Welcome to Lakewood Ranger Basketball! As our Coach Alex Cammock’s (LHS ’02) squad prepares for the 20-21 campaign, they are poised to continue a tradition that dates back to the turn of last century. In those 100 plus years, our players have won league titles, pulled off buzzer beating thrillers and provided a great experience for players and fans alike. When the Rangers won the LEL Title in 1974, star point guard Mark Verdova would walk the ball up the court and then direct a patient, patterned offense. By the time his nephews Ryan and Greg Rustad appeared in the mid-late 90’s, the pace had quickened, featuring fast breaks and jump stops. By 2014, when the Rangers were undefeated in the WSC, the 3-point shot was the big weapon, with Wes Gerhardt leading the way. (The epic takedown of heavily North Royalton at their gym in the district semi’s is one for the ages). Many things have changed over the years
More have stayed the same, however. The guys in purple and gold all live in the 44017, many of them for their whole lives. Everyone who goes through the program plays for a community team–with kids they grew up with. In 2002, when Matt Fannin, Ohio Division I Player of the Year, was a dominant post player, fan interest was at an all time high. When the Rangers won the SWC title in 2018, our fans rushed the court to greet their classmates. We have been, and always will be one team, from one town, that always delivers effort and passion.
20-21 will be all at once the same, and different. Several stellar players have moved on, including Nate Mims (USEM), 1st Team All-SWC. Victories over State Ranked Medina, Midview at their place in the District Semi-finals, and sweeping Avon were some of the highlights of the previous year’s campaign. We don’t know how many games the 44107 guys will win this year, but there will be a lot of thrills in the New East Gym. Go Rangers!
Written by: Dr. Charles Greanoff Class of 1977