Monday, December 5, 2022

Beachwood advances to Elite Eight, Wickliffe bows out

Grant Keilin’s goal midway through the first overtime period earned Beachwood a spot in the Elite Eight for the fourth time in school history.

After falling behind Norwayne seven minutes into the first half, Michael Keselman scored the equalizer off a Keilin assist with just over five minutes remaining in the first half.

Neither team could break the tie in regulation, which left it up to Keilin to seal Beachwood’s 2-1 win over the Bobcats in a Division III, Region 9 semifinal at Ravenna High School.

Keilin gathered a loose ball near the 35-yard line and dribbled toward the goal for 10 yards before unleashing a precision strike with his left leg that drifted away from the Norwayne keeper and into the net for the win.

Beachwood outshot Norwayne, 11-10, and Josh Rosenblitt recorded three saves for the Bison.

The Bison advanced to play Youngstown Cardinal Mooney in the regional championship game on Saturday at Howland High School. Beachwood is 0-3 in the regional finals.

Mooney advanced to the championship game with a 4-0 win over Wickliffe in the other Region 9 semifinal.

Wickliffe closed out the season with a 16-5 record.



Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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