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  Combined Team Scores - 34 Events Scored
1) Rocky River 265 2) Kenston 250.33 3) Avon Lake 200 4) Bay 166.50 5) Aurora 152.83 6) Elyria 140.33 7) Lakewood 79 8) Midview 67    (4390 reads)

Second quarter surge gets Rockets past Rangers

Offense (Player FGM/FTM/Pts) Lakewood: #14 William Carle/0/1/1, #23 Chris Golden/5/0/15, #1 Justin McDonald/1/0/2, #5 Trevon Rogers/2/0/2, #20 Logan Swift/17/8/44, #25 Ozemenay Taylor/3/0/7, #13 Raekwon Whitfield/1/1/3, #21 Jack Witri/1/0/3. Bay: #40 Scott Durham/5/5/15, #11 Cole Gergye/3/0/3, #10 Jack Jelen/5/6/16, #1 John Koz/11/1/29, #0 Erik Painter/6/0/13, #15 R.J. Sunahara/2/1/5, #13 Kyle Thompson/2/0/5.    (2107 reads)

Bay beats Rangers 10-1

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FINALLY! Marshall's FG gives Rangers elusive win

With six seconds left on the game clock, all eyes were on Lakewood kicker James Marshall. The Ranger senior, who had a 31-yard field goal attempt blocked earlier in the quarter, entered the game for his third attempt on the night. The ball rested at the Amherst 14-yard line at the left hash mark with the vocal Lakewood faithful up on their feet. The snap was good. The blocks were executed and Jack Witri\'s hold went without a hitch. Marshall\'s kick was true, and the weight of a long losing streak was lifted off the Rangers\' collective shoulders. Lakewood, which had not won a game...    (3031 reads)

Bright lights it up as Ridgeville topples Lakewood

As they tried to solidify their spot in the 2015 OHSAA Playoffs, the North Ridgeville Rangers found themselves going into Week 9 without injured All-Ohio running back Demario McCall. A break for the visiting Lakewood Rangers? Not really. North Ridgeville simply replaced the Ohio State recruit with junior Cameron Bright. All the 6-1, 192-pound junior did was run for 255 yards and three first-half touchdowns in the Rangers\' 35-21 win over Lakewood in a Southwestern Conference game Friday night. With the win, North Ridgeville improved to 7-2 overall and 6-2 in the SWC with a big showdown at first-place Midview looming to close out...    (3208 reads)

Ranger Notes: Another playoff contender up next

Throughout the OHSAA Playoff era, the Southwestern Conference has long been known for qualifying multiple teams for post season play. This year is no exception, and the Lakewood Rangers get to face yet another of those playoff contenders on the road this Friday night. They\'ll head out to North Ridgeville to take on their Rangers, who have put together quite a season so far in 2015. North Ridgeville goes into the game at 6-2 overall and 5-2 in the SWC, good for a tie for second place with fellow playoff contenders Avon, Berea-Midpark and Olmsted Falls. They\'re all chasing unbeaten Midview, which needs a win at Avon Lake to clinch its first-ever SWC crown. As of this week\'s OHSAA computer ratings...    (3110 reads)

Undefeated Middies turn away Rangers' challenge

With 3:42 left in the third quarter, it was anybody\'s ballgame. Jack Witri\'s 7-yard touchdown pass to Michael Goolsby had brought the Lakewood Rangers, down 21 points at halftime, to within seven points of Southwestern Conference front-runner Midview. And when Tremayne Swanson recovered a Middie fumble moments later, the improbable started to look even more possible. Midview, however, was able to right the ship in the fourth quarter. The playoff-bound Middies scored 20 unanswered points in the final 10 minutes of the game to escape with a 41-14 road win Friday night to keep Lakewood...    (3003 reads)

Ranger Notes: SWC front-runner Midview up next

After their 35-17 loss at Westlake, the Lakewood Rangers went back to work this week in preparation for their next Southwestern Conference challenge. Their challenge this week is a daunting one as undefeated Midview comes to town. It doesn\'t get any easier the following week either as they travel to North Ridgeville to take on Demario McCall and the Rangers. The Middies, featuring one of the top offenses in the area, haven\'t missed a beat with backup quarterback Logan Bolan behind center. Bolin, playing for the injured Dustin Crum, led a second half comeback at Berea-Midpark, then engineered a 61-20 thrashing of Westlake in his first start. Last Friday night, Bolin completed 17 of 28 passes for 220 yards and ran for another 140 yards with three touchdowns in a 35-10 win over Olmsted Falls. His top receiver in the win...    (3021 reads)

Demons cash in for first win, Rangers still waiting

Over the past several months, both the Lakewood Rangers and Westlake Demons had invested hour upon hour of hard work, practice and dedication on the football field with little to show for it. But in a battle between the two winless teams Friday night, the Demons finally cashed in on their investment. The Rangers, on the other hand, are still waiting for the dividends to show. Trailing 10-7 early on, Westlake erupted for 21 points in the final four minutes of the first half. The Demons tacked on one more score in the second half and held on for a 35-17 win...    (3779 reads)

Ranger Notes: The elusive first win still on the line

Only one thing is for certain when the Lakewood Rangers take on the Westlake Demons at Lou Duchez Field this Friday night: One Northeast Ohio football team is going to win its first game of the 2015 season. Lakewood, in the midst of a 13-game losing streak over the past two seasons, hits the road for the second straight week to take on the Demons. It\'s Week 6 of the Southwestern Conference season, and both teams are still in search of their first win of the season. The Rangers, playing in their first season in the SWC, have knocked on victory\'s door...    (3545 reads)

Eagles cut through the wind, Rangers for SWC win

On a cold and blustery early October night, things couldn\'t have started out any worse for the Lakewood Rangers. Conversely, everything seemed to fall in line for the Avon Eagles. Avon, in the midst of yet another playoff run, won the pregame coin toss and deferred. Lakewood chose to receive, and that allowed the Eagles to play with the wind at their backs to open the game. They took full advantage, scoring 21 first quarter points on their way to a convincing 42-7 Southwestern Conference win at Joe Firment Stadium. \"The coin toss was an important play today,\" quipped Avon head coach Mike Elder...    (3777 reads)

Ranger Notes: Avon provides next SWC challenge

Losing a game is always tough on players, coaches and fans. Losing five games in a row makes it a little bit tougher. And when you\'re so close to a win and you feel like you\'ve let one slip away, the frustration multiplies exponentially. That\'s the situation the Lakewood Rangers find themselves in after last Friday\'s 28-12 loss to North Olmsted. An there\'s no time for head-hanging as a road trip to perennial playoff contender Avon looms in this Friday\'s Southwestern Conference matchup. Avon, a familiar opponent from...    (2809 reads)

Eagles persist, make big plays to get past Rangers

Persist. It\'s the word that\'s on the back of every North Olmsted player\'s jersey. It\'s also a way of doing things that served the Eagles well Friday night. Both Lakewood and North Olmsted showed that game winning-tenacity throughout the contest. But it was the Eagles that turned that persistence into two big scoring plays in the second half as they turned back the Rangers, 28-12, in a Week 5 Southwestern Conference matchup. Lakewood remained winless on the season despite making a number of big plays defensively to keep the game close. But a pair of mistakes in the first half combined with two big plays by the visitors in the second half proved too much to overcome. The Eagles, who won their second game in a row, opened...    (3486 reads)

Ranger Notes: Eagles fly in for Homecoming week

It\'s Homecoming Week at Lakewood, and the Rangers would like nothing more than to liven up the festivities a bit with their first win of the season. Friday night, Lakewood continues its first run through the Southwestern Conference against North Olmsted. The Eagles, 2-2 on the season, picked up their first conference win last Friday night with a hard-fought 32-29 decision over Westlake. Lakewood head coach Mike Ribar is familiar with the Eagles, having played them in a non-conference game last season. This week, he said his team would have to be ready for anything against a team that has had its fair share of ups and downs so far this season. \"That\'s what we\'ve seen on the film...\"    (3150 reads)

Shoremen pull away late to keep Rangers winless

A victory was so close, they could taste it. At halftime, the Lakewood Rangers found themselves with the lead for the first time this season. Even as the game moved into the fourth quarter, they were within a field goal against Southwestern Conference rival Avon Lake. But in the end, the big plays down the stretch went to the Shoremen. Avon Lake, converting on three fourth-down plays, capped off a 16-play, 74-yard drive early in the final 12 minutes on a 3-yard scoring run by Holden Ohm. The Shoremen defense followed up with an interception and pulled away for a 34-23 road win over Lakewood Friday night. \"In the second half, we eliminated some of the mental errors...    (4181 reads)

Ranger Notes: Playmaking key against Shoremen

Ten plays. It has been said that just 10 plays can make all the difference between winning and losing a football game. Nobody knows that any better right now than Lakewood head coach Mike Ribar. His Rangers again failed to take full advantage of some early scoring opportunities in the first half last Friday night. Then they gave up a big play defensively in the fourth quarter that turned a close game into a 35-10 win for the Bulldogs in Southwestern Conference action. This Friday night, Lakewood returns home to face Avon Lake...    (3137 reads)

Linville runs wild as Bulldogs take down Rangers

As a steady rain continued to fall at Charles A. Harding Memorial Stadium, the Lakewood Rangers found themselves facing an uphill battle against a formidable combination. Wet field conditions, the triple threat option attack of Olmsted Falls and Spencer Linville. Linville, the Bulldogs\' junior running back, racked up 265 yards rushing and scored four touchdowns on the night as the home team prevailed, 35-10, Friday night in a Southwestern Conference matchup. With the loss, Lakewood dropped to 0-3 on the season and 0-2 in its inaugural SWC season. Olmsted Falls moved to 3-0 and 2-0 in the conference as Linville continued to carry the load with 43 carries on the night. \"He\'s been doing a great job for us so far...    (4095 reads)

Ranger Notes: Bulldogs' triple option a challenge

After back-to-back losses to open the 2015 season, there is nowhere to go but up for the Lakewood football team. The Rangers dropped their first-ever Southwestern Conference game to Berea-Midpaerk, 34-13, last Friday night. This Friday, they\'re back on the road for their second SWC test to take on Olmsted Falls, which has started its season at 2-0. \"It looks like they\'re playing with a lot of confidence,\" said Lakewood head coach Mike Ribar...    (2892 reads)

Epps erupts, Titans down Rangers in SWC opener

Despite key mistakes early on, the Lakewood Rangers were right where they wanted to be Friday night against defending Southwestern Conference champion Berea-Midpark. Down 13-7, they were controlling the tempo and slowing down the Titans\' potent offense. But as the game moved along, they could find no answer for Shawn Epps. Epps, Berea-Midpark\'s senior tailback, went off for 120 yards in the half and helped ignite a 21-0 Titans run. When it was all said and done, Epps and the Titans had earned a 34-13 win over the Rangers in the SWC opener for both teams...    (4881 reads)

Ranger Notes: SWC season begins against Titans

It was pretty much back to the drawing board this week for the Lakewood football team. The Rangers, fresh off a season-opening 56-13 thumping at the hands of Medina, did not get any kind of break whatsoever on their schedule. The nine-game Southwestern Conference schedule begins on their home turf Friday night, and the opponent is none other than defending SWC champion Berea-Midpark. The 1-0 Titans were also a Division I playoff team last year. It\'s a tall task, but Lakewood head coach Mike Ribar said his team was up to the challenge. \"This group is pretty resilient...    (2727 reads)

Lakewood, Avon top the field in first SWC preview

The Lakewood boys made the most of their first ever Southwestern Conference Preview Meet. The Rangers, placing three runners in the top 10, scored 47 points to edge out Avon by three points and claim the SWC title Saturday at Lorain County Community College in Elyria. The Eagles, also competing in their first conference meet, won the girls race with a team score of 36 to easily out-distance Amherst\'s 72. Berea-Midpark claimed both individual champions. Lindsey Scarton won the girls meet with a time of 19:49.5, while Michael Jankowski took the boys crown with a time of 16:57.3 Lakewood\'s top finisher was Henry Bish, who came in third with his 17:16.0. Teammate Micah Swartz was fifth with a 17:30.4, while Evan Budzar came in 10th with a 17:50.9 The Rangers\' hopes were bolstered by Joe Burtzlaff (17:59.6) and Gunnar Stockman (17:59.9), who finished...    (4810 reads)

Missed opportunities costly for Rangers in opener

Throughout the first quarter and a half of football, Lakewood was playing Medina on relatively even terms. The Bees, despite having an early 14-0 lead, were shooting themselves in the foot with a variety of mistakes and penalties. But when opportunity knocked, the Rangers were unable to answer. And it cost them big time. The Battling Bees, behind the rushing performance of Jimmy Daw, got their act together and began to generate opportunities of their own. When the smoke had cleared, Medina had come away with a convincing 56-13 win over the Rangers in the 2015 season opener...    (3953 reads)

Ranger Notes: Bees up first as new season begins

The high school football regular season is finally here. Lakewood, under second-year head coach Mike Ribar, opens up the 2015 season Friday night with a non-conference game at Medina. The Rangers, coming off a 2-8 season, will then begin play in the newly expanded Southwestern Conference by facing nine conference foes. The Rangers join former West Shore Conference members Avon, Midview and North Ridgeville as new members of the SWC, regarded as...    (3350 reads)

Titans' defense shuts out Rangers in SWC opener

As Berea-Midpark opened defense of its Southwestern Conference soccer championship, one thing stood out as the match against Lakewood played on. These Titans are going to do it with defense. That defense held Lakewood\'s scoring opportunities to a minimum and helped generate the only goal the visitors would need. The end result was a 2-0 win over the Rangers Wednesday night at First Federal Lakewood Stadium in the SWC opener for both teams. \"Our team defense eliminates a lot of threats before they reach our last option, which is our keeper,\" said Berea-Midpark head coach...    (4301 reads)

Ranger Football, BeAFanatic joining forces in 2015

For the second straight season, is pleased and proud to be the online home of Lakewood Varsity Football. The Rangers, under second-year head coach Mike Ribar, begin the 2015 season this Friday night at Medina in their only non-conference game of the season. The remaining nine regular season games will be played against teams from the Southwestern Conference as Lakewood begins its first season in the league. And will be there for all 10 of those games with full coverage, including game stories, photo galleries and video highlights. \"It\'s a pleasure on our side to be back again on BeAFanatic,\" said Ribar right before the official announcement was made on Twitter. \"We really enjoyed it last year with the coverage BeAFanatic provided,\" Ribar continued. \"Not only with the...    (3350 reads)

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