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Rocky River

2013 - 2011
Rocky River High School

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Defense, Tjotjos goals send River to state lax final

May 31, 2012 - With the final minute of the game ticking off the scoreboard clock, all Rocky River head coach Steve Anderson could do was watch. His Pirates were leading University School, 8-7, in the Division II state lacrosse semifinals. An illegal procedure call had given the Preppers the ball moments earlier, and now it was up to the River defense to get the job done. “Come on defense. Come on...,” Anderson said to himself as goalie Aaron Blossey and the River defense deflected a USchool shot with 24 seconds left with the Preppers a man up. Then with 10 seconds left, the Pirates recovered a fumbled ball and sent it flying down field...    (6095 reads)

River lax returns to Elite Eight with win over Bay

May 24, 2012 - Through one quarter of play, the Bay boys lacrosse team was holding its own against Rocky River. The Rockets’ defense was holding as the Pirates held a slim 2-0 lead after the first 12 minutes. But with River already having a 14-3 shot advantage, the bottom fell out quickly for Bay. The Pirates, the number one team in the Division II Northwest Division, scored five unassisted goals in the second quarter and advanced to the Elite Eight with a 14-4 win Wednesday night. Rocky River has now advanced...    (6014 reads)

River tennis program claims another WSC crown

May 22, 2012 - In the seven years the West Shore Conference has existed, Rocky River has been top dog in boys tennis. Nothing changed this spring. The Pirates won their sixth championship by going undefeated in the regular season matches and winning the WSC Tournament championship. In the tournament, River won two championships and reached the finals in all five events to score 32 team points to get past Vermilion’s 26. Bay, which won the...    (6384 reads)

DII Baseball: Late Falcons rally ends River dream

May 21, 2012 - As losses go, this one was a tough one for the Rocky River baseball team to stomach. The Pirates took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning last Thursday in a Division II district baseball semifinal against Firelands. But six Falcons came to plate in that fateful final frame. The first three made it home as Firelands rallied for a 3-2 stunner at The Pipe Yard in Lorain. The loss ended the Pirates’ shot at advancing to the Division II regionals. Firelands had its...    (4608 reads)

Last-minute goal rallies 'Riders past Rocky River

Apr 25, 2012 - In the midst of its toughest stretch of games so far this season, Rocky River head coach Steve Anderson knew his Pirates would be facing a number of challenges. After an exhilarating 7-6 win Saturday afternoon at St. Edward, Anderson’s Pirates had faced the first challenge head on and came out on top. Tuesday night, an early 4-1 deficit against visiting Kent Roosevelt had River in unfamiliar territory. Even more challenges lied ahead...    (4607 reads)

PR Watch: Bierut, River girls get off to strong start

Apr 24, 2012 - It has been a solid start to the 2012 track and field season for the Rocky River girls squad. The Pirates have faced tough competition the past two weeks, running in the Miele Invitational and the Comet Relays. They finished third in the Miele behind Medina and Chardon, then took fourth at Amherst behind Brunswick, Medina and Mentor. At Miele, River senior Elyse Beirut set a new meet record in the 3200 with her time of 10:51.57. That eclipsed the old time of 10:59.38 set by Magnificat’s Abby Fischer...    (7849 reads)

Rebuild? Tone set as River boys lacrosse reloads

Apr 20, 2012 - For some programs, losing a large senior class can mean a rebuilding program is right around the corner. That doesn’t seem to be the case this season for the Rocky River boys lacrosse team. The Pirates, who advanced to the Division II Final Four last season, are off to a solid 6-1 start under third-year head coach Steve Anderson. This week, they knocked off Avon Lake, 13-2, and began preparing for a challenging stretch of games over the next week. On Saturday afternoon...    (4350 reads)

Video: Pirates edge Rockets, 5-4, in WSC rematch

Apr 20, 2012 - Last Thursday, Rocky River scored four runs in the first three innings and won its West Shore Conference rematch with Bay, 5-4. But after one time through the league season, the big question in WSC baseball this spring is this: Can anybody beat Avon? The Eagles are still unbeaten in 2012. They reside all alone in first place after last week’s 1-0 win over Midview, and have taken their overall record to 15-0 after a Saturday doubleheader sweep, 4-2 and 10-2, over Avon Lake. Weather permitting, Avon will host North Ridgeville on Monday as teams resume...    (5771 reads)

Good start helps Lakewood top River, get to .500

Apr 18, 2012 - After a number of slow starts this season, the Lakewood fastpitch team was looking to get things rolling early Tuesday afternoon against Rocky River. Mission accomplished. The Rangers scored three runs in the top of the first inning and withstood a River rally in the final two innings to claim an 8-4 win over the Pirates at Elmwood Park. That evened their record at 7-7 heading into Wednesday’s Northeast Ohio Conference encounter with Elyria. Rocky River fell to 1-8...    (5869 reads)

No mercy: Lee's arm, Avon bats overwhelm River

Apr 12, 2012 - Last spring, the Avon baseball team swept through the West Shore Conference schedule without a loss in claiming the outright championship. Wednesday afternoon, the Eagles showed why they are again the team to beat in the WSC. Avon scored seven runs in the first two innings and never looked back in a convincing 12-1 win at Rocky River. The Eagles remained undefeated on the season at 9-0 and ran their WSC record to...    (6322 reads)

Video: Pirates vs Tigers women's lacrosse

Apr 07, 2012 - Rocky River Lady Pirates took on the visiting Chagrin Falls Lady Tigers in varsity women\'s lacrosse. Larry stopped by to catch some first half action.    (4414 reads)

Pirates rally in WSC opener, Rockets still winless

Apr 06, 2012 - All signs pointed to Bay getting its first baseball win of the young 2012 season. The Rockets’ bats came alive Wednesday in the bottom of the second inning, turning a walk, two doubles and a triple into three runs against Rocky River ace Justin Seffernick. In the meantime, Bay junior Jake Peters was blanking the Pirates in his first start of the season. But the game changed drastically in the top of the seventh when the Pirates rallied for four runs. Bay recovered with a run in the bottom of the frame, but River came right back ...    (6131 reads)

Big first quarter leads River lax to win over Bay

Apr 04, 2012 - Last Saturday, the Rocky River boys lacrosse team had a four-goal lead turn into a 6-5 loss to St. Francis DeSales. On Tuesday night, head coach Steve Anderson was anxious to see how his team would bounce back against visiting Bay. It didn’t take long for Anderson to find out. The Pirates outshot the Rockets, 14-1, in the first quarter on their way to a 5-0 lead. They withstood two Bay rallies and came away with a 13-7 win to move to 4-1...    (5766 reads)

Video: River vs Bexley men's lacrosse

Apr 04, 2012 - Our spring season coverage continues with video highlights and photos of Rocky River Pirates vs Bexley Lions men\'s varsity lacrosse.    (4670 reads)

Photos: Avon Lake, Avon, Bay, River Track & Field

Mar 30, 2012 - Avon Lake hosted local rivals Avon, Bay, Rocky River and other teams for season opening track & field action. Athletes competed on a spring-lake-effect, cold-to-the-bone kinda day.    (5600 reads)

DII Boys: Bengals dominate River for district title

Mar 11, 2012 - It didn’t take long for Rocky River to realize it had a major problem on its hands. Benedictine, the top-seeded team in the Westlake Division II district tournament, took control early and rolled to a 57-24 win over the No. 2 Pirates in the district title game Saturday night. The loss ended River’s season at 15-8 and sent the Bengals to the Sweet 16. “They pressured us well,” said Pirates head coach Michael Murray, whose team committed 21 turnovers and made just 10 baskets...    (4712 reads)

DII boys: Pirates stop Bay, aim to tame Bengals

Mar 10, 2012 - With both teams playing intense defense, Thursday’s Division II district semifinal between Bay and Rocky River seemed to have the makings of an instant classic. But just like the previous two meetings this season, the Pirates’ offense provided fans with a rerun. Despite getting held to just two points in the second quarter, Rocky River maintained its early lead and ran away in the third quarter for a 50-34 win over the Rockets. The defending champions used a 16-7 third quarter to advance to Saturday night’s title game with top-seeded Benedictine...    (6257 reads)

DII Boys: Bay, River to meet in district semifinals

Mar 06, 2012 - Tipoff Thursday night at the Westlake High School gym will have a distinctive West Shore Conference feel. Longtime rivals Bay and Rocky River will meet for the third time this season, this time in a boys Division II district semifinal game at 7 p.m. The winner will move on to the district championship game Saturday night and play for a spot in the state’s Sweet 16. Last Saturday, both teams dominated their opponents to win sectional tournament titles. Bay, despite not having Bryan Lowrie, jumped all over third-seeded Brookside early and rolled to a 64-35 win. In the nightcap, the defending district champion Pirates built a 15-point halftime lead and eliminated Padua, 59-48. The Rockets took the court without Lowrie, who suffered a concussion during their tournament opener...    (5542 reads)

DII Girls: Defense powers Pirates on to Sweet 16

Mar 04, 2012 - Throughout the regular season and into tournament play, Rocky River head coach Mike Sislowski dropped some not-so-subtle hints about the importance of his team’s defense. If folks weren’t catching the clues, Saturday’s district championship game with Keystone provided everybody with an eye-opening revelation. The Pirates, bound and determined to return to the Sweet 16, suffocated the top-seeded Wildcats with a defensive performance for the ages. They held Keystone to seven baskets for the game, leaving Elyria High...    (4510 reads)

DII Girls: River tops Bay, to face Keystone in final

Mar 02, 2012 - The Rocky River girls basketball team is on a mission. The Pirates completed another stage of that mission Thursday night at Elyria High. Behind a dominating defense and a strong performance from Ciara Kessler, they manhandled Bay, 44-19, to advance to Saturday’s Division II district championship game. At 1 p.m. that day, they’ll take on defending Elyria district champion Keystone, which needed two overtimes to defeat Holy Name, 44-42, in Thursday night’s second game. The winner will move on to the Sweet 16 and a regional semifinal in Barberton next Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. One year ago, the Pirates...    (5423 reads)

DII girls: Third quarter run helps Pirates advance

Feb 24, 2012 - Zone defense slowing you down? Shots rolling around the rim and out? Lose one of your top scorers with an injury? No problem at all for the Rocky River girls basketball team. The second-seeded Pirates brushed all that aside in Thursday night’s Division II sectional final with Buckeye. River went on a torrid 16-0 run in the third quarter and left Elyria High with a 50-24 win over the Bucks. River, now 15-7, will face West Shore Conference foe Bay next Thursday night at Elyria in the district semifinals. The winner of that game will play for the district championship and a berth in the Sweet 16...    (4567 reads)

DII Girls: River shakes off rust, deals Cards a loss

Feb 21, 2012 - It had been eight days since Rocky River played in a basketball game that counted. The effects of that layoff showed early on in the Pirates’ opening round DII tournament game with Brookside. It didn’t take long, however, for the tournament’s second-seeded team to shake off the rust and get down to work. River, with its defense forcing 28 turnovers, got the job done Monday night with a 48-23 win over Brookside at Elyria High School’s new gymnasium. The win puts the Pirates in a Thursday night sectional title game against Buckeye. “We felt like pressure defense was our ticket to success today,” said River head coach Mike Sislowski, whose team moved to 14-7...    (4416 reads)

Swim Sectionals: Rocky River boys dominate field

Feb 13, 2012 - There was no stopping the Rocky River boys swim team. The Pirates dominated the pool at the 2012 Boys Division II Sectional Swim Meet at Lakewood. They scored 501 points to easily out-distance runner-up Fairview (256) and third place finisher Elyria Catholic (226). Meet records fell in 10 of the 11 events, with River recording seven best-ever sectional times. Senior Daniel Parris...    (5599 reads)

Swim Sectionals: Bay girls take DII championship

Feb 13, 2012 - The Westshore area was well represented last weekend at the 2012 Girls Lakewood Sectional Swim Meet. The Bay Rockets won the Lakewood Division II Sectional championship Saturday, scoring 506 points to get past arch-rival Rocky River (454) and West Shore Conference foe Elyria Catholic (350). In Division I, Magnificat advanced five events as the Blue Streaks took runner-up honors...    (6546 reads)

Blue Streaks weather the storm, top River 60-43

Feb 12, 2012 - Well into the third quarter, Saturday night’s game between Magnificat and Rocky River was living up to expectations. The two teams, each loaded with talent and championship pedigree, were matching each other basket for basket, rebound for rebound. Something had to give. It did. A nasty collision between the Blue Streaks’ Stephanie Haas and Pirate point guard Allyson Helleis knocked both players temporarily out of the game. Shortly thereafter...    (5260 reads)

Baron Cup: Second period run gets US past River

Feb 10, 2012 - The moment University School killed off a Rocky River power play, the tide started to turn in Thursday night’s Baron Cup quarterfinal. Senior Kevin DeGulis, who had just served a two-minute penalty for roughing, saw his opportunity as soon as he hit the ice. With the puck right in front of him, he beat the River defense to the punch and got off a shot to the left of Pirates goalie Jake Nicholson. Nicholson stopped the shot taken from the circle, but the puck bounced right to the oncoming Tyler Dalton...    (4235 reads)

Avon keeps pace in WSC race with win over River

Feb 04, 2012 - Two coaches. Two teams. Two very different viewpoints. First coach: “I thought it was very important to set the tempo early in the game. I thought we did a really nice job at both ends of the floor, especially defensively. We guarded the heck out of them tonight, and that was the key to our win.” Second coach: “It was a rough night for us on both ends of the court....    (5350 reads)

Video: Bay girls, River boys take WSC swim titles

Jan 31, 2012 - The Bay girls and the Rocky River boys swimming and diving teams captured their respective West Shore Conference championships out at Oberlin College. Bay scored 126 points to slip past Rocky River\'s 106, while the Pirate boys dominated with 183 points to win the meet going away. Larry ventured out to Lorain County to capture the action with his photos and video...    (5431 reads)

Video: Pirates skate past Hudson for 24th victory

Jan 30, 2012 - The Rocky River hockey team moved to 24-5 overall and 7-2 in the Red Division South with a 5-3 win over Hudson at Hamilton Ice Arena. The win, however, followed a 4-1 loss on the road to Walsh Jesuit that gave the Warriors the division title. Walsh Jesuit clinched on Sunday with a win over Holy Name, finishing 9-1. Rocky River will close out the regular season at home this Saturday...    (4059 reads)

Stunned! Midview's Morris beats River at buzzer

Jan 28, 2012 - Friday night’s West Shore Conference showdown between Midview and Rocky River had all the ebb and flow of a championship game. There were clutch plays by both teams. There were big shots and blocked shots, frayed tempers, lead changes and fans from both sides getting worked up into a frenzy. And to top it all off, there was a game-winning shot as the final buzzer sounded. Unfortunately for the Pirates and their fans, that shot came off the hand of Middie senior Justin Morris....    (4103 reads)

Determined Pirates on a mission, rattle Rockets

Jan 23, 2012 - It was Jan. 4, and the Rocky River girls basketball team was taking the long bus ride home after a 56-33 loss at Walsh Jesuit. Since then, the Pirates have been on a mission. Over the last four games, the Pirates have taken out their frustrations on their opponents. Saturday night, they held arch-rival Bay to five first-half points and tacked on a 14-0 run in the third quarter for good measure...    (5419 reads)

Pirates win sixth straight, sail past Rockets 49-32

Jan 21, 2012 - When Craig Linder’s 3-pointer beat the third quarter buzzer, things were looking good for the Bay Rockets. Linder’s shot had just helped the Rockets trim an 11-point deficit down to six. Nobody in the Rocky River gym, though, knew that trey would be the Rockets’ final basket of the game. The Pirates, whose own offense had sputtered most of the game, went on a 10-0 run to start the fourth quarter...    (5243 reads)

Pirates' marathon weekend ends with WSC crown

Jan 16, 2012 - Playing a seventh game in four days didn’t seem to phase the Rocky River hockey team. Just ask Elyria Catholic. The Pirates, coming off a tough loss to Shaker Heights on Sunday afternoon, regrouped in a big way Monday morning. They scored six power play goals and a pair of shorthanded goals to manhandle the Panthers...    (5252 reads)

Video: Avon grapplers get best of Pirates, 42-27

Jan 13, 2012 - Avon picked up a dual match decision at Rocky River Thursday night with a 42-27 win. The Eagles got pins from Kuconritha (120), Kirresh (180) and Holowecky, while Mahoney (113), Gallagher (160), Hamzai (170) and Singler (HWY) registered pins for the Pirates. Larry captured the action with his pictures and video...    (5383 reads)

River thrashes EC, 58-23, moves to 5-0 in WSC

Jan 08, 2012 - For five straight years, the Rocky River girls basketball program has not only won, but dominated the field in the West Shore Conference. If Saturday was any indication, that trend won’t stop any time soon. The Pirates, after running a gauntlet of tough non-conference foes over the holidays, resumed WSC play at Elyria Catholic. They unleashed 32 minutes of mayhem...    (4077 reads)

Video: Pirate icemen show Eagles no mercy, 11-1

Jan 06, 2012 - Rocky River dominated North Olmsted, 11-1, on Wednesday at Hamilton Ice Arena. In the process, Pirates head coach Chris Cogan picked up his 100th career win. Larry captured all the action with his photos and video.    (5234 reads)

Video: Eagles slip past Rocky River, 56-55

Dec 21, 2011 - Rocky River hosted the Avon Eagles in a West Shore Conference basketball game at the \'Pirates Cove.\' Check out the game and entertainment action Larry captured in this video, along with the 21 images on our Photography page...    (4966 reads)

McCrone's trey sparks River's 66-45 win over Bay

Dec 10, 2011 - With Rocky River starting to pull away, Bay made its move. Five straight points by Bryan Lowrie, topped off by a steal and slam dunk by the Rocket senior, had the Bay fans on their feet screaming for more. The Pirates called timeout, clinging to a 29-27 lead early in the third quarter. Just like that, the momentum took a turn. The visiting Pirates went on a run of their own. As the final moments of the quarter ticked off, River junior Ryan McCrone...    (5213 reads)

Hockey: First line coming up big for 6-0 Pirates

Dec 09, 2011 - So far, so good for the Rocky River hockey team. The Pirates are 6-0 this season heading into Sunday\'s second rematch with Hudson at the Kent State Ice Arena. When the two teams last met, River rallied for a 7-4 win in the Thanksgiving Tournament title game at Hamilton Ice Arena. The Pirates are coming off a 12-2 thrashing of Elyria Catholic last Sunday where Tyler Harkins knifed through the Panther defense...    (4054 reads)

Demons seize the moment, top River in overtime

Dec 07, 2011 - After trailing by as many as 21 points in the first half, Rocky River had come all the way back. Visiting Westlake, with two key players already fouled out of the game, was on the ropes. With the partisan Pirate crowd already whipped into a frenzy, the decibel level rose even higher when River eventually tied the game to send it into overtime. And with a 52-49 lead early on in OT, the momentum was clearly in the Pirates’ favor. The Demons, however, had other ideas...    (5190 reads)

Hood, Demons brace for River as new era begins

Dec 05, 2011 - A new era in Westlake boys basketball begins Tuesday night. That’s when Shawn Hood, the former Cleveland State standout, makes his debut as the Demons’ head coach. Hood, who was hired last summer, takes his team to Rocky River for a non-conference matchup with the Pirates. “I think we’re right where we need to be,” said Hood after a recent practice session. “I would imagine everyone’s at the same place and wishing they had a little bit more time to prepare. “I feel good about our team...    (5260 reads)

Pirates fight off Explorers to regain tourney crown

Nov 29, 2011 - Last year, Hudson came into Hamilton Ice Arena and won Rocky River ‘s annual Thanksgiving Tournament championship. Monday night, the Explorers hit the ice determined to repeat. An equally determined band of Pirates would have nothing to do with that scenario. A big save from goalie Jake Nicholson on a penalty shot and a breakaway goal by Tyler Harkins with 3.8 seconds left in the second period set the tone. The ensuing three-goal outburst in the third period sealed the deal...    (4792 reads)

Bierut, Connelly cap off successful season at state

Nov 09, 2011 - As the 2011 cross country season progressed, Rocky River head coach Laura Brabant liked what she saw of her two top runners, Elyse Bierut and Madi Connelly. The River duo battled through their first year of Division I competition, as well as less-than-perfect course and weather conditions. Despite those obstacles, it was not uncommon to see Bierut leading the pack, with Connelly close behind. They both advanced to the OHSAA State Cross Country Championships last Saturday...    (5094 reads)

Pirates in regional final after 6-3 win over Blazers

Nov 03, 2011 - After 40 minutes of play, Rocky River found itself in a 1-1 battle with defending state soccer runner-up Hathaway Brown. That fight would not go the distance. At that point, it was still anybody’s game. But two goals from Abby Elinsky in the first 13:12 of the second half ignited a five-goal, second-half haymaker that gave the Pirates a 6-3 win over the Blazers in a Division II Region 5 semifinal...    (4159 reads)

Leitch comes up big as River tops Bay in shootout

Oct 27, 2011 - After 110 minutes of intense tournament play, some of it played in monsoon-like conditions, it all came down to this. A shootout. With both teams battered, bruised and exhausted, Bay and Rocky River prepared for the one-on-one match ups that would decide the winner. At stake: a berth in the Division II district finals Saturday night. Not to mention big-time bragging rights. For all intents and purposes, the game was decided on the first of the eight shots taken....    (5560 reads)

Creech's last-second goal in OT lifts Bay past River

Oct 25, 2011 - With :36.6 seconds left in regulation, Bay thought it had the game-winning goal against longtime rival Rocky River. An offsides call, however, negated a Chris Eaton header and sent the game into overtime. The Rockets made sure the next time, even though there was little time to spare...    (5529 reads)

CHAMPIONS! Bierut, Bay girls run to top of WSC

Oct 17, 2011 - Throughout its brief history, the path to the West Shore Conference girls cross country championship has run mostly through Rocky River. Things have changed in 2011. The Pirates boasted this year’s individual champion in Elyse Bierut, who turned in a dominating performance Saturday morning at the WSC championships. But the team title went to the youthful Bay squad...    (5965 reads)

Heart, defense give Pirates the edge in title game

Oct 13, 2011 - Last year, the outright West Shore Conference championship eluded Rocky River as the Pirates were forced to share the title with Avon. Three seasons ago, they were part of a three-way tie. But on a crisp, fall night in Bay Village, there was no longer a need to share. The Pirates were undisputed WSC champs. Unbeaten. Untied. 6-0....    (3866 reads)

CHAMPIONS! River edges Bay to win WSC crown

Oct 13, 2011 - The battle between Bay and Rocky River for the West Shore Conference girls soccer championship was not for the faint of heart. The action was non-stop, and the intensity was palpable. In fact, without the sport’s 80-minute time restraint, the two teams might still be going hard at each other today on the Memorial Stadium pitch. But with the score tied at 2-2 and just 5:28 remaining, Rocky River took advantage of a golden opportunity. That’s when...    (5540 reads)

Last minute goal ends Pirates' unbeaten streak

Oct 06, 2011 - In sports, mere inches can make all the difference in the final outcome of a game. Nobody knows that today as well as the Rocky River girls soccer team. After having what seemed to be the go-ahead goal waved off in the 48th minute, the Pirates saw their undefeated season go by the wayside with 54 seconds...    (4277 reads)

Football: Avon thumps Pirates; Middies keep pace

Oct 01, 2011 - On Friday night, Rocky River fullback Nick Lima bulled over the goal line from three yards out. Xhuljo Harunaj tacked on the conversion kick, and the Pirates were on the board. The good part? The Pirates had their first score of the game. The bad part? The score came with 2:47 remaining. The worst part? They were still trailing by 35 points...    (5347 reads)

River's Bierut wins going away at Fleet Feet Invite

Sep 27, 2011 - Mud. Standing Water. A very challenging field of 208 runners. None of that mattered to Elyse Bierut. The Rocky River senior dominated the course, beating the next closest runner by just under 16 seconds to win the 2011 Fleet Feet Strongsville Invitational last Saturday.    (4989 reads)

Soccer: No. 6 Pirates take care of Avon Lake, 5-1

Sep 27, 2011 - After a weekend full of Homecoming activities and college visits, Rocky River head coach Patrick Hopkins said he had some concerns heading into Monday night’s game at Avon Lake. Turns out there was no need to worry. His state-ranked Pirates quickly put those concerns to rest. River, the No. 6 Division II team in Ohio, dominated the first half of play and finished with a strong second half as well...    (5854 reads)

Rockets keep rolling in three-set win over Pirates

Sep 21, 2011 - Earlier this season, the Bay volleyball team dropped a five-set decision to Midview. Since that night in Grafton, the Rockets have a done a complete about face. It hasn’t been much fun for their opponents, with Bay winning seven matches in a row. Tuesday night in Rocky River, the Rockets made it eight straight to move to 11-2 on the season...    (5116 reads)

Football: Pirates scourge Sailors; Demons hold on

Sep 17, 2011 - So far this season, Rocky River’s defense has, more often than not, delivered big plays when they’ve been needed. Offensively, running back Andreas Tjotjos has been the Pirates’ go-to guy. None of that changed Friday night. The Pirate D stayed the course in Vermilion, holding the Sailors to under 200 yards in total offense in a 14-6 win to open West Shore Conference play. Meanwhile, Tjotjos had another monster game...    (4088 reads)

Pirates remain unbeaten with 3-1 win over Avon

Sep 15, 2011 - One big part of any championship season, in any sport, is finding a way to win games involving your biggest rivals. Another part of that equation is taking advantage of opportunity when it knocks on the door. Wednesday night, opportunity knocked and the Rocky River girls soccer team answered. The Pirates took the lead late in the first half and added an insurance goal in the second 40 minutes...    (4232 reads)

Harriers go up against the best at Tiffin Carnival

Sep 12, 2011 - The Tiffin Cross Country Carnival is one of the largest, most competitive early-season meets a high school runner can compete in. On Saturday, a large contingent of harriers from the Westshore area competed against some of the best cross country talent in the state. Nobody had a better day on the course than Rocky River senior Elyse Bierut. Bierut, competing for the Pirates in the Division I-A...    (5309 reads)

Goal line stand helps Demons edge past Pirates

Sep 10, 2011 - There’s really no other way to describe Friday night’s football game between Westlake and Rocky River. It was an all-out brawl. At Lou Duchez Field, the two long-time rivals pounded away at each other from the opening kickoff to the final gun. Big defensive plays and hard hits took center stage. When it was all said and done...    (5922 reads)

Demons, Pirates look for continued improvement

Sep 08, 2011 - Two young football teams looking for continued improvement will square off Friday night at Westlake’s Lou Duchez Field. Westlake, coming off a 34-24 win over Bay, will host Rocky River in the final non-conference tune-up for both squads. The Pirates come into the game with a 2-0 mark after last Saturday’s 19-13 win over Trinity. Pirates head coach Rick Adams brings in a defense that is allowing just 152 yards per game...    (5593 reads)

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