The Lakewood football team fell 38-12 to Rocky River on Friday night at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. River senior running back Johnny Bebie had three touchdowns to lead the Pirate victory. The Pirates reclaimed the “Battle of the Bridge” trophy after losing it to the Rangers 21-14 in 2021.
The Lakewood football team fell 26-7 to Bay on Friday night at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. The Rockets capitalized on Ranger turnovers, scoring three touchdowns in the second quarter to build a large lead. Lakewood held Bay scoreless in the second half, but wasn’t able to cut into the halftime margin.
The Lakewood Rangers football team opened its season with a 34-13 win at John Marshall on a humid Saturday afternoon in West Park. Lakewood jumped out to an early lead and controlled most of the game, due in part to some key Marshall mistakes. It was the Rangers first-ever visit to nearby John Marshall, which recently had a new stadium built by the Cleveland Browns.
One of Lakewood’s own is a statistical national champion.
Olivia Nagy finished as the NCAA Division III statistical champion in both double-doubles (21) and blocks per game (4.54) after an outstanding senior season with John Carroll University Women’s Basketball.
“I’m honored to be a statistical champion in two categories,” said Nagy. “While playing, I tried to focus on making important plays that didn’t just have to do with scoring. Getting rebounds and blocks is just as an important part of the game. I’m glad I could contribute those stats to my team and that it helped us to have a successful season.”
Nagy, a 2018 Lakewood High School graduate, guided the Blue Streaks to an Ohio Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship as well as a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Along the way, Nagy enjoyed plenty of individual success.
The Lakewood resident won a wide range of accolades for the 2021-22 season, including D3hoops.com and WBCA All-America recognition, the OAC Player of the Year award, First Team All-OAC, and a spot on the OAC All-Tournament Team. Nagy also secured the OAC Defensive Player of the Year award, as she is the only athlete to ever win this honor.
The former Ranger departs as John Carroll’s all-time leader in blocks (366), rebounds (952), rebounds per game (10.6), field goal percentage (.570), and blocks per game (4.1). Nagy also holds the OAC records for career blocks and blocks in a season (132).
The Lakewood Ranger football team earned their biggest win in a decade on Friday night, defeating Rocky River 21-14 at Rocky River Stadium. The victory makes the Rangers 4-0 on the season, and legitimizes the team’s playoff hopes. The game was played on a beautiful evening in River before an enthusiastic crowd. A large contingent of Ranger fans filled the eastern bleachers of the stadium, and they did not go home disappointed.
The Lakewood football team defeated Fairview 55-3 on Friday night to remain undefeated this season. This is the program’s first 3-0 start since the mid-1990s, a fact that delighted the festive crowd at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. The win was a strong team effort, and senior running back Hakeem Quran had another career night. He scored seven touchdowns, running for over 320 yards and making an interception on defense.
On August 13, Lakewood High School Girls Soccer team hosted St. Joseph Academy in a charity soccer game to benefit the Greater Clevend Food Bank. After collecting over 300 food items, the storm came rolling in and the varsity game was postponed. After some hasty coordination, the game was played on the following Monday giving the teams' supporters an extra opportunity to give. The final tally for the food drive was over 450 food items weighing in at close to 500 pounds of food to help local families.
Kim Barber was the Lakewood mom who honcho'd the effort while her daughter Lauren Barber was the Lakewood player of the game in goal. St. Joe's won the game 2-0 in a closely fought contest. The ultimate winners are the families helped through the efforts of the families of our soccer community. Thank you all!
Ted Nagel is the Lakewood High School Girls Varsity Soccer Coach.
The Lakewood Ranger football team opened its season with a decisive 38-6 victory over the Lawyers of John Marshall High School on Friday night in FFL Stadium. Senior running back Hakeem Quran paced the Ranger offense, scoring four touchdowns and gaining over 270 rushing yards. The Ranger defense was aggressive throughout the night, disrupting the Lawyer offense and forcing numerous turnovers.
The myth of the Phoenix is so enduring because it goes to the deepest of human wants—that is, the hope of rebirth, of coming back from the dead, of recapturing long lost glory. Well, the once proud Lakewood Rangers Softball program was already all but dead, and then we entered into Covid-19 dystopia—a lost season for all spring sports. Low point, rock bottom.
But thanks to dedicated parents, a fresh approach to coaching/program building, and of course a bunch of hard working players, the Ranger Softball Team rose off the ash heap, posting a 12-6 record in the GLC (13-12 overall). First year coach Lucas Yousko, who had been an assistant in previous years, brought an upbeat, positive, fun approach, that included Saturday afternoon cookouts between games but at the same time put forth some serious, focused work on the field. Softball is once again an event at LHS. Coach Yousko concurs. “We tried to make softball an event that could attract girls back to the sport. The Saturday tailgate parties seemed to be a big hit and we are hoping next year gets even better. “
Of course, the main actors in the drama are the players, and this year the Rangers had many strong contributors. Junior Inga Wilhelmy, (1st Team GLC /3rd team all Cuyahoga County), led the offense, while freshman Mia Carroll-Greeves (2nd team All GLC) and sophomore Jordan Rossen (Honorable Mention GLC) were stalwarts on the mound. Junior Alesha Hanna-Kotula also earned an Honorable Mention with timely hitting a solid defense. Yet, the success of the the season also depended upon many others.
The Rangers' first fall season in the Great Lakes Conference has paid dividends with 50 student-athletes earning some level of All-Conference honor, including 11 named to the GLC's 1st Team. The following Rangers were selected for their standout play:
1st Team: James O'Donnell (cross country); Omar Almutari, Quinn Costanza, Ben Merriner, and Aubree Nagel (soccer); Brandyn Bates, Javion Goudy, Tico Jones, Jr., Pete Patsouras, and Hakeem Quran (football); and Annabelle Sorge (volleyball).
2nd Team: Lauren Barber, Sam Hudak, Matthew Hueter, and Eli LaDue (soccer); Matt Bowen and Lucas Winters (football); Sadie Gregg and Teeghan McGann (cross country); and Ella Bangert (volleyball).
Honorable Mention: Jazi Dunay, Ben Jablonowski, Abby Sacha, and James Toole (cross country); Nobert Baguma, Annette Doren, Sean Teets, and Mallory Zavatchen (soccer); Jack Derethik and Sean McHugh (golf); Bilal Abuaun, Mohammed Alniserawly, Othman Awad, and Sean Teets (football); Helen Hylton and Amy Pilgrim (volleyball); Kkyu Du, Hay Nay Lwi, and Sofia Rivera-Bitner (tennis); and Lanajah Honera and Isabelle Reay (cheerleading).
Sportsmanship Award: Lindsay Gregg and Simon Sanders (cross country); Muzafar Ali and Jasmine Magda (soccer); Cole Dockus (golf); Mohammed Alniserawly (football); Ella Bangert (volleyball); Maya George (tennis); Mayda Strnad (cheerleading).
If you look up those words, there will be a version in almost every culture: English Proverb. Japanese Proverb. Presidents. Statesmen. Clergy. The Lakewood Girls High School Soccer Team is pretty darn good company. With a 3.85 TEAM GPA, the Lakewood Girls' Soccer Team led all Fall sports in 2019 for Team GPA. The three Senior Captains for 2019 were all in the National Honor Society, including the Lakewood NHS President, Emma Hirsch. The three Senior Captains from this 2020 team are also members and Aubree Nagel is the current Lakewood NHS President. She is also the current Lakewood Class President for 2020. But the statistic I am most proud of (as coach) is that team GPA. I don't take any credit for it, but this is an amazing group of young women.
Some who read the LO regularly may remember that I wrote a similar article recently and wonder why I am coming back to re-iterate these points. My main concern as the high school coach as I look at the community is that we have very few girls in our Lakewood Girls Soccer feeder programs right now. Lakewood has two long-time, quality soccer programs in the Lakewood Soccer Association (LSA) and the Lakewood United Football Club (LUFC). Each organization fills a role for soccer development in an adolescent's life. When I moved to Lakewood about 10 years ago. we had over 20 travel/ club teams in girls soccer. We are down to 4 teams this fall, with entire year groups unrepresented. As a high school coach, I look to have anywhere from 6-14 freshmen girls come into the program each season. That usually means the U14/15 cohort has about one-half to two-thirds of the travel team try out for the High School team. An example is that the travel team that moved up this season had about 20 eighth-graders on it. I had about 14 sign up to tryout. About 8 showed up and about 6 stuck with it. All of this happened in the COVID-19 atmosphere, so those numbers are off and I'm hoping some of the girls who considered it, but did not stay with it will come back.
Burning River Esports is announcing its flagship program, Burning River REC, a recreational esports league for kids, teens, and young adults aged 10 to 35 living throughout Greater Cleveland, which is the first such program of its kind in Northeast Ohio.
Registration is now open for players, and the organization is calling on any youth development organizations in the area to sponsor a team. Both team sponsorship and registration are free of cost, and forms for each are available at burningriver.gg. Play is expected to start in Spring 2021 and will be held entirely online until the pandemic ends and in-person events are safe to attend.
Founded in the summer of 2020 at the start of the coronavirus pandemic by friends-turned-business-partners Eliot Oreskovic and John-Paul Richard, Burning River Esports is a Cleveland-based nonprofit promoting youth development through recreational esports.
Sam Ciancutti, Lakewood High School Class of 2015, left for Salt Lake City Utah in early September where he will play on the "Select Developmental Squad" of the Utah Warriors Professional Rugby team.
Sam was the team captain in his rugby years at LHS. He was granted the rugby-coveted Higgins College Scholarship that led him to Bowling Green State University, graduating in 2019. During his years at BGSU he collected numerous awards for team leadership and sports integrity and his teams won the Mid American Conference Title four times. In 2018 BGSU won the National Title as well. It was the first time in the club's 50 year history.
After going undrafted in the 2020 Pro Selection round up, Sam declared as a free-agrent and was invited, as such, to multiple camps. Utah's offer was the one he selected and his performance with the developmental squad through the end of 2020 will determine whether a pro contract will be signed.
Good luck Sam. The City of Lakewood hopes your tough-minded determination will find you in the Pro League by 2021!
The Ciancutti Family has lived in Lakewood since 1994 where they raised five children and enjoyed and appreciated every great thing the city has to offer. Ron recently retired as Director of Procurement after 37 years with Cleveland Metroparks.
Abbie Tuleta, a 2020 Graduate of Lakewood High School was just named the 2019/2020 season's Female Athlete of the Year as well as the Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award - Female recipient. Abbie earned Varsity Letters in Soccer, Softball and Ice Hockey this last season and was named the Softball team's Captain and MVP as a Junior. Abbie comes from a long line of great athletes in the Tuleta family and her father John was a hockey coach in the community for many years. Congratulations to Abbie and the whole Tuleta family for this great honor.
The Lakewood Girls Soccer Team is a program on the rise. As a coach during the COVID 19 pandemic, I'm very concerned that the incoming freshmen may not get all of the information they need and someone may fall between the cracks. I want to make an appeal to parents and players to get in touch with me if you are an 8th Grader (rising Freshman) thinking about playing soccer in High School. The team usually has Captain's Practices soon after school lets out for the summer. I am talking to the Captains, the Athletic Director and reading OHSAA guidance for how best to do that and when we can start. In the mean time, the team is doing physical and training challenges each week to stay in shape and stay sharp.
LHS Girls Soccer finished the season at 7-7-4 in a very tough Southwest Conference last year. We are moving (along with the rest of the school to the Great Lakes Conference (GLC) this Fall. This should make the team a little more competitive in conference play, increase friendly rivalries with our closest border cities and towns including Rocky River and Fairview and cut down on travel a bit. The GLC is still very competitive with perennial powerhouses Rocky River, Bay Village and Buckeye. We look forward to this new challenge.
You'll also be joining the smartest team in town. The Girls Soccer Team had the highest team GPA in Fall Sports in 2019. All of our team captains were on the LHS National Honor Society last year and this year. And 2020 grad Emma Hirsch recently passed the Presidency of the LHS NHS to returning Captain Aubree Nagel. You couldn't be joining up with a better group of role models. If you have a daughter interested in trying soccer either as a player who already loves the game or as an athlete interested in trying the game for the first time, please get your information to me, Coach Ted Nagel. You can contact me at TJNagel84@gmail.com or comment on the Facebook pages for "Lakewood Girls Soccer" or "Lakewood High School Girls Soccer." We are training already! Don't miss the opportunity to keep up with the team. Official tryouts are currently scheduled for August 1st. I look forward to meeting some new, dedicated soccer players. For you younger girls, get out there and join up with the Lakewood Soccer Association or the Lakewood United Football Club. The best way to make the team in the future is to join a team now! Check them out online or at the Lakewood Recreation Department.
All good things must come to an end. On March 7th, at the classic Elyria Catholic Gym, the Lakewood Rangers (16-9) Basketball season did just that in the District Final at the hands of a richly talented Lorain team. After Lakewood stormed back from an early deficit to briefly take the lead in the second quarter, the Titans found their rhythm and eventually pulled away in the 3rd quarter. Never again will we see Nate Mims dominate a game with slashing drives and stifling defense, nor the hustle plays of Matt Bohurjak and Max Budzar. Dante Wahba's 3-point bombs, Antonio Crockett's clutch plays and Chris Brown's silky drives are a thing of the past.
The Lakewood High School wrestling team competed in its last Southwest Conference championship tournament on February 22 and left with two individual titles and a runner-up. Congratulations to senior Milan Jackson, who won the 160-lb. weight class, and Milan's brother, junior Jayden Jacskon, who won the 170-lb. weight class. Also reaching the awards podium were sophomore Brandyn Bates (220 lbs.) as runner-up, and junior Nistor Krizan (195 lbs.), who took third place. The team was scheduled to compete at the Division 1 Sectionals tournament February 29 at St. Edward High School.
Lakewood High School held its annual National Honor Society induction ceremony 6 February 2020. The Lakewood High School Girls Soccer Team was very well represented. The current Society President, Emma Hirsch opened the ceremony and delivered a very moving speech to the audience summing up the four pillars of the National Honor Society: Scholarship, Service, Leadership and Character. Her speech was the summary event after each of the other Society Officers covered one of the four pillars each. One could have been confused that they were not at a Toast Masters event given the eloquence and obvious preparation each speaker delivered. Lakewood Boys Soccer was also well represented by Team Captain Cameron Levis who delivered a terrifically entertaining talk with humor and poise.
But I'm not sure that there was another school organization as well represented as the Lakewood Girls Soccer Team. Team Captains Emma Hirsch (President of this year's National Honor Society), Ava Clause and Emily McIntire were joined by team member Isabelle Cooper as four members of the current National Honor Society. These great leaders welcomed new members and next year's Team Captains Aubree Nagel, Quinn Costanzo and Jasmine Magda. In addition, senior player Nikena Norris was also inducted this year. Three Senior Captains welcomed next year's three senior captains. This team also had the highest team GPA at the Lakewood High Fall Awards Ceremony. Ranger Nation is very proud of these great leaders. Work hard and you too can join the ranks of these terrific young women.
The Lakewood High School Girls Soccer Team finished its 2019 campaign against Hathaway Brown in the second round of the Ohio Division 1 playoffs. After a very competitive game which saw the Rangers down 1-0 at halftime, the very experienced Hathaway Brown team pulled away later in the game to win 3-0. The resurgent Rangers ended the season 7-7-4. The team had exciting outings including a 1-1 tie early in the season against perennial powerhouse and eventual Section Champion Avon. They also tied cross-town rival St. Joseph Academy, 0-0 in a hard, defensive battle. The Rangers had key wins against Holy Name and North Olmsted.
Congratulations to Lakewood High senior and soccer All-American Malvin Gblah on winning the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards' Male High School Athlete of the Year honor! Malvin was one of three finalists for the award, which was given at a ceremony hosted by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission on February 7. Malvin's accolades, in addition to his All-America award earned earlier this year, include:
Lakewood senior Tommy Sala hit a pair of clutch free throws with 1.5 seconds left to secure a 52-51 win on Senior Night. Sala scored the final six points of the game to help the Rangers overcome a 51-46 deficit with 2:25 left in the game. The nonconference win over Bay lifts Lakewood’s record to 14-6 on the season. The game was preceded by a ceremony honoring the team’s nine seniors: Shannon Cotto, Christian Marcano, Derek Walker, Tim Smith, Zion Kolodynski-Darby, Tommy Sala, Dominic Wahba, Alex Bransteter, and Delvaun Phillips. This group has gone 36-9 over the past two seasons, and was key to last year’s conference championship.
The Lakewood boys basketball team rolled to a 72-50 win over Westlake on Tuesday night at LHS. The victory lifts the Rangers’ record to 12-6 on the season. Senior Tommy Sala led Lakewood with 19 points.
The registration deadline is coming up soon for the spring season of Lakewood Soccer Association's Saturday Soccer program.
The LHS football season ended Friday night with a 56-13 home loss to North Ridgeville. Lakewood running back DJ Jackson, who was honored along with all the senior players before the game, had 194 yards and two touchdowns in the contest. The senior class persevered a turbulent era at LHS, having three different head coaches over the past three seasons.
The LHS football team suffered a disappointing loss on Friday night, falling 49-14 to Midview. Turnovers and mistakes doomed the Rangers, who were coming off their first win of the year against Westlake. Lakewood senior Kyren Jefferson provided the highlight of the evening, setting the new school record for pass receptions in a season. The previous record (48 catches) was set in 1988 by Chip Chambers.
Since the beginning of training camp, new Lakewood football coach Tom Thome has challenged his team to get better each week. It paid off on Friday night at First Federal Lakewood Stadium, where the Rangers defeated Westlake 35-26 for their first win of the 2018 season. The Rangers turned in a very gutsy performance, overcoming both the Demons and cold, damp conditions. The rain- soaked crowd had a raucous celebration, as this was the first home victory for the Rangers since the 2015 season.
The LHS football team fell 56-7 to Avon on Friday night at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. The game was part of the school’s Homecoming festivities, and was preceded by the annual Spirit Parade. The game was attended by a large number of LHS graduates, and many alums participated in the marching band at halftime.
Are you looking for something to do for Sweetest Day weekend?
Lakewood Rangers Volleyball is hosting a fun-filled evening at Vosh Lakewood on Friday, October 19, 2018. The event runs from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
Tickets are just $25 per person and include complimentary valet parking, appetizers, one drink ticket, raffle baskets, sideboards, music, dancing and fun!
Stay after the event for the local band, SHOUT, as they perform music ranging from Big Band, R&B, Rock, Motown, 70s Disco, Funk, 80s Pop to today's current hits.
The Lakewood Ranger football team lost 49-14 Friday night to Olmsted Falls at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. The Bulldogs entered the game as one of the top ranked teams in the area, and they looked the part. The game was part of the school’s Hall of Fame Weekend celebration, which included a halftime salute to honored alumni and staff members. Honorees included Athletic Hall of Fame members Adam Gold ’03, Julie Zickes Laub ’88, Michelle Sikes ’03, Aaron Johnston-Peck ’03, and Kelsey Moran ’09. Distinguished Alumni were Mickey Krivosh ’70, Dr. Sam Shaker ’60, David Malloy ’94, and Jennifer Griveas ’94. Staff honorees were Jan Lushbaugh Soeder ’64, Patti Komperda, and John Drotleff.
The LHS football team fell 50-12 to Berea-Midpark on Friday night. The Ranger offense had its best outing of the season, highlighted by a pair of touchdown catches by sophomore wide receiver Evan Hampton. Senior wide receiver Garrett Waite had a pair of touchdown receptions for the Titans, helping them to build a big first half lead.
The LHS football team fell 56-0 to Amherst on Friday night in the conference opener for both schools. The game was played at Memorial Field in Amherst, where a pregame ceremony honored fallen Ohio Trooper Kenneth Velez. Velez, a father of three Amherst student athletes over the years, died in 2016 while directing traffic on I-90 along the Lakewood/Cleveland border.
The LHS volleyball team defeated Valley Forge 3-1 on Saturday afternoon to earn its first victory in the new Lakewood High School Gymnasium. The program spent the last four seasons playing at Harding Middle School while construction was being done at LHS. Head coach Maggi Sczcepaniak, who has been impressed with the team’s focus and effort this offseason, cited seniors Eliza Richardson and Hannah Martin as keys to the victory. The win, first for the program since the 2016 season, sparked a celebration among fans and players at the new facility.
The LHS football team opened the 2018 season on beautiful Friday night at First Federal Stadium. A festive crowd enjoyed the late summer weather, which was warm with a nice breeze. The student section wore a festive "beach" theme, and the marching band had a great program of Broadway songs. However, Garfield Heights spoiled the party with 42-0 win over the Rangers.
RANGERS BEGIN THOME ERA
LHS hired new football coach Tom Thome (rhymes with “home”) this past winter to replace the outgoing Tom Hannan. Thome, who will teach social studies at LHS, arrived from Twinsburg High School. He and the team have been working hard this offseason and are anxious to hit the field.
The program has seen an impressive influx of freshmen this season, with 22 9th graders joining the team. The group offers quality as well as quantity. “I’m blown away at their IQ,” Coach Thome says of the newbies. As many as three of the freshmen could see playing time on the varsity squad. More importantly, the group is large enough to field a full freshman team this year – something that hasn’t been possible in recent seasons.
After an 11 year absence, basketball returned to Madison Park on July 25. The Lakewood Outdoor Basketball Committee (LOBC) and the City of Lakewood opened Lakewood's first full basketball court since 2007. Kids, city leaders, community activists and LOBC members gathered on a sunny evening for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony. Also in attendance were LHS boys varsity basketball coach Alex Cammock and LHS girls basketball coach Mike Harper.
More than five months after his hiring by the school board, new LHS football coach Tom Thome opened his first training camp last Monday at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. Coach Thome (rhymes with “home”) and the players spent the offseason conditioning, participating in camps, and doing community service projects. They are looking forward to their opening game later this month.
Join LHS Varsity Coach Andrew Toth and the Ranger team for their LHS Junior Rangers MINI-CAMP Fall Warmup!
Join LHS Varsity Coach Andrew Toth and the Ranger team for their annual LHS Junior Rangers Summer Soccer Camp!
The LHS boys track and field team finished first in the 36th Annual Kiwanis Ranger Relays, held on April 13th at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. Lakewood finished with 80 team points, edging out Berea-Midpark with 78 points. Rocky River and North Royalton finished third and fourth with 74 and 72 points, respectively. LHS junior Tyler Hannah led the Ranger effort by winning the 110 meter hurdles, anchoring the winning distance medley relay team, and leading the first-place high jump relay team. The LHS girls finished fifth in the event, with senior Abby LaForm taking second place in the 3200 meter run.
The LHS Athletic Boosters "Night at the Races" fundraiser on March 10 was a success. The 14th annual event raised over $20,000. This money helps to keep Lakewood's pay-to-play fees among the lowest in northeast Ohio. Thisi is the Boosters' largest fundraising event of the year.
St. Edward won its second consecutive district championship on Saturday night at CSU's Wolstein Center. They defeated their arch-rivals from St. Ignatius 71-57 in a game that wasn't as close as the final score indicated. The Eagles completed a three game season sweep of the Wildcats, having won both regular season contests earlier in the year.
St. Edward defeated Lakewood 59-45 Wednesday night in an OHSAA district semifinal game held at Strongsville High School. The victory moves the Eagles into Saturday's district championship game, which will be held at the CSU Wolstein Center at 7pm. It also ends a historic season for Lakewood, which won the Southwestern Conference Championship and entered this game riding a 19 game winning streak.
The LHS boys basketball team defeated North Royalton 57-49 Saturday night in second round OHSAA Tournament action. The victory sends the Rangers to the District semifinals, where they will face St. Edward on Wednesday night at Strongsville High School. The Eagles defeated Rhodes 88-57 at home on Saturday to earn their spot in the game.
Confidence wasn’t lacking from the Lakewood Rangers in their first postseason game at Lakewood’s new gym.
The LHS boys basketball team defeated North Ridgeville 71-52 on Friday night to wrap up a share of the Southwestern Conference championship. The Rangers and Olmsted Falls each finished 17-1 in the league, splitting their two head-to-head games. The conference championship is the first for the Rangers since 2014, when they won the now-defunct West Shore Conference under head coach Phil Argento. This is also just the second conference for the LHS Athletic Department since joining the SWC in the fall of 2015. The previous championship was boys cross country in fall 2016.
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.