The Lakewood boys basketball team had a sweet surprise for their fans on Valentines Day. They came back from a 14 point second half deficit to defeat Midview at Harding Gym. Junior Raekwon Whitfield sank a pair of crucial free throws with 1.6 seconds left on the clock to provide the margin of victory. Junior center Jacob Sala led the Rangers with 13 points.
Olivia Nagy, center on the Lakewood girls basketball team, had quite an emotional day on Saturday. She and her teammates met conference rival Westlake at 2:15pm for the final regular season game of the year. Then at 5pm she had a funeral to attend for her beloved grandmother Helene Nagy, who the family called “oma”. The Rangers won one for ‘Oma’, defeating Westlake 46-42 and pushing their winning streak to five games.
St. Edward and St. Ignatius faced each other on Friday Night at the Eagles Nest in a rematch of last month’s thrilling Wildcat win at Sullivan Gym. It was another intense contest in front of a raucus capacity crowd. As in the January game, Wildcat senior Matt Davet led all scorers, this time with 31 points. Senior Austen Yarian contributed 19 for St. Ignatius, including many key buckets in the closing minutes. The Eagles were led by Senior Thomas Schmock, who had 23 points.
LHS Girls Hoops -- Senior Night and Tournament Info
A trio of Lakewood High swimmers can now call themselves Southwest Conference champions! Congratulations to seniors Evan Gainous, Preston Polen and Kelley Reis. Reis set a pool and meet record en route to a win in the 100 backstroke and she also topped the field in 100 butterfly at the conference championship meet held Jan. 28 as Westlake Recreation Center. Polen defended his title in the 100 butterfly and Gainous won the 100 backstroke. The 400 free relay of Polen, Gainous junior Colman McGuan and senior Nick Ferrone were also champs.
Tom Hannan is looking forward to being head football coach at Lakewood High School. He takes over the program from Mike Ribar, who is remaining at LHS to coach the baseball program. Hannan recognizes that he faces significant challenges – the Rangers have had only one winning season since their last playoff appearance in 2003.
LHS Girls Hoops Gears Up for State Tournament
State tournament time is quickly approaching for the LHS girls basketball team, which carried a 13-7 record late in the season. They defeated a pair of teams last week at Harding Middle School. First they beat Avon Lake 30-23 on February 1 in a tough defensive battle. Junior center Olivia Nagy led the Rangers with 11 points in the game. On Saturday they beat North Olmsted 38-28 in an all-around strong team effort. Nagy again led the scoring with 12 points, while senior Trinity Nall had ten points.
The Rangers close out the regular season with a pair of home games at Harding Middle School. They face Avon on Wednesday, February 8 at 7:15 p.m.; then they face Westlake at on Saturday, February 11 at 2:15 p.m.. Wednesday will be Senior Night, where the senior members of the team will be recognized in a pregame ceremony.
St. Edward Hoops Back on Track
The St. Ed basketball team encountered a little turbulence in recent weeks. They dropped a heartbreaking overtime to St. Ignatius in mid-January. The following weekend they took a rare home loss, falling to Toledo 57-43. They bounced back to defeat Cleveland power Villa Angela-St. Joseph, but then Mother Nature caused the postponement of a home game against East Village Prep of Detroit.
LAKEWOOD SOCCER ASSOCIATION: Saturday Soccer Registration!!The registration deadline is coming up soon for the spring season of Lakewood Soccer Association's Saturday Soccer program.
The deadline is Sunday, Feb. 28. Registration cost is $50 for the spring season. LSA still will take registrations after the Feb. 28 deadline, but they are subject to a $20 late fee.
There are a few ways to sign up. Visit the "Saturday" page of LSA's website, www.lakewood-soccer.com, and you can sign up with a credit card online. You also can print a registration form from the website and mail it to us, or you can stop at the Madison branch of the Lakewood Public Library from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 and 25 to register in person. (Payments at the in-person registration must be made by check or cash.)
February 1 was "National Signing Day" for high school senior football players around the county. St. Edward High School hosted a Signing Ceremony in its gym to honor not just its college-bound football players, but student-athletes from nine different sports. Parents, coaches, and fellow students attended the event on a sunny Wednesday afternoon. The only smiles larger than those on the athletes were those on the faces of their parents. All those years of washing uniforms, driving kids to practice, and nursing to their sons' injuries were rewarded with a college education.
RANGER HOCKEY CONTINUES AMAZING TURNAROUND
The LHS hockey team has been one of the most improved teams in the state this season. Second-year head coach Mark Ferfolia, who has 35 years experience in local high school hockey, has led an impressive turnaround in the program. Last year they struggled to a 2-25 record. This year they are 11-11, with a very strong 7-1 record in their division.
Last season the team was very shorthanded on players. In fact, they were almost unable to field a team. However, a late infusion of players allowed the team to play...although not at a very high level. The roster had a lot of inexperienced players, and did not include an experienced goalie. Defenseman Jonah Treible bravely stepped into the goalie position, one of the most difficult in all of sports.
An infusion of experienced players during this offseason has sparked the turnaround. Twin brothers Rob and Will Holden are among the new freshmen on the team. Will, a forward, is one of the leading scorers on the team. Rob has taken over in goal, allowing Treible to return to his natural position of defensemen. These changes has tightened up the team's defense, which struggled mightily last year. Tracy Holden, the twins' mother, has enjoyed seeing her kids contribute so well. They have been playing since they were seven years old. "It's in their blood," she says with a smile.
Registrations for our Youth Summer Baseball & Softball leagues are currently underway. From ages 4 to 15 in baseball and ages 9 to 12 in softball, we offer many opportunities to learn and play the game. Register by February 28th and receive $10 off your youth baseball or softball registration. These are fun and social leaguesemphasizing fundamentals and sportsmanship.
Lakewood defeated North Ridgeville 81-71 in a boys basketball "Battle of the Rangers" on Tuesday night at Harding Middle School. The "Purple Rangers" led most of the game, but needed some last second overtime heroics from junior Raekwon Whitfield to notch their second consecutive win. This win comes on the heels of another last-second victory last Friday at Midview.
The Lakewood girls basketball team held off a furious second half rally to defeat Rocky River 46-44 on Monday at Harding Middle School. Ranger guard Ryann Greenfield scored 20 points to lead the Rangers; center Olivia Nagy had 14 points and five blocked shots; River senior Mary Bebie led all scorers with 21 points in the game.
The Lakewood Rangers girls basketball team defeated Midview 57-24 on Saturday afternoon at Harding Middle School. Guard Courtney Ribar had 12 points to lead all scorers, and center Olivia Nagy had 10 points. The game was a nice bounce back from a 46-43 loss to Westlake earlier in the week. The Rangers have now won seven of their last eight games, and are 9-4 on the season.
St. Edward and St. Ignatius renewed their basketball rivalry at Sullivan Gym on Friday night, and the overflow crowd was treated to an instant classic. The WilSenior Wildcat Matt Davet sank a three pointer at the buzzer to force an overtime period, which Ignatius dominated to win the game 90-80. The clutch three pointer was part of a career night for Davet, who finished the game with 36 points. The game featured all the intensity and passion that you expect from any "Holy War" game.....players dived to the floor for loose balls, bodies banged under the basket for every rebound, and both student sections brought a wide variety of colorful costumes and loud chants. The Wildcats came away with a thrilling come-from-behind win; the Eagles were disappointed with a heartbreaking last-second loss.
Team registrations for our Adult Spring/Summer Softball leagues are open beginning on February 1st. From COED and men's Sunday double header leagues to various weekday leagues, there are many opportunities to play. Players of all skill levels are welcome. New this season is a Women's Classic 45+ Monday League.
After a ten year hiatus, Lakewood and St. Edward renewed their basketball rivalry Friday night at the Eagles’ Nest. They played their first regular season game since 2006, and the opening night event attracted a packed house. The Rangers and Eagles split the freshman and Junior Varsity games, but the Eagles dominated the varsity contest 106-51.
As Lakewood High School varsity sports transition from fall to winter season, it’s time to salute those from the fall season who earned conference honors. The group is led by Southwestern Conference boys’ cross country Coach of the Year Stephanie Toole, who helped guide her team to the SWC championship. For the athletes, five Rangers led the way as 1st Team honorees.
High school basketball season is right around the corner. Second year head coach Alex Cammock is preparing the Lakewood boys team for their upcoming season, which will begin with a road game at St. Edward on December 2nd. The Rangers will again play their home games this season at Harding Middle School due to construction at Lakewood High School. The new high school gym will be ready for the opening of the 2017-18 basketball season.
St. Edward and St. Ignatius added another chapter to their epic football rivalry Friday night, as the Wildcats defeated the Eagles 38-31 in an overtime playoff thriller. The loss ended St. Edward’s bid to win a third consecutive Division 1 state championship. The Eagles season ends with a final record of 9-3, two of the losses coming to their west side rivals. St. Ignatius advanced to play Olentangy Liberty in the state semifinal on Friday night.
St. Edward eliminated Euclid High School from the OHSAA football playoffs Friday night at First Federal Stadium. A 48 yard touchdown pass from Eagle quarterback Kevin Kramer to wide receiver Damerisse Freeman broke open a close 14-7 game in the final minute of the first half. St. Edward went on to win 42-7, and advances to play Stow-Munroe Falls next Friday.
Lakewood’s successful boys cross country season ended October 29 at the OHSAA Div. 1 Regional Meet at Boardman HS. The meet, deemed “The Mini State Meet” by many coaches, included most of the best cross country teams in the state of Ohio. The Lakewood boys, who won the Southwest Conference Championship this year, finished 22nd amongst the field of 25 teams.
Amherst Steele defeated Lakewood 37-14 Friday night to close out the football season for both teams. The Ranger offense, which this week included the addition of linebacker Kevin Musai, moved the ball on multiple occasions. However, turnovers doomed their effort by ending drives and setting up Comet scores. The Rangers finished the season at 0-10, going winless for the first time since 1977.
The City of Lakewood will be well represented in this weekend's OHSAA cross country regional meet in Boardman, Ohio. Both the St. Edward and Lakewood boys teams advanced out Saturday's district meet at Lorain County Community College. Leonie Klein of the Lakewood girls team also advanced to compete individually.
St. Edward lost 1-0 to North Royalton Saturday night in a hard-fought Sectional Championship game. The Bears (11-3-3) advance to face Valley Forge, which eliminated Lakewood earlier in the week. The loss ends the Eagles season at 4-10-2. Six of those losses, including this game, were to top ten teams by only one goal.
Lakewood lost the final home game of its season to North Ridgeville Friday night. North Ridgeville won “the Battle of the Rangers” 31-0 on a chilly, windy night at First Federal Stadium. Senior running back Quentin Palmer had over 150 yards of offense, and senior linebacker Kevin Musai made some big plays, but it wasn’t enough for the home team. The game was preceded by ceremonies to honor seniors from: the marching band; cheerleaders; football team; girls tennis team; boys golf team; and boys and girls cross country teams.
For the first time in history, St. Edward and St. Ignatius will play the annual "Holy War" football game at First Energy Stadium in downtown Cleveland. St. Ignatius will try to be the first Cleveland team to win a game at the facility this year. St. Edward will try to beat the Wildcats for the third consecutive season. Both teams will try to win the big pile of OHSAA tournament computer points and "bragging rights" that go to the victors.
Most of the Lakewood High School fall sports wrapped up their seasons over the past week. Here is a rundown:
The St. Edward soccer team defeated Max Hayes 7-0 Wednesday evening In a first round OHSAA tournament game. The Eagles (4-10-1) now advance to play North Royalton High School Saturday in North Royalton.
The Lakewood volleyball team won its first round OHSAA tournament game 3-0 Tuesday afternoon at Strongsville High School. The Rangers rallied from a deep deficit in the first game, coming back to snatch victory from the Lady Redmen. They won the next two games comfortably, and advance to play again on Thursday afternoon.
The Lakewood boys cross country team won the Southwest Conference Championship Saturday morning at Lorain County Community College (LCCC). This championship achieves one of the team's major preseason goals, and sets them up to compete in next week's district championships.
The Lakewood boys soccer team capped off its regular season by winning the Riverwood Cup Saturday night over Rocky River. The trophy is presented to the victor of the Lakewood/Rocky River game, a rivalry that matches the neighboring soccer-loving towns each year. The game officially ended in a 2-2 tie, but the teams agreed to a penalty kick shootout to determine ownership of the cup. The Rangers won the shootout 2-1 to spark a wild celebration at First Federal Lakewood Stadium.
The Toronto Blue Jays aren’t the only Canadian sports team that came south this weekend. St. Edward hosted Canada Prep High School of Ontario Saturday afternoon at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. The Eagles defeated the Raiders 35-7 on sunny and bright Senior Day. Canada Prep, which is a program that plays exclusively against US teams under US rules, entered the game with a 2-2 record. Earlier this year they defeated St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron. St. Edward entered 5-1, coming off a bye week and looking to close in on a playoff spot.
Lakewood traveled to Grafton on Friday to take on Midview High School. The Middies entered the game with a 6-1 record and chance to clinch a playoff spot. They accomplished their mission, defeating the Rangers 56-7 on a chilly autumn evening.
Through the first six games of the season, Lakewood’s football team never had the lead at any point. In the first half of Friday’s home game with Westlake, the Rangers never trailed. However, Lakewood couldn’t sustain its success in the second half, eventually falling to the Demons 50-22. Despite competition from an Indians playoff game, a large crowd attended the game. This was the annual “Pink Out Night” to raise cancer awareness. The LHS Student Council raised $1,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society. It was also “youth night”, as hundreds of elementary and middle school students were recognized for their participation in football, cheerleading, and marching band.
St. Edward defeated Lakewood 2-0 Monday night in the annual “Community Cup” boys soccer game at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. The win avenges last year’s Ranger victory over the Eagles in the OHSAA tournament. St. Edward now leads the all-time series between the schools with 19 wins, 12 losses, and seven ties. The series dates back to 1978, and includes three postseason games.
St. Edward defeated Naperville Central (Illinois) in its Homecoming Game today by a score of 35-14. The Eagle offense had trouble sustaining offense for most of the afternoon, but four interceptions by the defense kept St. Edward in the game. The key sequence of the game happened in the third quarter, when the Eagles got two touchdowns within 19 seconds to stun the Redhawks.
Mother Nature did not cooperate with Lakewood High School Homecoming festivities, as she rained out the annual Spirit Parade on Friday afternoon. As the 7pm kickoff approached for the Homecoming football game, the rain went away and a lovely rainbow appeared over First Federal Lakewood Stadium. Unfortunately it didn’t bring any luck to the Rangers, who lost 42-6 to Avon.
The recent reconstruction at Grant, Roosevelt, and Lincoln Schools didn't just deliver shiny new buildings. Their new playgrounds included something not seen at Lakewood Schools for many years -- outdoor basketball hoops. Kids around Lakewood have welcomed the addition of a half court hoop at each of these locations. Previous to the reconstruction, Lakewood Park and Wagar Park were the only locations in town that offered public outdoor hoops.
What started out as a lopsided game turned into a nail-biter between the Lakewood and North Olmsted football teams. Lakewood stormed back from a 28-0 first half deficit to nearly pull off one of the biggest comebacks in program history. The Rangers showed tremendous heart and effort, but were unable to notch their first win of the season.
After making progress in their previous two games, the Lakewood football team took a big step backward on Friday night in Avon Lake. They fell 47-14 to the Shoremen in a game that included an on-field fight late in the first half. Players of both teams were involved in the fracas, which started when a Ranger player was hit very late out of bounds.
St. Edward’s Saturday game against Glenville was delayed 40 minutes by weather, as lightning moved across the Lakewood sky in the early evening. A thunderstorm soaked the crowd at First Federal Lakewood Stadium, but Eagle fans walked away happy after a 41-0 win.
Tonight’s football game at First Federal Lakewood Stadium was back-and-forth thriller for most of the game, but Olmsted Falls eventually pulled away from the Rangers for a 43-20 win. The game had some similarities to last week, with the Rangers showing some offensive firepower in the first half…but then unable to sustain momentum in the second half.
There was bad news and good news from tonight’s Ranger football game against Berea-Midpark. The bad news is that Lakewood lost the game 49-30. The good news is that they found their offense, scoring four touchdowns and a field goal. Lakewood made huge strides from their disastrous 55-0 opening night loss to Medina – but, as Head Coach Mike Ribar told the team after the game, that is “not good enough yet”.
The Rangers 2016 began on a warm, sunny evening at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. A festive crowd gathered in the home stands, with the student section dressed in a “beach party” mode. The beach party carried on through the night, but the game on the field quickly turned into a shipwreck. The visiting Medina Bees quickly jumped to a 28-0 lead, and sailed off with a 55-0 win over the Lakewood.
Unlike most sports, with cross country, the LHS boys and girls teams compete against an identical schedule, traveling to the same meets throughout the season. Their regular season began last weekend at the Southwestern Conference Preview, and will end with the conference championships on October 15th. A new meet was added to the schedule this year. The Rangers will compete at the Galion Festival on September 17th. "Galion is traditionally called the fastest course in the state," says boys head coach Stephanie Toole, "we are excited to see what we can do there." Runners from both teams will compete at the district championships at Lorain Community College on October 22nd, with qualifiers moving on the regional and possibly the state championships.
Lakewood social media was abuzz Saturday when the Goodyear blimp was flying over Lakewood. Residents pointed their phones to the sky to snap photos of the airborne visitor, quickly posting their shots online. It became apparent that this wouldn’t be a typical summer Saturday in The ‘Wood. The blimp was overhead as part of ESPN’s coverage of St. Edward’s noon football game at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. The Eagles hosted Pine-Richland High School, a Pennsylvania football power located in suburban Pittsburgh. The Rams feature quarterback Phil Jurkovec, one of the elite high school players in the nation.
The Lakewood boys soccer team opened their 2016 season with a home victory this evening over Valley Forge. They prevailed 1-0 in a game that started under threatening skies and ended under a deluge of rain.
The local high school soccer season got off to a rousing start at St. Edward High School, where the Eagles hosted back-to-back state champion St. Ignatius on Friday Night. The Wildcats lived up to their billing, posting a 2-0 win over a stubborn St. Edward squad in front of an overflow crowd. The “Friday Night Lights” event provided a wonderful spotlight to the sport and to the programs.
The LHS girls tennis team welcomes a new leader this year, as Lucy Finnegan takes over as Head Coach. Finnegan brings 35 years of tennis coaching to the program, having started as a teenager in the National Junior Tennis League. A lifelong resident of Lakewood, she feels that the city has excellent schools and decided to join LHS when the job opened.
The local high school soccer season will launch on Friday, August 19 at 8pm at St. Edward High School. The Eagles will take on St. Ignatius, back-to-back defending state champs and one of the top five teams in the nation. As with any sport, the “Holy War” will bring out the best in both squads. “No matter when you play Iggy's it is a big game even if it was in hackey-sack or corn hole,” says St. Edward Head Coach James Duffy, “it is a big game filled with emotion and pride.”
Lakewood High School chose local resident Maggie Szczepaniak to become the new head coach of its varsity volleyball program this offseason. Despite 13 years of coaching experience, this is Coach Maggie’s first high school level coaching position. Her previous experience has been at schools such as St. Christopher, Lakewood Catholic Academy, and Garfield Middle School. This background has made her very familiar with many of the girls on the current Ranger roster.
Lakewood resident Roman Hubach has been a soccer coach for 40 years, and has played the game since he was 8 years old. For years he made the trip from Lakewood to coach the boys soccer team at Padua High School. He never intended to leave Padua, but decided to apply for the Lakewood girls soccer job when it came open. Hubach was hired, and players and parents are pleased with the results. The program has had a lot of coaching turnover in recent years, so Hubach’s experience is a welcome tonic to the Rangers.
Last year St. Edward defied expectations by winning a second straight state football title under first year coach Tom Lombardo. The Eagles will begin their title defense at First Federal Lakewood Stadium on Saturday, August 27th. The game, which will kick off at noon, will be broadcast by ESPN to a national audience. Their opponent will be Pine-Richland High School from suburban Pittsburgh. The Rams feature junior quarterback Phil Jurkovec, widely considered one the ten best quarterbacks in the nation in his class.
The Ranger boys soccer team had a memorable tournament run last season, defeating St. Edward and North Royalton before falling to eventual state champ St. Ignatius in the district final. Lakewood lost a lot of experience from that squad, but Head Coach Andrew Toth is keeping the goals high – he wants his team to compete for the Southwestern Conference title, and to make a strong tournament run.
After completing his second season has Head Football Coach at LHS, Mike Ribar knew that something had to change. The Rangers’ offense has struggled in recent years, and was limited to less than 14 points per game last year. Michael Goolsby, the team’s most consistent playmaker, was graduating. He decided it was time to move away from the program’s traditional offensive system to a “read option” look.
The Valley Vagabonds, a walking club affiliated with the American Volksport Association, is sponsoring a 10K walk through historic Birdtown and Detroit Ave. August 6, 2016. Participants can register between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. at the Madison Branch Library, located at 13229 Madison Avenue. Finish time is 3 p.m. Ample parking is available nearby. This walk qualifies for the following AVA Special Programs: Walk the USA, Animal Safari, Lakes and Reservoirs.
The registration deadline is coming up soon for the fall season of Lakewood Soccer Association's Saturday Soccer program.
The deadline is Sunday, July 31st. Registration cost is $55 for the fall season. LSA still will take registrations after the July 31st deadline, but they are subject to a $20 late fee.
There are a few ways to sign up. Visit the "Saturday" page of LSA's website, www.lakewood-soccer.com, and you can sign up with a credit card online. You also can print a registration form from the website and mail it to us, or you can stop at the Madison branch of the Lakewood Public Library from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 16th and 30th to register in person. (Payments at the in-person registration must be made by check or cash.)
LSA's eight-week season of games starts Saturday, August 27. Games are played at Memorial Field in the Metroparks on Saturday mornings at four time slots: 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. Schedules are posted on the website about a week before the season begins.
Registration is open to players age 4-14. Nearly 600 kids of all ability levels played on 45 co-ed teams, coached by parent volunteers, during the fall season. LSA has run a recreational soccer program for more than 30 years.
For those who register for the fall season, team assignments will be emailed to them during the week of August 15th. Team practices and league-wide footskills - U5 and U6 FUNdamentals with Coach Joe Julian, and U7-U14 footskills with Coach Attila Nagy - will begin the week of August 22nd.
If you have questions, please visit www.lakewood-soccer.com.
The Emerald Necklace Girls Fastpitch Association is underway and 11 young ladies have worked extremely hard to represent the 10-U Lakewood Rangers travel team. Since last fall the girls have participated in weekly practices learning a new sport for most of the roster. These girls and their parents have dedicated the time and effort for the team to be successful not only now but long into their sports careers. Some had played baseball in the past, however, facing a fastpitch softball pitcher throwing 40 mph is an entirely new experience.
Max Lavisky of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) earned Baseball Pitcher of the Week honors from the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference for his performance April 18-24.