Fairview High School
CHAMPIONS! Warriors top Raiders for PAC repeat|
Through two-plus quarters of play, Wednesday night\'s Patriot Athletic Conference basketball game between Columbia and Fairview could easily have been labeled a defensive struggle.
And that was exactly the way head coach Bill Harvey and his Warriors wanted it.
Fairview, though trailing 16-10 early in the third quarter, had held the Raiders\' one-two punch of Alison Schafer and Becca Tacchite to a combined 10 points. That defensive effort paid off as the Warriors eventually pulled away for a 42-24 win that clinched a tie for their second straight PAC Stripes Division championship.
\"They have two main players, and we took them out with our defense,\" said Fariview senior Kelsey Bilak, who led all scorers with 23 points, 10 of them coming in a 23-3 second half run that proved to be enough to clinch the win.
Fairview used a box-and-one defense on Schafer...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Warriors look to build on last season's momentum|
Last season might have just been the shot in the arm the Fairview football program needed.
The Warriors are coming off a historic 8-2 finish, their best record since 1953, and narrowly missed out on the postseason, placing 10th in the Division IV, Region 11, standings.
Returning nine letterwinners, mostly on the offensive side of the ball, the Warriors hope that positive momentum can continue to roll into the fall.
\"We will have a number of skilled players returning who saw valuable playing time in 2014,\" noted Fairview head coach Tom Narducci, who is entering his fourth season with the Warriors. Narducci holds a 16-14 mark in his three years with the Warriors. \"The coaches are hoping the enthusiasm will carry into 2014 and the team can...