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.
When asked about his team last week, Lakewood Boys Soccer Coach Andrew Toth said this was the most excited he’s been in eleven seasons. In their opening regular season game against Valley Forge, the Rangers showed why. They won the game handily at Byers Field in Parma, taking a 9-1 victory. This was a dramatic turnaround from last season, when the Patriots beat the Rangers 7-0 in the OHSAA tournament.
HANNAN ERA BEGINS AT LAKEWOOD
The Lakewood Rangers football team enters the 2017 season under new Head Coach Tom Hannan, who brings an “old school” mentality to the program. He and his staff have seen an improvement in the team’s offseason conditioning and training. The players are in better shape than last year, and they are more disciplined. However, the program is still limited by a modest roster size and faces a tough Southwestern Conference schedule. After going winless last year, the players and coaches are all anxious to get into the win column. Here is an overview of the team:
Hannan brings a new offensive system to the Rangers. They will use both a “Wing T” and a spread offensive system, depending on situation. Senior quarterback Austin Mahar is expected to start, and his combination of running speed and arm are well suited for the system. Mahar threw for over 1,000 yards last year, but he also suffered 19 interceptions. “His job in the Wing T is to manage the offense and make good decisions,” says Hannan. Sophomore Albert Wilhelmy, starter for last year’s JV team, will be the backup.
The offensive backfield will consist of a fullback, a halfback, and a “wingback”. Senior Jared Naida, a hard runner, will start at fullback. Backups will include junior Nate Bilski and senior Eric Byous. Junior Will Adams will start at halfback, backed by junior Dwighski Jackson and sophomore Milan Jackson. The wingback position -- which is responsible for running the jet sweep or being a receiver in the spread – will be filled by Milan Jackson and senior Basho Khawam. Other offensive “skill” positions include the “X” receiver and Tight Ends. The X receiver position, which is also the “play runner” that brings in the plays from the sideline – will be filled by senior Jay Boyd, senior Dayvon Hanible, junior Kyren Jefferson, and senior Joe Byczek. Seniors Camryn Cole and Andres Garcia will play the tight end position.
It’s back to school time, which also means that the local high school sports season is upon us. Here is a look at some of the teams that will compete this fall.
One Lakewood High School senior has made an unlikely five-year transition from first-time basketball player to the top scorer on the Rangers’ District Championship team. Now she’s hoping to be part of another championship in her final high school season, and then move on to play college hoops.
The Lakewood Rec under-8 baseball league has a new team this year, and it’s different than any in the city’s history. The Royals, a team of Harrison Elementary students, is comprised primarily of immigrant kids, many of them refugees. The roster has players from Nepal, Iraq, Burma, Bhutan, Palestine, and India. All but two of the students are refugees or immigrants. Two are brand new to the US this year. Two Turkish-American players were born in the US, since their parents have been in the United States for around 8 years.
The team is the brainchild of Harrison E.L.L. teacher Tiffany Hickey. A fifth-year teacher at the school, Hickey works with students learning English as their second language. She wanted a fun way that the kids could be active and learn during the summer months. She realized that a little league baseball team could be the way to go. She reached out to Mark McNamara, her brother-in-law. McNamara has coached youth baseball teams for around 15 years, ever since his son first played. He agreed to serve as coach, and the idea took shape.
The registration deadline is coming up soon for the fall season of Lakewood Soccer Association's Saturday Soccer program.
The deadline is Monday, July 31st. Registration cost is $50 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 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 15th and July 22nd 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 26. 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 during the week of August 14th. Team practices and league-wide foot-skills - U5 and U6 FUNdamentals and U7-U14 foot-skills will begin the week of August 21st.
If you have questions, please visit www.lakewood-soccer.com.
The world is often described in terms of the “haves” and the “have nots.” In the realm of Cleveland area high school sports, there is also a third category. The “haves”; the “have nots”; and then the Senate League. The conference is comprised entirely of Cleveland Municipal Schools. Despite the presence of a few high profile programs like Glenville football, most of these schools are in a constant struggle to overcome financial and historical hurdles to success. Small rosters, lack of facilities, outdated equipment, and meager alumni support are among the challenges they face.
Attention all current 6th, 7th and 8th grade Lakewood City Schools students that want to participate in football next school year. You are invited to participate in the first annual series of fun "Football and Food" events. These will be held every Friday from 6:30pm-8:00pm at Garfield stadium from now through July 28th. There will be touch football, trivia games, raffles, prizes and music. After the games end at 7:45pm, pizza will be served. Don't be shy, come out and join the fun.
On Saturday, June 10, 2017, the Lakewood High School Boys Soccer Program is pleased to host a unique fundraising event. Our goal is to sell over 100 mattresses, with proceeds going to benefit the program and team-building events this summer.
We hope to provide a reminder that if you, or anyone you know might be in need of a mattress, please save the date and visit our mobile showroom at the Garfield Middle School Gymnasium.
This is the time to buy and save up to 50% off retail, all while supporting our program. There will be 20+ sets on display and a team of experts on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Register now for the LHS Boys Soccer Team 2017 Junior Rangers Soccer Camp!
LHS Varisty Soccer Coach Andy Toth and the LHS Boys Soccer Team host boys and girls ages 8-13 for the week of June 19-23 at Lakewood High School!
Players ages 8-10 will practice from 9-11 a.m. and players 11-13 will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
You can register through the Lakewood Rec Dept or at www.lakewoodrecreation.com.
The cost is $75 per player and includes a t-shirt.
Players should bring a soccer ball, water bottle, and lots of energy!
Lakewood's OHSAA softball tournament run ended on Tuesday afternoon in Parma, as Brecksville-Broadview Heights defeated the Rangers 5-0. The Bees, #1 seed in the district, held off a stubborn challenge from the young Rangers. Freshman Payton Rossen pitched well in a complete game game performance for Lakewood. However, Bees starter Addison Cave was dominant in the circle, keeping Lakewood off the scoreboard only allowing one runner to reach third base.
A couple weekends ago the Lakewood Fire Department had to rescue a paddleboarder in distress off the shores of Lake Erie. Thankfully, this rescue had a happy ending. I’m a huge advocate of water safety. As owner of Nalu Standup Paddle & Surf, part of my job is to stress the importance of being respectful of the water, especially Lake Erie, which can grow treacherous in the blink of an eye. Springtime paddling is one of the most dangerous paddling seasons. People are escaping from winter cabin fever and are eager to hit the water when the air turns balmy, but the water is still dangerously cold. Here are some tips to keep you safe. After all, we want to see you on the water this summer.
The Bowling Green State University Rugby team owned the ball for nine and a half minutes of the first ten minutes of the National Collegiate Championship match. But it was those other 30 seconds that left the Falcons on the losing end of the scoreboard to Notre Dame College. The Falcons had worked their way to the Notre Dame ten yard line only to see a pass interception returned for 90 yards and a Notre Dame try. Stealing the kickoff to Notre Dame, the Falcons again marched to within the shadow of the goalposts. But a dropped pass was booted ahead and a timely bounce into the streaking arms of Notre Dame made the score 10 – 0. The two mistakes put the Falcons in a hole they couldn’t quite pull out of and the score crawled to 34-17 by its conclusion.
The St. Edward baseball team struggled at many points this season, entering Thursday's game with an 8-14 record. Head coach Matt Rosinski and his staff hoped that a very challenging schedule would build the team's mental toughness in preparation for the OHSAA state tournament. The plan worked on Thursday afternoon in Kent, where the Eagles defeated Parma 10-0 in six innings to advance to next week's district semifinals. Senior left hand pitcher Quinn Lavelle was dominant, striking out 11 and allowing only two hits in a complete game performance.
St. Ignatius rugby hosted St. Edward Saturday afternoon in a highly anticipated matchup of top 5 teams. The Wildcats entered the game ranked #1 in the country. St. Edward, which beat Ignatius last year in the state title game, entered as the #5 team in the US. The game was played under cool, damp conditions at Wasmer Field in Ohio City. Intermittant rain fell throughout the match, but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the large crowd in attendance. St. Ignatius won the game 26-17, completing a "Holy War Sweep" of the weekend (The Wildcats defeated the Eagles in baseball on Friday).
St. Edward and St. Ignatius took their "Holy War" rivalry to the diamond on this rainy Friday afternoon. They met at historic League Park in Cleveland, home to the Cleveland Indians from 1901 until 1946. Both teams entered the game with losing records, hoping for a rivalry win to help turn their season around.
The Lakewood High School Athletic Department had a ceremony Monday afternoon to recognize five seniors that will going on to play Division I or II sports in college. The group consists of five athletes that are also Honor Roll students, with GPAs ranging from 3.8 to 4.3. Each of the five will attend a different university. Among the group, four of the five are girls; four of the five are staying in state; and four out of five are going Division I.
Spring high school sports season is in full swing, so here are updates on many of our local teams:
St. Edward scored four runs in the final inning to defeat Lakewood 6-2 Saturday afternoon in the Rangers baseball home opener at Lakewood High School. A large crowd of Ranger and Eagle fans was treated to a close game on this chilly early April afternoon. The teams were locked in an epic pitchers’ duel for most of the day, and the Rangers scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game at two. Ranger junior Jared Naida pitched six strong innings, keeping the potent Eagle lineup in check.
St. Edward defeated Garfield Heights 69-65 in overtime Saturday night at the CSU Wolstein Center to advance to the OHSAA Basketball Final Four. It was also the 400th win of Eagle head coach Eric Flannery’s career, and it earned the program’s tenth trip to the Final Four. The Eagles overcame a tremendous 27 point effort by the Bulldogs’ Marreon Jackson, a University of Toledo recruit.
St. Edward overcame a 14 point first half deficit to defeat Mentor 62-43 in the regional semifinal of the OHSAA tournament on Wednesday night. The Eagles will meet Garfield Heights on Saturday night at 7pm at the CSU Wolstein Center, with the winner advancing to the Final Four in Columbus.
The St. Edward basketball team released a year’s worth of frustration Saturday night at Strongsville High School. They defeated arch-rival St. Ignatius 69-50 in the OHSAA District Championship game, advancing to the state’s Sweet Sixteen. The Eagle win avenges a district championship loss to the Wildcats last March, as well as two regular season defeats this season. The two regular season games were both nail-biting overtime thrillers; Saturdays game followed a different script. Unlike the earlier two contests, St. Edward held its second half lead and finally put the stubborn Wildcats away in the closing minutes.
When the St. Edward basketball team left the court after their February 10 loss to St. Ignatius, they had a single goal in mind: to face the Wildcats one more time in the OHSAA tournament. Thanks to their 85-46 win over Normandy on Thursday night, their wish will now be granted. St. Edward and St. Ignatius will meet for the district championship Saturday at 7pm at Strongsville High School. St. Ignatius swept the two regular season games, each a thrilling comeback win in overtime. The Eagles wish to avenge those losses in the sweetest way possible: by ending the Wildcats season.
The LHS girls basketball team fell 59-34 to Berea-Midpark on Tuesday night in an OHSAA Regional semifinal game. Lakewood played without junior center Olivia Nagy, who was hospitalized last weekend with a kidney infection. The game was played evenly throughout the first half, but the Titans pulled away in the third quarter to advance to the Final 8 in Ohio. The loss ends a wonderful Lakewood season in which the Rangers reached the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1995. The game was attended by a huge Lakewood crowd, which included many former LHS girls hoops players and lots of current students and staff.
Ranger winter sports teams and athletes closed the season out on some fantastic high notes and and the postseason competition is not finished yet. Major accomplishments include competing in state championships, setting records and winning a District championship in girls' basketball!
Swimmer and senior Kelley Reis closed out her LHS swimming career with a 11th place finish in the 100-yard backstroke and 21st place finish in the 100-yard butterfly in the Division 1 State Championship Meet. Reis broke her own school backstroke record twice over the course of the meet and finished with a time of 56.96 seconds. Reis will continue her swimming career on the collegiate level at the University of Cincinnati.
The LHS girls basketball team defeated Medina 49-41 on Thursday night in the district championship game at Valley Forge High School. A huge contingent of Ranger fans made the trip, and they were treated with the program’s biggest win since 1995. Junior center Olivia Nagy led the scoring with 23 points. Medina staged a furious third quarter rally to narrow a 12 point halftime deficit, but Lakewood’s tenacious defense carried the Rangers to victory.
The roller-coaster season for LHS boys basketball came to an end on Wednesday night, as the Rangers fell to North Royalton 62-51. Junior Jacob Sala led the Lakewod scoring with 16 points; fellow junior Liam Doup had ten; in his final game, senior Chris Golden had twelve points. North Royalton advances to the second round of the OHSAA tournament, where they will face Normandy on Saturday night.
The LHS girls basketball team scored perhaps the biggest win of the academic year for Lakewood Athletics, defeating Magnificat 47-36 Monday night in a OHSAA tournament game at Valley Forge High School. Junior Saher Hamdan led all scorers with 16 points, but the win was a total team effort. Ryann Greenfield ran the point all night, scoring seven and avoiding turnovers. Olivia Nagy had ten points, multiple block shots, and was a major defensive presence in the paint. The Ribar sisters (Courtney and Emma) played pesky defense all night, creating turnovers and disrupting the Blue Streak offense.
The LHS boys basketball team ended their regular season in style, defeating Amherst Steele 64-56 in front of a packed house at Harding Gym. The win completes a season sweep by the Rangers over the Comets, and lifts Lakewood's final regular season record to 8-14. The Rangers travel to North Royalton on Wednesday to face the Bears in a first round OHSAA tournament game.
The LHS girls basketball team used an agressive defense and a balanced scoring effort to defeat Normandy 65-43 in an OHSAA tournament game Thursday night. Junior Sahar Hamden led the Rangers with 12 points, helping Lakewood to win its final game ever played at Harding Gym. The victory sets up a Monday evening showdown with Magnificat, which defeated Garfield Heights on Thursday.
The Lakewood Athletic Boosters are holding a Car Raffle – a 2017 Buick Encore from Steve Barry Buick Lakewood or $10,000 cash option. Only 2000 tickets will be sold. The drawing will be held at the Winter Sports Awards Ceremony on March 14 at 6:00 pm in the Civic Auditorium. (Need not be present to win) You can go to our website to purchase tickets through PayPal. The last day to purchase tickets is March 10, 2017 Go to LakewoodAthleticBoosters.org
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.