Bay High School
Bechtel, Seipel to lead area's state track qualifiers|
Bay\'s Olivia Bechtel and Avon Lake\'s Max Seipel top the list of Westshore area track and field athletes headed to the OHSAA Track and Field Championships this weekend in Columbus.
Bechtel, a sophomore, won two championships and qualified in three events at the Amherst Division I Regional Meet at Richard S. Cooley Track. She won the long jump with a leap of 18-08.00 to edge out Berea-Midpark\'s Kyla Paster (18-07.75). She then went on to dominate the 400, turning in a time of 55.58.
Bechtel also ran the anchor leg of Bay\'s runner-up 4X800 squad. She joined Hallie Bechtel, Sarah Christel and Amanda Cusimano to run a 9:23.38 and qualify for the championships at Jesse Owens Stadium.
Seipel, a senior, will close out his high school career by competing in the shot and discus. He took runner-up honors in the discus with a throw of 180-01, then took third in the shot put with his 58-10.00.
Other area athletes advancing to Columbus...
Eagles rally in ninth to claim share of WSC crown|
With an 8-2 lead after six innings, the Avon Eagles seemed to be cruising toward another win and a share of the West Shore Conference baseball championship.
The Bay Rockets, with their own shot at the conference crown, had other ideas.
The visitors sent 13 players to the plate in the top of the seventh inning and put eight runs up on the board to take a 10-8 lead. But Avon answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame, then got a game-winning hit from Kevin Maloney...
Big second inning powers Rockets past Shoregals|
The 2014 fastpitch softball season has been a frustrating one for the Avon Lake and Bay squads. On Tuesday, the Rockets were able to shake off some of that frustration with a 9-7 win over the visiting Shoregals.
Bay, winning just its fourth game of the season, put together a four-run second inning to take a lead it would never relinquish. An RBI single from Liz Burns, and wild pitch and bases-loaded walks to Christina McGovern and Meredith Brewer...
Bay Men's Rec Baseball marks 60th anniversary|
Saturday, April 26th was a beautiful day for high school baseball. The Bay Rockets varsity and junior varsity teams played on their home fields against Avon Lake, immediately followed by a field dedication and 60th. anniversary commemoration ceremony of Bay Men\'s Baseball.
Additional event festivities included an open grill with food, beverages, desserts and staff provided by A Luncheon Time Catering in Dover Junction and raffle baskets...
Rockets rally to score a pair of walk-off WSC wins|
It was a big week for the Bay baseball team.
The Rockets are off to a good start in the 2014 season. They upped their record to 6-3 Thursday afternoon with a 4-3 come-from-behind win over visiting North Ridgeville. The home team scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull out the West Shore Conference win.
Senior Kevin Keefe provided the game-winning hit in the bottom of the sixth inning with his two-run single. Sophomore Kyle Thompson also had a double for Bay, which moved to 3-2 in the WSC. Junior pitcher Chris Francati...
Lakewood overcomes slow start to topple Rockets|
For the better part of the first half, it looked like the Bay Rockets were the team out in front in the West Shore Conference race.
The home team raced out to a 10-0 first quarter lead and held a 17-11 advantage early in the second against the first-place Lakewood Rangers. The visitors were struggling offensively, while the Rockets were enjoying one of their best starts of the season.
But as the second quarter moved along, the Lakewood offense awoke from its slumber and went to work.
The Rangers closed out the half with an impressive 16-3 run and carried that momentum into the second half. When it was all said and done, Lakewood prevailed 66-38 to remain all alone at the top of the WSC girls basketball standings...
Video: Demons roll past Rockets, remain unbeaten|
The Westlake Demons celebrated the holidays a bit early Monday night with a convincing 75-55 win over Bay in non-conference boys basketball.
The Demons remained undefeated on the season at 7-0, taking an 18-11 lead after one quarter of play. They then used a 24-5 second quarter to pull away from the Rockets and never looked back.
Senior Gavin Skelly led Westlake with a 30-point effort, while sophomore Andris Balodis added 12 points. Senior Joe Hadib-Nissan and junior Anthony Trujillo each chipped in with 11 points in a balanced Demon attack.
Bay, now 4-3, was led by senior Jack Aleksandrovic and junior Brandon Morris, with each scoring nine points.
This weekend, Bay continues non-conference play Friday night at Parma. Westlake also has a non-conference game that night, traveling to Medina Highland...
Hot Rangers run, gun and stun their way past Bay|
Going into the 2013-14 season, one of first-year head coach Jared Shetzer\'s goals was to turn his Bay Rockets into a full-court, fast-breaking band of basketball players.
On Tuesday night at Lakewood, his squad got an up-close-and-personal look at how that type of game is played.
The Rangers, behind the 27-point effort of senior Shawn McDonald, went on a 16-2 run late in the first quarter and never looked back. When the smoke had cleared, Lakewood had literally run away with a 92-68 win over a stunned Bay squad in a West Shore Conference encounter.
Lakewood, now 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the WSC, overwhelmed the Rockets defensively in the first quarter, then rode some red-hot shooting into second. The Rangers led 53-24 at the half and 78-38 after three quarters of play to win this one going away.
\"They\'ve changed their style of play to where they want to press...
Rockets hold off Eagle rally for Shetzer's first win|
Trailing by 21 points at halftime, a young North Olmsted team faced an uphill climb.
On the other bench, a youthful Bay squad had some challenges of its own.
North Olmsted bounced back, cutting the Rockets\' lead to four with plenty of time left on the fourth-quarter clock. But Bay answered with a 16-6 run to close out the game and take a 72-58 win over the Eagles in the 2013-14 basketball season opener Friday night at the Launch Pad.
The win gave Jared Shetzer his first as Bay\'s new head coach. Former Rockets mentor Jason Frolo was making his return to Bay as well, this time as North Olmsted\'s new head coach. Both coaches, no doubt, experienced a series of highs and lows as the potential blowout turned into a barn-burner late in the second half...
Elyria Catholic cheer squad wears the WSC crown|
You see them every Friday night at your local high school football game. They are always there supporting their team, win or lose.
Last week at North Ridgeville High School, they took center stage.
\'They\' would be the cheerleading squads from the member schools of the West Shore Conference. On this night, they would take the floor, perform their routines and compete for their own...
Rockets fall short of state finals in loss to Revere|
The never-say-die Bay Rockets gave a late push but it wasn\'t enough.
Bay, falling behind 2-0 in the first half, fell to Revere, 4-3, on a windy and rainy Wednesday night in the Division II boys soccer state semifinals at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School.
Revere, now 20-0-2, jumped out to a convincing 4-1 lead and withstood a Bay flurry in the final two minutes. That allowed the Minutemen to advance to Saturday\'s state final against Columbus Bishop Watterson at Columbus Crew Stadium.
\"We had chances in the first half, we just didn\'t finish,\" said Bay head coach Bobby Dougherty.
\"We just couldn\'t get a hold of the ball. I think we were just too excited and when push came to shove, they countered every time we got in and if we don\'t get a hold of the ball...
Bay tops St. Mary's, returns to DII state semifinals|
The Bay boys are back in the big dance.
The Rockets earned a return trip to the OHSAA Division II state soccer semifinals with a hard-fought 3-0 win over St. Mary\'s Memorial Saturday afternoon in Ashland. They\'ll take on a familiar foe, Revere, on Wednesday night for the right to advance to the state championship game at Crew Stadium in Columbus.
Bay, now 15-1-5, battled tooth and nail with the Rough Riders until Alex Furst broke the scoreless deadlock on a rebound goal with nine minutes left in the first half. With just under six minutes...
Rockets claim district crown with win over Pirates|
Almost three weeks ago, the Rocky River boys soccer team defeated Bay to earn the West Shore Conference championship.
This time, there was arguably something more important on the line.
The host Rockets, meeting Rocky River for the second time in 17 days, weren\'t about to let another opportunity slip away. Bay had revenge on its mind and followed through with a 2-0 win over the Pirates Saturday night in the Division II district finals at Bay Memorial Stadium.
Bay, now 13-1-5, jumped on Rocky River for two goals in the first half, both in the final five minutes, and stymied the opposition the rest of the way with the help of junior goalie Colin Southerington. The Rockets advanced to...
Pirate defense holds to preserve win over Rockets|
Trailing by seven with two seconds left on the clock, Bay was on the move deep in Rocky River territory.
But the Rockets were stuffed by the Rocky River defense on the 3-yard line, allowing the Pirates to hold on to a 34-27 come-from-behind victory on Senior Night at Rocky River Stadium.
After trailing for most of the second half, Rocky River\'s Matt Lowry put the game on his shoulders and found a way to win. Taking advantage of a defensive stand deep in Pirate territory...
Bay spikers fall short in tourney loss to Holy Name|
Coming down the stretch, the young Bay Rockets made their presence felt in the West Shore Conference volleyball race. In the final week of the regular season, they knocked off champion Elyria Catholic, then swept arch rival Rocky River to clinch a second-place finish.
That late-season run continued in the first round of the OHSAA Sectional tournament with a 3-set win over Firelands. But on Wednesday night, the Rockets\' run came to an end in a 25-18, 25-16, 25-13 loss to host Holy Name in a Division II sectional title match.
Bay concluded the 2013 season at 14-10. Holy Name, the third-seeded team in the Parma Heights district, moved on to next week\'s district semifinals and will face Revers, a 3-set winner over Keystone in Wednesday night\'s first match.
It was a tough night for the Rockets...
Rockets sweep River at Volley for The Cure event|
The Bay Rockets volleyball team celebrated Senior Night with an impressive 26-24, 25-17, 25-20 win over rival Rocky River to close out the 2013 regular season. The two teams also joined forces to raise money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer with a successful Volley For The Cure Night
With the win, Bay clinched a second place tie for second place in the West Shore Conference with a 9-5 record. Lakewood also finished second in the conference with its 22-25, 12-25, 25-19, 25-23, 15-11 win over Avon.
Senior middle hitter Bridget Durham led the Rockets with 13 kills, four service aces and eight blocks. Savannah Skelly had 11 kills and 13 digs, while junior setter Megan Lowery dished out 30 assists.
Bay junior Laura Wilson registered 15 digs, setting a new school record with 285 for the season.
For Rocky River, senior outside hitter Mary Kate Krajcer led...
Pirates strike early, top Rockets to claim WSC title|
The Rocky River boys varsity soccer team clicked on all cylinders Wednesday night.
The Pirates scored early and often, survived a late Bay rally and beat the Rockets, 4-2, to win the West Shore Conference championship at Rocky River Stadium.
\"In every game that we\'ve played this year, I\'ve tried to emphasize how important it is to get an early goal,\" said Rocky River head coach Kevin Zerbey, whose team moved to 13-1-1 overall and finished the WSC season a perfect 7-0.
\"It helps us out psychologically and it messes with the other team a bit,\" Zerbey continued. \"I didn\'t think we would score as fast as we did...
River takes WSC championship with win over Bay|
After turning away a Bay attack, the Rocky River Pirates went on a counter and quickly moved the ball up field.
As the sixth minute ticked off the Bay Memorial Stadium scoreboard, the ball found its way to Abby Elinsky. The Rocky River forward took the ball to the end line, made a quick move past a Rocket defender and ripped a line-drive crossing shot into the right side of the net.
With a 1-0 lead, the Pirates were well on their way. The visitors got another Elinsky goal...
Rocket spikers refuse to lose, rally past Avon in 5|
The youthful Bay Rockets volleyball team has had its share of ups and down this season. Tuesday night at Avon was no exception as the visitors trailed in every set, including the crucial fourth set when the host Eagles held a 5-point lead three separate times.
But like Rockets head coach Katie McCarthy like to say, her team just refuses to lose.
Bay used a pair of Avon hitting errors and a block kill from senior middle hitter Bridget Durham to force a fifth and deciding set. The Rockets trailed early in that set, but took the lead on another Eagle hitting miscue and never looked back in a 15-25, 25- 20, 17-25, 25-22, 15-11 West Shore Conference win.
\"I just feel like we didn\'t show up until late in the match,\" admitted McCarthy...
Best leads Rockets past Rangers, into win column|
All things considered, the Bay football team had its \"best\" performance of the season...
...Jake Best, that is, the senior quarterback for the Rockets who simply willed his team toward that seemingly elusive first victory of the 2013 season.
With Best giving a very gritty performance on both sides of the football, Bay notched its first win Friday night by defeating Lakewood, 21-7, in West Shore Conference action.
It was Homecoming Night for the Ranger players, students and fans who gathered inside First Federal Lakewood Stadium. It would be the visiting Rockets, however, doing all of the celebrating in dancing its way into the win column for the first time in five games.
\"We finally gave a four-quarter performance,\" said a very happy Ryan Gorius, the head coach at Bay, who could not...
Demons, Rockets renew rivalry, battle to 1-1 draw|
After a scoreless first half of play, the soccer game between Bay and Westlake looked like it might wind up in a scoreless draw. Both defenses were proving to be rock solid, with the scoring opportunities few and far between.
Then in the final 12 minutes, both teams found the mark as the intensity picked up exponentially. But when it was all said and done, the two longtime rivals had battled to a 1-1 draw Monday night at Bay\'s Memorial Stadium.
Bay remained undefeated at 7-0-4, but came less than 12 minutes away from a win after a Jordan Holmes goal gave the Rockets a 1-0 lead. Westlake, now, 3-1-4, countered with a goal from Lauren Hurst less than three minutes later that ultimately forced the draw.
The tying goal came with 9:08 left in the game. Senior midfielder Gabby Gravino got past a Bay defender...
Rockets fight off Eagle challenge to stay unbeaten|
Winning soccer seasons for the Bay boys varsity team are about as common as turkey and pumpkin pie on the dinner table at Thanksgiving.
The Rockets have many West Shore Conference titles and numerous trips to the postseason on their resume, including an appearance in the state semifinals last year. They kept their bid for a perfect season intact by defeating conference rival Avon Wednesday night, 2-1, at Bay\'s Memorial Stadium.
Bay, which improved its overall record to 6-0-4, ran its WSC record to a perfect 4-0 with this victory over the Eagles. Rocket head coach Bobby Dougherty, though, believed his team basically \"survived\" and \"escaped\" for the night.
\"Avon outplayed us in the first half,\" noted...
Undefeated Rockets top Avon, keep pace in WSC|
The Bay girls varsity soccer team notched a big West Shore Conference victory with a 2-0 win Wednesday night at Avon.
Senior defender Sam Meisenburg found the back of the net on a free kick from 25 yards out to put the Rockets up 1-0 with 20 minutes left in the first half, and Bay never looked back.
\"This is a tough place for us to play,\" Bay head coach Jack Griffiths said. \"We\'ve lost some tough games here years ago, so it\'s always nice to win here.\"
Bay, now 7-0-3 overall and 3-0-1 in the WSC, utilized the entire field...
Fairview's defense shines in victory over Rockets|
Fairview scored twice in the first half, then held off Bay defensively to earn a 10-6 road victory over the Rockets Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
The Warriors, now 3-0 on the season, moved the ball and scored their only touchdown of the night on the game\'s first drive. From there, it was Fairview\'s defense that contained Bayís offense for just 97 yards rushing on 38 attempts.
\"We play pretty good defense. We\'ve got some pretty good kids there,\" Fairview head coach Tom Narducci said.
\"They\'re all game tested. They\'ve played for us, and they came through when they needed to.\" Setting the tone with a nine-play touchdown drive...
'Lil Brown Jug stays put as Demons best Rockets|
The \'Lil Brown Jug stays on Hilliard Boulevard at Westlake High School.
The traditional rivalry game matching Bay against Westlake, with the symbolic trophy (jug) awaiting the winner, seems to always bring the fans to their feet.
The 2013 version, played at Lou Duchez Field on the campus of Westlake High School Friday night, certainly had its share of big plays and exciting moments for all spectators to enjoy.† In the end, it would be the home team Demons making just enough of those big plays on both sides of the football to defeat the Rockets, 20-14.
\"Hey, I know I had fun tonight,\" said Bay head coach Ryan Gorius.
\"This is always a big game...
Bay's second-half rally falls short in loss to Lions|
Fighting their way back from a 21-6 halftime deficit, the Bay Rockets fell just short of a second half comeback against Orange in a close 34-26 game Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
After 24 minutes of football, it didn\'t look like Bay had a lot in them against the Lions. Scoring just once in the first half after a Lions fumble at the Bay one yard line, the Rockets appeared to be out of fuel.
Accumulating just 30 yards of total offense in the first half, head coach Ryan Gorius had to make some adjustments at halftime if his team...
Bay blanks Rangers to open WSC soccer season|
After starting the 2013 season with three ties, the Bay boys soccer team looks to be hitting its stride.
The Rockets visited Lakewood and topped the Rangers, 2-0, last Wednesday to open West Shore Conference play. On Saturday, Bay played a non-conference match with Cardinal Mooney and came away with another shutout win, 4-0.
Lakewood resumes WSC play Wednesday with a game at North Ridgeville. On Saturday, the Ranges resume their cross-town rivalry at St. Edward at 7 p.m.
The Rockets host Vermilion on Wednesday at 7 p.m., then cap off the week with a rivalry game of their own when they travel to Revere. Kickoff that day is also at 7 p.m. Larry was on hand to capture...
Rockets rally past Rangers for McCarthy's first win|
Up 24-23 in game four, Bayís Megan Lowery stepped back to the service line. With her team up two games to one, she had just ripped an ace to give the Rockets a 24-23 lead against visiting Lakewood.
The Rangers, trying to stay alive and force a fifth game, this time played the ball and sent it back the Rocketsí way. But when the resulting pass reached Lowery, the junior setter went to what had been her bread-and-butter play several times that night:
The setter dump. The ball left Loweryís hands and...
Bay girls dominate to highlight WSC preview meet|
In cross country, itís not just about who finishes first. Depth is a key, as the Avon and Bay boys demonstrated Saturday morning at Cahoon Park.
Oh, and the Bay girls? There was one word to describe their performance: Dominating.
The Rocket girls, behind the first-place finish of Maddie Britton, took seven of the first 10 spots to run away with the West Shore Conference Preview Meet. In the boys varsity race, Avon and Bay ran to a tie as they combined for 12 of the top 20 positions.
Britton, with her 18:37.36, led Bay to the girls title as the Rockets scored 16 points. The closest competition came from Rocky River, which finished seond with 54 points. Lakewood was third with a score of 92.
For the boys, Avon got a one-two finish from Austin Fasciana and Sean Kane. Fasciana won it with a time of 16:14.37, while Kane was right on his teammateís heels...
Inexperienced Rockets take new attitude into 2013|
Itís not starting over, but itís pretty close.
Bay returns just seven starters and 15 lettermen for the 2013 high school football season. Head coach Ryan Gorius, entering his fourth season at the helm of the Bay program, graduated 18 seniors off a team that went 3-7 overall.
There are plenty of new faces dotting the Rocket roster, but enough familiar faces to provide experience and leadership early on. For example, senior Jake Best (6-1, 195) returns at starting quarterback to run the Rocketsí pro style offense. Heíll also start on defense at linebacker, according to Gorius.
While some may see the teamís youth and overall inexperience as a hurdle, Gorius sees...