April 27, 2015


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

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…

High school football: Steven Ficyk, Daniel Weinerman make Division I first team

Steven Ficyk

Steven Ficyk and Daniel Weinerman earned their places among Medina County all-time greats when the Division I and II All-Ohio football teams were released Monday by The Associated Press. The Brunswick quarterback/punter and Wadsworth running back were named to the first team in D-I, highlighting 12 area players to earn recognition. Ficyk, a 6-foot-4, 215-pounder, Read More…

High School Football Playoffs: Brunswick at St. Edward

Brunswick quarterback Steven Ficyk tries to get a pass past the reach of St. Edward's Cal Reynolds in the first quarter Saturday night in Lakewood. Photo by Judd Smerglia

    LAKEWOOD – Facing a football team that many think could be playing in the Division I state final in a few weeks, Brunswick knew the sledding would be rough on Saturday. The Blue Devils hung with St. Edward for a quarter, but ultimately fell 37-3 at First Federal Lakewood Stadium in a game Read More…

High School Football Playoffs: Wadsworth at Austintown Fitch

Wadsworth's Benny Baier hits a field goal out of the hold of Adam Dennison against Austintown Fitch during the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

  AUSTINTOWN — Wadsworth’s football team found a way to keep itself in the game Saturday night, but couldn’t find the endzone as it fell in its Division I, Region I playoff opener to Austintown Fitch 15-3 at Falcon Stadium. Despite forcing three turnovers, the Grizzlies (7-4) couldn’t struggled to move the ball down the Read More…

High School Football Playoffs: Buckeye at Bowling Green

Buckeye's Trevor Thome looks for running room in the second quarter against Bowling Green Friday night. Photo by Judd Smerglia

  BOWLING GREEN — The game plan of just about every high school football team on the road is to start fast, establish superiority and ride the wave. Try as it might, fifth-seeded Buckeye stumbled out of the box and it led to a 41-7 loss to No. 4 Bowling Green in a Division III, Read More…