Medina High School
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...
Medina's offense falls short, Magnificat moves on|
To say Monday night\'s Division I district semifinal game between Magnificat and Medina was a defensive struggle might be an understatement.
It\'s in those types of games that tournament experience pays off. In that regard, it was advantage Blue Streaks.
Both teams struggled mightily early on, but Magnificat pulled things together from the second quarter on to defeat Medina, 47-27, at the Elyria Catholic Coliseum. The defending district champion Blue Streaks moved on to Friday night\'s title game against Westlake.
The Demons advanced in Monday\'s first game with a 42-36 win over Lakewood. \"We missed some shots throughout the game...\"
Demons bounce back with tough win over Medina|
Coming off a tough Tuesday night loss to North Royalton, Westlake faced another tough task Thursday night against the Medina Bees. Demons head coach Chip Weiss, knowing the narrow 48-43 setback was less than 48 hours old, was anxious to see how his team would bounce back.
As another tightly-contested game moved into the second half, Weiss had to like what he saw.
The Demons, after some first-half struggles, pulled away in the third quarter and finished off the Bees, 46-37, in a non-conference matchup at the Westlake Athletic Center.
\"We were really disappointed Tuesday night,\" admitted Weiss, whose team moved to 10-5 on the season.
\"We were there in that game the whole entire time,\" Weiss continued. \"And to come back tonight with...
Copley stuns Medina on PKs to take district crown|
The ghosts of Copley girls soccer players past had to crack a smile Saturday when Jordan Cotleur beat Jordan Reynolds to clinch a Brunswick Division I District championship for the Indians.
Since 2008, Copley has faced Medina a dozen times. In each of those 12 games, Medina came out on top, often ending the Indians\' season.
Saturday at Medina Memorial Stadium, it did not. Copley knocked off the Bees, 4-2 ,to win the district title on penalty kicks after the two played 110 minutes to a one-all tie.
\"I\'ve watched seniors year in and year out have Medina end their careers,\" Cotleur said. \"For the past two years, our boys and girls team have been knocked out by Medina. We played for them...
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...\"
Golf '14: Medina girls make return to state tourney|
Patience and perseverance were the words of the day last week for Medina\'s girls golf team during its state-qualifying round at the Massillon Division I District.
Because the Bees were able to adhere the words of second-year coach Mickey McGrath, they will head to Columbus on Friday and Saturday and erase a lengthy absence from the state tournament.
While individuals have made the trek down Interstate 71 South in years past, Medina, as a team, hasn\'t played at state...
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...\"
Dream season continues as Mustangs blank Bees|
It took a little over four years in the making, but Austin Platt\'s dream finally came to fruition Friday night.
A senior who Strongsville football coach Larry Laird called \"a frustrated running back,\" the 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive linemen made the play that lifted Strongsville to a 20-0 Northeast Ohio Conference cross-division win over Medina at Pat Catan Stadium.
Playing defensive tackle and with Medina on the Mustangs 35-yard line, Platt saw a Bees running back sneak out into the flat. Medina quarterback Collin Minor lofted one out...
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...
Medina, Strongsville girls battle to scoreless draw|
Wednesday night was a night to showcase just how good the Medina and Strongsville girls soccer teams were.
Both already had a resume chalked full of head-turning results. So when the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division game ended in a 0-0 tie at the Ehrnfelt Soccer Complex, it didn\'t come as much of a surprise.
After all, the Bees (9-2-3, 3-0-1) were ranked seventh in the state coaches poll and 39th in the nation according to topdrawersoccer.com. The Mustangs (8-2-3, 2-0-2) were ranked 10th and 38th, respectively. So when the two battled to a draw, both teams walked off with a sense of accomplishment.
\"They gave us such a good game,\" Strongsville midfielder and Northern Kentucky commit Anna Brantley said. \"We can\'t even say we...
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...
Mustangs find way to persevere in win over Bees|
Sometimes mistakes of the past are the very reason for success in the future.
Strongsville\'s boys soccer team, which has been a squad of just-missed wins, used early failures this season and came out on top Tuesday night in a key 3-2 win over Medina at the Ehrnfelt Soccer Complex.
The win gave the Mustangs, now 4-4-1 overall, a leg up in the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division at 1-0-1, while teaching the squad how to perservere.
Five games prior to Tuesday\'s win, Strongsville had a real chance to walk out of a game with Westlake with a tie, but gave up a late penalty kick and came home a loser. The roles were reversed against the Bees (8-2, 1-1) as a late goal was the difference in what had the feel of a...
Bears fight off determined Bees, remain unbeaten|
There\'s a fire that burns in North Royalton\'s volleyball team. It\'s a passion that glows every time the Bears need it.
That fire showed on Tuesday night during a 25-23, 25-9, 24-26, 25-17 Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division road win against a very competitive Medina squad. With the win, the Bears remained undefeated on the season.
Whenever the Bees (4-2, 0-2) pushed the Bears, the visitors answered with authority in what was a very entertaining match.
Of course being ranked sixth in Division I in the state coaches poll means everyone is going to give them their \"A\" game. Medina did that much of the time in the four-set thriller.
\"It kind of shows we can\'t underestimate teams,\" said Bears libero Allison Baird, who registered 27 digs. \"That will help us for the future when come tournament time...
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...
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...
Golf '14: Medina girls ready to defend NOC crown|
Bad news for the Northeast Ohio Conference: Medina\'s girls golf team isn\'t missing a beat despite losing state qualifier Mindy Herrick, who transferred to a school in Florida, and Amanda Rom, who graduated.
With the emergence of freshman Alyssa Drehs, the Northern Ohio PGA Junior Tour Player of the Year in the 13-15 age group, the Bees have picked up right where they left off.
The squad has logged third-place finishes in the Lady Rider, Medina, Ashland and Walsh Jesuit Invitationals. It also finished second at the Padua Invitational.
By putting itself in one meatgrinder after another, Medina has readied itself to defend its NOC Valley title for the third season in a row. Drehs has led the team in scoring in two of the five tournaments and finished second three times at the Lady Rider Invitational, Ashland Invitational and Walsh Invitational. The freshman is averaging 83.4 and has shot in the 70s twice. Throw out a 91 at the Walsh Invitational, and two strokes...
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...
Bees, Blue Streaks battle their way to a 1-1 draw|
Magnificat girls soccer coach Gretchen Micklitsch admitted to being outplayed a bit Wednesday night. Medina coach Doug Coreno wondered what more needed to be done for the Bees to come out on top.
What happened prior to the postgame interviews was a 1-1 outcome that had every bit the flavor and atmosphere of a late postseason game.
In a rematch of last season\'s Bay Division I Regional Semifinal, won by the Blue Streaks 2-0, the sequel was every bit as good as the original as the Bees, now 3-0-1, gave Magnificat all it could handle and more.
But that\'s what you would expect when Magnificat, the second-ranked team...
Bees break through in second half to top Demons|
Medina\'s girls soccer team peppered Westlake with shots all Saturday afternoon, thinking eventually it would salt away enough at the Demons\' defense to finally break through.
While it took the better part of the contest, the strategy paid off. The two-time defending district champion Bees walked away with a 1-0 win on the road at Westlake\'s Reed Field.
Before that, Westlake\'s Erin Langermeier, Rebecca Essig, Danielle Pelligrino, Missy Murthy and keeper Lauren Kriaris were giving nationally-ranked Medina all it could handle on defense. But the Bees, now 3-0, kept chipping away...
Medina football looks to take the next step in 2014|
When Medina\'s senior class was in eighth grade, it watched a Bees team that many turned their back on become a squad of destiny.
An 8-2 regular season begat the final spot in the Division I, Region 2 playoffs. What followed was magical as heavy underdog Medina knocked off Canton McKinley at Fawcett Stadium before falling in the regional semifinals.
The 2014 season could be much like it as Dan Sutherland heads into his third season at the helm.
\"This senior group was there and saw that, they want to get back,\" Sutherland said. \"They see the pictures hanging on the walls. We had a great offseason, great camp and great...
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...