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Lakewood advances nine events to regional meet

Host Lakewood qualified nine events while Bay\'s Olivia Bechtel took part in three wins at the Lakewood District Track and Field Championships at First Federal Lakewood Stadium Bechtel, a sophomore, won two individual championships in winning the 400 and the long jump. She joined teammates Amanda Cusimano, Sarah Christel and Hallie Bechtel to win the 4X800 Relay title. In all, the Rockets qualified six events to the Amherst Regional Meet. The Rangers were led by senior Nick Boatman...    (4758 reads)

Titan boys dominate field at Berea Kiwanis Relays

Chalk up some more hardware for the Berea-Midpark boys track and field team. The Titans won six events and scored 104 team points to outdistance runner up Brunswick\'s 78 to win the Berea Kiwanis Titan Relays Friday at George Finnie Stadium. Medina came in third with 75 points, while North /Royalton came in fourth with 55. In the girls competition, Medina scored 81 points to take the team win. Brecksville was second with 74 points, while Brunswick (69.5) and St. Joseph Academy (58) came in third and fourth, respectively. Berea-Midpark earned a win in the 4X100 as Caleb Samol, Justin Harris, Marlon Robertson and Chris Neumann clocked in with a 43.42 to edge out Brunswick\'s 43.73. The Titans\' 4X400 squad of Neumann, Terry Duncan, Anfernee Myers and Justin Carroll too first-place honors with their time of 3:24.75. The 4X800 relay of Carroll, Duncan, Isaiah Nichols and Chad Ellis...    (5999 reads)

Rangers edge Eagles to remain in WSC contention

The big inning. It had eluded the Lakewood Rangers baseball team for most of the 2014 season. But on Wednesday, a 4-run outburst in the fourth inning made all the difference as Lakewood edged visiting Avon, 6-5, in a key West Shore Conference game. The Rangers moved to 7-8 overall and stayed in the thick of the conference race at 5-3. Avon, which had entered the week alone in first place, dropped its second-straight WSC game and fell to 5-2, 8-5 overall. The Eagles broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the fourth when first baseman Kevin Maloney blasted a monstrous solo home run over the tall right center field wall. But the Rangers responded...    (4772 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 ...    (4518 reads)

Foran pitches Lakewood past Padua in '14 opener

With a tough winter fading away in the rear view mirror, the Lakewood Rangers hosted Padua to open the 2014 baseball season. And on this warm and windy Tuesday afternoon, Ranger pitcher Jameson Foran took the mound and did his part in getting the home team off to an impressive start. The senior righty blanked the visiting Bruins through five innings, while the middle of the Lakewood batting order provided the clutch hits. The end result was a 4-1 Ranger victory under a sun-drenched Lakewood sky. Foran was solid in his opening start, going six innings and allowing just one run...    (4343 reads)

Offense vanishes for Rangers in loss to Wildcats

Throughout the season, the Lakewood Rangers had overcome a number of slow starts with big runs generated from pressure defense, transition offense and hot outside shooting. That type of response proved to be a tall order against the St. ignatius Wildcats. The tall, lanky Wildcats jumped out to an early lead, then proceeded to shut down Lakewood\'s potent offense. The result was a 61-39 win Thursday night in a Division I district semifinal game at Midview\'s packed Kubuski Gym. \"I made the comment earlier in the day that David did slay Goliath, but he had a really good shooting night,\" quipped Lakewood head coach Phil Argento, whose team closed out the season...    (3369 reads)

Run-and-gun Rangers shock North Royalton, 65-41

Lakewood may have been the underdog based on the seedings, but teams shouldn\'t underestimate the 21-win Rangers boys basketball team going forward. On Saturday, the eighth-seeded Rangers, with their fast-faced style of play, shocked second-seeded North Royalton. They left the Bears in the rear-view mirror during their 65-41 hoops win in the Division I sectional finals. Lakewood, now 21-3, will face fourth-seeded St. Ignatius Thursday night at Midview High School. Lakewood junior guard Wes Gerhardt drained eight of the team\'s nine three-pointers and finished with a game-high 28 points. North Royalton held a three-point lead after the first quarter, but the Rangers outscored the Bears, 21-5, in a pivotal second quarter. \"We shot the ball pretty darn well...\"    (5706 reads)

Lakewood tops Bees in OT, caps off gym's history

Throughout the decades, Lakewood High School\'s gymnasium has hosted more than its fair share of memorable basketball games. A few weeks ago, the Rangers added a chapter to the facility\'s history as they defeated Elyria Catholic to win their first conference championship in 40 years. Less than two weeks ago, Lakewood and Brecksville added to the building\'s lore as the Rangers prevailed in a down-to-the-wire thriller. Wednesday night, the Bees and Rangers met again, this time in a Division I sectional tournament game. In the gym\'s final game, the two teams rocked the Madhouse on Madison one last time with one for the ages. Back-to-back buckets by junior guard Wes Gerhardt late in overtime broke open a hotly-contested game...    (6295 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...    (4877 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)

CHAMPIONS! Rangers top EC to claim WSC crown

The 40-year drought is over in Lakewood. The year was 1974, and it was the last time the school\'s boys basketball team had cut down the nets to celebrate a conference championship. Friday night, the scissors and ladder were dusted off and brought back onto the court as the Rangers defeated Elyria Catholic,74-59, to clinch the outright West Shore Conference title. \"It\'s amazing, because obviously we\'ve gone through so long of a drought,\" said senior guard Jacob Schmidt. \"I mean, 40 years is almost unheard of. That\'s almost...    (4504 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...    (6705 reads)

Lakewood overcomes slow start to topple Rockets

For the better part of the first half, it looked like the Bay Rockets were the team out in front in the West Shore Conference race. The home team raced out to a 10-0 first quarter lead and held a 17-11 advantage early in the second against the first-place Lakewood Rangers. The visitors were struggling offensively, while the Rockets were enjoying one of their best starts of the season. But as the second quarter moved along, the Lakewood offense awoke from its slumber and went to work. The Rangers closed out the half with an impressive 16-3 run and carried that momentum into the second half. When it was all said and done, Lakewood prevailed 66-38 to remain all alone at the top of the WSC girls basketball standings...    (4419 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 ...    (4887 reads)

Demons prevail over Angers, Rangers in shootout

Lakewood head coach Phil Argento called it a dogfight. Westlake\'s Shawn Hood said it was like \"the shootout at the O.K. Corral.\" When it came down to it, there weren\'t many words that could describe what took place Tuesday night at Lakewood. The Rangers, down 19 points at halftime, rode the hot shooting hand of Mike Angers to rally in the third quarter and eventually send the game into overtime. But despite a 37-point performance from Angers, the visiting Demons were able to pull away and win the game, 86-80, in a non-conference basketball thriller. Westlake remained undefeated at 10-0, but it took a gargantuan effort on the boards from 6-8 Gavin Skelly and some clutch shooting from fellow seniors Makis Beach, Joe Hadib-Nissan and Connor Meek. Lakewood, now 8-2, nearly pulled out the win with a furious 25-10 third quarter that was powered by the 5-4 Angers...    (4577 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...    (7349 reads)

Rangers rally to nip Sailors, take lead in WSC race

For the better part of three quarters, the Vermilion Sailors had the Lakewood Rangers right where they wanted them. A basket inside from Cameron Kuhn had the Sailors up 45-33 with just under 10 minutes left in the game. As it turned out, that was more than enough time for the Rangers to rally and turn Tuesday night\'s West Shore Conference contest into an instant classic. Lakewood, behind some hot shooting and a tenacious defensive effort, pulled the proverbial rabbit out of the hat and topped the Sailors, 59-57, in the battle for first in the WSC. The Rangers remained unbeaten in conference games at 4-0, while the Sailors dropped their first game of the season. \"We dug a hole and got ourselves down,\" admitted Lakewood head coach Phil Argento, whose team trailed the entire game until a Shawn McDonald free throw gave the home team...    (4045 reads)

Hot Rangers run, gun and stun their way past Bay

Going into the 2013-14 season, one of first-year head coach Jared Shetzer\'s goals was to turn his Bay Rockets into a full-court, fast-breaking band of basketball players. On Tuesday night at Lakewood, his squad got an up-close-and-personal look at how that type of game is played. The Rangers, behind the 27-point effort of senior Shawn McDonald, went on a 16-2 run late in the first quarter and never looked back. When the smoke had cleared, Lakewood had literally run away with a 92-68 win over a stunned Bay squad in a West Shore Conference encounter. Lakewood, now 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the WSC, overwhelmed the Rockets defensively in the first quarter, then rode some red-hot shooting into second. The Rangers led 53-24 at the half and 78-38 after three quarters of play to win this one going away. \"They\'ve changed their style of play to where they want to press...    (5141 reads)

Big fourth-quarter run powers Titans past Rangers

Through the better part of three quarters, two of the top girls basketball teams in Northeast Ohio battled on even terms. Berea-Midpark and Lakewood were going at it tooth and nail, with neither team able to build a sizable lead. But as the third quarter began to wind down, the visiting Titans began to wind up. Having used relentless full-court pressure from the opening tip, Berea-Midpark began to make its move. Trailing 34-32, the visitors went off on a 19-2 run over the next five-plus minutes to come away with a 57-44 win over the Rangers in non-conference action Wednesday night. The Titans, now 2-0, forced 30 turnovers to help jump-start an offense that had struggled...    (5405 reads)

Lakewood stuns Berea-Midpark in double overtime

It shouldn\'t have gone this way. Berea-Midpark and Lakewood battled Wednesday evening in a Division I boys soccer sectional match. The team with the better record? The Titans. The squad with the clear advantage in the shots-on-goal category? The Titans. But it was the Rangers of Lakewood who skated by with a 3-2 double overtime win in first round playoff action at Big Creek Elementary School. Entering the match with just a pair of wins to Berea-Midpark\'s nine, Lakewood exhibited the determination and resolve needed to overcome several emotional swings during the match. Lakewood head coach Andrew Toth felt all the growing pains during a trying regular season finally were worth it. \"We\'ve had a real tough season and they\'ve been resilient all year,\" said Toth, whose club advances...    (6401 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...    (5655 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...\"    (4901 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...    (4124 reads)

Best leads Rockets past Rangers, into win column

All things considered, the Bay football team had its \"best\" performance of the season... ...Jake Best, that is, the senior quarterback for the Rockets who simply willed his team toward that seemingly elusive first victory of the 2013 season. With Best giving a very gritty performance on both sides of the football, Bay notched its first win Friday night by defeating Lakewood, 21-7, in West Shore Conference action. It was Homecoming Night for the Ranger players, students and fans who gathered inside First Federal Lakewood Stadium. It would be the visiting Rockets, however, doing all of the celebrating in dancing its way into the win column for the first time in five games. \"We finally gave a four-quarter performance,\" said a very happy Ryan Gorius, the head coach at Bay, who could not...    (5305 reads)

Video: Ranger spikers regroup to rally past Eagles

For the Lakewood volleyball team, it was a big step in the right direction. For the Avon squad, it was back to the drawing board. After dropping the first set, the visiting Rangers rallied back for an 18-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-21 win over the Eagles last week to pull their West Shore Conference record to 3-4. They evened their league mark two days later with a thrilling 5-set win at home over the Bay Rockets, avenging a loss on the opening night of the league schedule. Lakewood was led by freshman outside hitter Gabby Wine, who registered 12 kills in 49 attempts, and junior outside hitter Emily Marek\'s 12 kills on 35 attempts. Senior middle hitter Amanda Hammed also contributed with 10 kills in 21 attempts. Senior setter Liz McIlwee dished out 46 assists, while junior...    (4481 reads)

Eagles get big news, follow with win over Rangers

It was a special night in more ways than one for North Olmsted Friday. Not only did the North Olmsted Eagles wear down Lakewood’s Rangers, 33-13, to move to a 2-0 record on the young season, the community of North Olmsted got a boost for its drive to get new field turf for the athletic field. It was announced that Morris Cadillac-GMC is entering into a 10-year, $250,000 contract with the North Olmsted Stadium Foundation for naming rights to the school district’s stadium. In the game, North Olmsted was led by senior quarterback Brad Novak, who ran for 86 yards and one touchdown. He also hit nine of 12 passes for with one 5-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end...    (5060 reads)

Sanchez, Redmen too much for Rangers in opener

Already down 16-0 against visiting Parma, the Lakewood Rangers managed to get back into the game on a sharp play-action pass play from Peyton Graham to his tight end, Aaron Morit. Lakewood, however, failed to get into the endzone from close range on its next two possessions. That’s when Antonio Sanchez happened. Sanchez, Parma’s 5-6, 150-pound junior tailback, was playing in his first varsity game. His debut was one for the Redmen history books as he rushed for 148 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Parma’s 29-10 win over the Rangers Friday night at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. “They obviously had a nice little scheme...    (4295 reads)

Bay blanks Rangers to open WSC soccer season

After starting the 2013 season with three ties, the Bay boys soccer team looks to be hitting its stride. The Rockets visited Lakewood and topped the Rangers, 2-0, last Wednesday to open West Shore Conference play. On Saturday, Bay played a non-conference match with Cardinal Mooney and came away with another shutout win, 4-0. Lakewood resumes WSC play Wednesday with a game at North Ridgeville. On Saturday, the Ranges resume their cross-town rivalry at St. Edward at 7 p.m. The Rockets host Vermilion on Wednesday at 7 p.m., then cap off the week with a rivalry game of their own when they travel to Revere. Kickoff that day is also at 7 p.m. Larry was on hand to capture...    (3871 reads)

Rockets rally past Rangers for McCarthy's first win

Up 24-23 in game four, Bay’s Megan Lowery stepped back to the service line. With her team up two games to one, she had just ripped an ace to give the Rockets a 24-23 lead against visiting Lakewood. The Rangers, trying to stay alive and force a fifth game, this time played the ball and sent it back the Rockets’ way. But when the resulting pass reached Lowery, the junior setter went to what had been her bread-and-butter play several times that night: The setter dump. The ball left Lowery’s hands and...    (5174 reads)

Rangers make changes for second season in WSC

Last year, the Lakewood football team experienced a learning curve in its first year in the West Shore Conference. In 2013, the Rangers have made some adjustments and are looking to move up the league ladder. “We made some changes from last season,” said Ron Lews, who begins his sixth season as the Rangers’ head coach. “We’ve got three new coaches on staff, including our defensive coordinator,” Lewis said. “We’ve...    (3973 reads)

Demons strike early, shutout Rangers for first win

The Westlake boys soccer team came out shooting Wednesday night. The Demons scored their first goal just one and a half minutes into the game and went on to shut out the host Lakewood Rangers, 5-0, at Lakewood Stadium. “We’re doing pretty well,” Westlake head coach Mike Besu said. “We have a lot of young kids on this team – doing a little rebuilding – but we have a few guys returning (from last season) and we played good today.” The Demons’ scoring was started by junior midfielder Omar Salem’s unassisted goal with 38:38 left in the opening half, which came from just outside the Lakewood goal box. Salem tallied three shots in the first half, followed by one more in the second half. Although Salem had only four shots...    (5039 reads)

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