St. Edward defeated Solon 84-70 Tuesday evening in a highly anticipated matchup of local powers. Solon entered the game undefeated, and was ranked the top team in the entire state of Ohio. The Eagles, who narrowly defeated Central Catholic in OT on Saturday, had risen to #8 in the state polls. An overflow crowd was in attendance on the unseasonably warm evening, causing numerous game delays due to condensation on the floor.
The LHS girls basketball team defeated Brecksville-Broadview Heights 55-20 on Saturday night to advance in the OHSAA state championship tournament. The victory was the 100th at LHS for head coach Mike Harper. The team commemorated the event by presenting a banner to Harper after the game. Athletic Director Sean Jackson was among those congratulating Harper on the milestone.
The Lakewood boys hoops team defeated Westlake 57-32 on Tuesday night at LHS, retaining their spot in first place of the Southwestern Conference with only two conference games remaining. The Rangers swept the season series from the Demons, and boosted their overall record to 17-2 on the season.
The LHS girls basketball team defeated Avon 32-30 on Saturday afternoon to complete their regular season. The Rangers swept Avon in the season series, having defeated the Eagles at home in January in a 49-45 overtime game. This game was close throughout, and an intense defensive battle. Both teams forced numerous turnovers and forced the opposition into tough shots.
The end of the regular season is rapidly approaching, and there were two huge boys basketball games in Lakewood Friday night. St. Edward hosted St. Ignatius, and Lakewood hosted conference rival Avon. Both games were important for OHSAA tournament seeding, which will take place Sunday.
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.
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 leagues emphasizing fundamentals and sportsmanship.
The St. Edward basketball team defeated St. Ignatius 74-62 Saturday night before a packed house at Sullivan Gymnasium on the St. Ignatius campus. The victory avenged the Wildcats’ sweep of both regular season games between the two rivals, and breaks a two-year losing streak for the Eagles at Sullivan Gym. Sophomore Montorie Foster led the Eagles with 20 points, and fellow sophomore Grant Huffman had 18. Senior Neeko Melendez led all scorers in the game with 24 points for the Wildcats.
The LHS girls basketball team earned a gutsy win on Saturday afternoon at Lakewood Gym, defeating North Ridgeville 51-48 in overtime. The Rangers played without starters Isabel Cintron and Christian Massey, both of whom were injured in an on-court collision in the previous game. Senior Olivia Nagy had 30 points to lead the Rangers, and seniors Mary Lavelle and Courtney Ribar each scored seven. Lavelle started in place of Massey, and Ribar switched to point guard in the absence of Cintron.
I was among the more than 3,000 people who attended the Browns "Perfect Season Parade" on Saturday.
Roarin’ at Daytona
The “Roar before the 24” Sports Car racing weekend ends….a veritable smorgasbord of road racing in early January. Despite the chilly temperatures, this reporter has enjoyed every minute.
Three days of preparation for the January 27th Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona has allowed the international race teams to evaluate their cars, drivers and formulate the tactics required to be able to reach the finish line after the round-the-clock challenge coming three weeks from now,
The winter sports season is in high gear, so here are some updates on the LHS varsity teams. Both basketball teams are on winning streaks, the hockey team is having a strong season, and the wrestlers won a rivalry match on the road.
The LHS girls basketball team defeated Westlake 52-49 on Saturday afternoon at the Lakewood High School Gym. This was the team’s third consecutive win, and raised their record to 7-6 on the season. Lakewood senior Olivia Nagy led all scorers with 19 points. Sophomore Abby Carrington led Westlake with 14 points.
The LHS girls basketball team defeated Avon 49-45 on Wednesday night in an overtime thriller at Lakewood Gym. Senior guard Isabel Cintron hit two clutch free throws in the final second of regulation to force the game to overtime. The Rangers won the overtime session despite their two main scorers having fouled out in regulation.
St. Edward defeated Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 62-55 Friday night at the Eagles’ Nest. The matchup of state powers was televised across the region on Spectrum. The Irish, defending Division II state champions, led the game for most of the evening, but the Eagles rallied in the fourth quarter. Eagle sophomore Grant Huffman, who was hurt during the opening night game at Lakewood, had 12 points and was a key to the comeback.
A handful of Lakewoodites are headed to Daytona Beach, Florida and it is not just to escape the freezing temperatures. It is to witness and write about one of the great motor races in America, the 24-Hour race at the Daytona International Speedway. Not only will they be enjoying the warm temps, but some will be helping cover the race, while others will hopefully be meeting up with one of the owners of a top team that used to spend summers in Lakewood. Stay tuned.
An estimated 3,000 fans braved bitterly cold temperatures last Saturday, for a parade to "celebrate" the Cleveland Browns' perfect record of futility in 2017. Lakewood residents joined fans traveling from throughout northeast Ohio and even further away, to numb the sting of an 0-16 record through humor (and arctic cold). The event, organized by Chris McNeil and other volunteers, attracted sponsorship from Excedrin and Farmers Only and ultimately raised $15,000 for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
The Lakewood boys basketball team held off a fourth-quarter rally to defeat Avon Lake 64-52 on Tuesday night at the new LHS gym. The Shoremen shrunk a 20 point lead to nine, but Lakewood held on to get the win. Senior Jacob Sala led the Rangers with 25 points, and senior Liam Diop had 14. The Rangers are now 4-2 on the season, 3-1 in Southwestern Conference play.
John Marshall entered Saturday night’s home game against St. Edward with an undefeated record and a lot of enthusiasm. Winners of only eight games last season, the Lawyers had a 5-0 record this year under rookie head coach Rich Austin. John Marshall played well early in front of a large home crowd, but the Eagles used their depth and size to earn a 68-49 win.
St. Edward defeated Padua Friday night in much awaited basketball matchup. Padua Head Coach Brian Ansberry, an alum and former assistant coach at St. Edward, faced his mentor Eric Flannery for the first time. Unfortunately for Ansberry (who still teaches math at St. Edward), the numbers were not good for the Bruins. The Eagles pulled away in the fourth quarter for an 89-55 win.
The Lakewood boys basketball team overcame an 11 point halftime deficit to defeat Berea-Midpark 42-34 on Tuesday night at the new LHS gym. Ranger junior Tim Smith had 16 points to lead the comeback, which lifts Lakewood to 3-1 on the season.
St. Edward defeated Cornerstone Christian Academy 81-52 on Saturday night in Lakewood. CCA, the top ranked Division IV school in the area, features star guard Michael Bothwell, who has committed to play Division I college basketball at Furman University next year. Bothwell led all scorers with 25 points, but it wasn’t nearly enough to hold off a three point barrage by the Eagles. St. Edward had 15 three pointers in the game, and had eleven different players reach the scoring column.
The Lakewood girls basketball team defeated Amherst Steele 61-54 Saturday afternoon in an overtime battle. The Rangers took an big lead early, but the Comets battled back in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime. Lakewood regained its composure during the extra session, outscoring Amherst 9-2. Senior center Olivia Nagy led the Rangers with 24 points.
The Lakewood varsity boys basketball team notched its first win at the new LHS gym on Tuesday night, defeating Massillon 60-44. The Rangers fell to St. Edward in the gym's opening game on Friday night, but bounced back to beat the Tigers behind 20 points from senior center Jacob Sala.
The Ranger swimming program opened a new era Tuesday night in its home meet at Lakewood High School. The meet was the first for the Rangers under new head varsity swim coach Sophia Loferski, hired this offseason by Athletic Director Sean Jackson. Loferski hopes to continue the program’s strong tradition while still bringing her own unique brand of leadership to LHS. She describes herself as “committed, competitive, and wanting what’s best for the kids.”
The Lakewood boys basketball team opened its new gym Friday night with a home game against cross town rival St. Edward. The game capped a festive week where LHS celebrated the completion of its re-construction. The game marked the end of Lakewood’s three-year stay at Harding Middle School, where it played during the gym construction. “We felt like a real basketball team again”, Ranger head coach Alex Cammock said when asked about playing on campus again. The Eagles, a Final Four team last March, is expected to contend for the D1 title again this year. The upstart Rangers fought toe-to-toe with St. Edward, which pulled away in the final minutes to earn a 51-38 season-opening victory.
The Lakewood girls basketball team overcame a slow start to defeat Westlake 47-38 Wednesday night in the conference opener. This was the second of a six-game road trip to begin the season. Senior guard Saher Hamdan led the Rangers with 16 points, including some key baskets down the stretch. The victory evens Lakewood’s record at 1-1 on the season.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) basketball player Ryann Greenfield earned Division II Player of the Week honors from the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference for her performance Nov. 6-12.
There will be no rematch with St. Ignatius. The Mentor Cardinals beat St. Edward 21-13 Friday night in OHSAA football playoff action at a frozen Byers Field in Parma. The game was played with temperatures in the 20s, conditions best suited for Princess Elsa or the Freeze Meiser. Passing and punting was difficult for both teams, since the ball was hard and heavy. Mentor utilized a punishing running attack and a strong defensive effort to pull the upset. Senior running back Elijah McDougall led the Cardinal running game, gaining 121 yards on 15 carries. Fellow senior Chris Edmond had 59 yards on 14 carries. McDougall and Edmond each had one touchdown run.
St. Edward opened the OHSAA football playoffs with a win over Canton McKinley on Friday night at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. The Eagles overcame a 14-10 halftime deficit to defeat the Bulldogs 37-21, earning a second-round matchup with Mentor. Senior Tylan Rice and junior Quintel Kent each had a pair of touchdowns in the game for St. Edward.
After a summer of having five veterans during a summer 7's season and finishing in 2nd and 3rd place in tournaments, Lakewood High School Girl's Rugby 7's sides has seen a dramatic growth in their program of 4.4%. Lakewood High School Girl's Rugby is now a team of 22 girls strong and still looking to grow before their spring season. This weekend they outscored their opponents a total of 88-40, moving on to 3-0-1 for this season. A team that struggled with numbers last year is headed in the right direction early this season.
St. Ignatius defeated St. Edward 17-10 tonight at First Federal Lakewood Stadium in front of an overflow crowd. The annual rivalry game – newly dubbed “The Battle of the Saints” – was played on a very cold but dry night. Three first half Eagle turnovers put St. Edward into a 10-0 hole, and they were never able to fully climb out of it. Both teams will host OHSAA playoff games next week, and are widely expected to meet again during the playoffs.
North Ridgeville defeated Lakewood Friday night in the season-ending “Battle of the Rangers” football game. North Ridgeville’s “blue Rangers” prevailed 35-11 thanks to a fast start and four touchdowns from senior running back Shomari Williams. The loss wrapped up a year of considerable improvement for Lakewood, but it also demonstrated that the program has a long way to go.
The Lakewood boys soccer team advanced in the OHSAA tournament Wednesday night by defeating North Royalton 2-0 in a hard fought battle. The Bears, who earned home field for the game due to their regular season record of 11-1-4, were considered favorites in the matchup. A pair of Ben Harvey goals and a strong defensive effort made the difference, sending the Rangers to the Saturday district championship game against St. Ignatius.
St. Edward thumped Cincinnati Moeller 31-7 Saturday afternoon in a battle of state football powers at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. The victory clinched a home playoff game for the Eagles (9-0), who will wrap up the regular season next week against archrival St. Ignatius.
The LHS boys soccer team defeated Lincoln West 6-0 Saturday night at Garfield Middle School in an OHSAA Tournament game. Malvin Gblah and Jack Hueter each had a pair of goals, and Brennan Foran had a goal and two assists. Lakewood will next play Wednesday night at North Royalton in the district semi-final.
After enjoying their victory last week over Westlake, the Lakewood football team returned to action Friday night at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. Unfortunately the Midview Middies returned the Rangers to the loss column, handing Lakewood a 51-10 defeat. The game, which was the final home contest of the season for LHS, was preceded by Senior Night activities. Football players, cheerleaders, band members, and athletes from numerous fall sports were introduced on field with their parents and thanked for their contributions to Lakewood Athletics.
St. Edward easily defeated Canada Prep 31-7 on Saturday afternoon at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. The victory pushed the Eagles record to 8-0 on the season, and likely clinched a spot in the OHSAA playoffs. It also served tune up for the Eagles, who now face state powers Moeller and St. Ignatius in the final two weeks of the season.
The Lakewood football program had a memorable “Friday the 13th” in Westlake, defeating the Demons 28-25 to get its first victory of the season. The win also snapped a 17 game losing streak that dated back two years; and it was the first-ever road win for Lakewood in the Southwestern Conference. Jubilant players doused Hannan with Gatorade as the final seconds ticked off…..then went into the Lakewood stands to celebrate with Ranger students and fans.
The LHS boys soccer team won the Riverwood Cup Saturday night by defeating Rocky River on penalty kicks. The teams played to a 2-2 draw in their annual season-ending game. Just like last year, they agreed to decide ownership of the Cup by having penalty kicks. The Rangers won the penalty kicks 5-4 to retain the Cup, but the game will be officially recognized by the OHSAA as a draw. The Riverwood Cup is presented annually to the winner of this rivalry game between two close-knit and enthusiastic soccer communities. Playing an intense season-ending game like this is good preparation for both squads before their OHSAA state championship tournaments begin next week.
The Lakewood girls soccer team wrapped up its regular season with a scoreless draw against North Ridgeville on Wednesday night. The game was preceded by Senior Night, as eight players were recognized for their contributions to the program. This year’s seniors include captains Grace Ladue, Maya Costanzo, and Seta Nagbe; as well as Victoria Gregg, Audra Tuleta, Sophia Parker, Maria Drummond and Olivia Nagy.
The Lakewood football team went on the road Friday to take on the top Division II team in the state of Ohio – the Avon Eagles. To make matters worse, recent injuries caused some shuffling in the Rangers lineup, particularly on the offensive line. Lakewood was able to stay in the game early, but the Eagles eventually pulled away 54-21.
The LHS boys soccer team returned home Wednesday night to defeat Midview 8-0 at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. The win comes stretches the team’s winning streak to three games, and they have won six of their last seven games. Junior Malvin Gblah was the leading scorer in the game with three goals.
Lakewood High School’s Homecoming weekend got rolling Friday with the annual parade and football game. A large crowd of Ranger fans, including lots of alumni, flowed into a windy First Federal Stadium after the parade to watch Lakewood take on North Olmsted. Lakewood, led by junior Will Adams, played its best game of the season against the playoff-challenging Eagles. However, North Olmsted won 49-38 behind an epic performance by junior running back Darren Anders.
The Lakewood girls tennis team defeated Bay 4-1 win in the team’s regular season finale last Thursday, completing the season with a 12-4 record. The program made major strides in head coach Lucy Finnegan’s second year at the helm, and looks forward to competing in the OHSAA tournament this week at Oberlin College.
The Lakewood boys soccer team registered its biggest win of the season Monday night, defeating St. Edward 2-0 before a boisterous crowd at Brother James Everett Stadium. A large crowd of Ranger fans made the short trip to the St. Edward campus, and were rewarded with the team’s best performance of the season. Senior goalkeeper George Hericks played an outstanding game, registering the clean sheet. The Lakewood defense was tough all night, and offensive playmakers Brennan Foran and Malvin Gblah provided the Ranger goals.
St. Edward defeated Akron Buchtel 36-0 this afternoon at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. The gamewas part of the school’s Homecoming Weekend, which also featured the 50th reunion of the Class of 1967. The Griffins struggled offensively, as the Eagle Front Seven applied strong quarterback pressure all afternoon. Both teams faced unseasonably hot temperatures on the sunny afternoon, with the thermometer reaching well into the 80s.
Lakewood football’s Friday night game at First Federal Stadium was the annual “Youth Night”, attended by hundreds of local grade school students. Grade school cheerleaders and football players were recognized during the game, and the cheerleaders had a chance to perform alongside the high school squad. Eighth grade musicians from Harding and Garfield middle schools joined the Ranger Marching Band during their halftime performance. Despite the off-field fun, the Shoremen defeated Lakewood 48-6. The game also included an act of tremendous sportsmanship between the two teams.
St. Edward dominated Cincinnati Elder Saturday night in a showdown between undefeated Ohio football powers. The Eagles won 40-7 in less than two hours due to the OHSAA “running clock” rule. St. Edward dominated the Panthers on both sides of the ball, with a swarming defense and a punishing running game. St. Edward moves to 4-0 on the season, and Elder dropped to 3-1.
It was a long night for the Lakewood football team, which traveled to Olmsted Falls Friday to play the Bulldogs. Olmsted Falls won handily by a score of 49-7, boosting their record to 3-1 on the season. The Rangers were dominated both offensively and defensively in the first half, a contrast from their first three games of the season. Unlike Berea-Midpark’s aerial attack last week, the Bulldogs inflicted their damage almost entirely on the ground.
It was a busy Wednesday on the pitch for Lakewood's local soccer teams. Here is a roundup of the games, with a thanks to Chuck Greanoff for his assistance.
St. Edward defeated Woodson High School (Washington DC) 45-20 on this sunny afternoon at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. The game was far more competitive than the score indicates – the margin was only four points late in the third quarter. The Eagle defense clamped down in the fourth, getting three turnovers that helped swell the final margin to 25. The win pushes St. Edward's record to 3-0 on the young season.
The Lakewood High Athletic Community honored the life of LHS Athletic Secretary Anne Giffels on Friday night before the football game vs. Berea-Midpark. Fans, players, band members, and cheerleaders wore pink in remembrance of Giffels, who passed away last week after a lengthy battle against cancer. Special t-shirts bearing the phrase “No One Fights Alone” were exchanged for donations to Community Closets, a school program that provides toiletries and necessities to students in need. The program, started by Giffels, has been renamed “AG Community Closets” in her memory. Her husband Tom and her sons were presented with a customized varsity letter jacket, as well as a plaque recognizing the Community Closets program.
When the Lakewood Cross Country program decided to participate in the inaugural Nike Running Camps Oberlin Opener, they were told that the course at Oberlin College would be "lightning fast". The Rangers proved that correct on Saturday, as the boys won the inaugural event over a field of local schools on a perfect weather day for running. Ranger girls finished second behind only Magnificat, and the middle school teams also posted first (girls) and second (boys) place finishes. There were also numerous personal records set by members of all the Ranger teams. The boys team dedicated their victory to LHS Athletic Secretary Anne Giffels, who passed away early on Friday morning.
Glenville entered Saturday’s matchup with St. Edward facing some long odds. Not only had they lost their last eight matchups with the Eagles, but they were forced to play without starting quarterback Xander Spikes, who was injured last week in the Tarblooders’ opener with Euclid. They played well in the first half, trailing 21-6. A third quarter injury to second string quarterback Jamel Hamm killed any hopes for an upset, and the Eagles went on to roll 41-6 at First Federal Lakewood Stadium.
The festive mood of a football home opener was dampened this morning when the LHS community learned that Athletic Secretary Anne Giffels had passed away during the night. The program decided to make it a “Pink Out” night in honor of Giffels, who died from cancer. Players and cheerleaders wore pink accessories, and the student section went all-out pink in honor of the beloved Giffels. Amherst won the conference opener 35-18 behind a third quarter explosion for 21 points.
Lakewood girls soccer earned a draw with visiting Revere on Monday night at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. The final minutes were played at a furious pace, with Lakewood coming within inches of a go-ahead goal on multiple occasions. The tie pushes the Rangers record to 1-2-1 on the young season.
When he took the job this past winter, Lakewood Football Coach Tom Hannan knew that his top priority was to improve a defense that gave up over 40 points per game last season. The good news: that unit gave up only 14 points Friday night to a powerful Medina team on the road. The bad news: the offense and special teams gave up a combined 16 points in a 30-14 loss to the Bees.
USA Basketball, the governing body of basketball in this country, spent last weekend in Lakewood conducting its Coach Academy at St. Edward High School. Many big names were part of the event, including CBS analyst Clark Kellogg and new Ohio State men’s coach Chris Holtmann. The event attracted about 200 youth and high school coaches from numerous nations and over a dozen states. Attendees came from as far away as Houston, Israel, and London, England.
Best known for running the US Olympic basketball teams, USA Basketball launched a Youth Development Division in 2013. The program is designed to promote, grow, and elevate the sport throughout the country. This includes providing standards and licensing for youth coaches, in the hope of making the game safer and more fun for the 30 million kids that currently play in the US.
The academy, presented with Nike, provides insight and education to coaches and administrators on a wide range of both on-court and off-court issues. Kellogg, who played in the St. Edward gym during his high school career at St. Joseph, spoke about the importance of the coach-player relationship. Kellogg has never been a coach at any level, but played major college and NBA hoops before becoming a broadcaster. He’s also a parent to kids that have played major college basketball and volleyball. He thanked all the coaches in attendance for all their hard work, and then offered advice from a player and parent perspective. Although he’s never been one, he appreciates how difficult coaching can be. “It takes time, attention, and intention” he said.
The Lakewood boys soccer team defeated Amherst 3-0 on Wednesday night at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. The win pushes their record to 2-0 on the young season, and gives them a 1-0 record in the Southwestern Conference. The performance was more workmanlike than last week's 9-1 win over Valley Forge, but just as effective.