Bay High School
Bohan, Britton and Szabo lead area to state meet|
As usual, the Westshore are will be well represented at the OHSAA Track and Field Championships in Columbus next weekend.
Bay’s Maddie Britton and North Olmsted’s Becky Szabo won regional championships, while Avon Lake’s Christine Bohan qualified in three events at the Amherst Division I Regional Track and Field Championships at Richard S. Cooley Track. The championship meet will be held June 7-8 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Britton, a junior, captured the 3200 title with her time of 10:57.51. She also ran leadoff on the Rockets’ second-place 4x800 team that qualified for state. Britton, sophomore Maddie Voiers, junior Sarah Christel and junior Hallie Bechtel ran a...
Westshore athletes advance at Amherst DI district|
The West Shore Conference track and field champions made their presence felt at the Amherst Division I Track and Field Championships.
The Bay girls and the Avon boys each qualified in seven events Friday at Richard S. Cooley track. They advanced to this week’s regional meet at Amherst, as did several other Westshore-area athletes.
Host Amherst won the girls district title with 89 points, edging out Medina’s 88. Brunswick was third with 64 points, followed by Lorain with 59, Bay at 55 and Rocky River at 46.50. Berea scored 99 points to claim the boys title, while Avon took fourth with 62 points. Bay had a pair of district champions. Freshman Olivia Bechtel won the 400...
Rockets break out the lumber against Rocky River|
Putting all the pieces together can be easier said than done for any baseball team. For both Bay and Rocky River, it has been a season-long struggle.
The Rockets, who have found consistent hitting hard to come by in 2013, managed to put together two big innings in earning a 10-6 win over the Pirates Tuesday afternoon in West Shore Conference action.
Bay, now 4-17 overall, upped its conference record to 3-9 as its offense showed some signs of life. Wednesday, however, the Rockets fell behind...
Fastpitch squads gear up for tournament season|
The Westshore area’s fastpitch softball teams are winding down their regular seasons and gearing up for the tournament. The seeding meetings were held last Sunday, and the brackets are set.
In Division I, the action starts May 14 as Magnificat travels to Olmsted Falls in North Ridgeville District play. Also on that day, North Olmsted will play at Avon, while in Parma District play, John Marshall will travel to Lakewood. All games are at 4:30 p.m.
On May 15, the North Olmsted-Avon winner will travel to Westlake for a sectional final game. That same day, Midview will play at Avon Lake for another sectional title. These games are also scheduled for 4:30 p.m. In Division II...
Rangers split with Rockets, remain at top of WSC|
With the bases loaded and nobody out, Bay was poised for the sweep.
The Rockets, who had started their season an improbable 0-12, had already won their suspended game with Lakewood with a 4-2 decision in 12 innings. In the bottom of the seventh and the score tied at 4-4, a 3-game win streak was in reach.
But the West Shore Conference-leading Rangers had other ideas. Pitcher Tom Fuller worked his way out of the seventh-inning jam, and his teammates responded with a 4-run eighth as Lakewood prevailed, 8-4, Monday night at Lakewood Stadium.
Lakewood, now 14-3 overall and 6-2 in the WSC, made the most of two singles, a pair of walks and a big Rocket error to avoid the sweep and stay in the thick of the conference race. Bay, now 2-13 and 1-6, had won...
Westshore athletes shine at annual Ranger Relays|
Despite some brutal weather conditions, a number of Westshore track and field athletes turned in winning performances at Friday’s Ranger Relays in Lakewood.
In the teams standings, North Royalton took the title with 102 points, followed closely by Westlake with 96. Berea took the boys team championship with 121 points, while North Royalton took runner-up honors with 93.
Here are the area’s first-place winners:
The 4 X 800 relay of Maddie Britton, Maddie Voiers, Sarah Christel and Hallie Bechtel won it with a time of 9:55.00. Christel, Voiers, Bechtel and Britton also won the distance medley relay with a time of 13:19.00. On the boys’ side, Scott Rapps won the high jump with a...
Defense, big second half pushes Pirates past Bay|
In the first 24 minutes of play, Bay was giving Rocky River all it could handle.
The Rockets, off to a 3-1 start to their season, blanked the visiting Pirates in the second quarter. They pulled to within two, 4-2, when Steve Burns found freshman Nick Best for a goal early in the quarter.
But in the third quarter, the tide turned at Memorial Stadium...
Burns powers Bay lacrosse squad past Orange|
The Bay lacrosse team has been scoring in bunches so far this season. On Saturday afternoon, Steve Burns scored in bunches all by himself.
Burns, a senior attacker, scored six goals as the Rockets rolled past visiting Orange, 13-3, at Memorial Stadium. The win pushed Bay’s record to 3-1 heading into Wednesday night’s game with arch rival Rocky River.
Bay has outscored its opponents 47-17 this season, and was coming off a dominating 15-1 win over Cleveland Heights. The Wednesday night game at Memorial Stadium against the Pirates has an 8 p.m. faceoff. There is no junior varsity game scheduled.
Larry was on hand to capture some of the action with his photos and video:
Rockets win WSC opener on Wisner's RBI in 7th|
The Bay softball team waited right until the very end to get its West Shore Conference season off on the right foot.
With the score tied at 8-8, Laura Wilson ripped a triple deep into the outfield. Lowry Wisner stepped up to the plate and brought her home with the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 9-8 win over Rocky River Saturday afternoon.
The win raised the Rockets’ overall record to 3-4, while Rocky River fell to 0-5...
Rockets get strong start, beat Bruins in lax opener|
If Wednesday night was any indication, the Bay lacrosse team is ready to make some significant strides forward in 2013.
The Rockets took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, then exploded for five goals in the second on their way to an 11-3 win over Padua in their season opener at Memorial Stadium. A hat trick from senior co-captain Steve Burns and two goals each from Henri Adams, Jake Best and Jacob MacMillan supplied enough offense to get the job done.
“It was a little sloppy to start, but we worked...
Rockets fall short against Central in district semis|
Late in the fourth quarter, the Bay basketball team found victory within reach against top-seeded Cleveland Central Catholic. But the Ironmen, as they had done throughout the game, went on one last run and fought off the Rockets’ upset bid, 65-55, in a Division II district semifinal Wednesday night at Westlake High School.
Bay finished its season at 12-13, while Central moved on to Saturday night’s district championship game. The Ironmen will take on the winner of Thursday night’s semifinal between Rocky River and defending champion Benedictine.
“It seemed like all night, except for that first quarter, we were one bucket, two buckets behind,” said Bay head coach Jason Frolo, whose team jumped out to an early 13-11 lead after one quarter of play. “We could never get over the hump and take the lead. They’re a good team...
Rockets roar past Buckeye, into district tourney|
For the second year in a row, the Bay Rockets are playing their best basketball when it counts the most.
After finishing off the regular season with three straight wins, the Rockets now find themselves just two games away from the Sweet 16. Friday night, they broke open a close game early with a 12-0 run and won a Division II sectional title with a 64-53 win over Buckeye at Westlake High School.
Bay, now 12-12, takes its five-game winning streak back to Westlake Wednesday night for a 7 p.m. district semifinal game against No. 1 seed Cleveland Central Catholic. The Ironmen advanced Friday night with a hard-fought 83-76 win over Padua.
“Whenever we can get out and run, that’s when we’re at our best,” said senior guard Ryan Voiers, who led the Rockets with 14 points. “That helped us out a lot tonight.
“We don’t have one dominant scorer...
Rockets battle back to beat Johnson, Green Wave|
The old adage says you always should look out for No. 1. That bit of advice took on a whole new meaning Tuesday night for the Bay basketball team.
The Rockets had their hands full with Holy Name sophomore Lawrynce Johnson in their Division II sectional tournament opener at Westlake. But they pulled together for one of their best halves of basketball this season, roaring back to claim a 75-71 win over Johnson and the Green Wave.
Bay, now 11-12, advanced to Friday night’s sectional final game with Buckeye at 6 p.m. But it took a combination of defense, hard work under the boards and timely shooting to get there as Johnson put on a performance to remember.
The 6-1 Johnson, who wears No. 1, scored 44 points with a combination of 3-pointers, free throws and lightening-quick drives to the basket. He was a big part in the Green Wave grabbing an early 20-11 lead and 56-51 advantage early...
Sluggish offense leads to tourney loss for Rockets|
Facing top-seeded Fairview in the opening round of the Elyria Division II Sectional Tournament was a tough enough task for the young Bay Rockets.
A poor shooting night made the challenge virtually insurmountable.
The Rockets made a quick exit from the tournament, shooting a nightmarish 16 percent from the floor in dropping a 42-30 decision to the Warriors Monday at Elyria High. Bay closed out the 2012-13 campaign at 9-14, while Fairview advanced at 19-4.
“What an unfortunate time to have another rough offensive game,” said Bay head coach Chris Brewer, whose team made just eight shots from the floor in 50 attempts.
“We put up shots left and right that just would not go down,” Brewer said. “We got the ball right where we wanted it...
Swimming: River has record-setting day in sweep|
Rocky River had a record-setting day in winning both the boys and girls championships at the Division II Sectional Meet at Lakewood High School
The Pirates set nine records on the day, five for the girls and four in the boys meet. Bay also had some-record-setting performances as the girls took runner-up honors and the boys placed fourth in the team standings.
Lauren Devorance of Rocky River set two individual meet records, those coming in the 20 Freestyle and the 500 freestyle. Bay\'s Elizabeth Auckley also set a pair of records, those coming in the 100 Backstroke and the 100 Butterfly.
For the boys, Bay\'s Trevor Lake set two meet records in the 50 Freestyle and the 100 Freestyle....
Young Rockets continue to improve, drub Rangers|
As the 2012-13 regular season winds down and the tournament season approaches, now might not be a good time to have the Bay girls basketball team on your schedule.
The Rockets, with a rotation full of underclassmen, went through more than their fair share of struggles early on this season. But over the past few games, Bay has shown that it may have reached the upward trend of the learning curve.
Last Saturday, the youthful Rockets knocked West Shore Conference rival Avon out of conference contention with a stunning 53-52 overtime win. Wednesday night, they hosted North Ridgeville and dominated the game from start to finish in a convincing 59-21 decision in WSC play...
Rocky River dominates, claims WSC swim crowns|
It was a new pool for the West Shore Conference Swimming and Diving Championships at a new school to the conference in Lakewood. With all that newness, it seemed an appropriate time for new records, and there were six swimming and one diving records set over the weekend.
Lakewood\'s Jim McMahan set a new mark in diving at 419.1. Bay and Rocky River swimmers set the rest. 50 & 100 freestyle: Trevor Lake, Bay, 22.7 & 50.13; 100 butterfly: Elizabeth Auckley, Bay at 58.91 and Sam Stankiwicz, Rocky River at 58.39; 200 freestyle: Lauren Devorace, Rocky River, 1:57.94; 200 Individual Medley: Emma Flynn, Rocky River, 2:14.52.
Rangers explode in second half to topple Rockets|
Things weren’t looking good for the Lakewood Rangers.
One of their top scorers, Pete Nelson, was sidelined with an injury. Fellow senior Aaron Donahoe was battling the flu bug, further weakening a lineup that was already without junior guard Jacob Schmidt due to a season-ending injury.
As a result, the Rangers found points hard to come by early on in their game with visiting Bay. To make matters worse, the taller Rockets were also having their way on the boards. Trailing 20-17 at halftime, Lakewood was looking for answers.
As the second half unfolded, it was obvious those answers had been found.
The Rangers cranked up their defense, took over the game on the glass and exploded for 40 points second-half points, rolling to a 57-39 win over Bay Friday night in a key West Shore Conference game...
Pirates prevail in defensive struggle with Rockets|
After eight straight losses to Rocky River, Bay had its chance.
With the two teams locked in a hard-fought defensive struggle, the Rockets were within a point of their arch rivals as the final minute ticked off the scoreboard clock. But for the ninth straight time, the Pirates managed to pull out the win, taking a 44-40 decision Friday night at the Launch Pad.
Rocky River improved to 7-5 overall and 7-1 in the West Shore Conference. The win also put the Pirates all alone in first place as Lakewood lost to Avon 57-38 Friday night.
“First of all, you’ve got to credit Bay’s defense,” said Pirate head coach Michael Murray, whose team committed eight turnovers and shot just one of five from the floor in the fourth quarter. Those problems allowed the Rockets to rally from a 10-point deficit in the final 3:47.
“They did a great job staying in front of us and they really...
Video: Pirate girls hold off Rockets for WSC win|
While their offense continues to struggle, there’s no denying the defense being played by the Rocky River girls basketball team this season.
Friday night, the Pirates traveled to arch-rival Bay and held the Rockets to nine first-half points on their way to a 36-28 win in the first game of a girls-boys doubleheader. The win improved River’s record in the West Shore Conference to 5-2, while the Rockets fell to 3-4. In the nightcap, the River boys prevailed in a defensive struggle as well...
Eagles rally late to nip Rockets in key WSC match|
If Thursday night was any indication, the battle for wrestling supremacy in the West Shore Conference is going to go down to the wire.
Avon, the defending WSC tournament champion, won five of the last six matches of the night to defeat up-and-coming Bay, 33-31, to help send the regular season race into a 3-way tie with two duals remaining.
Down the Road at Rocky River, the Pirates were having their say in the race. Their 37-34 win over previously unbeaten North Ridgeville dropped the Rangers into a tie with...
Bay's depth prevails in WSC wins over Lakewood|
With the West Shore Conference Meet just weeks away, the Bay and Lakewood swimming and diving squads met in a Friday night dual meet. It was a measuring stick of sorts for both coaching staffs, with individual improvement and future planning both in play.
When it was all said and done, the Rockets had the slight edge this night.
The Bay boys evened their dual meet record at 2-2 by handing the Rangers just their second loss of the season, 87-84. In the girls meet...
Video: Lady Rockets blast Eagles at the Pad|
The Bay Rockets lady hoopsters took it to North Olmsted Eagles 49-38 last Saturday in a non-conference game at the Rockets Launching Pad. Catch the highlights in this video and photos of JV and Varsity at the link below.
Video: Rangers edge Rockets for narrow WSC win|
The Lakewood boys basketball team is making a big early-season impression in the West Shore Conference.
The Rangers paid a visit to Bay High Tuesday night and came away from the Launch Pad with a thrilling 61-60 win over the Rockets. That kept Lakewood unbeaten at 4-0 overall as well as 2-0 in the WSC.
The visitors had the same one-point lead at halftime, 34-33, and took a 51-47 lead into the fourth quarter. The Rockets rallied, but fell one point short in falling to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in WSC games.
Pat Nelson led a balanced Ranger attack with 14 points, while Shawn McDonald added 12 points and Jacob Schmidt 10. Aaron Donahoe chipped in with another eight points for Lakewood, which hosts North Ridgeville this Friday night. Bay’s senior post player Scott Rapps led his team...
Defenses dominate as Pirates hold on against Bay|
As the first quarter ended, it was evident that Friday night’s Hoops For Hunger game between Bay and Rocky River was going to be a defensive struggle.
But despite the lack of offense on either side, the hotly-contested game still came down to the final minute. The Pirates, who had led since early in the second quarter, held on and escaped with a narrow 42-35 win in the West Shore Conference opener for both teams.
The teams saw their early-season records even out at 1-1 in a game where neither team could muster much offense. Bay managed just 10 field goals in the contest and didn’t score in the second quarter as River turned a 7-6 first quarter deficit into an 18-7 halftime lead.
The Rockets would recover and rally to within two points in the second half, but could never get over the hump as the Pirate defense proved equal to the task.
“The key was that we got off to a good start...
Fast start, defense powers Pirates past Rockets|
After going through three losses to open the 2012-13 season, the Rocky River girls finally broke into the win column on Wednesday night in Vermilion using a simple formula:
Get off to a good start and let the defense finish the job.
That formula resulted in a 41-25 win, and the Pirates continued that trend Friday night as arch rival Bay came to town. River opened with a 7-0 run and never looked back in defeating the Rockets, 49-35, in the first game of the annual Hoops For Hunger doubleheader.
With the win, Rocky River moved to 2-3 overall and stayed on top of the West Shore Conference with Lakewood at 2-0. The Rangers went to 2-0 Friday night as well with a 55-48 win over Avon. The Rockets fell to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in the league as the Rockets’ problems with shooting and...
Video: Rocket wrestling team off to a strong start|
Don’t look now, but the Bay wrestling program has gotten off to one of its best starts in recent memory.
The Rockets opened with a strong second-place finish at the always-tough Knights of Columbus Invitational at Avon Lake. Vince Zitiello won an individual championship at 106 for Bay, which finished behind Amherst in the team standings.
The dual season opened last Thursday night at Rocky River, with the Rockets defeating both the Pirates and Fairview. Bay scored a 58-24 win over host River, then beat...
Fourth quarter rally pushes Rangers past Rockets|
Down 33-19 early in the third quarter, the Bay girls again found themselves trying to dig out of a hole. And with a big lead, Mike Harper’s Lakewood squad was getting another opportunity to learn how to close out a game.
The next 13-plus minutes provided some intersting teaching points for both Harper and his Bay counterpart, Chris Brewer.
The Rockets went on an impressive 16-2 run to close out the quarter and tie the game at 35-35. The visiting Rangers, however, roared back with a 12-2 run of their own in the fourth quarter to leave the Launch Pad with a 47-37 win in the West Shore Conference opener for both teams.
The win lifted Lakewood’s early-season record to 3-1 overall as the Rangers prevailed in their first-ever WSC game. Bay fell to 0-3 despite playing some solid basketball in spurts.
“One of the things I knew we’d have to do is deal with...
River swims way to Rocket Relay championships|
The Rocky River swim and dive team continued its hot start to the 2012-13 season by winning both the girls and boys team championships at the seventh annual Rocket Relays at Lakewood High School.
The Pirate girls won three of the eight events and finished second in two more to score 92 points. Fellow West Shore Conference member Avon was second with 66 points, while host Bay took third with 62 points. Magnificat came in fourth with 57 points. In the boys competition, River...
Video: Big second quarter pushes Bay past Eagles|
Bay traveled to North Olmsted to open the 2012-13 high school basketball season Friday night and returned home with a 65-39 win.
The Eagles held a slim 13-11 led after one quarter, but the Rockets outscored them 19-5 in the second quarter to turn the tables and take a 30-18 lead into the locker room at halftime. Craig Linder led Bay with 18 points, while Scott Rapps and Ben Chase chipped in with 13 and 8 points, respectively.
North Olmsted was led by Sean Needles, who poured in 14 points. He was the only Eagle to score in double figures, however, as William Lucien was next in the scoring column with 8 points.
Larry was at the game and captured the action with his photos and video:
Demons' pressure D leads to wins over Bay, Avon|
Three games into the 2012-13 basketball season, Chip Weiss’ game plan has remained consistent:
Press. Force turnovers. Run.
So far, that game plan has worked to perfection. Weiss’ Demons are 3-0 following a 66-48 win over Bay and Saturday night’s 59-47 decision at West Shore Conference favorite Avon. Their next step will be trying to implement the strategy in Southwestern Conference play, beginning Wednesday night at home against Olmsted Falls.
“Our defense is key,” admitted Weiss after Wednesday night’s win over the Rockets. The Demons pressured...
Rockets defused by Locke in state semifinal loss|
It was a classic case of so close, and yet so far.
State-ranked Bay had run the tournament gauntlet, winning district and regional titles and advancing all the way to the Division II state semifinal game. The next team standing in the Rockets’ way was Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.
Oh, and some kid named Ben Locke.
Locke, a sophomore, was a one-man wrecking crew for the Royals. His three goals...
CHAMPIONS! Bay tops Fairview for district crown|
OHSAA Tournament games are unique in that, just like playoffs, the winner moves on and the loser goes home.
At times, these games can test the character and depth of teams. Sometimes, things may not go the desired way and a team will have to overcome the challenges to be able to live another day.
On an extremely windy and brisk fall night at Bay Memorial Stadium, the host Rockets did not play their best soccer according to head coach Bob Dougherty, but were able to defeat the Fairview Warriors, 2-0, to win the school’s 22nd district championship...
Rockets top Pirates, soar back into district finals|
Midway through the second minute, Bay senior Chris Eaton lined up the ball for a free kick just outside the box and to the left of the Rocky River goal.
Pirates head coach Kevin Zerbey had seen similar scenarios unfold several times throughout the season. The fact that this was a district semifinal game made what happened next a little tougher to take.
Eaton sent the ball into the box, and it found it’s way to fellow senior Matt Toth just to the right of center. Toth, unmarked, zipped the ball past River keeper Dominic Liva for a 1-0 Rocket lead with just 1:30 gone off the Memorial Stadium...
Green Wave washes away Rockets' district hopes|
In the first four minutes of the game, Bay came out and put the pressure on visiting Holy Name as part of the still-arriving crowd filed into Memorial Stadium.
By the time those fans had taken their seats, the tide had already begun to turn in favor of the visiting Green Wave.
No. 3 Holy Name scored early in the fifth minute and tacked on two more goals in the first half to stun the No. 2 Rockets, 3-0, in a Division II district semifinal game Monday night. The loss abruptly...
Video: Britton, Rockets have season to remember|
It was a banner season for the Bay girls cross country team.
The Rockets, behind junior Maddie Britton, repeated as the West Shore Conference champions, then went on to claim the Division I district title at Lorain County Community College in Elyria. A third place finish at the Tiffin regional meet sent them to state, where the Rockets finished eighth.
Other Westshore area teams had successful seasons as well. In the...
Early goals return the Dover Cup back to Rockets|
The Dover Cup, and all the bragging rights that go along with it, once again belongs to the Bay Rockets and the West Shore Conference.
Behind a pair of first half goals from seniors Matt Toth and Ben Tepper, as well as some great work on the defensive side of the ball, Bay was able to take back the Dover Cup from Westlake in the battle of conference champions, 2-1.
The Rockets, who currently wear the WSC crown, improved to 9-4-3 on the season, while the Demons, champions of the Southwestern Conference, fell to 11-3-2. Both teams head into tournament play next week with high expectations.
“We set up the last two games as the conference championship (a 2-0 win over Rocky River) and a must win tonight to win back the cup. That’s what you want going into the playoffs,” said Bay head coach Bobby Dougherty. “Westlake held the cup, and to get it back we had to beat them. We couldn’t tie, or else...
River ground game leads to 19-7 win over Rockets|
Down 7-6 at halftime, Rocky River head coach Rick Adams stuck to a game plan that had worked to perfection during the Pirates’ three-game win streak.
“We knew what we had to do,” Adams said.
And that plan was to run the ball.
The Pirates, behind the efforts of running backs Michael Dickey, Martin Finnegan and Jesse Singler, controlled the ball nearly 18 minutes of the second half on their way to a 19-7 win over...
CHAMPIONS! Rockets blank Pirates, reclaim WSC|
The age old adage in sports is that defense wins championships.
On Wednesday night, the Bay girls soccer team showed why that axiom still stands in 2012.
The Rockets, after a two-year absence, reclaimed the West Shore Conference championship trophy by blanking defending champion Rocky River on it’s home turf, 2-0. The second-ranked team in Ohio Division II finished the league season at 7-0, while the fourth-ranked Pirates closed out at 6-1. Combined with the boys team’s 2-0 win over...
Meisenburg's goal propels Rockets past Westlake|
In the midst of a scoreless game at Westlake’s Read Field, Bay defender Sam Meisenburg lined up a free kick from just inside 40 yards out. With both the Rockets and Demons taking their positions, the Bay junior made her approach.
Meisenburg, who already had two goals on the season, had just one thing in mind as the ball left her foot:
Meisenburg’s kick soared through the air, over the Demon defense and past a fully extended Alexis Carpenter for the first...
State-ranked Rockets relax, maintain first in WSC|
After missing out on a number of scoring opportunities in the first half, Bay head coach Bob Dougherty had a bit of advice for his state-ranked Rockets:
Relax. Kick back. Watch the band.
It worked. After a rousing halftime performance by the Bay High Marching Band, the Rockets returned to the pitch and scored four goals in the second half to take out North Ridgeville, 4-0, in a West Shore Conference game at Memorial Stadium Wednesday night.
“We’ve weathered storms like this before where we’ve watched trying to figure out the puzzle,” Dougherty said. “The discussion we had at halftime was about how our guys...
Brown's goal keeps Rockets on pace in the WSC|
Bay’s Alex Brown knew that her team needed to “get their mojo back,” so she took matters into her own hands.
Scoring at the 35:23 mark of the second half on a perfect pass from teammate Eva Rezek, Brown not only got the Rockets’ mojo back, but helped Bay to a 1-0 win over visiting Avon in West Shore Conference play Wednesday night.
With the win, the Rockets improved to 4-0 in the conference and 8-1-1 on the season. The Eagles, who suffered a 1-0 loss to WSC co-leader Rocky River in their last outing, slipped to 1-2-1 in the league and...
Rocket seniors shine, earn 3-1 win over Midview|
With Bay holding a 2-0 lead over Midview and the end of the first half approaching, nobody in the crowd probably realized just how big a play they witnessed with six seconds left on the clock.
It may have been the play that prevented history from repeating itself.
After a foul in the box, the Middies were awarded a penalty kick. A goal from Midview junior Sylvester Messiah would cut the home team’s lead to one and result in a big momentum shift. But Rocket senior Matt Toth, one of 11 seniors...
Video: Demon defense keeps The Jug in Westlake|
It’s Labor Day 2012, and the Little Brown Jug has resumed the same spot it has called home over the past 11 years:
In the Westlake trophy case.
The Demons sputtered offensively, but dominated on defense Friday night in a 13-3 win over Bay before a huge crowd at Memorial Stadium. Westlake moved to 2-0 on the season, mostly by holding the Rockets to 160 yards of total offense.
“We gave up a couple of plays here and there, but overall we held things together defensively,” said Westlake head coach Mark Campo last Friday night. “They couldn’t do much...
Week Two: Demons, Rockets battle for 'The Jug'|
Bay’s Memorial Stadium will be buzzing with activity Friday night for a number of reasons.
Bay will be honoring its latest entries into its Athletic Hall of Fame, and it will also be the Rockets’ football home opener. The game with neighborhood rival Westlake was also voted the Cleveland Browns’ High School Game of the Week by the fans of both schools.
Both teams are coming off Opening Night wins for the first time in years. And, to top it all off, they’ll be playing for the cherished Little Brown Jug, a symbol of the lone-time rivalry between the two schools.
“This is a rivalry that’s been going on for a long time,” said Westlake head coach Mark Campo of the annual game that has been played since the two teams were both in the Southwestern Conference.
“Tradition is always a big thing, so playing for the Little Brown Jug is meaningful for our team, our school...
Bay stays on a roll, tops Rangers in WSC opener|
Bay head coach Jack Griffiths felt his defense would be pretty tough in 2012.
If his team’s offense keeps improving...look out.
The Bay girls scored a pair of goals in the first half and the defense continued its shutout streak as the Rockets beat Lakewood, 3-1, Wednesday night at Lakewood Stadium. Bay moved to 3-1-0 on the season, while the Rangers lost their first game and fell to 1-1-1.
Lakewood’s only goal came late in the 63rd minute when freshman Mallory Shaw...
Lakewood spikers sweep Rockets in WSC debut|
Tuesday night, the Lakewood volleyball team traveled to Bay High for its first-ever match as a member of the West Shore Conference.
The task at hand: Take on a program that had won the league title the past three years on a row, in their own gym and less than 24 hours after winning your season opener in five sets.
While the Rangers may not have played their best, the results spoke for themselves. Lakewood ran the table, rallying from behind in the third set to sweep the Rockets 25-23, 25-22, 26-24 at The Launch Pad. “This is obviously our first match in this...
WSC Wrapup: Rockets hold on for win over Lions|
Don’t look now, but the Bay Rockets are on a two-game winning streak.
It might not seem like much, but Bay, which has gone 3-7 in each of the past two seasons, is one a bit of a roll after holding on late on the road to beat Orange, 21-20, Friday night in the season opener.
The Rockets, who got a strong performance from junior quarterback Jake Best, closed out last season with a win over arch rival Rocky River. That was Bests’ first varsity start, with Friday night’s contest being start No. 2.
Friday night, the junior threw three touchdown passes, the first one coming in the second quarter. Bay was down 7-0 when Best hit on a 5-yard touchdown pass to Scott Rapps. Matt Toth made the conversion kick, and the Rockets were back in the game.
The Lions would score another touchdown in the first half to take a 14-7 halftime lead. But Bay would come right back in the opening drive of the third quarter to jump right back in it. Best hit Ryan Voiers on a 51-yard scoring toss, Toth made the kick and...
Penalty kick gets young Streaks past Rockets, 1-0|
If the age-old adage “defense wins championships” still holds weight these days, the girls soccer teams at Bay and Magnificat can look forward to banner seasons.
It was Opening Night at Bay’s Memorial Stadium as the seasoned and experienced hometown Rockets hosted a very young, but talented band of Blue Streaks. When it was all said and done, one goal - that coming on a first half penalty kick - was all the offense either team could muster.
Forward Alyssa Baumbick, one of three freshmen who started the game for Magnificat, drilled a penalty kick into the back of the net early in the 25th minute to give Magnificat a 1-0 win Tuesday night. The offensive opportunities...
Experienced Rockets prepared to turn the corner|
The summer camps, the two-a-days and the scrimmage games are over.
Now it’s time to see what progress the Bay football team has made, according to third-year head coach Ryan Gorius. The Rockets open the 2012 season this Friday night when they travel to Orange.
Over the past two seasons, Bay has gone 3-7 twice and finished in the bottom half of the West Shore Conference. But there are signs that things may be starting to turn around in Rocket Country, Gorius said.
“The most encouraging thing right now is that our kids are playing hard,” said Gorius...
Goal in final seconds thwarts Rockets in opener|
Last season, the Bay boys soccer team went through a frustrating season where goals proved to be a rare commodity.
Saturday night, the Rockets showed signs of breaking that trend with a first-half goal against Chagrin Falls in their 2012 season opener. But it was the Tigers who made the most of their limited scoring opportunities in the second half.
Chagrin Falls tied the game in the 59th minute, then nailed the game-winner with just 23.5 seconds left to edge past the Rockets, 2-1, at Memorial Stadium.
After Chagrin’s defense and keeper Anthony Rizzo fought off a late surge by the Rockets...
Video: Britton, Connelly off and running at Mastick|
Local cross country athletes got a chance to get warmed up for their upcoming season by participating in Wednesday’s annual Classic at Mastick.
It was a good night at the Cleveland Metroparks’ Rocky River Reservation for two of the Westshore’s top girls cross country runners. Bay junior Maddie Britton, who led the Rockets to the West Shore Conference championship last season, won the Female 15-16 age bracket. She finished her 5K run with a time of 20:09.3
Rocky River senior Madi Connelly also fared well in winning the Female 17-18 bracket with a time of 20:41.2. Britton and Connelly finished...