Lakewood High School
Nine-run inning sends Rangers to district tourney|
On the way to their first 20-win season since 2007, the Lakewood Rangers have had plenty of big innings offensively that made a difference.
But there had been nothing quite like the second inning Friday against Elyria.
The second-seeded Rangers, thanks to an infield error, sent 10 batters to plate and scored nine runs in the frame. So when Liam Sullivan crossed home plate in the bottom of the sixth, Lakewood had win No. 21 in the books with its 13-3 win over the Pioneers in a Division I...
Rangers reach 20-win plateau, set for tourney run|
The Lakewood Rangers have enjoyed one of their best seasons on the diamond in recent years. And with a shot at the West Shore Conference title on the line, they gave visiting Eric Lauer and the Midview Middies all they could handle.
As it turned out, a win just wasn’t in the cards that day for the home team. But that didn’t mean the Rangers were ready to fold with the Division I sectional/district tournament approaching.
Lauer, a Kent State recruit and possible MLB draft prospect, blanked the Rangers...
Hartsel throws a gem as Rangers blank Westlake|
Marty Hartsel probably remembered the game like it happened yesterday.
It was a 2012 Division I sectional title game, and Hartsel took the mound with his Lakewood Rangers up 6-0 at Westlake. Two innings and nine runs later, Hartsel was out of the game and the Rangers were on their way out of the tournament in a 10-6 defeat.
Friday night, Hartsel again took the mound to face the Demons. The results were as different as night and day.
The Ranger righty hurled a masterpiece, blanking the visitors on just three hits to lead Lakewood to a 7-0 win at Lakewood Stadium. The win...
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...
Rangers earn tournament sweep, start season 5-0|
Sporting a roster loaded with 14 seniors, getting the 2013 season off on the right foot was definitely one of the goals for head coach Mike Ribar and his Lakewood baseball team.
Consider that mission accomplished.
The Rangers finished the first week of the new season at 5-0 after sweeping three games at their annual Gruss/Dibiasio Tournament this weekend. On a chilly Friday night, Lakewood began tournament play with a 9-0 win over Crestwood, then followed up Saturday morning with a convincing 12-2 win in five innings over...
CHAMPIONS! Pirates top Rangers to clinch title tie|
Early in the 2012-13 season, Rocky River head coach Michael Murray felt his team’s offense was going to be a work in progress.
“I think this is a group that will get better each and every game,” he said after the Pirates’ West Shore Conference opener against Bay.
The Pirates indeed got better, and now they have the hardware to prove it.
Rocky River jumped out to a 10-0 start Thursday night and held off a late Lakewood rally to top the Rangers, 55-43, and clinch a share of the WSC championship. Avon defeated Midview, 54-50, the following night to claim its share of the conference crown.
“This is a testament to the confidence of our seniors,” said Murray, whose program won its second WSC title in three years.
“This guy right here said before the season how much confidence he had in us winning a conference championship,” said Murray...
Royalton holds off Lakewood to win sectional final|
Lakewood came into Wednesday’s Division I sectional final against North Royalton chasing an improbable 21st victory. The Rangers then proceeded to chase the Bears for 32 minutes.
In the end, they caught neither.
After a late-game rally that saw the Rangers cut a 34-22 halftime deficit to four points in the fourth quarter, the Bears managed to drain the clock and hit their free throws to escape with a 52-43 win at Valley Forge.
The fourth-seeded Rangers finish their season at 20-4. The No. 5 Bears (14-8) move on to face No. 1 St. Joseph Academy in the district semifinals Feb. 28.
“I think we were a little impatient...
Rangers top River to cap off championship season|
The first time the Lakewood and Rocky River girls met on the hardwood, defense dominated the first half as the Rangers managed to pull away in the second half.
In Wednesday night’s rematch, Lakewood still struggled at times against the Pirates’ defensive effort. But the West Shore Conference champions got some breathing room early and finished the 2012-13 regular season with a 43-30 win over their across-the-bridge rivals.
With the win, Lakewood finished its first WSC season at 13-1 in the conference and 19-3 overall under rookie head coach Mike Harper. The Rangers now turn their attention to the Division I Sectional Tournament at Valley Forge where they take on Berea Saturday.
Rocky River closed out its regular season at 8-14 overall and 8-6 in the WSC. The Pirates begin Division II Sectional Tournament play Monday...
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...
CHAMPIONS! Lakewood tops EC, claims WSC title|
With 3:22 left in the game, the West Shore Conference girls basketball championship was still up for grabs.
Josie Carandang had just pulled Elyria Catholic to within three points of visiting Lakewood, 36-33. With a win, the Panthers would move into a first place tie with the Rangers with two conference games remaining.
But Mikayla Harper and her Ranger teammates had other plans. Lakewood’s sophomore guard went seven of eight from the free throw line to spark a 14-5 run that powered the Rangers to a 50-38 win Saturday afternoon at the EC Coliseum...
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...
Demon defense dominates in win over Lakewood|
After a convincing win over North Olmsted last Friday, Westlake faced a tough test as West Shore Conference co-leader Lakewood brought it’s trapping defense and fast-break offense to town.
But as the game’s final buzzer sounded, the Demons’ defense had passed the test with flying colors.
Westlake defused the Rangers’ potent transition attack and used a strong half-court game on the way to a 61-45 win Tuesday night. The win upped the Demons’ overall record to 8-3 heading into Friday night’s big Southwestern Conference game at Brecksville.
“I thought our guys played really good defense,” said Westlake head coach Shawn Hood, whose team allowed just 11 field goals on the night and just three 2-pointers overall.
“That was the goal. We wanted to guard them,” Hood said...
Lakewood uses big third quarter to get past River|
With the first half in the books, Rocky River seemed poised for the upset.
The Pirates’ defense was clicking on all cylinders, holding Lakewood’s potent offense to just 10 first-half points. And with Rangers starting guard Maggie Rowell out with an injury, River’s opportunity was knocking on the door.
But after the Pirates took the lead early in the second half, that opportunity fled. Lakewood went on a 19-2 run and never looked back on its way to a 42-27 win Saturday afternoon in West Shore Conference action.
The Rangers, now 12-1 overall, have won 12 straight after a season-opening loss to St. Joseph Academy. They also finished the first half of the WSC season all alone in first place at 7-0. River fell to 6-5 overall and 4-3 in the conference. “We watched them play Magnificat,” said Rangers first-year head coach Mike Harper, whose team shot 58 percent...
Pirates rally in second half, stun Lakewood 53-49|
As the first half came to a close, Zach Fehrenbach’s shot inside went through the net and gave visiting Lakewood a 28-17 lead at Rocky River.
At that point, the Rangers could seemingly do no wrong. They had used an early 12-0 run to build up their lead, their defense was forcing turnover after turnover and Pete Nelson was draining NBA-range 3-pointers like there was no tomorrow.
That all changed in the second half.
The Pirates turned the tables and blitzed Lakewood with a 23-5 run to start the second half. The Rangers recovered, but River outshot them at the free throw line down the stretch to come away with a 53-49 win in a thrilling basketball version of the Battle for the Bridge Friday night.
But there was more than bragging rights on the line in this game. The win allowed River to move back into a tie for first place...
Lakewood back on track with win over Shoremen|
Despite some early-season success, the Lakewood boys basketball team found themselves in need of a win.
The Rangers had been without injured scoring guard Jacob Schmidt after the Dec. 14 game with North Ridgeville. They managed West Shore Conference wins over Elyria Catholic and Vermilion, but lost their first game of the season a week ago against previously winless North Olmsted.
Next up was Avon Lake, which came to town Saturday night having won four of its last five games. The Shoremen were coming off a dominating 52-27 win over Amherst in Southwestern Conference action Friday night. Lakewood proved up to the task. The Rangers...
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: 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...
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 spikers outlast Rangers in five-set marathon|
With the regular season winding down and Elyria Catholic clinching the West Shore Conference championship, it was time to switch gears for the Lakewood and Rocky River volleyball teams.
Both the Rangers and Pirates enter tournament play next week, and Tuesday night’s match had a playoff atmosphere to it as River prevailed 23-25, 25-16, 25-20, 19-25, 15-11 in a WSC barn burner at Lakewood High.
Rocky River, which closes out the regular season Thursday night at Bay, edged it’s way over the .500 mark at 11-10. The Pirates also moved to 8-5 in the WSC with a third-place finish still within reach.
Lakewood, coming off a 2-1 performance at the Mayfield Tournament over the weekend, fell to 10-11 overall and 6-7 in league...
Curri's hat trick allows Rangers to rally past River|
With 8:05 left in the first half, Rocky River’s Spencer Klodnick ripped a rebounded ball off a corner kick into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead over Lakewood.
While the Pirates rode that momentum well into the second half, one could sense a shift as the second 40 minutes ticked away at Lakewood Stadium.
The Rangers, behind a three-goal explosion from Mirsad Curri, managed to rally for a 3-2 West Shore Conference win Wednesday night. The victory moved Lakewood to 8-4-1 on the season and ensured the Rangers of finishing with a winning record in their first year of WSC play at 4-2 with one league game remaining.
Rocky River, on the other hand, fell to 5-7-1 on the season in losing it’s seventh game in the last eight. The Pirates also saw their WSC mark even out at 3-3, with their final league encounter coming Oct. 10 at Bay...
Rocky River wins first bridge battle with Lakewood|
During the preseason, Rocky River head coach Rick Adams felt his defense and running game would set the tone in 2012. Six games in, the Pirates have started to throw some big-yardage plays into that mix.
The result? The Pirates have won two in a row and are hungry for more.
Friday night, River scored on a pair of 60-plus yard plays and kept Lakewood out of the end zone in the second half in a 21-13 West Shore Conference win at Lakewood Stadium. The win evened the Pirates’ record at 3-3 and gave them bragging rights in the first-ever ...
Week Five: Rangers, River get much-needed wins|
With both teams in the throngs of three-game losing streaks, Lakewood and Rocky River were looking for the tide to turn in Week Five of the high school football season.
While they took startling different paths to get there, both the Rangers and Pirates accomplished their goals.
Lakewood, after building a 22-0 halftime lead at North Ridgeville, had to hold on for dear life in the final seconds to come away with the 22-21 road win. It was Lakewood’s first-ever win in football as a member of the West Shore Conference. At Rocky River, the Pirate defense...
Opportunity knocks, River answers in four-set win|
Thursday night’s volleyball match between Lakewood and Rocky River was one filled with opportunity for both teams.
In the end, it was the Pirates who took managed to take advantage.
Despite stumbling in the third set, they managed to come back strong enough in the fourth and came away with a 25-14, 25-19, 12-25, 25-18 win over the Rangers in an important West Shore Conference matchup. The Pirates, coming off a loss to first-place Elyria Catholic, needed the win...
Defense does the damage as Eagles top Rangers|
If Mike Ptacek was pleased with his defense after last week’s win over Valley Forge, he had to be ecstatic over what he witnessed Friday night at Lakewood Stadium.
The North Olmsted head coach was all smiles after his Eagles came up big defensively and blanked Lakewood, 31-0, to begin the 2012 season at 2-0.
The combination of some big-play defense and an opportunistic offense had the visitors in control of the game from the start. The hometown Rangers, after scoring 51 points in their opener against Lincoln West, probably wondered what would go wrong next in falling to 1-1 on the season.
“I felt coming into this season that we would have...
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...
Lakewood scores early, holds on against Comets|
Lakewood boys soccer coach Andrew Toth was a happy man Wednesday night. His players and their fans were pretty pumped up too.
A win over the defending Southwestern Conference champs will have that effect.
The Rangers, coming off their season-opening 4-0 win over Valley Forge, turned in their second-straight shutout performance with a 2-0 win over Amherst at Lakewood Stadium.
“Whenever you beat an Amherst team, you’re awfully excited because they’re such a strong community with great athletes,” Toth said after the game.
“We always look forward to this game...
Lakewood football preparing for first WSC season|
As the 2012 high school football season approaches, the West Shore Conference will have a different look for the second year in a row.
Last season, Elyria Catholic joined the league and brought its storied football program into the fold. This fall, Lakewood comes in to finish off filling the void created when Fairview and Firelands left for the Patriot Athletic Conference.
The Rangers are coming off a 6-4 season and are led by former Rocky River head coach Ron Lewis. Prior to Saturday’s scrimmage with Westlake, Lewis talked about his program and what it will be like joining a new league.
“The thing for us is that we need to get back to playing Lakewood football,” said Lewis...