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Streaks defeat Bears for third-straight district title

Throughout most of the regular season, the Magnificat Blue Streaks have used their defense to generate a potent offense. Such was not the case, however, in an early one-point loss to North Royalton. Friday night at the Elyria Catholic Coliseum, the Blue Streaks seemed hell bent on not letting that happen again. The Magnificat defense bottled up the Bears\' outside shooting attack for most of the game, and the offense responded in kind with a solid transition game. The result was a 57-46 win for the Blue Streaks and a third straight Division I district championship. \"We had to come back from that loss, admitted Magnificat senior guard Sarah Scelza, who led all scorers with 17 points. \"We had a bad...    (5466 reads)

Magnificat moves past Mustangs, faces Bears next

Any basketball coach will tell you that tournament basketball is much different than regular season games. The added pressure, the unfamiliar surroundings and overall feel of the game can cause the best of teams to struggle at times. Even if you are a defending district champion. Magnificat found itself in a dogfight with Strongsville in the first half of Tuesday night\'s Division I district semifinal at the Elyria Catholic Coliseum. But in the second half, the Blue Streaks regrouped with a 19-4 third quarter, running away with a 59-35 win and a berth in Friday night\'s district championship game. Magnificat, now 19-4, will face North Royalton in Friday night\'s championship game at EC. The Bears edged the Blue Streaks earlier in the regular season, 49-48, at the Fight or Flight Tournament in Twinsburg. They advanced with a convincing 60-47 win over St.Joseph Academy in...    (6159 reads)

Fourth-quarter run powers Streaks past Lakewood

For the better part of three quarters, Lakewood and Magnificat went at each other with tournament-like intensity. Both teams found points hard to come by, with both teams looking for a spark that would make a difference. The Rangers never found that spark. For the Blue Streaks, out of nowhere came Elise Keshock. Keshock, Magnificat\'s 5-9 sophomore, had scored a mere four points in the the first three quarters of the game. But in the fourth quarter, she exploded for 16 points as the Blue Streaks ran away with a 62-33 win Saturday afternoon in front of a large crowd at Lakewood High School. Magnificat, the No. 4 seed in the upcoming Division I sectional/district tournament, held a...    (5116 reads)

Blue Streaks strike late to hand Titans first defeat

For over 31 minutes, basketball powerhouses Berea-Midpark and Magnificat had played each other on even terms. With the tie game coming down to the final seconds, the Blue Streaks\' Bridget Pryatel found herself with the ball. And as the Titans\' defense closed, Pryatel looked to her left and found point guard Colleen McGervey alone on the baseline. The two seniors connected. McGervey\'s tough, driving shot slipped through the net with two seconds left to give Magnificat a 58-56 win in a Saturday afternoon thriller at the House on Hilliard. It was a huge Senior Day victory for the Blue Streaks, while the Titans suffered their first loss of the season after 15 straight wins. \"There was a lot of pressure...\"    (5974 reads)

Big third quarter powers Blue Streaks past Medina

According to Magnificat head coach Meghann Hubach, the third quarter has been a cause for concern for her Blue Streaks basketball team this season. There were no such concerns Monday night. Magnificat outscored visiting Medina 18-3 in the third quarter, breaking open a close game and moving on to a 60-48 win over the Bees in the final contest of the 2013 calendar year for both teams. The Blue Streaks, now 7-2, used a combination of solid shooting, pressure defense and a strong presence on the boards to build on a narrow 28-24 halftime lead. Up to that point, the Bees had stayed close and narrowed the gap on 3-pointers from Jesse Holzman and Casey Midlik. But as the third quarter got underway, the Blue Streaks...    (3538 reads)

Bears get by Blue Streaks in Fight or Flight thriller

North Royalton head girls basketball coach Steffani Cicerchi has witnessed a great deal of maturity from her girls over the course of the last year. The improvement during crunch time was no more evident than during the Lady Bears\' 49-48 win over Magnificat Saturday afternoon in the annual Fight or Flight Invitational at Twinsburg High School. Clinging to a one-point lead with less than a minute remaining, Magnificat\'s Phoebe Sterba drained a 3-pointer to put the Blue Streaks on top. It was a temporary punch in the gut to the Lady Bears, but they quickly brushed it off. Following a big defensive stand, North Royalton raced to the other end in transition. The ball ended up in the hands of senior guard Abby Miduri, who made a...    (5598 reads)

Late Walsh goal ends Magnificat's tournament run

The run is over. Magnificat\'s magical ride through the 2013 girls soccer postseason came to a bittersweet end Tuesday night during the Blue Streaks\' 1-0 loss to Walsh Jesuit in the OHSAA Division I state semifinals at Revere High School. It was another big win for Walsh Jesuit, a perennial high school soccer powerhouse that is now 19-0-3 on the season. The Warriors will move on to Friday night\'s state championship game. So as hard to swallow as the loss might have been for the Blue Streaks, there was certainly no shame in being eliminated by a Warriors team which hasn\'t lost since Nov. 9, 2011, according to Magnificat head coach Gretchen Micklitsch. \"They have a long tradition of going to state...    (3665 reads)

Magnificat beats Generals, wins DI regional crown

The Magnificat soccer team went into the Firelands Regional Medical Center Stadium at Perkins High School Saturday on a mission. Mission accomplished. The Blue Streaks controlled possession throughout most of the game as they defeated the Anthony Wayne Generals, 3-1, to advance to the OHSAA Division I state Final Four. It was Magnificat\'s first regional title in the program\'s history. \"The way we sent the ball back and changed directions...    (3850 reads)

Blue Streaks strike late, advance to regional finals

In the 65th minute of a scoreless game, the Medina Bees scored the goal that wasn\'t. Minutes later, the Magnificat Blue Streaks put one in that counted. Magnificat scored twice in the final 6:34 of regulation to come away with a hard-fought 2-0 win over the Bees in the Division I girls regional soccer semifinal Tuesday night at Bay Memorial Stadium. The win put the Blue Streaks in the regional title game for the second time in program history. On Saturday at 3 p.m., the Blue Streaks will face Whitehouse Anthony Wayne...    (3819 reads)

Blue Streaks blank Demons to claim DI district title

The Magnificat soccer team completely dominated Westlake right from the start in the OHSAA Division I district championship match Saturday at Rocky River Stadium. That effort allowed the Blue Streaks to come away with a 6-0 decision and advance to the regional round. The Blue Streaks, now 14-4-1, advance to the regional semifinals Tuesday where they will face Medina, a 1-0 winner over Copley in the Brusnwick District title game. Magnificat was led by senior...    (4843 reads)

Mustangs rally to top Magnificat, claim district title

Another five-set volleyball match was not what Magnificat had in mind. The Blue Streaks took the first two sets against Strongsville, but couldn\'t close the deal as the host Mustangs pulled off a thrilling, 25-27, 22-25, 25-22, 25-19, 15-8, win Thursday night in the Division I district volleyball finals at Strongsville High School. The Mustangs, now 22-3, advance to next Wednesday\'s regional semifinals against Amherst at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School. Amherst won a 5-set match of its own Thursday night, getting past Elyria 18-25, 25-15, 20-25, 26-24, 18-16. \"We\'ve had a rough season, and the longer it went the worse it was going to be for us after playing Royalton so hard,\" said Magnificat head coach Mike Cannon, whose team...    (6986 reads)

Magnificat advances, tops Bears in 5-set marathon

Magnificat senior Nicole Keshock had the eye of the tiger in this one. The 5-10 outside hitter took the Blue Steaks on her back and helped lead them to a five-set win over North Royalton Tuesday night in the Division I district volleyball semifinals at Strongsville High School. Keshock, one of six seniors on the Magnificat squad, finished with a team-high 31 kills and flat out dominated when her team needed points at critical stretches. What may have seemed like an everlasting match ended in a 15-25, 26-24, 25-23, 27-29, 15-10 victory for the Blue Streaks, who advance to Thursday night\'s district final against Strongsville. The Mustangs swept St. Joseph Academy in three sets 25-10, 25-14, 25-18 in Tuesday night\'s...    (6513 reads)

Blue Streaks beat Eagles, move on to district final

The third time proved to be the charm for Magnificat, even if it did take a little extra patience and determination. The top-seeded Blue Streaks were facing a familiar tournament foe in North Olmsted, a team that had sent them home earlier than expected the past two seasons. Tuesday night, the Eagles and goalkeeper Emily Patterson seemed intent in making it a 3-peat,. But Magnificat used a pair of second-half goals to come away with a 3-0 win in an OHSAA Division I district semifinal game at Rocky River Stadium. The win set up a Saturday afternoon rematch with rival Westlake for the district championship. Magnificat, now 13-4-1, will host the Demons in a 3 p.m. title match. Westlake, trailing 2-0...    (4845 reads)

River blanks Magnificat, gives Hopkins 100th win

It was a fitting end to the regular season for the Rocky River girls varsity soccer team, as the Pirates defeated Magnificat 3-0 at St. Ignatius High School on Saturday. The victory secured the Pirates\' undefeated regular season record at 15-0-1, and gave head coach Patrick Hopkins the 100th victory of his career, on the field of his alma mater. \"It\'s nice to have that undefeated season,\" Hopkins said. \"The girls will be celebrating tonight, and truly, it\'s all about them, and everything that they\'ve done and put forward over the senior class\'s four years here. It\'s nice to get the recognition, but what they\'ve done...    (5094 reads)

Magnificat comes together, sweeps past Bulldogs

Magnificat volleyball coach Mike Cannon likes what he sees from his team. The biggest thing Cannon likes, though, is the fact that his squad is getting healthy enabling him to put all of the pieces together on the court of play. The Blue Streaks weathered the storm of injuries at the outset of the 2013 campaign, and are now putting it all together in terms of securing some well-deserved victories. One of those hard-fought wins came Thursday night, with Magnificat sweeping Olmsted Falls in three sets, 25-14, 25-17, 25-23. \"We are starting to play better as a team,\" noted Cannon. \"Everybody is back on the floor contributing in big ways. We saw that tonight against a very good Olmsted Falls team.\" Indeed. With the match tied at 3-3 in the first set, Magnificat went on a 5-0 run led by the serving...    (6812 reads)

Mustangs strike early, hand Streaks their first loss

When two of the state\'s best teams square off on the field of battle, one can expect big plays from both sides with quality athleticism being displayed throughout the course of the athletic contest. That\'s just what high school soccer fans got at Strongsville\'s Ehrnfelt Soccer Complex Saturday night. The visiting Magnificat Blue Streaks, a perfect 8-0-0 coming into the match and ranked No. 5 in the Division I state coaches poll, took on the Mustangs of Strongsville, 5-3-1 with a No. 10 state poll ranking. An aggressive style of play that netted Strongsville an early goal in the first half...    (6304 reads)

Blue Streaks strike early, earn shutout of Demons

The Magnificat girls soccer team went into Thursday night\'s game against Westlake with intensity and a sense of purpose, attacking furiously and coming out with a 2-0 victory at Read Field. \"We knew this was going to be a tough game,\" first-year Magnificat head coach Gretchen Micklitsch said. \"There\'s a rivalry between these girls, and we knew Westlake was probably going to come out and be very physical. \"So what we\'ve worked on was to prepare ourselves, not only on the field, but mentally, for games,\" she added. \"We needed to stay focused, and the girls did a good job at that tonight...    (4502 reads)

Streaks use defense, team effort to sweep Pirates

Throughout the first half of the 2013 season the Magnificat Blue Streaks had gone through more than their fair share of bumps and bruises. But in Monday night\'s neighborhood rivalry match with Rocky River, the Streaks looked to be in a picture of health. They used a balanced attack and a strong defensive performance to sweep the visiting Pirates 25-14, 25-13, 25-12 to move to 7-5 on the season. \"We\'ve been pretty dinged up,\" admitted Magnificat head coach Mike Cannon, who was able to use his entire roster against the Pirates. \"We had a big day Saturday against Mt. Notre Dame and Walsh Jesuit. So tonight, we needed everyone to contribute and give the kids who have been playing through some injuries...    (4457 reads)

First-half outburst pushes Blue Streaks past Bears

For the second game in a row, the Magnificat soccer team was held scoreless in the second half. But with a 3-0 halftime lead, the Blue Streaks had provided just enough firepower to get another win. Magnificat moved to 4-0 on the season Thursday night with a 3-0 win over North Royalton at Rocky River Stadium. On Saturday, the Blue Streaks upped that record a notch to 5-0 with a 3-1 win over Notre Dame Academy. \"This is our second game where we won by holding the other team without a goal,\" said Magnificat\'s first-year head coach Gretchen Micklitsch, whose team was coming off a 4-0 win over Padua. All four Blue Streak goals were scored in the first half in that game as well \"Yet, again we weren\'t able to score a goal...    (6138 reads)

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