
The Bears won the girls pole vault relay, with senior Kristen Denk winning individual honors with a 13-00. Senior MacKenzie Matthews took third with a 9-06, while freshman Kayla O\'Donnell turned in a 7-00 to help clinch the win...
Hot-shooting Titans advance with win over Comets|
Live by the three, die by the three.
That\'s pretty much been the mantra of the Berea-Midpark girls basketball team this season. And on Thursday night at Bob Purdy Gymnasium, they were living it up big time against Southwestern Conference rival Amherst.
The Titans hit seven 3-pointers in the first half of their Division I section championship game with the Comets. That led to a 20-point first-half lead, and eventually turned into a 65-51 win that returned Berea-Midpark to the district semifinals.
The Titans, now 18-6, will play Elyria Monday night at Valley Forge. A win there would give them a shot at their second-straight district championship and a berth in the Ohio Sweet 16.
\"Our kids were ready to play,\" said Berea-Midpark head coach Kevin Braaten, whose team made 14 of 32...
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...
Demons' Fury: Westlake downs Titans, leads SWC|
With first place in the Southwestern Conference on the line, both the Berea-Midpark Titans and the Westlake Demons were looking for an edge.
As it turned out, the Demons had two on this Saturday afternoon: Their defense and Monica Fury.
While Fury went off for 27 points and 14 rebounds, the Westlake defense was busy holding the Titans\' high-octane offense in check. That combination allowed the Demons to come away with an important 49-36 win at the Westlake Athletic Center and claim sole possession of first place...
Titans fight off Demons, maintain top spot in SWC|
With just four games remaining on their Southwestern Conference schedule, the Berea-Midpark Titans went into their game at Westlake knowing they controlled their own destiny.
But at the same time, head coach Duke Barther\'s team wasn\'t looking any farther ahead than Friday night\'s encounter with the Demons.
Westlake, which defeated Berea-Midpark on their new home floor last season, made a number of runs at the defending SWC champs throughout the second half. But the titans were equal to the task and left the Westlake Athletic Center with...
Blue Streaks pull out a last-second win over Titans|
As the game\'s final seconds ticked off the clock, Zoranne Host\'s contested layup attempt rolled around the top of the rim. As the ball fell off, Lexy Siggers\' equally contested rebound shot attempt hit the left side of the rim.
A case of so close, yet so far for Berea-Midpark.
And a sigh of relief for Magnificat.
In a battle of defending district champions, the Blue Streaks overcame 20 turnovers and took advantage of a big third quarter-run. After losing a double-digit lead, they held on at the end to defeat the Titans, 64-63, Monday night before a large crowd at Robert Purdy Gymnasium.
Magnificat, now 12-1, trailed 32-31 at halftime after committing 13 turnovers. But the Blue Streaks cleaned up their act in the third quarter, turning the ball over just...
Bees swarm Titans in fourth quarter, take SWC win|
If Friday night was any indication, Steve Mehalik and his Brecksville Bees could make their final season in the Southwestern Conference a memorable one.
The Bees, trailing Berea-Midpark by six heading into the fourth quarter, went on a 14-3 run and cashed in at the free throw line down the stretch. The end result was a 54-41 win over the Titans in Brecksville\'s final SWC visit to Bob Purdy Gymnasium.
Brecksville, which will move to the Suburban League next season, upped its overall record to 8-3 while improving its SWC slate to 5-1. The Bees also handed the defending champs their first SWC loss of the season and their first home loss since the Berea/Midpark merger.
\"Now it\'s a race. Now it\'s fun,\" admitted Mehalik, whose team was coming off a 64-48 loss to Olmsted Falls the previous Friday. \"We rebounded the basketball tonight...
Titans finish strong, claim SWC win over Westlake|
Over the holidays, the Berea-Midpark Titans ran the gauntlet as they took on some of the toughest competition they could find in Wadsworth, Revere and North Royalton. Three losses later, head coach Kevin Braaten felt the experience would pay off in the long run.
Wednesday night, it looked like his Titans began to cash in on the dividends.
The Titans found themselves in a tight battle with Southwestern Conference rival Westlake. Nursing a 43-40 lead, Berea-Midpark outscored the Demons 18-7 in the fourth quarter to come away with a 61-47 win at Purdy Gymnasium.
The win kept the defending SWC champions unbeaten in conference games at 4-0. Westlake fell to 3-1 in the conference after making just two of 16 shots in the final quarter. \"I think we\'ve played a tough schedule,\" said Braaten, whose...
Titans' transition game sparks a win over Bulldogs|
Transition game? Double check.
The Berea-Midpark Titans had all this and more going for them Friday night in their Southwestern Conference opener with Olmsted Falls.
Before a packed house at Purdy Gymnasium, the Titans jumped out to a 23-12 first quarter lead and never looked back. When the final buzzer sounded, Berea-Midpark had a convincing 70-47 win to open defense of its SWC crown.
The Titans, now 2-0, set the tone in the first minute of the game. Nolan Gerrity, their 6-11...
Titans start out fast, hold on late to topple Rangers|
The first season of the Berea-Midpark girls basketball program was one to remember. The Titans won the 2013-14 Southwestern Conference championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the Division I tournament.
Lakewood had a solid year as well as the Rangers won their second-straight West Shore Conference crown. They also fared well in tournament play, advancing all the way to the Medina District title game.
What would be in store for the two teams in 2014-15? Fans from both schools got a good look Wednesday night at Bob Purdy Gymnasium.
Berea-Midpark, playing in its season opener...
Titans' season comes to an end as Eagles prevail|
As the large crowd filed out of Finnie Stadium Saturday night, Berea-Midpark head coach Ray Hradek addressed his team near the north end zone.
He was obviously emphatic with his message. His players nodded in agreement.
The fifth-seeded Titans, in just their second year of existence, had just lost to No. 12 Canton GlenOak, 28-14, in a OHSAA Division I, Region 1 quarterfinal game. A 21-0 halftime deficit had proven too much to overcome, and the loss closed out Berea-Midpark\'s season at 8-3.
But while the sting of defeat was still fresh, Hradek made sure his team remembered what they had accomplished during the 2014 season. Just one year ago, his Titans had finished their first year...
Mistakes prove costly for Titans in loss to Middies|
It wasn\'t quite playoff time quite yet, but Berea-Midpark got a little taste of the postseason Friday night in Week 10 of the regular season.
The Titans, in their home clash against Division II powerhouse Midview, battled the undefeated Middies tough. However, a 17-0 third quarter in favor of the visitors made the difference during Berea-Midpark\'s 38-28 nonconference loss at Finnie Stadium.
Berea-Midpark, the Southwestern Conference champion, closed out the regular season at 8-2. Midview, winners of the final West Shore Conference championship, moved to 10-0. Both teams will be playing in Week 11 when the OHSAA playoff pairings are revealed Sunday.
But it was a bit of a slow start for two of the area\'s top offenses. A combination of solid defense, dropped passes and a cold and rainy night resulted in a 14-14 score at halftime.
Midview then came out of the gates strong in the third quarter...
CHAMPIONS! Titans all in, beat Bees for SWC title|
Berea-Midpark head coach Ray Hradek stood dripping wet and near-frozen from a Gatorade bath near the 50-yard line. Just minutes after his Titans beat Brecksville-Broadview Heights, 52-37, he let out a primal scream.
The shout reverberated throughout Community Stadium. It was the finishing touch of an impressive Southwestern Conference win Friday night that gave Berea-Midpark not only a league title, but clinched a spot in the Division I, Region 1 playoffs.
\"It feels darn good. I don\'t mind,\" Hradek said.
\"I want the freezing. I want to enjoy it right now. When we started our offseason program in January and had the vast majority of our team buy into it, to pay the price and see what we earned, it means a lot,\" he said.
It meant quite a bit as the Titans, who improved to 8-1 and finished SWC play at 6-0, did something that hadn\'t been done in a long time...
Demons get by Titans, advance to DI district finals|
During the regular season, the Berea-Midpark boys soccer team came to Read Field and took a 4-1 decision over Westlake. The win was pivotal in helping the Titans claim a second-straight Southwestern Conference championship.
Wednesday night, the Titans returned to the Demons\' home pitch in the semifinal round of the Rocky River Division I District Tournament. This time around, Westlake turned the tables and came away with a narrow 2-1 win to advance to the district championship game.
Westlake, the tournament\'s second seed, will hit the road Saturday night to take on the No. 1 Avon Eagles, who defeated Strongsville 4-0 Wednesday night. Avon remained undefeated on the season, while the Demons moved to 14-4-0. \"We made it interesting...\"
Football '14: Bees, Titans to play for SWC, playoffs|
Regular season high school football games don\'t get much bigger than this.
When 7-1 Brecksville-Broadview Heights entertains 7-1 Berea-Midpark on Friday, there will be much more than just the Southwestern Conference on the line. There will be gigantic playoff points as both teams control their own destiny. And, both teams can likely lock up postseason berths with a win.
The victor clinches at least a share of the SWC as well as bragging rights in the biggest slobberknocker of the regular season to date.
\"We\'re going to try to work out their anxiety and nervousness in practice,\" Bees head coach Jason Black said. \"We have to be razor sharp...
Titans spin Demon miscues into another SWC win|
To say Westlake\'s football team handed its opponent the win Friday night isn\'t cliche. It\'s an understatement.
The host Demons turned over the ball six times in the Southwestern Conference contest, and Berea-Midpark graciously accepted their generosity. The Titans spun four of those snafus into touchdowns en route to their 42-0 win at Lou Duchez Field.
For the night, Justin Harris ran in a pair of touchdowns, Joey Bachie caught a couple, Shawn Epps ran in a fifth score and Matt Owens found the end zone on an 80-yard pick-6. Connor Kahl was a perfect 6-for-6 in PATs as the junior bettered the school record for most consecutive extra points kicked in a game.
\"We\'ve got to play mistake-free football to have a chance,\" said Westlake coach Mark Campo, whose team slid to 3-5 overall and 1-3 in the SWC. \"We\'ve got young guys that are stepping up playing varsity football for the first time...
Football '14: Big games loom ahead for Mustangs|
Strongsville\'s football team hasn\'t been to the postseason since 2008, but don\'t expect the Mustangs to be green if they make it this year.
Their last three regular season games are a virtual who\'s who of Week 11 regulars as Strongsville travels to 7-0 Hudson and 7-0 Mentor with a game against 4-3 Brunswick thrown in between at home.
For those keeping track, that\'s the No. 2 in the state this week and the No. 1 squad in Week 10 with the arch nemesis Brunswick coming in Week 9.
\"We\'ve already started our playoffs,\" Strongsville head coach Larry Laird said. \"This week\'s game is big for Hudson and Strongsville as far as playoff points go. I\'m sure they want that No. 1 seed. So do we...\"
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...
Football '14: Top-ranked Mentor up next for Devils|
Brunswick\'s football team knew it had a big game Friday with the state\'s top-ranked team in Mentor back when the schedule came out.
After last week\'s last-second loss to Elyria, the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division contest with the Cardinals just became bigger.
Up 21-14 with a little over 90 seconds, it all went south when Elyria scored and recovered an onside kick to bring it to a one-point game. With 14 seconds left, Mikah Price hauled in a tipped pass and raced 57 yards for the win.
That bumped Brunswick to 4-2 and put them 14th in Division I, Region I. It also landed a magnifying glass the size of Mentor on this week\'s game with the Cardinals.
\"That was a tough lesson to learn last week...\"
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...
Titans' defense, running game dominate Bulldogs|
There may be less than five miles separating Berea-Midpark and Olmsted Falls high schools from each other on Bagley Road, but there\'s a great divide between the pair of Southwestern Conference football teams this fall.
Limiting Olmsted Falls\' offense to no first downs in the first half and relying on their running game in rain soaked conditions, the Titans made themselves at home en route to their 35-7 win Friday night at Charles A. Harding Memorial Stadium.
Shutout for most of the game...
Football '14: Friends meet as Mustangs host Bees|
Strongsville football coach Larry Laird will walk to midfield before Friday\'s game with Medina and see a friendly face.
That the friendly face will belong to Bees head coach Dan Sutherland is the irony of the situation. Sutherland was an assistant coach under Laird when the Mustangs mentor was the lead man during Medina\'s magical playoff season in 2010.
\"It\'s always tough when you go against guys you respect that you\'re friends with,\" Laird said. \"That was a special year for all of us involved.
\"For our kids to accomplish all that we accomplished, we were very proud of that fact. No one felt prouder than I did,\" he said.
Don\'t get Laird wrong. Once the game starts, it\'s all about improving to 5-1 and staying in the Division I, Region playoff hunt. Strongsville is ninth and would open at Westerville Central if the playoffs started today.
The Bees are still looking for a victory, which would be...
Titans keep goals in sight, trample Shoremen 47-7|
It\'s only the midpoint of the regular season, but head coach Ray Hradek said he and his coaching staff periodically remind their Berea-Midpark football players that one of their goals is to reach Week 11.
The Titans took several more steps toward making that postseason objective a reality in Week 5 with their 47-7 Week 5 victory Friday night over perennial power Avon Lake at Tressel Field. They scored on six of their first seven possessions at Baldwin Wallace University\'s George Finnie Stadium.
Behind Nick Gassman\'s record-setting performance that featured five touchdowns in the first half, Berea-Midpark topped the Shoremen in a Southwestern Conference clash. Meanwhile, the Titans\' defense limited them to just...
Football '14: Titans jump into the DI playoff chase|
The last time Berea made the playoffs in football, Desmond Howard was a rookie in the NFL. The last time Midpark reached Week 11, Gladiator was starring on the silver screen.
The years were 1992 and 2000, respectively. Fast forward to 2014, and Berea-Midpark is ready to write an incredible chapter on the gridiron. Currently 3-1 as they head into a key game with Southwestern Conference foe Avon Lake, there\'s a buzz around the Titans, and it is very real.
\"The kids are knowledgeable of what this could mean, in terms of a drive in football,\" Titans head coach Ray Hradek said. \"Avon Lake has...
Football '14: Big road challenge awaits Blue Devils|
Brunswick\'s football team knows exactly what is on the line this week in a key Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division game with Hudson.
It\'s more than just a league game. It\'s arguably THE best matchup in the state.
The Explorers (3-0) are unscathed and ranked fourth in the state poll. The Blue Devils (3-0) haven\'t lost either and are ranked fifth. Hudson, which plays host to Brunswick, is coming off a huge win over Brecksville-Broadview Heights. The Blue Devils knocked off Austintown-Fitch 41-27.
\"I know the physicality in which they play is really good,\" Explorers coach Ron Wright said.
\"I was impressed with them...
Golf '14: Experienced Titans ready for Sweetbriar|
Berea-Midpark\'s boys golf team knows what it\'s up against in two weeks, but the Titans are ready.
A loaded field waits for the squad at the Sweetbriar Division I Sectional where a senior-laden team hopes it can pull together and advance against the likes of St. Edward, St. Ignatius, Padua and North Royalton, which all advanced to district last season.
Throw in a very game Brecksville-Broadview Heights team, and it\'s an uphill climb from the start. But it\'s a climb Berea-Midpark coach Chris Eckert thinks the team can make.
\"That\'s something they\'ve talked about all season,\" he said. \"They\'ve been waiting for this year...
Resilient, unbeaten Mustangs hold on to top Titans|
How impressed was Strongsville head football coach Larry Laird with Berea-Midpark after his Mustangs beat the Titans in a slobberknocker for the ages on Friday night?
The first-year coach said Berea-Midpark could make a seamless transition to the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division after his team handed the Titans\' a 35-28 loss at Pat Catan Stadium.
Consider that the league boasts reigning Division I state runner-up Mentor and playoff regulars Solon and Hudson, not to mention Brunswick, and that\'s saying something.
\"Berea-Midpark is a big school with a lot of talent,\" Laird said. \"That\'s a good team. Coach (Ray) Hradek has done a great job in two years. They\'re real good. They would fit right in our conference.\"
The Titans, now 2-1, gave the Mustangs all they could handle. Strongsville, now 3-0, had to come back with...
Football '14: Unbeaten Titans, Mustangs to clash|
It took until Week 5 for Strongsville\'s football team to find its third win last season. Berea-Midpark had to wait until Week 8 for that to happen in 2013.
That will change Friday evening as the Titans travel to Pat Catan Stadium on Friday in a key non-conference game with the Mustangs. Both teams enter the game with 2-0 records.
\"We\'re confident, but understanding that we have to work to get what we want,\" said Berea-Midpark coach Ray Hradek, whose team lost to Strongsville 29-19 last year.
\"It\'s the biggest game right now because it\'s our next game. We know they\'re talented and confident because it\'ll be at their place,\" he said.
Hradek also knows the Mustangs have multiple looks to show offensively. In Week 1, Strongsville lost...
Bees turn Bear turnovers into Gold to retain Shoe|
Brecksville\'s football team has been ballyhooed in recent years for its playmaking offense. In this year\'s installment of the battle for the Golden Shoe, however, the defense put its best foot forward.
The Bees capitalized on all three of North Royalton\'s turnovers and limited it to 22 yards of total offense in the first half as they topped their neighboring rival 26-8 Friday night at Serpentini Stadium.
\"We focused a lot on our turnovers,\" Brecksville coach Jason Black said. \"We focused a lot on a quick change of pace after turnovers. We focused on getting a lot of people the football in a hurry. All of those things were working for us...
Shoregals work fast and furious in win over Titans|
The Avon Lake and Berea-Midpark volleyball teams have two of the youngest rosters in the Southwestern Conference. With just five seniors in both starting lineups combined, there\'s a lot of learning going on during these early-season matches.
But Tuesday night, it was evident the two squads were at different points on that learning curve.
The Shoregals, playing at a faster pace offensively, shook off some early mistakes and rolled to a 25-20, 25-13, 25-13 win over the visiting Titans. With the win, Avon Lake continued its strong start in the SWC at 3-0.
Berea-Midpark, playing just its third match and without 6-3 sophomore setter Maggie Nedoma, fell to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the conference. Avon Lake, coming off a thrilling 5-set win over Brecksville, jumped out to...
Titans find their rhythm to roll past North Royalton|
The Berea-Midpark football program is a year older, a year wiser and certainly a year more skilled.
It took less than 24 minutes to demonstrate all of these improvements in the season opening victory over North Royalton.
The Titans blew open the non-conference win with four touchdowns in the second quarter as they romped to a 47-7 win at Tressel Field in Berea. The program, in its second season of reorganization following the merging of Berea and Midpark high schools, rode the talents of several athletes as five different players reached the end zone that game. \"There\'s always a rhythm to the game...
Their growing pains over, Titans are ready to rock|
In 2013, a giant took its first steps when the high schools of Berea and Midpark combined, as simple as it sounds, to become Berea-Midpark.
Longtime Midpark coach Ray Hradek was given the unenviable task of fusing two teams together and making it one cerebral unit. It took a while to get everyone on the same page, but now the Titans are one heartbeat and ready to make noise on the gridiron.
\"We\'re pretty far ahead from where we were a year ago,\" Hradek said. \"We\'re now one team, one group of guys with one big goal. We\'ve been working in the gym relentlessly since January. There\'s no separation.
\"We\'re the Titans. It\'s been good, and it\'s easier than it was a year ago. There\'s no concern of which school you came from, we\'re one team. Football-wise, we know what we\'re good at and what we don\'t need to work on. For me as a coach, that\'s...
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...