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Pirates edge Rockets, lose to Warriors in tourney|
The 2015 boys lacrosse season officially came to a close this week for the Bay Rockets and the Rocky River Pirates.
Bay, which had reached the .500 mark to close out the regular season, ended its season in season Wednesday night. In the first round of the OHSLA Tournament, the Rockets dropped a narrow 10-9 loss to Rocky River at Memorial Stadium to finish their season at 6-7.
Rocky River had lost five straight to finish its regular season before bouncing back for the big tournament win at Bay. But on Friday 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 email@example.com, or follow us on Twitter @BeAFanatic and use the...
Bay nine rally late to snag a victory over Westlake|
When neighborhood rivals Bay and Westlake get together on the diamond, just about anything can happen.
On Saturday, the Rockets rallied for five runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings to come away with a 6-4 win over the Demons. The win went to Mike Showalter, who picked up his first win of the season, while Griffin Watterson earned his first save in 2015.
Offensively, Liam Hanna went 3-for-3...
Jaguars claim runner-up honors at Ranger Relays|
The St. Joseph Academy Jaguars finished a strong second, while the Rocky River girls and boys squads both took third place honors at the Ranger Relays Friday night at First Federal Lakewood Stadium.
SJA scored 106 team points, but got edged out by North Royalton\'s 112 for the championship. The Rocky River girls scored 77 points, while Bay (57) and Westlake (55) were fourth and fifth, respectively.
The Rocky River boys scored 69 team points to finish behind runner-up North Royalton\'s 86. Berea-Midpark dominated the meet and won the boys team title going away with 142 points.
SJA took the shot put and discus relays. In the shot put, the Jaguars went one-two-three in their flight behind senior Brittany Morrison (38-02)...,
Rockets hold off Pirates to move on in DII tourney|
During their two regular season meetings, the Rocky River Pirates gave the Bay Rockets all they could handle as the two teams split the series. In Friday night\'s rubber match, nobody expected anything different as the longtime rivals met for a Division II sectional championship.
So when Rocky River\'s Jack Corrigan drilled a 3-pointer with two minutes left in the game, most fans at The Launch Pad were on the edge of their seats.
Clinging to a 51-47 lead, the Rockets managed to answer. They hit nine of 10 free throws down the stretch and came away with a 62-54 win over the Pirates that sent them to next week\'s district semifinals at North Ridgeville.
Bay, now 16-7, will face either Vermilion or Padua Thursday at 7 p.m. A win there would put the Rockets in the district championship game on Sat., March 14 at 4 p.m. at...
Hot-shooting Bruins end Rockets' tournament run|
In their run to the Elyria District championship game, the Bay Rockets had put on a virtual defensive clinic. And after holding second-seeded Firelands to a mere 18 points in the semifinal game, there was nothing to suggest that trend wouldn\'t continue.
But in Thursday night\'s Division II title tilt, the Rockets had no answer for the 3-point attack of the Padua Bruins.
Padua, having already connected on four 3-pointers in the first half, sank seven more in the second half. That long-distance firepower allowed the Bruins to gradually pull away and claim a 61-36 win and the district crown at Elyria High.
Bay closed out its season at 14-12, advancing to the district title game for the first time since 2007. But on Thursday night, Padua\'s long-range attack helped prevent the Rockets from winning their first district title...
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! Rockets settle for share of WSC title|
The final West Shore Conference boys basketball season will be remembered for a variety of reasons:
Overtime thrillers. Down-to-the-wire classics. A forfeit, a suspension and a gutsy performance from a team on the rise.
And through it all, the Bay Rockets found a way to clinch a share of history.
The Rockets, their one-game lead in the conference race eliminated by circumstances beyond their control, still had a chance to win the outright WSC championship Friday night. But North Ridgeville, which had already played in six overtime games, managed to deny Bay that honor with a hard-fought 81-79 overtime win at the Launch Pad. Bay closed out the WSC season at 9-5 to finish in a...
Koz's hot hand helps Rockets power past Middies|
Throughout the 2014-15 season, different players have stepped up with big scoring nights for the Bay Rockets basketball team.
Tuesday night at The Launch Pad, John Koz took his turn dealing the hot shooting hand.
Koz, after a relatively quiet first half, erupted for 18 of his game-high 29 points in the third quarter. That outburst broke open a close game and helped power the Rockets to an 89-76 win over Midview in a key West Shore Conference contest.
The win allowed Bay to maintain its lead in the conference race with two games remaining. The Rockets moved to 9-3 in the WSC, while the Middies fell two games back at 7-5. Elyria Catholic remained one game behind Bay after its 71-58 win over North Ridgeville.
But throughout the first half, Midview had given...
Sunahara sparks Rocket rally, WSC win over River|
Coming off a tough loss to Elyria Catholic, the Bay Rockets found themselves trailing Rocky River at the half, 31-25. The Pirate lead grew to nine as Eric Jones drilled a 3-pointer to open the second half.
That\'s when Rex Sunahara and the Rockets went off.
Bay, with their senior center scoring 16 of his 25 points in the quarter, blindsided Rocky River with an 18-2 run to take the lead. And this time, the Rockets held on to their fourth quarter lead and came away with a 66-55 West Shore Conference win Friday night at The Launch Pad.
Bay moved to 10-5 overall and maintained a share of the WSC lead with Avon and EC. The Eagles got past Lakewood, 80-71, Friday night, while the Panthers took down Vermilion, 56-49.
Rocky River had held the lead throughout most of the first half, with Jack Corrigan hitting the second of his four first-half threes...
Eagles overcome turnovers, hold on to defeat Bay|
It wasn\'t pretty, but it was still a win for the Avon Eagles.
Avon, despite committing 24 turnovers in the game, withstood a furious Bay rally in the game\'s final minutes to come away with a 51-45 win over the Rockets at The Launch Pad Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Eagles remained a factor in the West Shore Conference race at 4-2 while upping their overall record to 7-5.
\"We\'re continually working in practice on playing four good quarters all together,\" said Avon head coach Meghan Larrick, who saw her team\'s 15-point lead shrink to four with just under a minute left.
\"We\'ve been up and down throughout...
Rangers, Rockets battle to draw in holiday tourney|
It was a busy weekend for the Bay and Lakewood hockey teams as they participated in the Avon Holiday Classic.
The Rockets and the Rangers, along weigh North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls and Avon, all participated in the weekend tournament at the North Olmsted Recreation Center. Bay, which entered the tournament at 9-3, opened with a 5-1 loss to Avon before taking on Lakewood Friday afternoon. The Rockets trailed early, 1-0, before tying things up...
Red-hot Rocket offense too much for rival Demons|
According to the Old Farmer\'s Almanac, winter arrived at 6:03 Monday evening.
The weather Tuesday night in Bay Village, however, was anything but winter like. And the Bay Rocket offense continued to blaze away like a mid-summer\'s day in the Mohave Desert.
Bay ignited its offense from the opening tip and put on a holiday performance for the ages in a 96-48 win over the Westlake Demons at The Launch Pad. It was the Rockets\' third straight win and third-straight output of 87 points or better.
\"I think we shot 57 percent overall, and that\'s a product of sharing the basketball,\" said Bay head coach Jared Shetzer, whose team evened its overall record at 3-3. \"It literally comes down to how much do you...
Sharp shooting Rockets rattle Rangers for first win|
In their first three games of the season, the Bay Rockets found victory to be elusive in a number of different ways.
But on Friday night, all facets of their game seemed to all come together against the Lakewood Rangers.
The Rockets jumped on Lakewood early with a 20-4 run to start the game. In the meantime, the defense put the clamps on the Rangers\' potent offense just enough to come away with a 96-80 win over the defending West Shore Conference champs at The Launch Pad...
Live at The Q: Quick start gets Eagles by Rockets|
The Bay Rockets and North Olmsted Eagles got to start their 2014-15 basketball seasons on the big stage Tuesday afternoon.
The two teams played at Quicken Loans Arena prior to the Cavaliers\' game with Toronto. And it was the Eagles, behind center Andy Lucien\'s 31 points, who got off to the quick start and came away with a 67-58 win.
North Olmsted jumped out to a 22-13 first-quarter lead and was able to hold off the Rockets the rest of the way. Bay got a big game from its man in the middle as Rex Sunahara poured in 24 points. Brandon Morris added 11 points, while John Koz chipped in...
Tourney run ends for Rockets with loss to Bengals|
As the final seconds ticked off the Byers Field scoreboard clock, Bay\'s storybook football season came to a close.
But what a season it was.
The Rockets, just 1-9 the previous season, bounced back with one of the program\'s best showings in school history. Qualifying for the state playoffs for the first time in 21 years and reaching the Division IV, Region 11 title game had the Bay faithful in attendance hopeful for another win.
But on a frigid Friday night in Parma, the Rockets\' run came to an end at the hands of tournament-tested Benedictine. The Bengals, making...
Rockets make history with playoff win over Devils|
The Bay football team has had a remarkable turnaround this season.
After finishing with a record of 1-9 in 2013, the Rockets went 6-4 in the regular season, including an even 3-3 in the West Shore Conference. And on Friday night, they earned the very first playoff victory in school history by beating the Crestwood Red Devils, 18-7, in the OHSAA Division IV, Region 11 quarterfinals at Jack Lambert Stadium.
\"I\'m tremendously proud of our kids and their effort,\" Bay first-year head coach Ron Rutt said.
\"That\'s a great team we played tonight. They were 9-1 for a reason, but our kids just came out and battled and kept fighting...
Rockets rock Royals, one win away from DII crown|
The Bay boys soccer team has finally got the monkey off its back.
The Rockets overcame the ghosts of the past two seasons and defeated Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, 3-1, Wednesday night to move on to play in the OHSAA Division II state championship game.
For the third year in a row, the Rockets found themselves at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School playing in the state semifinals. As the visiting team, the Rockets fell to CVCA in 2012, 3-0, and last year Bay lost to Revere High School, 4-3. But this year is different...
CHAMPIONS! White's goal ignites Bay in DII finale|
It was an amazing 24 hours for Bay senior Alec White.
On Friday night, he kicked the game-tying field goal to send the Rockets into overtime with the Rocky River Pirates, a game which the Rockets eventually won in double overtime
On Saturday night, he scored the determining goal to send Bay to the OHSAA Division II regional semifinals as the Rockets defeated the Pirates, 2-0, at Memorial Stadium.
\"River is a great team, and they\'ve given us trouble all year,\" White said. \"They were coming at us really hard in those first 10 minutes...
Rockets edge closer to playoffs, beat Pirates in OT|
A fourth down stop. A 42-yard field goal. A never-before-used 2-point conversion play.
Oh, and throw in a school record rushing performance.
Those were the ingredients for one of the biggest wins in the modern history of Bay football.
The Rockets, down 24-21 with 51 seconds left in regulation, got an Alec White 42-yard field goal to send the game into overtime. Then on their second OT possession, they converted the 2-point conversion to pull out a stunning 39-38 win over rival Rocky River Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
With the win, Bay moved to 6-3 on the season...
Dreher, Namers strike in OT to knock out Rockets|
For 80-plus minutes of soccer, Bay had held Holy Name\'s Caroline Dreher in check. And in the first seven minutes of overtime, the Rockets were playing up and putting the pressure on offensively.
Then came the counter, and there was Dreher.
The Green Wave senior took a pass on the left side and ripped a line-drive crossing shot toward the right post. The ball made its way to the back of the net, giving Holy Name a stunning come-from behind 3-2 win in a girls Division II district title game Thursday night at Memorial Stadium.
\"Our game plan was that we didn\'t want her to beat us,\" said Bay head coach Jack Griffiths, whose team closed out its season at 12-5-2. \"We had her marked the entire game...\"
Rockets fight EC to draw, settle for share of WSC|
The Bay girls soccer team went into Wednesday night\'s game against Elyria Catholic with the final West Shore Conference championship on the line.
With a win, the Rockets would own the title outright. But that was not to be, as the two teams battled to a 0-0 tie at Memorial Stadium. The draw secured Bay a share of the WSC along with Rocky River, which defeated Lakewood 5-1.
Both teams, which played to a 2-2 draw earlier this season, ended their final WSC campaigns with 5-0-2 records.
The Rockets had plenty of chances, with seven shots on goal in the first half alone...
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...
Pohlkamp, Rockets stun state-ranked Blue Streaks|
Monday night at Bay, Magnificat had more than its fair share of frustrating moments on the pitch. The Blue Streaks had a number of scoring opportunities end in shots off the crossbar or the post in their annual meeting with the Rockets.
It was a frustration Bay\'s Nicole Pohlkamp knew all too well.
The Rocket captain, who had yet to score in 2014, snapped out of her personal slump in a big way. She scored a pair of goals, the second coming on a 30-yard free kick, to help Bay stun state-ranked Magnificat, 2-1, in a hard-fought match at Memorial Stadium.
\"Nicole\'s been our offensive powerhouse, but...
Rockets save their Best for last to topple Rangers|
For the better part of three quarters, the Lakewood defense had shut down Bay\'s leading rusher, Nick Best. As a result, the Rangers held a slim 14-10 lead heading into the game\'s final 12 minutes.
But as it turned out, the junior running back saved his \"best\" for last.
Best churned out 130 back-breaking yards in the final quarter, including a 33-yard touchdown run that gave the Rockets a 17-14 win Friday night in a West Shore Conference game at Memorial Stadium.
With the win, the Rockets moved to 4-1 overall, quadrupling their win total...
Avon outlasts Bay, takes lead in WSC soccer race|
The road to the final West Shore Conference boys soccer championship now officially runs through Avon.
The still-unbeaten Eagles, their offense controlling the ball for most of the second half, got the go-ahead goal from senior midfielder Will Sharer with 21:40 left in the match. The result was a hard-fought 3-1 win over state-ranked Bay Wednesday night at Avon\'s Joe Firment Stadium.
With the win, Avon moved to 10-0-1 on the season and took sole possession of first place in the WSC with a 4-0-1 mark. The Eagles, who received votes in this week\'s Division I OSSCA Poll, have Midview and Vermilion remaining...
Rockets rounding into form with win over Rangers|
Just about this time last season, the Bay volleyball team began putting things together and played some of its best volleyball down the stretch.
Don\'t look now, but here come the Rockets again.
Bay, despite a rough spot to end the third set, used a strong defense and a diverse offensive attack to down visiting Lakewood 25-17, 25-23, 23-25, 25-15 Tuesday night at The Launch Pad. The win evened the Rockets\' season record at 7-7 and moved them past the Rangers in the West Shore Conference standings at 4-5.
\"For whatever reason, the second time through the conference is where we start to shine,\" said Bay head coach Katie McCarthy. \"We\'re really jelling together as a team and working out...
Eagles topple Rockets, remain on top in WSC race|
Apparently Avon liked the challenge of coming from behind Tuesday night against Bay.
The Eagles came out sluggish in the first two sets. but managed to pull out a 25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 25-19 West Shore Conference volleyball win over the visiting Rockets.
It was Bay which was the aggressor early on as the Rockets went ahead, 7-0. to start the first set and 15-8 in Game 2. Maybe that was just the motivation the Eagles needed?
\"I\'m not sure what was going on,...
Football '14: Koz-to-Sunahara bomb nets The Jug|
With just 42 seconds left in the game and 91 yards in front of them, the Bay Rockets faced long odds in their Saturday morning comeback attempt against visiting Westlake.
One of the biggest plays in Bay High history allowed the Rockets to cash in.
With just :06 left on the Memorial Stadium clock and the ball on the Demon 42, quarterback John Koz took the snap, and rolled to his right against the Westlake rush. Up field, he saw his 6-6 wide receiver, Rex Sunahara, racing open...
Bay cranks up its offense in WSC win at Lakewood|
For the first 12-plus minutes of the match, the undefeated Lakewood girls soccer team had visiting Bay on the ropes. The Rangers\' offense was controlling the ball and putting pressure on the young Rocket defense.
And when junior forward Mallory Shaw was fouled in the box, her ensuing penalty kick had the home team sporting an early 1-0 lead.
But less than eight minutes later, Bay\'s speed up front struck like lightning. The Rockets scored a pair of quick-strike goals in the first half and tacked on another early in the second in a 4-2 West Shore Conference win Wednesday night at First Federal Lakewood Stadium.
It was the first win of the season for Bay...
Football '14: Rockets fired up after win over Cards|
Over the past few seasons, scoring has not been a strong point for the Bay football team. In fact there were times where it was an outright challenge.
You never would have known that last Friday night.
The Rockets, under the guidance of new head coach Ron Rutt, scored 20 points in the first quarter alone and rolled to a convincing 40-0 win over visiting Brookside in the season opener for both schools.
\"It was a great team win,\" Rutt said during a break at Tuesday\'s practice.
\"Offensively and defensively, our kids...
Bay, River settle for scoreless draw in WSC finale|
The two schools which have dominated boys soccer in the West Shore Conference since its inception have been Bay and Rocky River.
So, it was only fitting that the boys finished their final game playing each other in the WSC with a scoreless tie Wednesday night at Bay\'s Memorial Stadium.
For the first 20 minutes of the game, and almost the entire second half, the Rockets controlled the ball and kept the Pirates on their heels in the defensive zone. Bay was able to get off 17 shots on goal, to Rocky River\'s six.
\"We knew that Rocky River was going to come at us and press really hard,\" said Bay head coach Bobby Dougherty.
\"What we tried to do was just exhaust them by controlling the ball, swing it around and...
Rutt looking to turn around Bay's gridiron fortunes|
The Bay football program has had some lean years recently, and the decision was made to go in a new direction and make a change to its coaching staff.
Bay did not have to look far for a new voice to lead the Rockets back to prominence. With 2000 Bay High grad and former team MVP Ronald Rutt already on the football staff for the past 11 years, along with being the head boys track and field coach, it was a no-brainer to make him the new voice of Rocket Football.
Rutt has the job of turning around a Rockets squad that went 1-9 overall and 1-5 in the West Shore Conference last year. He will do it by utilizing a slew of returning letter winners, who have another year of experience under their belts.
The list of returnees includes quarterback John Koz (6-1, 185), running back and outside...
Rutt gets his dream job, aims to improve Rockets|
The July 4 holiday had come and gone. Just one short month remained until the start of official practices for Ohio high school football teams.
On a quiet summer morning at Memorial Stadium, a familiar face among those who have participated in or followed Bay High athletics reflected on what was in store for the Rockets football team.
Ron Rutt was a former wide receiver and cornerback under former head coach Tom Kaiser in the Rockets\' Southwestern Conference days. He has also been the boys head track coach for five seasons.
As summer\'s midpoint approached, he was already well into his first season as the football program\'s head coach.
\"Bay is the only place I would really want...