BEREA — Berea High School and Midpark High School will be come one school next year.
For these two football programs, tradition is finally going to come to an end here at Finnie Stadium on Friday night in front of a sold-out crowd.
Luna Team Shop in Berea has seen a steady stream of Berea and Midpark alumni looking to get their hands on some of the last apparel of their schools’ history.
“50 years of tradition is going to be over. Obviously, the memories will live on but the next generations will never experience that,” says Gene Zacharyasz, Berea Class of 1986.
The battle of the Grindstone has been a tradition as long as Midpark has existed.
“I have a lot of sentimental value to it, being here the first day the school opened and being here for the last football team,” said Doug Oberg, Midpark Class of 1965.
Adam Campana, Midpark Class of 1998, said “I am disappointed. It is an end of an era and the end of all my memories.”
The two schools will combine to become the Berea-Midpark Titans in 2013.
Kim Kleme-Hlafka, MidPark Class of 80, says, “I’m not sure how that’s going to work…Berea, Midpark ahh you know rivals.”
Rivals that plan on playing the game of their life.
“It has been part of the community so everyone wants to get involved and be a part of something big, which is awesome for us and inspires us to come out and win this game,” says Midpark Senior Brason Repasy.
Midpark has the most wins in the battle of the Grindstone at 25-24, something Dan Medvetz, a Berea senior, wants to even up. “It’s a big deal if we go out and win the game.”
A win before uniting the two teams.
“I’m excited about it because they are good players and we are good players and as we combine, we just make one great football team,” said Aaron Martin, a Berea junior.