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Pirates reach Elite 8 again with win over Bombers

Despite losing six of its last seven regular season games, the Rocky River boys lacrosse team has regrouped and finds itself back in a familiar position: In the Elite 8. The Pirates jumped out to a 3-0 lead, then hit visiting Kenston with a 5-0 second quarter. They held on late in the second half to defeat the Bombers, 10-6, in the second round of the OHSLA Division II Playoffs Wednesday night at Rocky River Stadium. With wins over Kenston and Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, Rocky River advances to the Elite 8 for the fifth straight season. The Pirates will take on Chagrin Falls, a 15-4 winner over...    (2718 reads)

Westlake makes history with win over Rocky River

While it may be too soon to judge whether or not the torch has been passed, it was still a historic night Friday night at Westlake\'s Read Field. The Westlake boys lacrosse team, despite seeing its early five-goal lead vanish, scored a pair of goals in the game\'s final 3:10 to take down Rocky River, 11-9, in the regular season finale for both teams. It was the Demons\' first win since 2010 over the Pirates, who have been to the Division II state championship game the past two seasons. Westlake closed out the regular season winning eight of its last nine games to finish 12-4. Its only loss...    (3472 reads)

Eagles reign as track and field champions in WSC

The Avon track and field program made it a clean sweep at the 2014 West Shore Conference Championships held at Rocky River Stadium. The Avon boys squad just missed the 200-point mark in the process, racking up 195.5 points to easily outdistance runner-up North Ridgeville (116) and third place Vermilion (85). The Eagle girls fought off challenges from Rocky River and Bay to win the team title with 147.5 points. Bay\'s Olivia Bechtel was the top individual in the meet, winning four individual titles. That included a record-setting performance of 18-02 in the long jump...    (3237 reads)

Baseball: Pirates blast Brooklyn to advance in DII

Rocky River advanced to Wednesday\'s Division II baseball sectional finals with a convincing 15-5 win over Brooklyn in five innings. Matt Forlini went four-for-four and Matt Lowry blasted his second home run of the season as the Pirates banged out 16 hits. Rocky River will play Holy Name in the next round. Also in Division II Bay defeated Firelands 9-1 and will face Buckeye in the sectional finals. Fairview eliminated Cleveland Central Catholic 7-1 and will take on Benedictine. In Division I, Westlake mauled John Marshall 24-0; Avon Lake edged Olmsted Falls 6-5; Elyria...    (1573 reads)

Beatdown in Berea: Pirates get lanced by Knights

Over the years, Rocky River and Toledo St. Francis de Sales have engaged in some epic battles on the lacrosse field. With all the one-goal and overtime games the two teams have played, a rivalry has been built between two of Ohio\'s top Division 2 programs. On a cool, breezy Thursday night in Berea, the Pirates and Knights added another chapter to that rivalry. Just not in a way most folks at George Finnie Stadium expected. The Knights broke open the game in the first half with an 8-0 run within the span of 11 minutes. When it was all said and done, St. Francis, led by a 6-goal performance by junior Noah Best, headed back to Toledo after winning...    (2096 reads)

Westshore athletes fare well at Lakewood Relays

Westshore-area track and field athletes fared well at Friday\'s Lakewood Ranger Relays. In the girls meet, Rocky River scored 80 points to finish third behind first-place St. Joseph Academy (92) and runner-up North Royalton (86). Westlake was fourth with 70 points, followed by host Lakewood (59), Bay (54), Valley Forge (18) and Parma (6). For the boys, Berea-Midpark donated the meet with a score of 134. North Royalton was second with 90 points, followed by Westlake ...    (2599 reads)

River lacrosse dominates in a win over Brecksville

A new head coach. Some new players. Even so, the winning continues for the Rocky River boys lacrosse team. New head coach Ted Dimond and his band of Pirates have made it four wins in their first five outings. Tuesday night, they scored four goals in the first quarter and never looked back in a 14-0 win over Brecksville at Rocky River Stadium. \"Our focus has been to build up both the top and bottom of our offense,\" Dimond said. \"We want to feel like at any point of the year, we can feel comfortable with different guys in different spots from attack and midfield. \"You saw that tonight as we were able...    (3643 reads)

CHAMPIONS! Rangers top River to retain WSC title

Throughout the 2013-14 basketball season, the Lakewood Rangers had numerous obstacles to overcome if they wanted to repeat as West Shore Conference champions. On Wednesday night, Lakewood cleared that final hurdle and took home the hardware. With arch nemesis Rocky River giving them all they could handle, the Rangers found themselves in the midst of yet another defensive struggle with a determined band of Pirates. But their offense awakened just enough in the second half in a 34-28 win that clinched the team\'s second-straight WSC crown. \"Tonight, we had senior leadership in the second half,\" said Lakewood senior guard Erin Hoffert after she and her teammates cut down the nets. \"The first half was a little rough, and lately a lot of our shots...    (2761 reads)

CHAMPIONS! Pirates rule the pool at WSC meet

The 2013-14 swimming and diving season will be remembered as the season where Rocky River ruled the pool in the West Shore Conference. The Pirates won both the boys and girls championships at the conference meet at Lakewood High School. The girls won seven of the 12 events and used their overall team depth to score 130 points and outdistance Bay (85.5). The Pirate boys used their depth as well, winningly three events but still scoring 101 points to get past the Rockets\' 79. The final standings showed Avon third...    (3913 reads)

Pirates skate past Rangers, reclaim WSC tourney

It was that time of the season again for the Rocky River hockey team. And while it didn\'t go totally as planned, the Pirates still managed to take home some hardware. After playing seven games in two different tournaments in a three day span, the Pirates took the ice Monday morning and turned away a determined Lakewood squad, 8-1, to reclaim the West Shore Conference Tournament championship at Hamilton Ice Arena. It was the third win in as many WSC championship games for the Pirates, who were coming off a tough 2-0 Sunday night loss to Holy Name in the Walsh Jesuit Invitational at the Kent State Ice Arena. River had defeated Midview, Bay and Elyria Catholic ...    (2859 reads)

Big second period powers Pirates past Cardinals

On Wednesday night, the Rocky River hockey team returned to the friendly confines of Hamilton Ice Arena for its first home game since early December. The home ice proved much to the Pirates\' liking. Rocky River jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, survived a five-minute major penalty in the first period and ran away with a 9-3 win over the Mentor Cardinals in an important Red North Division contest. The Pirates ran their record to 17-1-1 and kept pace with Shaker Heights in the division...    (2084 reads)

Fast start powers first-place Rangers past Pirates

In the first minutes of the game, Rocky River looked like it would give visiting Lakewood all it could handle. A bucket inside from Jimmy Kinsley and another score from Nathan Seffernick had the Pirates up 6-2 and looking to pull off the upset. That\'s when the Rangers kicked their game into another gear. Lakewood, its defense forcing turnovers and its offense clicking on all cylinders, exploded for a 20-2 run to take a commanding 22-8 lead. That first-quarter performance gave the Rangers enough of a cushion to fight off several Pirate runs and leave town with a 66-55 West Shore Conference win Friday night. \"I thought defensively we caused them...    (4323 reads)

Missed chances send River girls to overtime loss

Despite a rough shooting night, the Rocky River girls had their chances. The Pirates, who had made just 14 shots from the floor to that point, had two big opportunities at the free throw line in the final seconds of the fourth quarter against visiting Elyria Catholic. The Panthers, having their own offensive struggles, had missed a number of charity tosses to that point to keep the door open. Instead, the game went into overtime, and the Panthers came away with a 44-41 overtime decision in a Wednesday night West Shore Conference matchup. Rocky River, now 6-4 overall, fell to 4-2 in the WSC. Elyria Catholic, starting three sophomores and two freshmen, improved to 10-2 overall and 4-2 in the conference. With both teams not practicing...    (1765 reads)

Westlake holds on, nips Pirates in season opener

With Westlake holding a precarious one-point lead, a loose ball sent both the Demons and the hometown Rocky River Pirates to the floor. Rocky River gained possession near its own basket with 10.1 seconds left in the game. The Pirates then ran an inbounds play, and the ball found its way to a wide-open Jimmy Kinsley to the left of the hoop. But what looked to be a game-winning layup turned into a stunning loss quicker than you could say Gavin Skelly. Skelly, Westlake\'s 6-9 senior forward, came out of nowhere to swat Kinsley\'s attempt away and preserve the Demons\' hard-fought 55-45 win Tuesday night in the basketball season opener for both teams. \"That\'s why I made the defensive switch...\"    (2579 reads)

Pirates start strong, top Demons in season opener

The 2013-14 swimming and diving season got underway this week as longtime rivals Rocky River and Westlake faced each other at the Westlake Recreation Center pool. The visiting Pirates came away with a pair of team wins, taking the girl meet 124-59 and the boys meet 105-81. In the girls competition, sophomore Lauren Devorace and junior Emma Flynn each took part in four first-place finishes. Devorace won the 100 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke, while also swimming in the Pirates\' winning 200 Freestyle...    (2811 reads)

Pirates come alive in second period, top Mustangs

Through the first period of play, Strongsville and Rocky River skated to a scoreless tie as both teams found the scoring opportunities few and far between. That all changed in the second period. The Pirates exploded for six goals in the period and went on to earn a convincing 8-1 win over the visiting Mustangs Saturday afternoon at Hamilton Ice Arena. The Pirates began the second period with a power play opportunity that began late...    (2963 reads)

Westlake rallies past Pirates in OT to win opener

With just under a minute remaining in overtime and the game tied at 45-45, Westlake held the ball high up top. Rebecca Essig, with the ball in her hand, looked to the sideline, then looked ahead. A few passes later, Essig had the ball again, this time at the top of the key as the final seconds ticked away. She made a move past one Rocky River defender and made it all the way in for a game-winning layup as the Demons came away with a 47-45 win in their season opener Friday night. It was the first official varsity game at the new Westlake High School, and Essig\'s late-game heroics made it one to remember. She hit the layup with 2.6 seconds remaining and was fouled. She missed the free throw, but Taylor Hood picked off the Pirates\' long outlet pass...    (2595 reads)

Elyria Catholic cheer squad wears the WSC crown

You see them every Friday night at your local high school football game. They are always there supporting their team, win or lose. Last week at North Ridgeville High School, they took center stage. \'They\' would be the cheerleading squads from the member schools of the West Shore Conference. On this night, they would take the floor, perform their routines and compete for their own...    (2861 reads)

Seniors' journey ends with a season to remember

The road to a state championship is a long one. Anyone who has experienced the journey will tell you it takes a lot of hard work and determination, and more of the same even after that. Challenges are presented along the way, and pitfalls must be avoided. The Rocky River girls soccer team managed to do all of that, and then some. The Pirates, led by a tight-knit group of seniors, navigated their way through an undefeated season and ended their adventure with the 2013 OHSAA Division II State Championship. Seniors Megan Killeen, Liesl Fahrenkopf, Grace Bennett, Abby Elinsky, McKenna Klodnick, Grace Tigue, Amanda Oster and Sara Connelly will look back...    (2754 reads)

STATE CHAMPIONS! Undefeated Pirates take it all

Many high school teams can only dream about what it would be like to win a state championship. Chance are, members of the Rocky River girls soccer team had that same dream numerous times throughout their playing careers. On Friday, November 8, 2013, that dream became a reality. The Pirates, after jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead, fought off a determined Granville squad in the second half and defeated the Blue Aces, 3-1, to win the OHSAA Division II Soccer Championship at Columbus Crew Stadium. The win also capped off an undefeated season, with Rocky River finishing at 22-0-1. \"As I told the girls before the game...    (2309 reads)

Third time's the charm as Pirates win regional title

Tuesday night\'s state semifinal contest at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School. Rocky River will face a familiar foe in Hathaway Brown, a double overtime winner over Canfield in the Region 5 championship game. The Blazers come into the game with a record of 15-3-3. The Pirates found themselves in an unfamiliar position early on against Celina, trailing 1-0 early in the contest. It was the first time the Rocky River squad had been scored upon in five tournament games. It was also the first goal the Pirates had allowed since a 6-1 win over Lakewood on Oct. 2. River, however, quickly rallied...    (1972 reads)

On to Columbus! River rolls Blazers in state semis

After his team\'s narrow 3-2 win over Celina in the Division II regional title game, Rocky River head coach Patrick Hopkins knew his team could play better. Seemed like his Pirates knew it too. A determined Rocky River squad went into Tuesday\'s OHSAA Division II state semifinal game against Hathaway Brown with a renewed sense of purpose. The Pirates, down early 1-0, put on an offensive show for the ages in a convincing 6-2 win over the Blazers at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School. The Pirates\' journey into uncharted waters now continues Friday afternoon at Columbus Crew Stadium, the site of the OHSAA Division II championship game. There, they\'ll face Granville, a 1-0 winner of Kettering Alter in the other state semifinal matchup...    (2274 reads)

Rockets claim district crown with win over Pirates

Almost three weeks ago, the Rocky River boys soccer team defeated Bay to earn the West Shore Conference championship. This time, there was arguably something more important on the line. The host Rockets, meeting Rocky River for the second time in 17 days, weren\'t about to let another opportunity slip away. Bay had revenge on its mind and followed through with a 2-0 win over the Pirates Saturday night in the Division II district finals at Bay Memorial Stadium. Bay, now 13-1-5, jumped on Rocky River for two goals in the first half, both in the final five minutes, and stymied the opposition the rest of the way with the help of junior goalie Colin Southerington. The Rockets advanced to...    (3237 reads)

Pirate defense holds to preserve win over Rockets

Trailing by seven with two seconds left on the clock, Bay was on the move deep in Rocky River territory. But the Rockets were stuffed by the Rocky River defense on the 3-yard line, allowing the Pirates to hold on to a 34-27 come-from-behind victory on Senior Night at Rocky River Stadium. After trailing for most of the second half, Rocky River\'s Matt Lowry put the game on his shoulders and found a way to win. Taking advantage of a defensive stand deep in Pirate territory...    (2862 reads)

Elinsky's penalty kick gives Pirates district crown

As time ran short in the second half and with the game still deadlocked at 0-0, Grace Bennett streaked toward the Holy Name goal. Holy Name goalkeeper Paige Reiss, along with a fellow defender, charged out to grab the ball and Bennett went down. That set up a penalty kick for Rocky River senior Abby Elinsky in the 75th minute. After what seemed to be an eternity of a game delay, Elinsky shot and scored the game\'s only goal, sending the Pirates to another OHSAA Division II district championship and a spot in the state Sweet 16. Rocky River, now 18-0-1, will play...    (2432 reads)

Eagles dodge a bullet, fight off vicious River rally

Trailing 49-7 at halftime, Rocky River came within a couple possessions of completing a gargantuan of a comeback against undefeated Avon. But despite their second-half effort, the Pirates fell short, 56-41, Friday night in a West Shore Conference shootout at Avon Stadium. With his team outscoring Avon 34-7 in the second half, Rocky River head coach Rick Adams said he got a special effort from his team as his squad fought back against one of the area\'s best teams. \"There\'s no 42-point play, just effort, and that\'s all we wanted was effort,\" Adams said. \"Our kids never quit and thats a testament to their character. I can\'t be more proud of these guys.\" With a seemingly-safe 42-point lead...    (3044 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...    (2987 reads)

Hardy, Demons edge River in offensive showdown

The old scoreboard at Westlake\'s Lou Duchez Field never would have survived. The new one got quite a workout. After over 47 minutes of a back-and-forth offensive explosion from both teams, Friday night\'s football game between Westlake and Rocky River came down to one final play. With the Pirates trailing by one, they decided to go for the win and lined up for a 2-point conversion play. It was a virtual student body right, with junior quarterback Matt Lowry tucking the ball under his arm, looking for blockers. All he found was Kent Axcell. The Westlake senior stepped up into a gap and stopped Lowry short...    (3172 reads)

Rockets sweep River at Volley for The Cure event

The Bay Rockets volleyball team celebrated Senior Night with an impressive 26-24, 25-17, 25-20 win over rival Rocky River to close out the 2013 regular season. The two teams also joined forces to raise money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer with a successful Volley For The Cure Night With the win, Bay clinched a second place tie for second place in the West Shore Conference with a 9-5 record. Lakewood also finished second in the conference with its 22-25, 12-25, 25-19, 25-23, 15-11 win over Avon. Senior middle hitter Bridget Durham led the Rockets with 13 kills, four service aces and eight blocks. Savannah Skelly had 11 kills and 13 digs, while junior setter Megan Lowery dished out 30 assists. Bay junior Laura Wilson registered 15 digs, setting a new school record with 285 for the season. For Rocky River, senior outside hitter Mary Kate Krajcer led...    (2400 reads)

Pirates strike early, top Rockets to claim WSC title

The Rocky River boys varsity soccer team clicked on all cylinders Wednesday night. The Pirates scored early and often, survived a late Bay rally and beat the Rockets, 4-2, to win the West Shore Conference championship at Rocky River Stadium. \"In every game that we\'ve played this year, I\'ve tried to emphasize how important it is to get an early goal,\" said Rocky River head coach Kevin Zerbey, whose team moved to 13-1-1 overall and finished the WSC season a perfect 7-0. \"It helps us out psychologically and it messes with the other team a bit,\" Zerbey continued. \"I didn\'t think we would score as fast as we did...    (2733 reads)

River takes WSC championship with win over Bay

After turning away a Bay attack, the Rocky River Pirates went on a counter and quickly moved the ball up field. As the sixth minute ticked off the Bay Memorial Stadium scoreboard, the ball found its way to Abby Elinsky. The Rocky River forward took the ball to the end line, made a quick move past a Rocket defender and ripped a line-drive crossing shot into the right side of the net. With a 1-0 lead, the Pirates were well on their way. The visitors got another Elinsky goal...    (2650 reads)

Lakewood spikers shake off slow start, top Pirates

After dropping a 25-13 opening set to Rocky River, things didn\'t look good for the Lakewood Rangers volleyball team. A combination of unforced errors and some efficient offense by the visiting Pirates made it look like a rough night was in store for the home team. Such was not to be the case. The Rangers got off to a quick start in the second set, held on for the win and went on to score a 13-25, 27-25, 25-22, 25-22 win over Rocky River in a key West Shore Conference match Tuesday night. The Rangers moved into a tie with the Pirates for second place in the conference with one match remaining. Bay stayed in the hunt for the runner-up spot as well...    (3298 reads)

Lowry leads the way as Rocky River tops Rangers

When it was all said and done, the Lakewood Rangers had two major obstacles to overcome in their Friday night football game at Rocky River: The first thing was a 14-0 first-quarter deficit. The other was the Pirates\' newfound running attack, especially the effort of one Matt Lowry. Rocky River\'s junior quarterback stunned the visitors with 188 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He also threw for another 105 yards and a score as the Pirates won this year\'s Battle of the Bridge in a 49-35 Homecoming shootout at Rocky River Stadium. \"We just don\'t have a guy defensively who can run with him...\"    (2811 reads)

Soccer: River tops Rangers, WSC title contest next

The Rocky River Pirates remained in the hunt for a West Shore Conference boys soccer championship with a 3-0 win over Lakewood Wednesday night at Rocky River Stadium. The Pirates, now 11-1-1 on the season, got the only goal they needed early in the first half. With just 8:28 gone off the clock, sophomore Liam Duncan took the ball and drilled a long, arching shot from 35 yards out that evaded the leaping save attempt of Rangers goalkeeper Robby Fehrenbach. That gave Rocky River a 1-0 lead. The lead would grow to 2-0 right before halftime when senior Spencer Klodnick went one-on-one with a Lakewood defender and scored with 4:03 remaining. In the second half, a long ball found...    (2267 reads)

Klodnick and Bennett power Pirates past Panthers

Fresh off a huge win over defending state champion Perrysburg, the Rocky River girls soccer team returned to West Shore Conference play against Elyria Catholic. The Pirates, looking to avoid a letdown, got a pair of first-half goals from McKenna Klodnick, then put the game away in the second half on Grace Bennett\'s hat trick to tame the Panthers, 5-0, Wednesday night at Rocky River Stadium. With the win, Rocky River remained unbeaten at 11-0-1 and did nothing to tarnish their national ranking in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. The Pirates went into the game...    (2286 reads)

Pirates pass another test with win over Perrysburg

The Rocky River girls varsity soccer team earned the statement victory it has been looking for. The state-ranked Pirates did so Saturday afternoon with a 4-1 victory over Perrysburg High School, the 2012 Division I state champions, at Rocky River Stadium.. \"Perrysburg is a great team,\" Rocky River head coach Patrick Hopkins said. \"I told the girls prior to this game that they went 23-0 last year. They may have lost three great players (to graduation), but there are still eight girls on their squad who have won a state championship last year. \"We knew we had to go out there...    (2264 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...    (2402 reads)

River remains unbeaten, tops Avon for shutout win

Unbeaten. Unscored upon. Undaunted. The Rocky River boys soccer team continued its hot start to the 2013 season Wednesday night in Avon. The Pirates played shutout defense, then got a late Trent Newby-to-Sutton Klodnick goal to come away with a 1-0 win over the Eagles at Avon Stadium. With the win, Rocky River moved to 8-0-0 overall and 3-0 in the West Shore Conference. And in eight games, the Pirates and goalie Dominic Liva have yet to allow a goal. Avon fell to 5-2-1 and 2-1 in the WSC after allowing the game’s only goal with 10:24 remaining...    (2792 reads)

State-ranked River tops Avon, remains undefeated

The beat goes on. The winning beat, that is, with regards to the girls varsity soccer team at Rocky River. The Pirates, winners of eight games with no losses and a tie, are currently ranked No. 3 in the state\'s Division II poll. They continued their dominating ways on the field Wednesday night by defeating visiting Avon, 4-0, in a West Shore Conference contest at Rocky River Stadium. Winning has certainly been no stranger to this tradition-rich Rocky River program, which can boast of a regional final finish in 2011, two district championships in 2011 and 2012, and three WSC soccer titles in 2008, 2010 and 2011. And this season...well, head coach Patrick Hopkins...    (2977 reads)

Lowry, Pirates use big first half to dominate Dukes

What a difference a week makes. In their season opener with Fairview, early turnovers put the Rocky River Pirates in a hole they never crawled out of in a loss to Fairview. Friday night, however, the home team turned the tables before many fans got settled in their seats. A 66-yard pass play from Matt Lowry to Pat Connors gave River a 7-0 lead on the first play from scrimmage 15 seconds into the game. Less than 15 seconds later, Eric Jones’ 23-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown had the Pirates rolling. When Lowry hit Alex Theiling on a 9-yard scoring strike right before the half, the game had turned into a rout. River, up 35-7, would get one more score in the third quarter on Lowry’s fifth scoring pass of the night...    (2319 reads)

Early turnovers fuel a Warriors win at Rocky River

“Tonight, every hit matters. Every hit counts.”   Such were the words bellowed by a Rocky River assistant football coach following the team’s pre-game warm-up drills Friday night.   It would be Fairview, though, that would take such words to heart. Senior special teams player J.P. Fitzgerald applied a very timely hit on the opening kickoff, causing Rocky River’s Patrick Connors to fumble the football to the turf.   Fitzgerald’s recovery led to a quick touchdown...    (3005 reads)

Quickness, athleticism the key for youthful Pirates

When it comes to summing up a prognosis for 2013 Rocky River football, the phrase “youth is served” is an obvious one that comes to mind. If head coach Rick Adams and his staff have their way, amend that phrase to “youth and athleticism are served.” Adams, who returns to the helm of the Pirate program for a sixth season, sees commitment and quickness in the weight room and on the field this August. He and his staff are hoping what is a 40-man squad with only eight seniors can develop some depth and stay healthy and turn that commitment and quickness into victories in September and October. “We had 26 seniors lead us a year ago,” said Adams, who has compiled...    (2794 reads)

First-half surge powers Pirates past young Bees

Coming off an impressive district championship season, the Rocky River girls soccer team is picking up right where it left off this season. The Pirates wiped out visiting Brecksville-Broadview Heights, 6-0, Wednesday night for their second win of the 2013 campaign. Rocky River, now 2-0, scored four times in the last 17 minutes of the first half and two goals apiece from seniors Abby Elinsky, Grace Bennett and McKenna Klodnick. Head coach Pat Hopkins was more than thrilled with what has turned into an early season juggernaut. The Pirates have recorded 14 goals in the first two contests. \"If you told me in the beginning of the year we\'d beat Beaumont, 8-1, and Brecksville, 6-0, I would have told you I don\'t believe that is going to happen. But this is a team that could do that,\" said Hopkins, whose club won the 2012 Division II...    (2972 reads)

Pirate girls roll past Beaumont in season opener

The Rocky River girls varsity soccer team has started the 2013 campaign with purpose, as the Pirates won their home opener over the Beaumont Blue Streaks Saturday night, 8-1. “We are returning 10 out of 11 starters (from 2012), so we have a lot of girls with a lot of experience,” Rocky River head coach Patrick Hopkins said. “I’m really happy with the outcome tonight. “You don’t know what to expect from the first game, so it’s really good to come out here and get the win,” Hopkins said. “A lot of girls were able to score tonight. Some girls who will not get a lot of playing time were able to get goals tonight, and...    (1853 reads)



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