Magnificat High School
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...
Medina's offense falls short, Magnificat moves on|
To say Monday night\'s Division I district semifinal game between Magnificat and Medina was a defensive struggle might be an understatement.
It\'s in those types of games that tournament experience pays off. In that regard, it was advantage Blue Streaks.
Both teams struggled mightily early on, but Magnificat pulled things together from the second quarter on to defeat Medina, 47-27, at the Elyria Catholic Coliseum. The defending district champion Blue Streaks moved on to Friday night\'s title game against Westlake.
The Demons advanced in Monday\'s first game with a 42-36 win over Lakewood. \"We missed some shots throughout the game...\"
Streaks bolt into tournament with win over Pirates|
With the Division I sectional/district tournament right around the corner, both Magnificat and Rocky River had one last regular season game to get themselves prepared.
The two neighborhood rivals faced off on a frigid Wednesday night, and the Blue Streaks showed why they have a good shot at another Sweet 16 appearance.
Magnificat, going deep into its bench throughout the game, broke open a close game late in the first half and rolled to a 58-35 win over the Pirates at the House of Blues. It was the Blue Streaks\' 18th win in a weather-shortened season and their final game until they host a sectional title game...
Blue Streaks bounce back, claim win over Jaguars|
Heading into Wednesday night\'s rivalry matchup, both the Magnificat Blue Streaks and the St. Joseph Academy Jaguars had their own obstacles to overcome.
Throw in a combined 50 turnovers during the game itself, and the task of winning became even tougher.
Magnificat, behind a 26-point night from junior Elise Keshock, managed to pull things together enough to come away with a 57-38 decision over the Jaguars before a huge crowd at the House of Blues.
The Blue Streaks, now 16-2, were coming off just their second loss of the season, that coming on their home court Saturday afternoon against Lakewood.
St. Joseph Academy, which fell to 13-8, was playing its second game without injured...
Blue Streaks pull out a last-second win over Titans|
As the game\'s final seconds ticked off the clock, Zoranne Host\'s contested layup attempt rolled around the top of the rim. As the ball fell off, Lexy Siggers\' equally contested rebound shot attempt hit the left side of the rim.
A case of so close, yet so far for Berea-Midpark.
And a sigh of relief for Magnificat.
In a battle of defending district champions, the Blue Streaks overcame 20 turnovers and took advantage of a big third quarter-run. After losing a double-digit lead, they held on at the end to defeat the Titans, 64-63, Monday night before a large crowd at Robert Purdy Gymnasium.
Magnificat, now 12-1, trailed 32-31 at halftime after committing 13 turnovers. But the Blue Streaks cleaned up their act in the third quarter, turning the ball over just...
Warriors blank Blue Streaks in state semi rematch|
For the second straight season, Magnificat found itself just two matches away from a Division I state soccer championship.
And for the second straight year, the Walsh Jesuit Warriors stood in the way.
On a rainy, windy Tuesday night, the defending state champions scored the deciding goal in the 18th minute and turned up the defense in a 2-0 decision offer the Blue Streaks at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School. In 2013, the Warriors turned away Magnificat in a 1-0 semifinal decision.
Walsh Jesuit, now 21-0-1, will now face Dublin Coffman Friday for the state championship at Crew Stadium in Columbus. The Blue Streaks closed out their season at 18-3-1. Tuesday night...
Streaks work overtime to reach DI state semifinals|
There\'s something about playing in the cold and snow at Perkins High School that brings out the best in the Magnificat soccer team.
For the second year in a row, Magnificat traveled to Firelands Regional Medical Center Stadium for the OHSAA Division I girls soccer Region 2 finals. And for the second year in a row, the Blue Streaks came out on top, this time with a 2-1 double overtime victory over Perrysburg.
The outcome was not determined until the fourth minute of the second overtime period. That\'s when sophomore Kelsey Matyi found herself with an unobstructed view of the Yellow Jackets\' goal and the ball at her feet. \"Well, my teammate...
Streaks advance with a shootout win over Indians|
Just a few days earlier, Copley had experienced the thrill of victory in a shootout win over tournament rival Medina. The Indians found themselves in a similar situation in their Division I regional semifinal with Magnificat as the two teams battled to a 2-2 draw after 110 minutes of play.
Saturday\'s big moment came when Indians keeper Taylor Snuffer knocked away a Medina PK shot. But when Magnificat keeper Kaleigh Piscioneri made a diving save on Copley\'s first attempt Tuesday night, the momentum shifted in the Blue Streaks\' favor.
Magnificat went on to take a 3-1 lead, then Piscioneri made her second save of the shootout. Junior Catie Corrigan took the next shot and put the match away for the Blue Streaks, 4-1, in a shootout thriller at Bay\'s Memorial Stadium...
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...
Mistakes prove costly as Magnificat falls to Bruins|
After dropping the first set to visiting Padua, the Magnificat Blue Streaks were on a roll.
With the score tied at 6-6, Magnificat went on a 10-5 run to take the lead. The Blue Streaks built their lead to 21-14 and were poised to even the match against their westside rivals.
The visiting Bruins, however, would have none of that.
Padua went on a 9-2 run to tie the set at 23-23, and eventually came out on top 28-26. With the momentum squarely in their favor, the Bruins broke open a third set late and claimed a 25-13, 28-26, 25-17 win over Magnificat Wednesday night at the Streaks\' House of Blues.
With the win, Padua upped its season record to 6-2. On the other side of the coin, head coach Mike Cannon\'s youthful Streaks fell to...
Bees, Blue Streaks battle their way to a 1-1 draw|
Magnificat girls soccer coach Gretchen Micklitsch admitted to being outplayed a bit Wednesday night. Medina coach Doug Coreno wondered what more needed to be done for the Bees to come out on top.
What happened prior to the postgame interviews was a 1-1 outcome that had every bit the flavor and atmosphere of a late postseason game.
In a rematch of last season\'s Bay Division I Regional Semifinal, won by the Blue Streaks 2-0, the sequel was every bit as good as the original as the Bees, now 3-0-1, gave Magnificat all it could handle and more.
But that\'s what you would expect when Magnificat, the second-ranked team...
Blue Streaks open their season by blanking Avon|
Magnificat couldn\'t have started out its soccer season any better.
The Blue Streaks dominated in every facet of the game Wednesday night as they blanked host Avon, 4-0, in their season debut.
\"That was one of the things we talked about before the season started was dominating,\" said Magnificat head coach Gretchen Micklitsch.
\"The way you dominate a soccer game is by possessing the ball and so that was kind of what we talked about. We need to go out every game and dominate by possessing the ball...