Rocky River High School
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...
River girls top Ottawa Hills in OT, advance to state|
Needless to say, it\'s been quite a week for the Rocky River girls lacrosse team:
The red-hot Pirates are on their way to state!
Rocky River defeated Walsh Jesuit, 9-4, on Monday in a an OSLA regional semifinal game. Then on Thursday night, the Pirates scored the winning goal with 5:15 left in overtime to defeat previously undefeated Ottawa Hills, 8-7, for the right to advance to next week\'s state semifinal game at Upper Arlington High School.
The Pirates, now 17-2, have won 13 straight games since a 14-8 loss at Chagrin Falls back on April 13. If all goes well, the two teams could meet again for the state championship. The Tigers are still in the hunt for a...
Lacrosse '15: Demons top Pirates, tourney begins|
With the 2015 regular season completed, the area\'s boys lacrosse teams will begin OHSLA Tournament play this week.
Westlake gets a first round bye after defeating Rocky River, 8-4, last Friday night at Rocky River Stadium. The Demons will host the winner of Wednesday night\'s matchup between Avon Lake and Lake Catholic in Division 2 action. Friday night\'s game at Read Field is slated for 7 p.m.
Rocky River, which finished the regular season at 3-11, will travel to Bay for the second time this season on Wednesday night. The Rockets, who fell to the Pirates 7-5 back on April 15, reached...
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...
River boys lax rallies in final minutes, stun 'Stangs|
Down 4-2 after three quarters, things looked bleak for the Rocky River boys lacrosse team.
Nothing like a three-goal rally to change all of that.
The Pirates scored three unanswered goals in the final 12 minutes of regulation to come away with a hard-fought 5-4 win over Strongsville Wednesday night at chilly Rocky River Stadium. It was the home team\'s second win in its last three games after starting the season at 0-4.
Senior Ethan Steele scored first in the quarter to pull the Pirates back to within one goal, then sophomore Michael Snow tied it up at 4-4. Senior captain Nick Rodgers sent the home crowd home happy with his game winner as the Pirates moved to 2-5 on the season.
Rocky River hosts North Canton Hoover...
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)...,
Lacrosse '15: River heads to Bay seeking first win|
Heading into this week\'s boys lacrosse action, a handful of varsity teams are still looking for their first win of the 2015 season.
One of them happens to be the Rocky River Pirates.
The Pirates find themselves at 0-4 after Friday\'s 12-3 loss to Hawken School at Rocky River Stadium. Earlier in the week, they dropped a 9-2 decision to Massillon Jackson. Rocky River will look to break into the win column Wednesday night...
Second-quarter flurry helps St. Edward top Pirates|
For the first 17 minutes of the game, St. Edward and Rocky River battled on near even terms. The visiting Eagles held a slim 1-0 lead, but neither team was gaining much of an advantage offensively.
All of that changed in a mere 20 seconds.
St. Edward, thanks to a pair of Pirate penalties, scored two quick man-up goals in the second quarter. A three-goal fourth quarter finished the job as the Eagles rolled to a 7-1 win in the 2015 lacrosse season opener for both teams Tuesday night at Rocky River Stadium...
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...
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...
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...
River rolls Rangers, helps cause logjam atop WSC|
After a slow start to their 2014-15 season, the Rocky River Pirates will have a tough time winning the final West Shore Conference championship.
But if Friday night\'s game with WSC contender Lakewood was any indication, they could have a big say in who does.
The Pirates jumped out to a big lead early and pulled off a 12-0 run in the third quarter to stun the Rangers, 71-60, on a night that threw the WSC race into a logjam. River\'s second conference win played a big part in sending the conference race into a four-way tie.
Bay and Lakewood, which came into Friday night tied for first, both lost. Bay, which had won...
Lakewood spoils the party with a win over Pirates|
It was to have been a festive occasion at Rocky River High School Friday night.
A Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place honoring some of the school\'s great student athletes from the past, and a special Pirate post-game party was planned.
On the basketball court, it was a rare girls-boys varsity doubleheader. The Lady Pirates, in the role of \"opening act\" for the evening, were hoping to avenge an early-season 56-52 loss to Lakewood and get the party started on the right foot.
The home team could accomplish neither as the Rangers made it a two-game sweep this winter in West Shore Conference action over Rocky River, 47-35, in front of a relatively large crowd inside the Pirates\' Cove.
\"When you play Rocky River, everything regarding...
CHAMPIONS! Pirates top Avon, win final WSC title|
The Rocky River Pirates made a little bit of hockey history Monday morning at the Hamilton Ice Arena.
The Pirates won their fourth straight West Shore Conference Tournament championship with an 8-1 win over Avon in the title game. It was also the final conference championship with the disbanding of the WSC upon the conclusion of the 2014-15 school year.
Cam Heider\'s shorthanded goal with...
River's big third quarter leads to win over Fairview|
Throughout most of the first half, Fairview was playing on even terms with longtime rival Rocky River. But as halftime approached, a few warning signs started popping up for the visiting Warriors.
A missed layup here. A hastily-shot 3-pointer there.
And as the third quarter began, the Pirates began to take advantage of Fairview\'s shooting woes. Their transition game fed off the numerous missed shots as they outscored the visitors, 22-6, in the quarter and ran away with a 62-36 win Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
\"In the first half, I loved what I saw out of my team,\" said Fairview head coach Pete Maienknecht, whose team played dead even with River for the first 10-plus minutes of the game.
\"We came out and battled. We were poised early in the game, which was great for it being the first game and an arch-rival...
Explorers beat Pirates to take River tourney crown|
For the Hudson Explorers and head coach Robert Lyle, the third time proved to be the charm.
For Rocky River, it was a case of an opportunity missed.
Hudson, scoring two goals in the third period, broke open a tightly contested contest and came away with a 3-1 win over the Pirates to win the Rocky River Holiday Classic Monday night at Hamilton Ice Arena.
The Explorers went 4-1 on the weekend, including a 3-2 overtime decision over the Pirates in the preliminary rounds. It was the third time in as many seasons that the Pirates and Explorers had met for the tournament championship...
Roller coaster ride: Irish run ends Pirates' season|
The Rocky River Pirates traveled to top-seeded Toledo Central Catholic Fighting Irish in a first round Division III, Region 8 OHSAA state playoff game.
The Friday night contest was like a giant roller coaster ride with lots of ups and downs as the Irish won, 70-48, after being down twice by 21 points to the Pirates. Rocky River, making its first playoff appearance since 2009, closed out its season at 6-5.
The roller coast ride went like this:
River 7-0; River 14-0; River 21-0; Central 7-21; River 28-7; Central 14-28; Central 21-28; Central 28-28; Central 35-28; River 35-35; Central 42-35; tied at 42-42; Central 49-42; Central 49-48...
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...
Eagles survive another WSC shootout with Pirates|
Most high school football fans anticipated a shootout between Rocky River and Avon, two of the area\'s most prolific offenses.
It took awhile for the fireworks to get started Friday night, but those in attendance at Rocky River Stadium certainly got their money\'s worth.
After Avon built a modest 21-7 at halftime, the flood gates opened in the second half. Seven touchdowns and 49 points were scored in the third quarter alone as the visiting Eagles soared past Rocky River, 63-35, in West Shore Conference football action.
Defense was optional, for the most part. The Eagles and Pirates combined for a total of 1,198 yards on the night, 692 of them coming from the Avon side. \"I don\'t know, it\'s all a blur...\"
Pirates open tournament with win over Hurricanes|
This time last season, the undefeated Rocky River girls soccer team was embarking on journey of a lifetime. The Pirates, coming off a 15-0-1 regular season, went on to win seven straight to claim the Division II state championship.
Fast forwarding to Wednesday night, the Pirates were coming off an 8-4-4 regular season. They had settled for a tie for the final West Shore Conference championship with arch rival Bay, tying both the Rockets and Elyria Catholic in their head-to-head meetings.
They opened the 2014 tournament by hosting Brooklyn at Rocky River Stadium. The first leg of another tournament run went well as the Pirates took a 4-0 halftime lead and...
Big-play Pirates return in time to run past Demons|
This wasn\'t the offense Rocky River head coach Rick Adams was accustomed to seeing.
Hosting Westlake, the Pirates trailed, 9-7, in the second quarter. That made it only 21 points scored in the previous five quarters for Rocky River, a team which had averaged 42 points per game in the first five weeks of the season.
However, Adams never hit the panic button and knew his Pirates would break out of it sooner or later. Well, in the second quarter against the Demons, they did. Rocky River exploded for 21 in the second quarter and cruised...
Pirates edge Rangers in final Battle for the Bridge|
In Friday night\'s final Battle for the Bridge, both Rocky River and host Lakewood came into the game needing a win.
Both teams were coming off back-to-back West Shore Conference losses, and both were looking at this neighborhood rivalry game to point them back in the right direction. As the wind and rain picked up, it was obvious the game would transform into a defensive struggle.
Ironically, that trend wound up favoring the Pirates.
Rocky River, which had surrendered a total of 138 points in their previous two games, was able to hold Lakewood\'s running attack in check just enough to come away with a 14-12 win at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. The win raised the Pirates\' record to 4-2 on the season and gave them final bragging rights in the series...
CHAMPIONS! Title drought over, Eagles take WSC|
The year was 1989.
It may have been just another year for some, and ancient history for others. But it certainly was a year that was burned into the minds of the Avon volleyball team\'s coaches and players. It served as a daily reminder whenever they glanced up at the row of championship banners hanging in the school\'s gymnasium.
You see, 1989 was the last time an Avon volleyball team won a conference championship. That came in the Lorain County Conference, which no longer exists. The last one before that? It was 1979 when the Eagles won a title in the old Inland Conference.
Tuesday night on their home court, the Eagles did something that hadn\'t been done in 25 years. They defeated visiting Rocky River 25-19, 25-18, 25-20 to clinch the final...
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...
Pirates begin big week with shutout win over Avon|
The Rocky River girls soccer team went into Wednesday night\'s West Shore Conference game at Avon with a specific goal in mind:
Win the week.
After a playing a tough preseason schedule and possibly an even tougher first half of the regular season, the defending Division II state champions were looking to turn the corner in Week 5. With three road games in four days, including a pair of matches in Toledo, the Pirates knew that would be no easy task.
But on Wednesday night at Avon\'s Joe Firment Stadium, Rocky River notched its fourth victory of the season in convincing fashion. The Pirates scored a pair of goals in the first 11 minutes and ran away with a 7-0 win over the Eagles to remain tied with Bay...
A Pirate never forgets: River gets back at Warriors|
They say an elephant never forgets.
Apparently, neither do Pirates.
Rocky River, looking to make amends for last year\'s opening night loss to Fairview, started 2014 by scoring on five of its six first-half possessions. And the Pirate defense, much maligned in 2013, got off on the right foot as well in a convincing 45-12 win over the Warriors Thursday night at Dr. James B. Daley Stadium.
The Pirate offense, behind senior quarterback Matt Lowry and senior running back Travis Smith, picked up where it left off last year. They seemingly moved the ball at will and cashed in on two of three interceptions by Fairview senior quarterback Colin McNamara in the first half to build a commanding 38-6 halftime lead.
Fairview, on the other hand, was able to move the ball...
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...
River makes early goal stand in win over Demons|
Rocky River head coach Kevin Zerbey could finally exhale.
After the Pirates scored just over 10 minutes into their home boys soccer contest against Westlake on Monday night, the rest of the time was spent battling on the defensive end and holding on for dear life.
Zerbey\'s club withstood a late Westlake push to walk away with a 1-0 win over the visiting Demons in nonconference action. The Pirates improved to 2-0-1 on the season while Westlake was tagged with its first loss.
\"We beat them last year and it was kind of the same game,\"Zerbey said. \"There was a lot of back and forth, but it was 0-0 and we scored with a few minutes left.
\"You work and work and work, and the goal kind of came out of nowhere. It\'s nice to get up early for a change....
Experienced Rocky River has high hopes for 2014|
Rocky River finished the 2013 football season under .500, but head coach Rick Adams has high hopes heading into this fall.
The Pirates are coming off a campaign in which they were 4-6 overall and 2-4 in the West Shore Conference. With a lot of experience returning to this year\'s squad, Adams has his sights set on playing late in the year and ending the Pirates\' five-year playoff drought.
\"Our motto this year is \'one goal,\' which means to be playing in Columbus in December,\" said Adams, referring to the location of the state championships.
Adams is entering his seventh season as head coach of the Pirates and has compiled an 80-63 record in that span. \"If we stay healthy...
Houk's two goals help Bees get past Rocky River|
What a difference a year makes.
Last season, the Rocky River girls soccer team returned all of its starting lineup but one girl. The Pirates rode that team chemistry and momentum all the way to the OHSAA Division II state championship.
This year, the Brecksville-Broadview Heights girls soccer program sees itself in similar light. The Bees only graduated one girl from last year\'s varsity soccer team which came one goal from another Southwestern Conference championship, eventually taking second to Westlake.
After finishing their season opener with a tie...
River spikers sweep Westlake, win season opener|
In each of the three sets played, a determined Westlake squad jumped out to an early lead on visiting Rocky River.
But volleyball is a game of momentum shifts. And when the momentum took a swing in the Pirates\' favor, they made the most of the opportunity.
Rocky River, with junior hitter Justine Coffman leading the way, built large leads from there in the first two sets. As a result, the Pirates opened their season with a 25-17, 25-18, 25-19 win over the Demons Saturday afternoon.
\"There was some sloppy play overall, and we kind of started slow in all three games,\" said Rocky River head coach Kelly Bennett, who started freshman...