Brunswick High School
Lacrosse '15: Mustang boys push past Blue Devils|
It was a big week for the Strongsville boys lacrosse team.
In the midst of an eight-game losing streak, the Mustangs broke back into the win column to start the week with a 17-7 win over Cleveland Heights. Then on Thursday, they edged arch rival Brunswick, 13-12, at Pat Catan Stadium to raise their season record to 4-8.
It was just the fourth loss of the season for Brunswick, which went on to lose a 15-6 decision to Shaker Heights...
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...
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 fall short against Titans in 3OT thriller|
The longer the game continued, the smaller the room for error became for the undefeated Lorain Titans.
And in the third overtime period, the sweet taste of victory seemed there for the taking for the Brunswick Blue Devils.
But on this Wednesday night, Lorain, which had survived several Blue Devil rallies, would not be denied. The Titans, trailing 56-53 in the third OT, turned the tables with a stunning 59-56 Division I district semifinal win over the Blue Devils before a packed house at Midview\'s Kubuski Gymnasium.
Lorain, now 24-0, will play in Saturday night\'s district championship game. The Titans will face the winner of Thursday\'s semifinal contest between St. Ignatius and Strongsville.
Brunswick, which had come back from deficits at the end of regulation and the first two overtime periods...
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...
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...\"
Game tips Mentor's way, Devils drop heartbreaker|
If the adage holds true, the next three football teams to play Brunswick might want to tread lightly.
Animals backed into a corner are incredibly dangerous, and after Friday night that\'s exactly what they are.
Playing the top-ranked team in Division I to the very end, Brunswick had a chance to make things interesting on its final drive. But ultimately, the Blue Devils couldn\'t pull things out in a 21-14 loss to the Cardinals at Brunswick Auto Mart Stadium.
\"We took on one of the best teams...
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...\"
Determined Royalton cools off red-hot Brunswick|
Katie Baird admitted to fidgeting in class on Thursday. For the North Royalton junior, it wasn\'t about getting outside to enjoy one of the few remaining nice days of the year in Ohio.
Instead, it was about heading into her own gymnasium as an outside hitter for the Bears volleyball team. Wanting to stay relevant in the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division will do that to a competitor.
But wanting to avenge a four-set loss to Brunswick earlier in the year meant even more to the outside hitter...
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...
Bees return to the top, win NOC tournament crown|
Medina\'s boys golf team wanted to make sure it left the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division exactly the way it started it.
Champions of the NOC every year but two, 2008 and 2013, the Bees knew it would take a long shot to unseat Hudson in the overall standings. That didn\'t mean they couldn\'t make a statement Monday at the league tournament.
And that\'s exactly what Medina did in posting a team score of 305 to walk away with the tournament by shooting its lowest score of the season at Silver Lakes Country Club.
\"It feels really good,\" Evan Schreck said. \"We had a couple off-days in matches. It came down to the wire, it really meant something to come out...
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...
Fired up Blue Devil spikers sweep past rival Bees|
Brunswick\'s volleyball team can\'t help itself. When it sees green, it sees red as well.
Defending Northeast Conference Valley Division champ Strongsville and North Royalton can wait. When it\'s a league match with Medina, the Blue Devils go out of their mind to make sure they win.
Some of the 25-18, 25-16, 25-18 win over the Bees on Thursday might be attributed to the fact Brunswick lost both times it faced Medina last season. Some of it might also have to do with the fact the state Route 42 rivalry means just a little bit more to both teams.
\"It fires us up,\" Blue Devils middle hitter Julia Holden said. \"We have a really big rivalry. Whenever we hear the name or see the colors, we get fired up and want to get on the floor...
Football '14: Coaches voice opinion on mercy rule|
The new mercy rule in high school football was just as much the talk of the weekend as the first games among the Southern Hills coverage area for BeAFanatic.com.
Of the five games played, Medina and Brunswick played each other as did North Royalton and Berea-Midpark, two ended much earlier than expected because of the new rule.
The rule states if a team is down by 30 points or more in the second half, the game will go to a running clock.
As an example, Brunswick went up by 33 points at the 10:06 mark of the third quarter in what was eventually a 36-0 win. The clock started...
Brunswick opens fast, bedevils Bees with shutout|
Steven Ficyk, the sequel, might be a heck of a lot better than the original.
Then again, so might Brunswick\'s football team.
With Ficyk starting for the Blue Devils for the second year in a row, the quarterback who snapped Brunswick\'s three-game playoff-less streak in 2013 picked up right where he left off Friday night in a 36-0 win by the blue and white at Brunswick Auto Mall Stadium.
The Blue Devils might have beaten the Bees by even more, but a new mercy rule instituted by the Ohio High School Athletic Association made it a running clock for the final 22:06 of the contest. Under the rule, a team down by 30 or more in the second half will forfeit regular time...
Experienced Blue Devils poised for '14 playoff run|
What used to be a yearly tradition turned into reality for Brunswick\'s football team last season. A school in the playoffs from 2001-09, the Blue Devils were more a sure thing than death and taxes.
Then a few just-missed seasons turned into questioning, and Brunswick was hoping it could return to the Division I promised land. The three-year drought ended in 2013 as a 6-4 regular season locked up the 15th spot in Region 1.
And though the Blue Devils lost to eventual state runner-up Mentor the next game, the swagger was back and the school was ready to make the postseason a regular thing again.
\"Making the playoffs, it\'s completely different...
Blue Devils open with convincing win over Parma|
When Brunswick\'s boys soccer team headed into its season opener with Parma, it had a number of goals its checklist.
The Blue Devils not only wanted to get their home schedule started with a win, they wanted to do so in glowing fashion. Maybe, just maybe, they could take down a school record or two.
Check, check and check.
Brunswick gave the Redmen few opportunities to demonstrate their skills as it won the Northeast Ohio Conference cross-divisional game, 9-0, Saturday night at Brunswick Auto Mart Stadium...
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...
Football '14: Choat makes a big impression in Indy|
Often times, a kid is just excited to be part of the experience. When a coach gets to share in things, it can be a dynamic few get a chance to take part in.
Chris Medaglia, who coached the Browns team at the NFL High School Player Development 7-on-7 national tournament for the sixth straight year, had the chance to see things through Gerett Choat\'s eyes and came away very impressed by the Avon wide receiver.
Choat made the cut from 1,500 hopefuls and traveled with a select few to Indianapolis on July 14-15 for the 32-team event...