Magnificat High School
Lakewood girls run to DI district runner-up honors|
Depth throughout its lineup paid big dividends for the Lakewood girls track team.
The Rangers, wining four events and qualifying in six more, took runner-up honors at the Lakewood Division I District Track and Field Meet at Lakewood Stadium. St. Joseph Academy won the team title with 194 points, while Lakewood came in second with 115 to edge out Magnificat’s 103.
In the boys meet, St. Ignatius took the team title with 174 points to top rival St. Edward’s 144. Lakewood took fifth overall with 46 points and qualified for next week’s regional meet...
Grizzlie defense dispatches Streaks from tourney|
With the first eight minutes in the books, everything seemed to be going Magnificat’s way. The Blue Streaks had a 10-6 lead over powerhous Wadsworth, and the Grizzlies were struggling to find their shot.
That’s when Wadsworth’s defense took over.
The Grizzlies’ full-court press turned up the heat and held Magnificat scoreless in the second quarter. They turned that defensive effort into an 18-0 run as Wadsworth came away with a 46-27 win in Tuesday night’s Division I regional semifinal at North Royalton High School.
Wadsworth, now 25-2, will take on Toledo Notre Dame Academy in the regional championship game Saturday afternoon in Norwalk. Magnificat bows out of the tournament at 18-8 after reaching the Sweet 16 for a second consecutive season. “Wadsworth is a very talented team,” said Blue Streaks head coach Meghann Hubach...
CHAMPIONS! Streaks defeat Elyria for district title|
Throughout their tournament run, Magnificat had used long scoring runs to put away its opponents early. But there was something different about the Blue Streaks’ Saturday afternoon matchup with Elyria.
Early on, the young Streaks seemed to be facing two opponents: A determined Pioneer team and the jitters.
Fouls, missed layups and turnovers crept into Magnificat’s game, and it seemed like there was no long run to be found as Elyria took a 13-11 first quarter lead.
But as it turned out, that scoring run was there all along. It just didn’t appear until the final five minutes of the game.
With the Pioneers rallying to within three points, the Blue Streaks hit the gas. They went on a 13-4 run to close out a 51-39 win that clinched their second-straight Division I district championship...
Magnificat overwhelms Avon, reaches district final|
For the first four minutes of the game, Avon was right where it wanted to be against top-seeded Magnificat.
But from that point on, it must have seemed like a tidal wave of navy blue was washing away the Eagles’ district title hopes.
Down 8-6, Magnificat quickly showed why it was the favorite to repeat as district champions. The Blue Streaks, bolstered by the hot shooting hand of Sarah Scelza, went on a dominating 30-5 run to close out the first half and buried Avon, 58-29, in a Division I semifinal game Wednesday night at Elyria Catholic’s Coliseum.
Magnificat will now face Elyria, which defeated Amherst 45-32 in Wednesday night’s first semifinal contest. Tipoff is slated for 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Coliseum.
Avon, which closed out its season at 14-9, saw things go south in a hurry as the combination of turnovers and Scelza’s shooting proved to be too much to overcome...
Blue Streaks roll past Eagles, move on to district|
Heading into tournament play, Magnificat head coach Meghann Hubach had some concerns about how her young team would handle the rigors of postseason basketball.
If Saturday’s Division I sectional final game with North Olmsted was any indication, most of those concerns were put to rest...at least for one day.
The Blue Streaks began to pull away from Eagles in the second quarter, then blew the game wide open in the third in a convincing 76-36 win at the Elyria Catholic Coliseum. Magnificat ran off 21-straight points in the second half to clinch a spot in this week’s district semifinals.
The No. 1 seeded Streaks will now face Avon, a 45-41 winner over Avon Lake in Saturday’s other sectional title game. That Wednesday night matchup will be the second game of a doubleheader, with Amherst taking on Elyria in the first semifinal at 6 p.m...
Photos: Streaks top Irish, get ready for tournament|
Magnificat concluded its 2012-13 regular season with a 52-42 win over Akron St.Vincent-St. Mary Saturday afternoon at the House of Blues.
Now it’s tournament time.
The Blue Streaks held off a late rally by the Fighting Irish to finish the regular season at 15-7. Sarah Scelza led Magnificat with 22 points, while Claire Martin and Elise Keshock added nine and eight points, respectively.
The Division I Sectional/District Tournament at Elyria Catholic is next for Magnificat. The Blue Streaks, the defending district champions, are the No. 1 seed and will face North Olmsted Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the second game of a doubleheader.
In the first game, Avon will take on Avon Lake at 1 p.m. The winners of those two Saturday games will play Wed., Feb. 27 in the district semifinals...
Streaks pull away in second half to defeat Rangers|
From the opening tipoff, Lakewood displayed a defensive intensity that kept Magnificat’s potent offense in check for the better part of three quarters.
Ironically, that intensity may have proven to be the visiting Rangers’ undoing.
The Blue Streaks, hinderd by turnovers and rushed shots for the first 20-plus minutes of play, regained their composure late in the third quarter. They found some holes in the Lakewood press and gradually pulled away for a 59-45 win Saturday afternoon at the House of Blues.
Magnificat, now 14-6 on the season, used a 14-1 run to break open a game that had been closely contested throughout. The Blue Streaks...
Pressure defense powers Streaks past Holy Name|
The Magnificat basketball team has always hung its hat on its full-court pressure defense. And even if a team beats the pressure in the back court, the Blue Streaks keep the pressure on in the front court by trapping and cutting off the passing lanes.
It’s a fun style of basketball to watch...unless you’re the opposing team.
Visiting Holy Name got a good dose of that defense Wednesday night. When it was all said and done, the Green Wave coughed up the ball 28 times and shot 25 percent from the floor as the young Blue Streaks ran away with a 55-35 win.
“That was one of our goals, to set the tone and tempo early in the game,” admitted Magnificat head coach Meghann Hubach, whose team forced 10 turnovers in the first quarter alone in taking a quick 15-5 lead. “We were back home with four games left,” Hubach said. “We knew this was an important win to get...
Video: Magnificat hosts gymnastics competition|
The Magnificat gymnastics team hosted a seven-team meet last Thursday, including local rivals Avon and Westlake. Magnificat won the team title with 131.8 points, edging out Medina (126.7) and Olmsted Falls (115.5). Westlake Green was fourth with (113.7) points, followed by Cuyahoga Hts. (113.6), Avon (113.3) and Westlake White (82.4).
Press ignites Magnificat's 73-30 win over Lorain|
During the first five games of the season, Magnificat head coach Meghann Hubach held in the reigns on her young Blue Streaks. Their trademark game-opening, full-court pressure was nowhere to be found, though the team still got off to a solid 4-1 start.
That all changed Wednesday night when Lorain came calling at the Streak’s House of Blues.
Magnificat came out with full baseline-to-baseline pressure from the opening tip. That effort seemed to spark banner nights in the Streaks’ shooting and rebounding as well, with the home team running away with a 73-30 win over the Titans.
Lorain, also sporting a new-look roster, came into the game with a solid 5-1 record. The Titans also had Division I college recruit, 6-3 Alexandria Harris, back for her senior year. But less than three minutes into the second quarter, the Streaks had already built a 20-point lead, 26-6, and were showing no signs of slowing...
Blue Streaks start tourney trail with win over Falls|
Getting off to a good start in tournament play is a big step for any high school team, regardless of seeding, field conditions or opponent.
Magnificat, the top seed in the Rocky River Division I district field, delt with all of that Thursday night. The Blue Streaks fought off an early challenge from visiting Olmsted Falls and rolled to a 7-1 win in a sectional final at cold and windy Rocky River Stadium.
“I thought tonight the first half was a well-contested game,” said Magnificat head coach John Fenix, whose team outshot the Bulldogs 23-4 on the night.
“They came after us and had a great solo-effort goal. We obviously have the...
Bennett goal allows Pirates to sneak past Streaks|
Twice in the first half, Rocky River forward Grace Bennett had a breakaway opportunity in the Magnificat backfield. And both times, Blue Streak defender Alyssa Baumbick moved in to successfully stop the threat.
A similar scenario occurred in the 47th minute, but this time with a much different result.
Bennett managed to get a step ahead and went on to score the only goal of the game to give the Pirates a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Blue Streaks in a battle of state-ranked and top-seeded tournament teams.
The Saturday night win, most of which was played in windy and rainy conditions, moved River to 14-2-0 on the season. The Pirates, ranked fourth...
Early goal allows Magnificat to sneak past Eagles|
There seems to be something about a Magnificat soccer uniform that brings out the best in the North Olmsted squad.
Last year, the Eagles ended the Blue Streaks’ season in the Division I tournament with a 1-0 win in double overtime. Saturday afternoon at North Olmsted Stadium, the Eagles gave the visitors all they could handle, with Magnificat getting out of town with a narrow 1-0 win.
The Blue Streaks, who were coming off their first loss of the season...
Big second half powers Blue Streaks past Blazers|
Magnificat head coach John Fenix was less than happy with his team’s first-half performance against visiting Hathaway Brown. But by the end of the contest, he managed to break out into a smile or two.
The state-ranked Blue Streaks, executing the corner kick to near perfection during an eight-minute span in the second half, broke open a close game and rolled to a 6-0 win over the Blazers at chilly Rocky River Stadium Monday night.
With the win, Magnificat boosted it’s record to 8-0-1 on the season, the only blemish...
Magnificat puts things together in win over Pirates|
With both teams hovering around the halfway point of their respective seasons, the Magnificat and Rocky River volleyball teams went into Monday night’s match still looking to piece things together in 2012.
When it was all said and done, is was the Blue Streaks who took a big step into the second half of the season.
Magnificat, struggling to get over the .500 mark, got back to even with a 25-16, 25-12, 25-18 road win over the Pirates. River, now 7-4, had it’s chances throughout the match but couldn’t get past the inconsistent play that has plagued them throughout the first half of the season. “We’re still inconsistent. We didn’t do quite enough...
Duggan's goal helps keep Blue Streaks unbeaten|
After a scoreless first half, it seemed like either Magnificat or visiting Springboro would need some sort of picture-perfect play to coax the ball into the back of the net.
On a picture-perfect weather day in Rocky River, such a goal was delivered off the foot of Blue Streak sophomore Sydney Duggan.
Duggan’s shot from the far left side sailed over Springboro keeper Emily Moreland’s outstretched arms and into the net for the only goal of the game, giving Magnificat the hard-fought 1-0 win. It also allowed the Blue Streaks to remain undefeated on the sason at 6-0.
“What a great goal,” said Magnificat...
Blue Streaks fight off Padua for tournament title|
The Magnificat volleyball team found itself in a very unusual position heading into Saturday’s annual Magnificat Showcase Tournament.
The Blue Streaks came into the tournament winless at 0-3 after losses to Notre Dame Academy, Kenston and Beaumont. But they broke their losing streak with a 25-11, 25-14 win over Brecksville in Saturday’s first round, then defeated Holy Name and Padua to claim the Showcase title and even their record at 3-3.
“We were really focused on playing at home...
Blue Streaks strike early, prevail 2-0 over Demons|
In a battle of unbeatens, Magnificat drew first blood in Thursday night’s matchup with Westlake at Rocky River Stadium.
With both teams playing lock-down defense, it was the only goal the Blue Streaks would need.
Junior Natalie Coury took advantage of Anne Ubbing’s hustle play in the seventh minute to score to only goal of the night against the Demons’ staunch defense. The Blue Streaks added a penalty kick goal late in the second half to come away with a 2-0 decision and remain undefeated.
Magnificat, now 4-0, made it two big wins in as many nights. The Streaks earned a hard-fought 3-1 win at North Royalton Wednesday night before facing their longtime Westshore neighborhood rivals...
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...
Tennis: Streaks, Demons open season with wins|
Magnificat and Westlake, two of the top girls tennis programs in the Westshore area, got their respective 2012 seasons off on the right foot this week.
Westlake, the three-time defending Southwestern Conference champ, opened defense of its crown with a convincing 5-0 win over Olmsted Falls. Magnificat had a tougher go of things Monday, but came away with a 3-2 win over Avon, the defending West Shore Conference champion.
Magnificat took the first and second singles matches, then came away with...