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After finishing fourth in the OTCA state tournament last spring, Beachwood tennis coach David Cole beefed up his team’s schedule to prepare the Bison for the challenge of making a return trip to Columbus. The Bison are 4-3 this season and gaining valuable experience.

Beachwood swept a doubleheader from Maple Heights over the weekend to push its winning streak to five games. The Bison collected a total of 28 hits in 17-5 and 15-8 wins over the Mustangs and are playing with a lot of confidence.

Beachwood swept the season series from Hawken with a pair of wins on Thursday. The Bison won 8-7 in 11 innings in a game that started on Wednesday then pulled out a 6-5 victory in the second game. Josh Bialosky had the game winning RBI in the 11th inning of game one and Adam May pitched his way out of a bases loaded jam in the second game.

There has been no sophomore slump for Beachwood sprinter Hannah Kahn. After a strong freshman campaign on the track, Kahn has picked up right where she left off. Her performance at Saturday’s Beachwood Invitational ended with Kahn being named Bison Athlete of the Week.

Jonathan Nash, Yaphet Preston and Hannah Kahn turned in strong performances at the 2014 Beachwood Invitational on Saturday. The Bison athletes excelled on their home track in placing in several events. Several other Beachwood athletes also made strides at the event.

Beachwood recorded 14 hits, including five doubles, in Saturday’s 13-12 non-conference win at Brooklyn. Max Balazs was 4-for-4 with a pair of two-baggers and Josh Bialosky added four RBI in the win.

Beachwood scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning then held on in the seventh to beat Fairport Harding, 4-3, in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. The Skippers rebounded to win the second game, 15-5.

Beachwood’s softball team got a late start to the 2014 season but the Bison celebrated opening day with a 19-3 five-inning win over Richmond Heights. Caroline Stern struck out four of 21 batters faced and the Bison collected several extra bases hits in the win.

Independence used two four-run innings to defeat visiting Beachwood, 9-2, on Tuesday. Mike Martin pitched five innings to pick up the win and also had three hits for the Blue Devils, who shared the Chagrin Valley Conference Metro Division title with the Bison last season.

First-year head coach Mike Coreno believes his Beachwood softball team can be successful if the Bison focus on the fundamentals and play solid defense. With just one senior, the team has plenty of holes to fill but Coreno is confident he has the players to put together a successful season.

Beachwood’s young track team turned in a strong showing at the Joe Lane Invitational at Mineral Ridge High School on Saturday. Sophomore Hannah Kahn won the 100-meter dash and the girls’ 4x100 and 4x200 relays both finished third. Several other athletes earned a spot on the podium.

A late schedule change sent Beachwood to Kinsman Badger to open the 2014 season. After a long bus ride the Bison scored three runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back as they pounded out nine hits to beat the Braves, 7-3.

Beachwood’s baseball team is young but it’s hungry and focused on winning a third straight Chagrin Valley Conference Metro Division championship. First-year head coach Todd Butler has been with the program for 10 years and he believes his players have what it takes to complete that mission.

Beachwood’s girls’ basketball team graduates four seniors who led the Bison to back-to-back regional championship games the past two seasons. Those losses won’t change the expectations for the Bison in 2014-2015.

Beachwood’s boys’ basketball team came up short in its bid to return to the Division III regional championship game, which closed out the stellar careers of seniors John Davis III, Julio Stevens and Trey Sanders. But, the Bison have the pieces in place to make another run next season and beyond.

Beachwood’s cheerleaders qualified for the US Finals for the second consecutive season and the girls are now preparing for the competition at Virginia Beach on May 3-4. The Bison already have won a pair of competitions this winter.

Beachwood senior John Davis III always dreamed of playing Division I basketball in college and after committing to Furman over the weekend he’ll have that chance. Davis III, the 2013 Ohio Division III Player of the Year, helped resurrect Beachwood’s basketball program and he hopes to do the same at Furman.

Smithville’s Olivia Besancon hit a 3-pointer as time expired to defeat Beachwood, 38-36, in a Division III regional final at Cuyahoga Falls on Saturday. The Bison held a one point lead with 7.2 seconds to play and came just seconds away from advancing to the state Final Four for the first time in school history.

Beachwood shrugged off a slow first half that left the Bison down a point to beat previously undefeated Pymatuning Valley, 41-29, in a Division III regional semifinal at Cuyahoga Falls. With the win, the Bison advanced to Elite Eight for the second straight season. Beachwood will play Smithville on Saturday with the winner punching a ticket to the state semifinals.

Warrensville Heights dominated the second half of its 70-58 win over Beachwood in a Division III district semifinal at Garfield Heights on Monday. The Tigers went on a 29-10 run in the third quarter to take an 8-point lead into the fourth. 

Beachwood seniors Sam Gross and Ryan Harris closed out their high school careers by winning their second state championship and placed at state for the fourth straight year. Gross won his other title in 2012 and placed third in 2011 and 2013. Harris won his first title last season and placed seventh in 2011 and third in 2012.

Beachwood defeated Gilmour Academy, 52-45, on Saturday to win the Division III North Ridgeville District Tournament. The Bison outscored the Lancers, 28-12 , in the second and third quarters to end Gilmour’s season for the second straight year.

Beachwood seniors Sam Gross and Ryan Harris both will wrestle for a second state title on Saturday. Gross won his semifinal bout 7-3 and Harris scored a 23-8 technical fall to advance to the championship match in the 77th Annual OHSAA Division III State Wrestling Championships.

Five Beachwood players scored in double figures as the Bison jumped out early and never let up in a 73-43 win over Lutheran West in a Division III sectional championship game on Friday. The Bison will play Warrensville Heights on Monday in a district semifinal at Garfield Heights High School.

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