At Olmsted Falls, success has been bred into the culture.
But being the top dog has escaped Olmsted Falls since its 2000 Division II state title win.
While most, if not all, of coach Tom DeLuca’s players weren’t even alive when the Bulldogs hoisted the title, the Olmsted Falls players and community have come to expect excellence — and this playoff run is no different.
“I feel like the community has a lot of pride in our football program and they expect our football team to be excellent, just like our schools and every athletic program,” DeLuca said. “They expect our kids to do well and this year is no different.”
Pushing into the regional finals last year, but with a different cast, the Bulldogs reloaded with a new group of senior talent that is etching its own history in the Olmsted Falls lore with already one deep playoff run under the belt.
“At the begging of the year, I had the guys make goals and had them all raise their hands and asked, ‘How many of you guys played in a regional final game last year?’ And we had quite a few kids with their hands up,” DeLuca said. “I think that experience helps. But now, Wadsworth has had a game in the playoffs, their kids have that experience now too, so we’re going to buckle them up and get after it and it’s going to be a good, hard-nose football game.”
One of the seniors this year who had an impact on the playoffs last season is senior running back Luke Lombardo. Set as the featured back in an old school ground-and-pound offense, Lombardo is the force behind his offensive line that will be taking a lot of experience into the Nov. 10 semifinal game at Brunswick against Wadsworth.
“It gives me a lot more comfort (going into this game) because last year, I’d say I played a pretty big role on the defense and last year I was getting familiar with the playoff atmosphere,” Lombardo said. “This year, now I really don’t get fazed by it. I just go out there and I know I have to do my part to help the team out.”
Playing a bigger role this season, Lombardo credits all the success he and his team have achieved so far to the winning culture DeLuca and his staff have helped to build and an offense that goes against the tide of a lot of high school programs in today’s game.
“I feel like (this success) has to do with our program and our different style of offense,” Lombardo said. “Every other team runs the spread, so for the most part, it’s easier for them to defend that and know what’s coming. But, when it comes to our offense, it’s so dynamic and there’s so many different things we do within it that I feel it makes the defense have a very hard time doing what they can to stop us.”
Putting the ball in Lombardo’s hands behind one of the meanest offensive lines anywhere is typically the name of the game for the Olmsted Falls offense. But, when a team keys in on Lombardo at just the right time, junior quarterback Teddy Grendzynski has all the tools to make a team pay.
“Passing out of this system is a little different because the run sets up the pass tremendously. so really all the credit goes to the offensive line because they set up great pass blocking and the receivers do a great job of catching and running routes,” Grendzynski said. “They make my job easy.”
Despite not seeing time behind center in last year’s post eason, Grendzynski has learned a lot from playing in one of the toughest conferences in all of D-II.
“In my opinion, the (Southwestern Conference) is one of the best D-II conferences in all of Ohio,” Grendzynski said. “But, playing a team from your conference in the playoffs is a lot different than a team you haven’t seen before. Obviously, we can game-plan a little better for a team we’ve seen before. but playing a team out of conference is a little different because everything is new and a different prep for it.”
Blocking out all of the distractions, DeLuca said he has his team focused on for the big task at hand of taking down a team that hasn’t lost yet this season.
“For the past couple of years, we’ve seen that you get through Week 10 and as soon as you get to that Week 11, Week 12, the kids are dialed in,” DeLuca said. “We don’t want them to lose that sense of having fun at football, but they’re all business. They know, especially the seniors, that it’s win or go home now and so they are focused and ready to go.”
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WELCOME BACK BULLDOGS!
It’s been a great start to the new school year so far! OFCS would like to thank our Bulldog families for your help in achieving a smooth opening to the 2017-2018 school year. We know it takes time to get your students prepared for a new school year. From completing the required online registration updates to shopping for school supplies, thank you for all that you do!
OFCS will again be publishing regular updates to our District Blog, which you can visit anytime at https://ofalls.wordpress.com.
New this year, OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd will also be publishing a blog of his own with information on topics related to our school district as well as things happening in the broader education arena. To read Dr. Lloyd’s first post and follow his blog, please visit http://ofcssuper.wordpress.com.
We also invite you to follow our district and building Twitter accounts for periodic announcements, reminders and an ongoing glimpse into all the great things going on in our classrooms, buildings and departments throughout the district!
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@OFCSDistrict (Olmsted Falls City School District)
@OFCSSuper (OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd)
@ofhsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls High School)
@ofmsbulldogs(Olmsted Falls Middle School)
@ofisbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Intermediate School)
@FLBulldogs (Falls-Lenox Primary School)
@ECCBulldogs(Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center)
NO CLASSES THIS FRIDAY AND MONDAY, LABOR DAY
Just a reminder there will be NO SCHOOL for students tomorrow – Friday, September 1st – due to the district’s scheduled staff development day. There will also be NO SCHOOLonMonday, September 4th, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.
To view the 2017-2018 school year calendar online, click HERE.
DISTRICT TWITTER PAGE RECEIVES 1ST SCHOOL DAY PHOTOS
#OFBULLDOGSDAY1 Thanks to all who shared first day of schools photos via Twitter with @OFCSDistrict. It was fun seeing all the smiling faces ready for school!
To view our gallery of first day photos, please click HERE.
Would you like your first day pics added to our gallery? It’s not too late! Simply Tweet your first day photos to @OFCSDistrict and include #OFBulldogsDay1.
VOTE NOW! BULLDOGS UP FOR FOX8 “FRIDAY NIGHT TOUCHDOWN” GAME OF THE WEEK
Let’s go Bulldogs! Tomorrow night’s OFHS Varsity Football match-up against Avon has been nominated for Week #2 of “Friday Night Touchdown’s” Game of the Week.
Voting is still underway!
Click HERE NOW to cast your vote for Fox8 to feature extended coverage from Bulldog Country!
YOUNGER BULLDOGS INVITED TO MINI CHEER CLINIC / CHEER UNDER THE LIGHTS –DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS TOMORROW, SEPT. 1ST
The OFHS cheerleaders invite all Olmsted Falls students in Kindergarten through grade 5 to attend a Cheerleading Clinic and then cheer under the lights at the Friday, September 15th Bulldog vs Lakewood varsity football game.
The high school cheerleaders will instruct clinics that are scheduled for Tuesday, September 12th (6:30-8:30 p.m.) for grades 3-5 and Thursday, September 14th (6:30-8:30 p.m.). Both clinics take place in the Olmsted Falls Intermediate School gym.
The cost is $25 for the first child, then $20 for each additional one in your immediate family. Hurry, the deadline is this FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST. Each participant will receive a T-shirt, free admission to the game, a snack at the game and a picture with the Bulldog and the varsity cheerleaders.
For more details on registering, click HERE.
OFHS BAND PREVIEW NIGHT INCLUDES LITTLE MUSICIANS, CHEERLEADERS
This year’s OFHS Marching Band Preview Show – held Saturday, August 19th – helped kick off the new school year with LOTS of BULLDOG SPIRIT and BULLDOG PRIDE!
The Pride of Olmsted Falls Marching Band dazzled the crowd as usual with their preview performance! As has become a treasured tradition, the band also invited all younger Bulldogs to help them kick the night off. Many young Bulldogs joined the Olmsted Falls High School Marching Band on the practice field ahead of the big event and then headed on over to the Charles A. Harding football stadium. All had great fun – especially the little ones!
Please click HERE to view a photo gallery of the event.
WELCOME NEW BULLDOG TEACHERS!
Please join us in welcoming our newest Bulldog teachers to the buildings!
Pictured above are new elementary teachers working in our Early Childhood Center, Falls-Lenox Primary and Olmsted Falls Intermediate buildings. Front Row (L to R): Lauren Payne (3rd grade); Chelsea Simpson (Kindergarten); Virginia Shroka (1st Grade); Bethany Timas (3rd grade); Joelle Honroth (Long-term substitute, Falls-Lenox); Emily Dame (Long-term substitute, Falls-Lenox); Elizabeth Roberts (Intervention Specialist, Falls-Lenox). Back Row (L to R): Nancy Becker (Tutor, ECC); Anissa Pletcher (Long-term substitute, Falls-Lenox); Antonette Clancy (Art, Falls-Lenox); Jennifer Pinzone (Kindergarten); Marissa Redden (Kindergarten); Allison Benson (Tutor, Falls-Lenox); Jacob Percival (Physical Education, ECC); Joanna Barnard (Speech-Language Pathologist, ECC); Miranda Oltmanns (2nd Grade).
Pictured above are new teachers working in our Olmsted Falls Middle School and Olmsted Falls High School buildings. From L to R: Emma Bailey (Speech-Language Pathologist, OFMS); Talia Magestro (Long-term substitute, OFMS); Natalie Castrigano (Science, OFMS); Michelle Kenney (Language Arts, OFMS); Katelynn Bunevich (Counselor OFMS); Liana Culley (Long-term subsititute, OFHS); Alan Evangelista (Intervention Specialist, OFHS); Taylor Wharton (Science, OFHS); Ashley Harrington (Language Arts, OFHS). Not pictured: Alexander Lintner (Counselor, OFHS) and Nicole Mack (School Psychologist, OFMS).
PTA MEMBERSHIP DRIVES UNDERWAY ACROSS DISTRICT!
Don’t miss the PTA membership currently underway way in all of our school buildings!
Several of our PTA units are offering the opportunity to complete your membership on-line this year! To complete your PTA membership online now, please click on the appropriate building(s) below:
To view additional information for all PTA Units, please click on the following links for 2017-2018 PTA Membership Brochures for each building:
OECPTA (Olmsted Early Childhood PTA for our community’s youngest bulldogs who are not yet in school)
ATHLETIC BOOSTERS INVITES NEW MEMBERS, VOLUNTEERS FOR ITS PROGRAM
The Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters is conducting its annual membership drive. This group helps raise funds for Bulldog athletic programs for grades 7-12.
The school district has 65 teams in 22 interscholastic sports. The club helps defray that program’s operating costs through various volunteer opportunities and fundraisers. Being a member will help these efforts and improve the excellent athletic program. Patron memberships start at $15 with several levels available. A $35 or more contribution will list a business name.
To view the membership letter, click HERE.
To download a patron application form, click HERE.
The club meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month in the Olmsted Falls High School Media Center.
KEEP INFORMED ABOUT OFMA – MEETINGS AND FACEBOOK PAGE
You also may keep up to date with OFMS’s events on its facebook page by clicking HERE. Keep an eye out for the association’s new website – coming soon!
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS
OF BRANCH LIBRARY OFFERS AFTER-SCHOOL HOMEWORK HELP
The Cuyahoga County Public Library offers free after-school homework help to students in grades K-8. Students may receive assistance in language arts, math, reading, science, social studies and other subjects from the Library’s trained staff at no cost. Stop in to meet the homework mentor and see if this professional free assistance is the answer for your family.
The Homework Mentor Open House is from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 20th at the OF Library on Mapleway Drive.
OPA OFFERS COMMUNITY A ROOTIN’ TOOTIN’ GOOD TIME – SEPT. 9TH & 10TH
The Olmsted Performing Arts presents “Woody’s Roundup” that features a breakfast or dinner at Wagners in Westlake. The meal and meet and greet will occur after the performance. The event is set for 10 a.m. breakfast on Sept. 9 and 10 and 6 p.m. dinner on the same dates. For more details, go to olmstedperformingarts.com.
CUB SCOUT OPEN HOUSE IS SEPTEMBER 12TH @ FALLS-LENOX
Boys in grades 1-5 and their parents/guardians interested in Cub Scouts are invited to attend the Cub Scout Open House from 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, September 12th. It is in the Lenox gym at Falls-Lenox Primary School. Meet representatives from Cub Scout packs 102 and 252 in Olmsted Falls, learn about the scout program and find out how your son may join the fun! For more information, email Pack 102 at OFallsPack102@gmail.com or Pack 252 at firstname.lastname@example.org.