by Frank AcetoAssociate Sports EditorCuyahoga Falls boys swimming coach Mike McDonald recently shaved his head.Yes, he lost a bet.The Black Tigers boys swimming team competed at the Northeast Classic, which took place Jan. 13 at the University of Akron's Ocasek Natatorium and C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. No team scores were kept.The Black Tigers 400-yard freestyle relay team of Nick Owen, Ryan Miller, David Ball and Kris Brooks finished ninth with a time of 3 minutes, 29.14 seconds.Since the 400 freestyle relay team broke 3:33, the veteran coach decided to bring back memories of Telly Savalas by shaving off his hair."They swam a 3:29.7 in the morning and topped that in the evening," McDonald said. "I'm willing to do whatever it takes to motivate the team. I think we have an outside shot of making it to states in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays if they stick together and work hard."The same foursome also helped the 200 freestyle relay team place 16th with a time of 1:35.58."The guys on the 200 free relay team swam out of their minds," McDonald said.Brooks did not advance to the finals in the 200 freestyle and the 200 medley relay team qualified as an alternate."Kris didn't swim that well," McDonald said. "He's going through a rough time. Kris and David Ball are our hardest workers on the team. I think both of them are pretty beat up right now."In other recent action, on Jan. 12 host Falls posted a 95-68 victory over Western Reserve Conference rival Nordonia.Brooks and Ball won four events for the Black Tigers. They joined Tom Ulaszeski and Ryan Miller on the winning 200 medley relay team (1:49.47).Brooks also triumphed in the 200 individual medley (2:11.76) and the 100 freestyle (51.16) and joined Joe Mercer, Sean Rice and Miller on the winning 400 freestyle relay team (3:48.81).Ball won the 200 freestyle (2:01.11) and the 50 freestyle (23.82) and teamed with James DeGroff, Ulaszeski and Mercer on the winning 200 freestyle relay team (1:41.31).Other multiple winners included Mercer in the 500 freestyle (5:42.04) and Miller in the 100 backstroke (1:05.31). David Adams triumphed in the 100 butterfly (1:05.09).The Black Tigers set a number of personal records against the Knights."David Adams dropped seven seconds in the 200 freestyle and four seconds in the 100 butterfly," McDonald said. "The guys stepped up and swam a lot of events."Falls was scheduled to entertain WRC archrival Stow-Munroe Falls Friday. Results were not available at press time."Stow has a little more depth, but our seniors want to go out on a good note," McDonald said. "It has been an emotional ride for both the boys and girls. They've trained together for 10 or 11 years."The Black Tigers are set to conclude WRC play at home against Mayfield next Friday at 4:30 p.m. They also are slated to visit Ocasek Natatorium next Saturday for the Barberton Invitational. A starting time was not available at press time."It comes down to who wants it more," McDonald said. "The great thing is that we have some home meets left. The guys know the pool like the back of their hand. The Barberton meet is like a mock sectional meet."E-mail: faceto@recordpub.comPhone: 330-686-3914