Brecksville High School
Lacrosse '15: Bees, Shoregals battle to a 7-7 draw|
With the girls lacrosse season coming down the stretch, a number of area teams are vying for spots in the Ohio Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association post season tournament.
The Avon Lake Shoregals, which had won seven straight games, hit a bump in the road Friday night as they battled to a 7-7 draw with Brecksville at Memorial Stadium. It didn\'t get any easier for head coach Darci Gervaise\'s squad as they were scheduled for a road game with Rocky River Saturday night.
The 11-2 Pirates were ranked No. 17 overall in Ohio and were in second place in the OSLA Division 2 North.
Avon Lake, ranked eighth in the...
Lacrosse '15: Devils bounce back, rally past 'Dogs|
After seeing their six-game win streak fall by the wayside, the Brunswick boys lacrosse team bounced back in a big way earlier this week.
On Monday, the Blue Devils brushed aside back-to-back losses to Walsh Jesuit and Sylvania Northview. They hosted Olmsted Falls and produced a convincing 12-6 win over the Bulldogs to move to 7-2 on the season.
Noah Smith and John Cellura were the big guns as Brunswick rallied from a 4-1 first quarter deficit. Both players scored hat tricks with their three-goal outbursts, while dishing out one assist each. The Blue Devils scored five goals in the second quarter and another five in the third to take an 11-5 lead heading into the final...
Baseball '15: Mustangs put together a solid week|
Nobody could argue that it\'s been a pretty good week for the Strongsville Mustangs.
With the weather finally breaking, the Mustangs went 4-0 this week in Northeast Ohio Conference play to move to 7-3 overall. It all began at home Monday with a 6-1 win over Mentor. Senior right-hander Alex Barnes went the distance, allowing just two hits and no earned runs.
The next day at Brunswick produced a 13-2 win as Strongsville pounded out 15 hits. Jake Bokar led the onslaught, going 4-for-4. Seems like the Mustangs\' senior catcher was just warming up...
Blue Devils rally, best Avon Lake to stay unbeaten|
Heading into the fourth quarter, Brunswick\'s undefeated start to the 2015 boys lacrosse season was in jeopardy. Host Avon Lake had led throughout the game and held an 8-6 lead heading into the final 12 minutes.
The Blue Devils, however, were able to answer the challenge.
The Brunswick defense shut out the Shoremen in the fourth quarter, and the offense responded with three goals in a come-from-behind 9-8 win Tuesday night at Memorial Stadium. With the win, the Blue Devils moved to 6-0 on the season.
Noah Smith and John Cellura both scored hat tricks for Brunswick, each scoring three goals and dishing out an assist. Justin Golod had one goal and one assist, while Marc Manocchio and Declan McCready...
CHAMPIONS! Demons top Bees to win SWC crown|
With one regular season game remaining, the Westlake girls basketball team was on a mission.
And they weren\'t in a sharing kind of mood, either.
The Demons, with a share of the Southwestern Conference already in their possession, had one more hurdle to overcome if they wanted the outright championship. And from the opening tip, they knew the Brecksville Bees would give them all they could handle.
But as the final buzzer sounded, Westlake had the SWC championship all to itself after a hard-fought 49-38 win over the Bees Saturday afternoon at the Westlake Athletic Center.
With the win, the Demons finished at 11-1 in the conference. They had captured a share of the title earlier in the week with a 59-25 win over North Olmsted, but weren\'t willing to settle for that, according to senior captain Allison Collins. \"It feels so...
CHAMPIONS! Demons top Bees to retain SWC title|
With the score between Brecksville and Westlake deadlocked at 2-2, the championship for the annual Southwestern Conference Hockey Tournament was very much in doubt.
But in the second period, a staunch defensive stand and an opportunistic scoring opportunity nudged things the Demons\' way.
Adam Fife scored the go-ahead goal late in the period, and goaltender Joe Guay turned away shot after shot from the Bees. Guay and the Demon defense pitched another shutout in the third period to give Westlake a 4-2 win and...
Demons rally, hold off Bees to stay atop the SWC|
With both teams struggling offensively, Saturday\'s Southwestern Conference matinee between Brecksville and Westlake seemed destined to go down to the wire.
Westlake got a pair of free throws and a fast break hoop by Allison Collins in the game\'s final 33.7 seconds, allowing the Demons to get out of town with a narrow 39-33 win played at the Brecksvile-Broadview Heights Middle School gym.
Westlake, now 9-4 overall and 5-1 in the SWC, needed the win to keep pace with Berea-Midpark. But that proved to be no easy task against a Brecksville squad that just one week ago handed the Titans their first conference loss in 17 outings.
\"They\'ve been on a hot streak,\" admitted Westlake head coach Chip Weiss. His team trailed 20-19 at halftime...
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...
Bees in the zone, top Eagles for key SWC road win|
As temperatures continued to drop outside, the Brecksville Bees were busy warming things up indoors Tuesday night at North Olmsted.
The Bees, feeding off their 2-3 zone defense, scorched the Eagles with some red-hot shooting in the second quarter. From there, they controlled the tempo in the second half and rolled to a 55-48 win in a key early-season Southwestern Conference hoops matchup.
With the win, Brecksville moved to 6-2 overall and remained unbeaten in the SWC at 3-0. North Olmsted, after starting the season at 7-0, lost its second straight game and fell to 3-1 in the conference.
\"Brecksville did a good job in slowing us down with their zone,\" explained North Olmsted head coach Jason Frolo, whose team made just eight of its 18 field goals...
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...
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...
Special teams play sparks Bees' win over Rangers|
In their Friday night matchup at First Federal Lakewood Stadium, the Brecksville-Broadview Heights and Lakewood football teams both got a lesson on just how important special teams are.
Chances are the Bees enjoyed that class a bit more than the Rangers.
After taking an early 7-3, Brecksville took advantage of two costly Lakewood kicking game miscues in the first half. That ignited a 28-0 run that led to a 34-18 win over the Rangers and kept their Division II playoff hopes within reach.
\"Our special teams have been one of those things that have kept us in games this year,\" lamented Lakewood head coach Mike Ribar, whose team fell to 2-6 on the season. \"You just can\'t have mistakes like that against good teams.
\"When those two plays happened, they jumped on it...
Bees bounce Shaker, get a rematch with Mustangs|
Brecksville-Broadview Heights\' girls soccer team knew the levee was eventually going break in its 2-1 University Heights Division I Sectional final win over Shaker Heights.
The third-seeded Bees just didn\'t know when.
Controlling the action at Community Stadium for virtually all 80 minutes on Thursday, it took the better part of 52 minutes before Brecksville finally took control to advance to a district semifinal with top-seeded Strongsville.
It came when Chauntel Houk took a fantastic pass from Abby Lydey on the right flank and one-timed a shot from near the top of the box past a diving Curshanna Robinson for...
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...\"
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...\"
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...
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...
'He's the real deal:' Tupa leads Bees past Bulldogs|
Olmsted Falls\' football team made it a game on the road at Community Stadium in its Southwestern Conference opener against Brecksville-Broadview Heights. But the Bees had one thing the Bulldogs didn\'t:
The son of former Ohio State great and Super Bowl champion Tom Tupa, the junior was just about everywhere Friday night and it added up to a 28-21 win over Olmsted Falls.
\"He\'s the real deal,\" Bulldogs coach Tom DeLuca said. \"He\"s every bit as good as advertised. Seventy percent of the time we put two guys on him. We tried jamming him...
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: Brecksville boys poised for special year|
Brecksville-Broadview Heights boys golf coach Tom Mulhall knew he had something special a year ago when the Bees finished sixth at a loaded Sweetbriar Division I Sectional. That tournament field was filled with teams like St. Ignatius, St. Edward, Strongsville and Rocky River in the mix.
What he\'s seen so far in 2014 has him smiling at the possibility of a late season run. \"I think they\'re a little bit ahead of schedule actually...
Football '14: Versatile Tupa to lead Bees' fortunes|
Two years ago, Brecksville-Broadview Heights coach Jason Black already knew what he had. He just didn\'t open it up until last season.
On a squad loaded with Tupas, Tim and Tom, Black kept budding freshman Tyler Tupa under wraps for a year before unleashing him. What followed was an offensive display as the versatile sophomore helped lead his team to the playoffs in 2013, while racking up team highs in receptions (56), yards (864) and touchdowns (10).
Add things up and the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Tyler Tupa averaged 15.4 yards per reception. But he\'s more than that as he will punt, kick, play safety and return kicks this season for Brecksville.
In other words, if the Bees aren\'t dragging their star junior to the bus, they didn\'t use him enough in the game. \"It\'s always great to have Tyler on your team,\" Black said. \"To know...
Houk's two goals help Bees get past Rocky River|
What a difference a year makes.
Last season, the Rocky River girls soccer team returned all of its starting lineup but one girl. The Pirates rode that team chemistry and momentum all the way to the OHSAA Division II state championship.
This year, the Brecksville-Broadview Heights girls soccer program sees itself in similar light. The Bees only graduated one girl from last year\'s varsity soccer team which came one goal from another Southwestern Conference championship, eventually taking second to Westlake.
After finishing their season opener with a tie...
After playoff season, Bees looking to reload in '14|
Brecksville-Broadview Heights\' football team returns 864 yards receiving, 10 touchdowns, 37 tackles and three interceptions as starters from last year\'s playoff team.
Well, that, and a whole bunch of attitude.
That\'s the way Bees coach Jason Black looks at it as his team comes off a 10-2 season that included a playoff win at home.
Back for the squad is Mr. Everything in 6-foot-1, 195-pound junior wide receiver, kick returner, punt returner, safety, punter, kicker Tyler Tupa. So is 6-foot, 150-pound junior Dan Shirilla...
Wrestling '14: Bees, Assad shine on summer mats|
Bad news for the Southwestern Conference: The lead dog\'s bite just got a lot bigger.
Brecksville-Broadview Hts. sent Austin Assad, Austin Hiles, Sonny Lucas, Justin DeMicco, Jimmy Suhayda and Nolan Wochna to Fargo, South Dakota for the Cadet and Junior National Championships. The Bees also went out to the National Duals in Des Moines, Iowa.
What came back was a ton of confidence.
In Des Moines, Brecksville finished third, tying its highest finish at the event, and went 15-2 in the process. Assad wrestled at 126 pounds and was named tournament MVP and earned All-American honors along with Lucas (145) and Grayson Davis (170). The squad added bronze medalists...