The LHS Girls Track Team kicked off their 2014 Track and Field Season with a dual meet victory against Bay High School. The Lady Rangers came out ahead with 74 points to 63 points for the Bay Rockets. Scoring for the Rangers were:
The Lakewood Ranger Boys Varsity Baseball Team is setting it's goals high as it enters the 2014 campaign. They will attempt to build on the highly successful 2013 squad that finished 22-6 overall and 10-4 (runner-up) in the West Shore Conference. Looking to leverage depth in the pitching department and strong team defense, the Rangers want to contend for the league title and more.
Friday Night Under the Lights (FNUL) returns to Lakewood Stadium for its 3rd installment this spring. Highlighted by exciting baseball play, the event includes a live performance of the Star Spangled Banner between inning music, and an ovation to one of Lakewood’s travel baseball teams. Friday Night Under the Lights is anticipated to draw big crowds again this season. Four FNUL games are scheduled for April 11 (vs. Berea-Midpark), April 18 (vs. Nordonia), April 25 (vs. Independence) and May 9 (vs. Avon Lake). A special edition Saturday Night Under the Lights is scheduled for April 12th featuring a match-up with neighborhood rival St. Edward. All varsity games begin at 7 p.m. The Junior Varsity game will precede the varsity and begin at 4:30 p.m.
Over the weekend of March 7th the Lakewood Rangers Swim Team (LRST) boys relay team consisting of Billy Chambers, Colman McGuan, Colin McMillian and Preston Polen won the 400 free relay and the 200 free relay (13-14 age) and placed second in both the 200 and 400 Medley Relays.
The age group championship meet was the culmination to the Lake Erie Swimming International, an affiliate of USA Swimming, short course season. The meet was held at Cleveland State University’s Busbey Natatorium.
The 13-14 age-group is the senior division of USA swimming. It is the last chance for USA affiliated swimmers to swim in their local championship meet. The four members of LRST swam in individual, relays and championship final events over the course of 3 days.
Most of the excitement was found during the highly anticipated relay events; starting with Friday night’s 200 freestyle relay. The team of McMillan, McGuan, Chambers and Polen placed 1st overall and broke a 14 year old meet record swimming the 200 free in a time of 1:35.61. Later that evening, they placed 2nd in the 200 medley relay to the Solon Stars team.
In what is expected to be the final varsity basketball game ever played in the LHS East Gym, the Rangers defeated Brecksville-Broadview Heights in 61-54 overtime thriller. The first-round OHSAA tournament win extended Lakewood's memorable season, which included the team's first conference title in 40 years. The team's scrappy play and relatively small size has earned the team the nickname "Runts from Bunts."
The annual NCAA tournament (and its millions of bracket-filling fans) have made the term “March Madness” part of the American lexicon. The Lakewood Rangers girls basketball team delivered an early taste of tournament excitement, with a late February run that included a big comeback win and a buzzer-beating game winning shot.
Just like back in the day when most of the leagues were sponsored by George J. Usher, Insurance (for those of you who remember like myself) and for the first time since 2006, the Lakewood Recreation Department is offering Slow Pitch Summer Softball for girls. The games will be played twice a week on Mondays through Thursdays and/or Saturdays at the Harding Softball field.
As neighboring communities, Lakewood and Rocky River have gotten very familiar with each other over the past century. The same is true for their girls high school basketball teams, which will meet each other for the third time this season. The Rangers beat River on February 12 in an emotional Senior Night game at LHS. The teams will meet again at Lakewood High on February 20 in the Rangers’ OHSAA tournament opener.
The Lakewood High School Boys and Girls Track and Field Teams have teamed up with H2O to offer Zumba class for our community. The one hour classe will be held eight consecutive Sundays beginning Febburary 9 through March 30.
Lakewood Strikers Boys U9 Capture 3rd Soccer Tournament Title This Season - Win Force Cup Premier Crown
A prodigious group of skilled eight and nine year old Lakewood soccer players won the premier division of the Force Cup in Rocky River on January 19, securing the side's third trophy of the season. The Lakewood Strikers posted a 3-0-1 record in the competition, netting wins over Solon Soccer Club (8-0), Cleveland Futbol Club (8-1), and a Westside All-star team (4-0). In the deciding match, Lakewood held east-side club power AC Premier to a 2-2 tie, which was enough for the boys to bring home the hardware.
The Force Cup crown is the latest accomplishment for the Strikers in the 2013-14 youth soccer season. This past August, the boys won the North Ridgeville Corn Fest Kick-Off tournament upper division by beating arch-rival Fairview 3-0 in the final, after gaining pool play wins over Fairview (2-1), Amherst (11-0) and Cleveland Futbol Club (7-2), a well-regarded local premier soccer team.
In October, the U9 boys wrapped its league season in the highest flight of community soccer with a solid 4-2-2 record in the American Amateur Soccer League's A Flight. The Strikers competed weekly against the top community teams from across Northern Ohio.
At the end of the league season, the Strikers vied against 15 teams throughout the state to claim the inaugural Ohio Travel Cup in Lodi, Ohio. Battling through cold rain and wind on Saturday, Lakewood emerged first in its pool with impressive wins over West Virginia Select (Parkersburg-Marietta) and Solon Soccer Club. The championship match on October 20 pitted the Strikers against a dominant, high-scoring Hudson Explorer U9 team which was unbeaten 28 times in their two years of competition and had outscored its previous eight opponents by a combined 46-7 margin.
Hudson proved a formidable foe, three times muscling its way to a one goal advantage in the first 20 minutes. Lakewood steadied itself against Hudson's might, answering each score with one of its own and finally drawing level at 3 just before half. The Strikers dictated the match's tempo in the second half, relying on possession-oriented, probing play complemented by rugged defending and vise-like control of the midfield. For the final forty minutes, Lakewood stunted Hudson's advances and contained the Explorers in their own end. With just four minutes left, Lakewood served from midfield a well-placed free kick to just above the penalty area which the boys converted into the tournament-winning goal, 4-3. Steady defending and unyielding goalkeeping repelled Hudson's desperate, last-minute rallies.
The Lakewood U9 Strikers participate through Lakewood Soccer Association's travel program. Many of the boys have played together since they were aged four and five in LSA's recreation program. The coaching staff acknowledges the meticulous preparation and fine training provided by LSA including the technical oversight of High School coach Atti Toth.
The Strikers finished the fall and winter campaigns with three trophies and a combined record of 18-4-5. Additionally, the Strikers played against older age group teams and fared well with a second-place showing in the U10 group at the Brunswick Invitational Tournament in November. The spring season kicks off in April. Team members are: Will Armsworthy, Ethan Brown, Will DeClerck, Gavin Fielder, TJ Fraser, Tommy Kilbane, Andy Shoaff, Braydn Szczepaniak, Ernie Vargo, and Lucas Waters. Coaches are Bill Fielder, Tom Fraser, and Kurt Shoaff.
Familes who wish to introduce their children to soccer recreationally can find out more at www.Lakewood-Soccer.com.
The Ranger varsity boys’ basketball team has turned a penchant for the perimeter into a record-setting season that has the squad known as the “Runts on Bunts” sporting a 13-2 record that has earned the team a top 25 ranking and command of the West Shore Conference.
The Lakewood Mini Rangers wrestling squad advanced 10 wrestlers at the Ohio Youth Wrestling Association's North Olmsted Sectional Championships on January 27 at North Olmsted High School.
St. Edward and St. Ignatius High Schools will use their historic rivalry to benefit the needy at two upcoming Eagles versus Wildcats basketball games. On Saturday, January 18 at St. Edward at 7:30 p.m. – and Saturday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Ignatius – attendees will be able to make financial donations to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Cleveland, which helps the poor through its charitable programs and services. This is the first time the two rival Catholic boys high schools have joined forces to benefit SVDP Cleveland. For more information, contact SVDP Cleveland at 216-696-6525, ext. 3150.
“We are grateful that these two outstanding schools are taking their rivalry to new heights by using it to help those less fortunate,” said John Litten, SVDP Cleveland executive director. “Every dollar of the donations collected at both games will be used to help over 200,000 needy people who seek our services each year. It’s truly inspiring to see these schools join together in the name of something greater.”
Established in 1865, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Diocese of Cleveland is a local human service and welfare organization of neighborhood volunteer groups residing in participating parishes (“Conferences”) throughout the Diocese of Cleveland’s eight-county service area. Volunteers (“Vincentians”) provide immediate, temporary emergency direct assistance to those in need, regardless of their race, ethnicity or religious affiliation. Last year alone, some 200,000 low-income individuals received more than $4 million in aid, which included food donations from SVDP’s food pantries (Ozanam Centers), clothing, furniture, back-to-school supplies and assistance with utilities. SVDP’s central office is located at 1404 East Ninth Street, Cleveland. For more information, call216.696.6525, ext. 3150 or http://www.svdpcle.org.
The Lakewood Soccer Association has ended another great fall season of soccer with record numbers in their recreational Saturday Soccer program, as well as some very impressive results for many of their Travel Soccer teams. Before getting into the details of the season, here is a quick summary about Lakewood Soccer Association (LSA).
The Lakewood Rangers basketball program will be hosting its 5th annual basketball Ohio High School Athletic Association Foundation Game vs. Lutheran West on Nov. 30. The game is part of Foundation Service Week, a leadership/service program through the OHSAA to give student-athletes service opportunities.
Lakewood resident, Woody Calleri, is able to combine his love of lacrosse and coaching with his commitment to helping his community. Burning River Lacrosse was founded in 2005 to provide developmental lacrosse opportunities at all levels (introduction to the game, improvement of skills, national competition and college exposure) to Northern Ohio’s lacrosse community. Burning River also hosts charity events such as the Fall Breast Cancer Research Fund Raiser and the Spring Fisher House Charity Lacrosse Showcase to raise money and awareness for those in need and to teach participants about their responsibility to reach out and make a difference in the lives of others.
Lakewood Ranger Marching Band director Nathan Harris (l.) offers a suggestion to spirit leader Rechelle Ray during the football game at First Federal Lakewood Stadium, Friday, August 30. Parma bested the Rangers 29-10 in the 2013 season opener.
Summer is winding down in Northeast Ohio, which means that many people turn their attention to football. Lakewood is certainly no exception, as the Lakewood High School Rangers have been training hard in preparation for the season. The team, under the direction of sixth year head coach Ron Lewis, is coming off a 4-6 record in 2012.
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Sunday, July 7th beginning at 11:00 a.m., visitors to Lakewood Park will be able to step back through time and enjoy an exciting game of 1860s base ball. (Yes, it was two words originally.) The Lakewood Historical Society is sponsoring games between the following teams: Akron Black Stockings; Forest City BBC; Cleveland Blues BBC; and Whiskey Island Shamrocks. Enthusiastic volunteers don old-style uniforms and recreate the game based on rules and research of the early years of base ball.
Although various forms of ball games were played in America before the Revolutionary War, in 1842 the New York Knickerbockers were the first team to officially adopt rules. The 19th-century game was considerably different than today’s game. Most “ballists” had minimal gear, no gloves and just a thin bat. Until 1865, fair and foul balls caught on one bounce were outs. Foul balls were determined by where they first hit the ground, regardless of where they roll afterwards. The ball was thrown underhand in a shallow arc to the “striker” or batter. The team with the most “aces” (runs) at the end of a match was declared the winner. Considered a gentleman’s game, rules governed players’ behavior and uncivil language. Spitting and wagering were not allowed.
Lakewood Rangers Varsity Baseball Concludes Breakout Season With 22-6 Record; Team And Talent Recognized
The Lakewood Rangers Varsity Baseball team was not ready for the season to end when it did, but as every team knows only the eventual state champion ends its season on a winning note. The Rangers lost a hard fought District Semi-final game to the Midview Middies bringing their hopes for another day and season to a close. The Rangers finished with 22 wins and 6 losses.
Notably, three of the Rangers six losses this season were to the same team (Midview) and to the same pitcher (major league draftee Eric Lauer). Midview’s recognition of Lakewood’s team talent and depth led them to pit the Greater Cleveland area’s best pitcher against the Rangers each time they played.
The Lakewood Tennis team finished off their finest year in the past half a century by beating Rocky River 3-2 and claiming the West Shore Conference Title outright in their first year in the league. Seniors Chris Brinich and Dan Mezin won in straight sets at second the third singles, respectively. The second doubles team of senior Matt Carlson and junior Colin Levis dominated from start to finish in their straight set win. The Rangers finished unbeaten in the WSC and completed their regular season with a 13-4 record.
TRY OUTS COMING! CHECK IT OUT.
If you think your child is ready for the exciting sport of soccer then get ready for this. Lakewood Soccer Association(LSA) is holding tryouts for its travel program.
BOYS TRAVEL TRYOUTS: May 13th at LHS Stadium
U07-U10 5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
U11-U14 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
GIRLS TRAVEL TRYOUTS: May 17th at LHS Stadium
U08-U10 5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
U11-U14 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Lakewood Rangers Varsity Baseball team continued their winning ways as they pushed their season record to 18 wins and 4 losses. Their West Shore Conference (WSC) record stands at 9 wins and 3 losses, good for 2nd place in the conference.
By virtue of their strong record, the Rangers have been seeded second in the district for the upcoming state tournament. The Ranger squad hopes to parlay both it's experience and talent to go deep into this year’s tournament. Because of their high seed, the team will enjoy home field advantage for as long as they continue to win in the tournament.
Coach Mike Ribar commented, “Our program has come a long way fast. Just over three years ago our win-loss record was nearly the reverse. While this improvement is a testament to my coaches and the support of the Lakewood Schools and Lakewood Recreation administrations, it is even more a reflection of the hard work and preparation the boys have put forth. Without their (and their parents) buy into our baseball philosophy and system we simply would not have improved at the rate that we have.”
The 2013 version of Lakewood Rangers Varsity Baseball has gotten off to a roaring start with an 11-1 overall record and a league leading 4-0 record in the West Shore Conference. The upbeat start was provided added luster with the Rangers claiming the 11th edition of the Gruss-DiBiasio Baseball Tournament held April 5th and 6th at Lakewood Stadium.
Getting strong pitching performances from a variety of pitchers and timely hitting up and down the line-up, the Rangers have posted six come-from-behind wins. Indicative of the pitching depth, seven different pitchers each have claimed a pitching victory. In the hitting department, every member of the batting order has contributed to an offensive display that averaged just over 10 hits per contest and a team batting average of .345.
Less than one year after its last conference switch, Lakewood High School is again on the move. The school is moving from the West Shore Conference (WSC) to the Southwestern Conference (SWC) effective the 2015-16 school year. The Rangers are joining fellow WSC members Avon High School and Midview High School, making the SWC a ten-school league. Other SWC members will include Amherst Steele, Avon Lake, Berea-Midpark (these schools will merge this summer), Brecksville-Broadview Heights, North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls and Westlake.
On Sunday, April 14, 2013 Cleveland West Road Runner Club will be holding the 41st Annual Spring Classic at Cleveland Metroparks Bonnie Park in Strongsville, Ohio. This race started as the Columbia Station 10-mile-run in 1973, moved to Bonnie Park in the Metroparks in 1980, and has been held every year since. Registration can be done online at active.com, at packet pickup (2nd Sole in Rocky River), or day of race (at Bonnie Park).
10-mile walkers start at 8:30 a.m. 10 mile & 5k runners start at 9:00 a.m. Overall and age group awards for both 5k and 10-mile races will be presented. Medallions will be distributed for all kids 14 and under in the 5k. Refreshments for all runners will be served following the race.
The Lakewood Ranger Boys Varsity Baseball Team is setting its goals high as it enters the 2013 campaign. Benefiting from eleven returning lettermen, depth in the pitching department and strong defense up the middle, the Rangers enter their inaugural West Shore Conference season looking to contend for the league title and more.
The eighteen-player squad provides senior leadership through no fewer than fourteen seniors. The high school class of 2013 has enjoyed baseball success at every level and is looking for this spring season to be the capstone of their high school years. Returning three-year starters Marquise Tyus and Eric Roder headline the playing experience of the class. Last year’s leading hitter Wayne Naida and starting pitchers Marty Hartsel and Brian Hrdlicka bring additional senior leadership to the squad. Junior Jameson Foran will join Tyus and Naida as tri-captains of the team.
Former Lakewood Ranger and All-State Player (Class of 1985), Mike Ribar returns for his 3rd season as head coach and is counting the days until the 2013 season gets underway. “This squad is loaded with talent and provides incredible versatility to me and my coaches. The difference between winning big and coming up short this season will be a matter of our mental toughness as individual players and as a team.” Assistant coaches Skip Nolan and Tim LaBar return to aid Ribar and the Rangers.
Some things are just hard to imagine. Thanksgiving without turkey. The Oscars without the Red Carpet. The Olympics without wrestling. Last month the International Olympic Committee decided to do the unthinkable…drop wrestling from the games beginning in 2020. The sport of wrestling not only dates back to the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, but to the ancient games in 708 B.C. Along with track and field, wrestling has been a cornerstone of the Olympic movement and a sport with global appeal.
The IOC’s decision is a blow to the greater Cleveland community, and to Lakewood in particular. Many Lakewood residents are aware of the 28 state championships (as of this writing) won by St. Edward High School. However, the sport’s local history dates back much further, and the sport plays a major role in the community to this day. In addition to St. Ed’s illustrious program, about 100 local kids currently wrestle in Lakewood City School and Recreation programs.
The four home teams of the Burning River Roller Girls, Cleveland’s premier flat track roller derby league, will face off for their first games of the season Saturday, March 16, at the Ohio Nets Sports Complex in Parma. Whether you’re cheering for the Hellbombers, the Cleveland Steamers, the Rolling Pin-Ups or the Hard Knockers, you will be well represented by some of the best athletes in Lakewood.
The first bout in this double-header event will be the Hellbombers vs. the Cleveland Steamers. Lakewood residents Nicole Sovizral (skater name, Sovizral) and Marissa Evans (Enemylou Harris) will be donning the black and red of the league’s reigning champs, the Hellbombers, while Amanda Leone (CupQuake), Ilona Westfall (Rainbow Fright), and Valerie Hearst (Ms. CréAnt) will represent the Cleveland Steamers. Amy C. Hawks (Molotov Hot-tail) will make Lakewood proud when her team, the Hard Knockers, takes on the Rolling Pin-Ups, captained by Jessica Constantine (J.Poww!).
The St. Edward Swim team recently honored their seniors prior to their final home meet at Lakewood High School. President Jim Kubacki, Athletic Director Paul Michalko and Br James Everett were on hand to congratulate the seniors and their parents. Led by senior captains Will Ryan, Conor O'Sullivan and Nick Racchi, the Eagles have had tremendous success this season with huge wins over St John, Walsh Jesuit, Gilmore and rival St Ignatius. The swimmers are looking forward to another great run at the State finals in March.
Since senior night, St. Edward’s swim team finished second in the sectional meet at the Cleveland State Natatorium, advancing 16 of the 19 swimmers it took to the meet to the district meet out at Bowling Green.
The Eagles qualified at least two swimmers in every individual race and are taking all three relay teams to districts. In most races they are taking three individuals.
“I’m really happy with the way our guys swam in this meet,” St. Ed’s Head Coach Eric Dennis said. “A lot of guys swam personal bests.”
Kyle Shurmur won the 100-yard back stroke and Mason Beck won the 500 freestyle race.
Swimmers Colin MacMillan and Maja Miedza, members of the Lakewood Rangers Swim Team (LRST), have recently returned from Indianapolis, IN where they represented Team Ohio at the 2013 Mid States Championships Meet held at IUPUI Natatorium. Colin, age 12, and Maja, age 10, were part of a select group of swimmers participating in this age 14 and under elite meet.
"Being named to represent Team Ohio at the Mid States Championships is indeed an extremely high honor. Colin and Maja’s performance at this meet bodes well for their future in competition at national meets,” said LRST Head Coach Jim Stacy.
Colin and Maja each competed in three individual events -- the 50-yd Butterfly, 100-yd Butterfly, and 50-yd Freestyle, plus two relays. Colin swam in the Boys 11-12 age group, Maja in the Girls 10 and under group. Both swimmers finished within the top 10 in each event, including their respective 200 Freestyle and 200 Medley relays.
Spring thaw is just around the corner and soon boats will be on the water. If you’re a high school student who has ever wanted to give rowing a try, come check us out. Walk right on. No experience necessary.
Cleveland Scholastic Rowing Association (CSRA) is for local high school kids from as far west as Vermillion, as far east as Hudson and as far south as Brecksville. All sizes and abilities welcome.
9th thru 12th grade Novice Girls and Boys teams are forming now.
Contact email@example.com to participate in the next High School Learn to Row Day.
To find out more, go to www.csrarowing.org.
LHS Boys Soccer Beat Expectations With 10 Win Season Curri, Fehrenbach, Foran Named to West Shore Conference 1st Team
The Lakewood High School Boys Varsity Soccer team closed the 2012 season with an overall record of 10 wins, 6 losses, and 2 ties. The team surpassed season-opening expectations by local soccer pundits given the large number of seniors that graduated from last year’s team. Impressively, the 2012 Rangers made their mark in their inaugural West Shore Conference season by finishing 2nd of 8 schools competing with a record of 5-1-1; one game behind champion Bay High at 6-0-1.
State tournament play was the tale of two different games before the Rangers exited the tournament and the season. In their opening game vs. the Garfield Heights Bulldogs, the Rangers scored a convincing 7-0 win. Numerous players left their mark on this game with more than one achieving career firsts including:
Freshman Jafar Fadhel scoring the first varsity goal of his career
Freshman Jarod Macaluso scoring the first offensive point of his career, goal assist
The Boys Varsity (7th & 8th grade) Cross Country team at LCA finished the season as the League and Cleveland Diocese CYO Champions for 2012. This marks the second year in a row that LCA has won both titles. Scoring for LCA were Shawn Gaspar, Patrick Nolan, Stephen O'Sullivan, Michael Trentel and Liam McGuire. Addition members of the team include: Douglas Petrick, Nick Snider, Michael Dever, Joe Burtzlaff, Rory Meehan, Chris Larsen and Gavin Beegan. The Girls Varsity team finished fourth in both League competition and in the Diocese Championship.
The Lakewood High School Boys' Varsity Soccer team demonstrated the ability to come back in a number of games during the closing weeks of the regular season. The Rangers came away from their last five-game stretch of the season with 3 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie. Most impressive was a come-from-behind win in their final game when the Rangers beat the Avon Eagles 3-2 at Avon to secure sole possession of 2nd place in the West Shore Conference with a league record of 5-1-1. Bay Village won the league title with a record of 6-0-1 while Avon finished 3rd at 4-1-2.
For the season overall, the Ranger Boys won 9 matches, lost 5 and tied 2 earning the 5th overall seed for the upcoming district tournament. The Rangers open the tournament with a match versus the Garfield Heights Bulldogs. With a win, the team would advance to meet 3rd seed, the Brecksville Bees.
Displaying great balance on both sides of the ball, the Rangers varsity (4-5) thumped Vermillion 38-0 in its final home game at Lakewood Stadium on October 18. Shown are members of the squad celebrating before Lakewood fans. The team closes out its season October 25 against Elyria Central Catholic.
Lakewood youngsters rejoiced at the sight of freshly installed basketball hoops on Friday, October 11th as the Lakewood Outdoor Basketball Committee (LOBC) added its second location to Lakewood Park.
A dramatic second half comeback by the North Ridgeville Rangers fell one point short of tying the game with seconds left on the clock giving Lakewood (2-3) the 22-21 conference victory, Friday, September 21. Shown are members of the varisty squad celebrating before Lakewood fans.
At press time, Lakewood’s Boys Varsity Soccer’s last four opponents collective record stood at 25 wins, 6 losses and 5 ties. Unfortunately for the Rangers, 3 of those wins and only 1 of those losses were courtesy of Lakewood. The 1 win and 3 loss stretch brought Lakewood’s overall record to 6-4-1 and 2-1-1 in West Shore Conference play. Each of the four contests were hotly contested and were closer than the scores may have indicated.
This past August, the Athletic Commissioners of the Community Recreation and Education Commission, Adult Athletic Commission and Youth Athletic Commission held the first annual Commissioner’s Softball Tournament benefiting Lakewood Youth Recreation Scholarships. The tournament was such a success that a check for $1,300 was presented to the Board of Education on August 2012 by Joe Stolitza, Tom Zigman, Jesse Garling, Don Sharp and Jim Reitenbach, Director of the Recreation and Education Department.
Lakewood High School running back Casimier Mitchell leaves the field after one of his three touchdown runs against the Lincoln West Wolverines. The Rangers (1-0) won 51-14 in the non-league August 24 game.
Lakewood Prevails in Opener
Lakewood Rangers 4 Valley Forge Patriots 0
Similar to the rain drought Northeast Ohio experienced earlier this summer, the Lakewood Varsity Boys Soccer scoring drought against Valley Forge High School had to at some point come to an end. Fortunately for the Ranger Varsity, not only did the scoring drought end, goals began being scored in buckets once it was broken.
The Ranger’s 4-0 victory over the Valley Forge Patriots was more closely contested than the score would indicate. After completing 80 minutes of a 0-0 tie in 2011, the two teams returned for this year’s season opener to compete for 50 minutes before the Rangers finally rallied. Thanks to a creative through pass generated by junior Defender Jameson Foran, senior Defender Aaron Donahoe was set free to go one-on-one with the goalie and snuck a brilliant right-footed shot into the right corner of the net for a 1-0 lead that the Rangers would never relinquish.
The day started under gloomy skies and misty rain but the grounds crew had the fields ready and the Lakewood Commissioner’s 1st annual Youth Scholarship Tournament was under way. Six Co-ed teams started the tournament at 10:00 a.m. Pillars of Lakewood, who not only put a team together to play in the tournament but donated Wing Crawl passes for the winning team, had a tough day on the field and finished in 6th place. Irish Kevin’s, a last minute replacement team, put up a good fight but after an injury to a key player exited the tournament in 5th place. Kenilworth, a strong team from the Lakewood Sunday league, fought their way into the elimination round but finished in 4th place after falling to the eventual tournament champions. West Park Station, the 2nd seeded team in the tournament after winning their pool play earlier in the day, was the next victim of the tournament champs and finished in 3rd. Riverwood Café, the powerhouse of the earlier rounds and the number 1 seeded team could not find the magic in the championship game and finished 2nd to the tournament champion Pug Mahone’s.
On Friday, September 7, 2012 at 7 p.m., hundreds will gather to see a match-up between the Lakewood Rangers and the Norwalk Truckers Football teams; however, this year will be a little different. Rather than purple and gold on one side of the field facing blue and gold on the other, this year there will be RED in the stands to bring awareness to heart disease.
Saint Edward's High School has announced its 2012 varsity boys’ soccer team roster. The roster by grade and hometown is: Kevin Murray (12), Mikey Bowden (12), Ronan Forrestal (12) (Lakewood), Zac Cairns (12) (North Olmsted), Robert Daggett (12), Christopher Allen (10) (Avon Lake), Matt Ramser (11) (Cleveland), Antal Petrik (12), Nathaniel Brown (11) (Columbia Station), Timmy Jonas (10) (Fairview Park), Julian Castro (10) (Lorain), Nikolai Dhillon (12) (Medina), George Bruck (10) (North Ridgeville), Gregory Moilov (11) (Olmsted Falls), Stuart Ford (12) (Shaker Heights), Patrick Darby (11) (Strongsville), Sean Cann (12) (Vermillion), and Braden Davies (11) (Westlake).
Interested in getting involved in youth sports during the fall season? The Lakewood Family YMCA along with the YMCA of Greater Cleveland have great opportunities for you and your family.
NFL Flag Football
NFL flag football is for boys and girls ages 3-14. Fast paced, 5 on 5 games are played every Saturday morning, for an 8 week long season. League games begin September 8th and will group participating children by the following age groups: 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-11, and 12-14. Registration deadline is Saturday, August 25. The league is for members of the YMCA Lakewood,WestShore, andWestPark. All games will be held at the West Shore YMCA.
Valley Forge High School
Amherst High School
The Lakewood High School Rangers Boys Soccer Team anticipates an exciting and successful season this fall. Coached by 5th year coach Andrew Toth and assisted by Attila Nagy, the Rangers have begun regular workouts and scrimmage matches with traditional soccer powers St. Ignatius, Strongsville and Mayfield. “I like what I have seen in the early going of practices and in the scrimmages. This team has the ability, if matched with the proper desire and determination, to achieve a lot of their goals in 2012,” said Coach Toth.
Much of the anticipation for 2012 centers on the school’s inaugural play in the West Shore Conference where neighborhood rivals become meaningful opponents as Lakewood compete against Bay Village, Rocky River, Avon, Midview, Vermillion, and Elyria Catholic as part of conference play. Valley Forge, Normandy, St. Edward, Brecksville, Willoughby South, Midpark, Amherst, Westlake and Olmsted Falls comprise a formidable list of non-conference opponents. How the Rangers are seeded in the end-of-season statewide tournament is dependent how they prevail in both league and overall play.
Sunday, July 8 beginning at 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., visitors to Lakewood Park will be able to step back through time and enjoy an exciting game of 1860s base ball. The Lakewood Historical Society is sponsoring games between the following teams: Akron Black Stockings; Forest City BBC; Cleveland Blues BBC; and Whiskey Island Shamrocks. Enthusiastic volunteers don old-style uniforms and recreate the game based on rules and research of the early years of base ball (yes, it was two words originally).
Lakewood High girls' rugby coach Andre Bruwer expresses his thanks and thoughts on his team's second-place finish in the nation at the national high school tournament held in California recently:
I am super proud of our Lakewood girls and our Lakewood parents and community who have helped year long with fundraisers. It took more than just pure guts to achieve a 2nd in the nation, it took a community supporting us financially to help us get there, so a big thank you to everyone who stepped up and helped our girls achieve, what for some is only a dream.
What TV didn't show is that our girls walked on hot coals to get to the final, they faced up with the once seven-time National Champions and undefeated Midwest Champions since 2003 and took them down 19 points to 0 (in the semifinal). They left nothing behind, they played their hearts out to get through to the final round. Unfortunately it did take everything out of us and we had nothing left to give in the final. We did ice baths, the works, but when you come up against teams travelling with 40+ players too our 21all you can do is close your eyes and hope their is still something in the tank.
Like many women, Lakewood resident Amber Barrick spent her high school years as a cheerleader. She grew up loving football and enjoyed being part of the game. However, as an adult, she decided that she would rather call the plays than lead the cheers. Therefore, she traded in her pom poms for shoulder pads and became a quarterback.
11 Fun Facts About Lakewood Hospital's Ambulance Chase
- Nominated as a 2012 “Best of the West” charitable race finalist.
- One of the largest 5Ks inNortheast Ohio.
- Total participants since inception: 7,151
- Participants ranged in age from 5 to 90.
- Last year, participants fromOhioand 9 other states (CA, CO, FL, IN, MI, NC, PA, VA, WV).
Looking for something for your child to do at the YMCA? Check out our Spring 2012 programs and events for more details on how your child can get involved and have fun with the YMCA of Greater Cleveland.
Youth Basketball League
League games begin Saturday, March 17 and will group participating children by the following age groups: 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-11, and 12-14. Registration deadline is Sunday, March 11. There will be a $5 late registration fee if after March 11. Games will start on Saturday, March 17, at 9 a.m. with the youngest age group and proceed according to age. The league is for members of the YMCA Lakewood, West Shore, and West Park. All games will be held in the Lakewood gymnasium.
Three local boys who got their start in soccer thanks to the Lakewood Soccer Association (LSA) were key members of the Cleveland Internationals Soccer Club U12 boys Super-Y League team that won the prestigious North American Finals in Tampa, Florida December 2 – 6. Brennan Foran, David Quayle, and Daniel Strachan formed their early interest and passion for soccer through LSA’s recreation and travel programs, before moving on to the Internationals premier program to further advance their skills and level of competition.
Looking for something for your child to do at the YMCA this winter? Check out our Winter I 2011/2012 programs and events for more details on how your child can get involved and have fun with the YMCA of Greater Cleveland.
The Lakewood Speed Skating Club has been rich in history for almost 80 years. Lakewood speed skaters started skating outdoors in 1932 at the City Ice and Fuel Co. plant, which once stood at Warren and Fischer Roads, where Serpentini Ice Arena is today. Although the skaters practice indoors and year long, speed skaters haven’t slowed down one bit!
As the game clock winds down, varsity defensive lineman Chris Cole (74, center) celebrates with Rangers teammates a 20-15 win over the Medina Battling Bees. Heavy rain dampened the spirits of the team and its fans during the first half of the Friday September 23, game at Lakewood Stadium but clear skies and two fourth quarter scores provided a thriling come-from-behind Homecoming victory for the Rangers.