July 31, 2015

Mostly sunny

Select games will be streamed on WEOL.com

Day Date Game
Friday 10/10 Buckeye at Black River
Friday 10/17 Wellington at Buckeye
Friday 10/24 Brunswick at Strongsville
Friday 10/31 TBA

High school football: Parity is name of game in new Suburban League

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CUYAHOGA FALLS — The Suburban League makes sense. That’s the feeling that came out of the SL Media Day on Thursday when the 15 football teams of the “new” conference got together at The Natatorium in Cuyahoga Falls. Cloverleaf and Green have joined the Portage Trail Conference and Federal League, respectively. In their place is Read More…

Hall of Fame: Dick Cromwell’s formula for winning football games worked for 30-plus years


Dick Cromwell is 67 now, but he hasn’t changed a whole since he graduated from Medina High in 1965 at the age of 17. Whether he was playing football, basketball or baseball for the Bees, quarterbacking Ohio Wesleyan to a 16-1-1 record in two years as a starter or winning two state football championships at Read More…

High school football: Mike Gibbons hired as Highland’s coach

Mike Gibbons

GRANGER TWP. — Highland didn’t leave the Tom Lombardo family tree to find his replacement as football coach. Lombardo’s brother-in-law, Beachwood coach Mike Gibbons, was officially named the 17th coach in school history during a special school board meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The decision came two weeks to the day after Lombardo left for Read More…

Highland expected to name Gibbons football coach

Highland got the man it wanted to replace Tom Lombardo as football coach, and the school board is expected to make that official at a 6 p.m. special meeting tonight. Beachwood coach Mike Gibbons, brother-in-law of Lombardo, has been recommended to become the 17th coach in school history. Gibbons was defensive coordinator at Highland (2007-09) and Read More…

Albert Grindle commentary about Tom Lombardo: It’s hard to fault decision

Tom Lombardo

Dear Highland: Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. Tom Lombardo sent the Northeast Ohio high school sports world abuzz Wednesday by leaving the Hornets to become head football coach at parochial superpower St. Edward. The Eagles are the defending Division I state champions and lost previous coach Rick Finotti to the University Read More…

Highland football coach Tom Lombardo leaving for St. Edward

Former Highland football coach Tom Lombardo, center, leads the Hornets onto the field in the final game at Highland Stadium last fall. Today, Lombardo was introduced as the new coach of St. Edward. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

LAKEWOOD — Dressed in a gray suit and laughing at a comment about his pepper-black hair, Tom Lombardo was in his element at St. Edward High. If Lombardo was going to leave Highland, the defending Division I state champion Eagles were on the very short list. The winningest football coach in Hornets history changed addresses Read More…

Lombardo turns down Massillon coaching job

GRANGER TWP. – Highland football coach Tom Lombardo can rest easy. In line to take over head coaching duties for Jason Hall at Massillon, the eight-year Hornets coach decided to stay put. Lombardo did not apply for the job and instead was approached by the Tigers. “It was a tormenting last week,” Lombardo said. “You Read More…

Hillsdale right fit for Ficyk

Brad Bournival The Gazette BRUNSWICK — Steven Ficyk has never been one to shy away from competition. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Brunswick senior proved that in a two-year career as the starting quarterback, throwing for 3,763 yards and 36 touchdowns. So when Division II Hillsdale College told him on his official visit he had a chance Read More…

High school football: Bob Lake ends second tenure as Cloverleaf coach

Recently resigned Bob Lake is Cloverleaf’s winningest football coach. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

WESTFIELD TWP. — With his plan fulfilled, Bob Lake has stepped aside as the coach of Cloverleaf’s football team. The winningest coach in school history with a 67-102 record, Lake came in to help when the Colts needed him the most. Without the ability to hire a full-time teacher in 2012, Cloverleaf looked to Lake, Read More…

Football MVP: Steven Ficyk powered Brunswick back to playoffs while living childhood dream


The Brunswick football legacy was drilled into Steven Ficyk from seemingly every angle. Nothing on earth was going to stop him from turning childhood fantasies into reality. The son of a former Blue Devils quarterback, Ficyk needed no introduction as to why the school colors are deeply entrenched in the blue-collar community. When Ficyk was Read More…