Lutheran West High School
Lacrosse '15: Demons, Pirates take on tough foes|
As the boys lacrosse season nears its conclusion, area teams are finding some big challenges ahead of them.
There were important matchups for both Rocky River and Westlake this week, with both the Pirates and the Demons facing a pair of conference leaders in OHSLA play. And in both games, the both Hudson and Chagrin Falls showed why they will be formidable opponents in the upcoming playoffs.
Chagrin Falls, the No. 11 team in Ohio and the leader of the Division 2 Northeast Conference, dropped Westlake 16-5 Tuesday night...
Track & Field '15: Area girls' top times, distances|
As a new feature this spring, we are going to compile the top times and distances for our area\'s track and field athletes.
We debut with some of the numbers put up by the girls at recent relays and invitationals, including the Ranger Relays in Lakewood and the Comet Relays in Amherst. We also realize this list is probably missing some pretty good performances this spring, so we welcome input from track and field head coaches in the Westshore and Southern Hills areas.
To report those performances, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow us on Twitter @BeAFanatic and use the...
Longhorns pull away in second half against Devils|
Down by 10 midway through the second quarter, the young Independence Blue Devils made their run.
They scored the next eight points and blanked host Lutheran West for over four minutes to trail by only two at the half. But once the third quarter got underway, the tide quickly turned in the Longhorns\' favor.
Lutheran West changed the tone of the game, doubling up the intensity on its full-court pressure. As a result, the Longhorns held the Blue Devils to 14 points in the second half and rolled to a 50-34 win Tuesday night in its Division III tournament opener at Wittrock Gymansium.
The win advanced Lutheran West, now 18-5, to Friday night\'s sectional championship game against third-seeded Beachwood.
\"All year, our defensive intensity has driven...
Rockets crank up the defense, roll past Longhorns|
Throughout the regular season, the Bay Rockets have been known for their high-powered offense.
Friday night, the Lutheran West Longhorns got an up-close-and-personal look at what those same Rockets were capable of defensively.
From the opening tip, Bay turned things up a notch or two on the defensive end. When the smoke cleared, the visiting Rockets left a packed Wittrock Gymnasium with a convincing 68-48 win over the Longhorns in the regular season finale between the two conference champions.
Lutheran West, back-to-back champions of the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division, closed out its season at 17-5. The Longhorns shot just 34 percent from the floor for the game as the Rockets ratcheted up the pressure from baseline to baseline...
CHAMPIONS! 'Horns nip Raiders for Stripes share|
Lutheran West\'s boys basketball program has established its version of a dynasty where the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division is concerned.
On Friday evening, the Longhorns further solidified their reputation in the conference by coming out ahead, 44-42, in the battle of defenses with Columbia. The road win gave Lutheran West a one game lead over the Raiders and clinched a share of its second-straight Stripes Division championship.
\"When you\'re playing Columbia, the concern...
Longhorns handle Hurricanes, Raiders on horizon|
Friday night\'s Patriot Athletic Conference matchup between Brooklyn and Lutheran West featured one team dealing with the present and another looking toward the future.
There was no doubt that it was the Longhorns who were playing in the moment.
Lutheran West, looking to keep up with Stripes Division rival Columbia, went to work from the opening tip and cruised to an 80-47 win over the young Hurricanes at Wittrock Gymnasium. The win raised the Longhorns\' conference record to 12-2 and set up next Friday\'s showdown on the road against the Raiders.
Columbia, also 12-2, held up its end of the bargain Friday night with a convincing 77-57 win over Clearview.
\"It\'ll be a tall order, because they\'re tough at their place,\" admitted Longhorns head coach Alan Januzzi, whose...
Longhorns turn up the defense, rally past Phoenix|
After a red-hot shooting performance in the first half, Oberlin was right where it wanted to be.
The youthful Phoenix held a 43-34 halftime lead against Patriot Athletic Conference front runner Lutheran West. They clearly had momentum on their side heading into the second half. In fact, Oberlin held the lead for the better part of three quarters.
But as the third quarter moved along, that momentum began to take a turn.
The Longhorns, thanks in part to a big night from senior forward Andrew O\'Hara, cranked up the defensive intensity in the second half. They closed out the fourth quarter with a 19-4 run, pulling away for a 71-58 win over the Phoenix Tuesday night in an important Stripes Division contest. With the win...
Demons down 'Horns in Coaches vs. Cancer game|
As their Saturday night game at Westlake moved into the second quarter, the Lutheran West Longhorns had things going their way. They had shot the ball well in the first quarter, and an Andrew O\'Hara jumper had them five points up on the Demons.
But as hot as the \'Horns had been in the first 10 minutes, things went just as cold for them in the next 22.
And the Demons took full advantage.
Westlake went on a 12-0 run in the second quarter, then added a 9-0 spurt in the third as the visitors continued to struggle offensively. In the fourth, they held off a late Lutheran West run and closed things out with a 59-48 win in the Coaches vs. Cancer game at the Westlake Athletics Center.
The win gave Westlake a modest two-game winning streak after a rough first half of the season. On Friday...
Warriors scrap past Longhorns, keep pace in PAC|
With just over 30 seconds left in the game, Lutheran West\'s Claire Gutheil pulled up on the left wing and drained a long-range 3-pointer. In an instant, Fairview saw its already tenuous lead shrink to a mere point.
And the Warriors\' grip of first place in the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division hung in the balance as well.
Fairview, however, pulled it together in the final seconds and escaped Wittrock Gymnasium with a hard-fought 32-26 win Wednesday night in a key PAC matchup. The win allowed the Warriors to remain one game ahead of second-place Columbia.
\"We\'ve been in a few of these games both last year and so far this year,\" said Warriors head coach Bill Harvey, whose team moved to 13-5 overall and 12-1 in the PAC.
\"I looked at them during one of our timeouts and said \'we\'ve been here, we\'ve done this...\'
Longhorns stun Warriors with last-second victory|
As the game clock began to click off the final minute of regulation, Fairview\'s Ryan Williams drove the lane. The senior guard hit the contested layup, bringing his Warriors back to even, 51-51, against once-beaten Lutheran West.
But after a pair of Longhorn timeouts with 4.8 seconds left, Clay Carper rolled off a double screen near midcourt. Nick Knudsen\'s inbounds pass met Carper near the right elbow.
Carper pulled up and let fly a jumper that hit nothing but net. Fairview\'s long desperation shot missed its mark, and Lutheran West escaped with a 53-51 win in a Patriot Athletic Conference thriller Tuesday night.
The win kept the Longhorns in the thick of the PAC Stripes Division race at 5-1, one game behind Columbia. Lutheran West, 7-1 overall, will host the Raiders this Friday night. \"I\'m proud of our guys and their poise and composure...
Longhorns top Warriors, keep pace in PAC Stripes|
As the 2014 high school volleyball regular season begins to wind down, Lutheran West head coach Stephanie Rivera knows what lies ahead for her state-ranked Longhorns.
For the Fairview Warriors, it\'s all about a young team improving and learning how to finish.
Before a packed house at The Rock, Lutheran West shook off an early challenge from the visiting Warriors and rolled to a 25-11, 25-15, 25-16 win. In the process, the Longhorns upped their overall record to 17-2 overall and remained unbeaten...
Football '14: Rockets roar into state playoff chase|
Don\'t look now, but the Bay Rockets are in a playoff chase.
With half the season in the books, Bay is tied for first with Perry in Division IV, Region 11 in this week\'s OHSAA Computer Ratings. The 4-1 Rockets have been bolstered by wins over Division II Westlake and Division I Lakewood in the first half of the season.
They\'ll travel to North Olmsted, another Division II school, this Friday night. A bevy of computer points will be on the line, and a win over the 3-2 Eagles would go a long way in getting Bay into postseason play.
Bay and Perry each have a computer point average of 8.75, with Jefferson Area close behind with an 8.45. In fourth is Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin at 8.2, with Mantua Crestwood in fifth at 7.9. The top eight teams at the end of the regular season qualify for the tournament...
New coach, new season, big goals for Longhorns|
Change is on the horizon at Lutheran West as the Longhorns are preparing for a season with a new head coach.
However, what may seem like a drastic shift and turnover shouldn\'t be that bad of a transition after all. Taking over the squad for the 2014 season is head coach Frank Petroff, who served as the Lutheran West defensive coordinator for the last two years.
That familiarity should be beneficial for the players as Petroff plans to keep things the status quo from a team which went 6-4 last season. The Longhorns tied for second in the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division and just missed out on the Division V playoffs. They finished ninth...