Olmsted Falls High School
Bulldogs top Rangers, advance to district tourney|
Through the first five innings, it was anybody\'s ballgame as Lakewood and Olmsted Falls battled for a Division I sectional championship.
With one swing of the bat, Collin Romel changed all that.
Romel belted a grand slam home run in the top of the sixth inning, his third hit of the game, to power the visiting Bulldogs to a 9-2 win over the Rangers. It was his second home run of the season and pushed his RBI total to 22 on the season.
Nate Krogh added a 2-run double and...
Softball '15: Bulldogs top Shoregals, tourney next|
On Monday, the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs defeated Avon Lake, 4-1, in a Southwestern Conference fastpitch softball matchup.
Now, both teams can turn their attention to the OHSAA Tournament. In fact, all area teams enter tournament play this week.
In Division I, Avon is seeded No. 2 and Westlake No. 4 in the Avon Lake District. The Eagles will host the winner of Thursday\'s North Olmsted-Midview sectional semifinal on Friday at 4:30 p.m. That same day, the Demons will host the winner of Thursday\'s Avon Lake-Lorain...
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...
Bulldogs start off fast, defeat Demons for SWC win|
In search of their first Southwestern Conference win, the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs were looking for a spark.
Head coach Chris DeLisio found just that in Ryan Hanna.
DeLisio inserted Hanna into the starting lineup Tuesday night at Westlake, and the senior responded in a big way. He scored 20 points, all in the first half, to get the Bulldogs off and running early on their way to a 67-61 win over the Demons at the Westlake Athletic Center.
The 5-11 guard came out shooting, scoring a 3-pointer and getting a steal for two in the game\'s first minute. The Demons knotted the game at 5-5, but Hanna nailed another trey that gave Olmsted Falls the lead.
Turns out he was just warming up. By the end of the first quarter, the Bulldogs had built a 23-10 lead...
Demons dominate early, beat Falls in SWC opener|
The Westlake Demons opened their Southwestern Conference season Saturday afternoon and were looking to get off on the right foot against visiting Olmsted Falls.
Looking at the numbers alone showed the Demons were able to accomplish just that.
Westlake came out of the gate strong, blanking the Bulldogs in the first quarter and rolling to a 51-26 win at the Westlake Athletic Center. The win moved the Demons to 3-1 on the season and more than set the tone for their SWC season.
\"That was a great start,\" said Westlake head coach Chip Weiss, whose team held the Bulldogs to just six field goal attempts and forced 11 turnovers in taking a 17-0 lead in the first quarter...
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...
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...
Demons blank Bulldogs, earn rematch with Titans|
The meatgrinder that is the Rocky River Division I boys soccer tournament moves into the district round this week. And as usual, the Westlake Demons find themselves with some tough obstacles to overcome if they want to return to the regional level.
The Demons took their first step Saturday night at Read Field when they got past Southwestern Conference rival Olmsted Falls, 2-0, in a sectional championship match.
The Bulldogs, who had defeated Elyria 5-0 in an opening round match, dropped out of tournament play at 10-5-3. Westlake, on the other hand...
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...\"
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...
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: 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...
Bulldogs shake off slow start to fight past Jaguars|
The way St. Joseph Academy and Olmsted Falls battled in their five-set volleyball match Thursday night, it was a shame one team had to be tagged with a loss.
The host Bulldogs came from behind after a sluggish first set to defeat the Jaguars, 13-25, 25-14, 25-22, 16-25, 15-13, in nonconference action.
\"It\'s a sign of a good team,\" said Olmsted Falls head coach Dawn Moses, whose team is now 8-1 on the season.
\"When you\'re not playing well, you can still pull it out. I don\'t think we did much in Game 1 but I think after that we were able to adjust,\" she said.
From the outside looking in...
Experience, consistency will be keys for Bulldogs|
Tom DeLuca doesn\'t need a \"Hello, My Name Is\" tag this year.
There\'s no getting used to his Olmsted Falls football team, or introducing new lingo to a squad ready to turn the page after 25-year veteran Jim Ryan retired.
Now in his second season with the Bulldogs, the former Westlake defensive coordinator is pushing forward with Olmsted Falls.
\"It\'s been much smoother this summer as far as getting our practice plans going and implementing our stuff,\" DeLuca said. \"The kids don\'t need to be introduced to any drills. They know...