Friday, October 20, 2017



I just received an email from the OHSAA about their admission charge policy. You have to pay $5 for entry into this meet, and there is an option to pay in advance. Here's the link you can access to pay early: OHSAA Early Ticket Payment

Thanks, see everyone tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Athletes & Parents:

Here are the TEAM runners for Saturday. We can take 10 runners on TEAM this week!
  • BOYS TEAM   10:00 a.m.
         Paul, Andrew C., Matthew H., Logan, Ben, Adam, Ryan, Scotty, Michael, Quinn
  • GIRLS TEAM   10:30 a.m.
        Riley, Alli, Erin B., Megan, Allison, Alaina, Hannah N., Jocelyn, Amy, Celia
  • BOYS OPEN   11:00 a.m.
        All other boys
  • GIRLS OPEN  11:30 a.m.
        All other girls

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Cross Country Athletes & Parents:

  • Congratulations to the Girls for their SWC Championship and the Boys for their 2nd place finish! The girls have won 4 out of 5 championships, the boys have won 3 out of 4! That's awesome!
  • Please turn in uniforms to Room 404! Please wash your uniform and turn it in to Coach Rocco. Please place everything in a bag and label it with your name. Don't forget to label it!
  • Starting next week, you need to take a break! One of the problems distance coaches have with good teams—and we have two GREAT teams—is getting those teams to rest. Rest is important! Take 3 weeks off of running, starting next week. No running! This is ‘Couch Potato’ time, where you have permission to be a lazy kid for three weeks. Eat what you want, play other sports, sit on the couch and watch television/play video games. Time to rest!
  • Running with Rocco (featuring Coaches Drabik and Zane) is our off-season running program. We will start running the week of November 13th. If you are not involved in a winter sport, or if the winter sport you are involved in does not conflict with our off-season running, then you need to start running the week of November 13th. We will meet twice a week, and you should get another 1 - 2 days of running on your own. We'll meet after school from 3 - 4 p.m. I'll post days/times on the blog and on the morning announcements. Our off-season running will start in November and it will end in March, when Track & Field begins. It is important for runners to run in the off-season! Nothing too much, but you want to get out there and run a little each week. We'll be running outside so dress for the weather!
  • I'd like to thank you guys for another awesome season!

    1. PARENTS: Thank you for all your support this season with the Friday Night Dinners, helping out at our Fun Run, taking pictures this season. I tell teams at the beginning of the season: If we do a good job as your coaches this season, you won't want this season to end--you'll want to keep running together. This has been another awesome season, and one of the reasons is that it was a community event. Thanks for making it great.
    2. COACHES: We have an awesome staff, and they do a great job. Make sure you thank your coaches as you see them this final week (or in the halls).
    3. ATHLETES: As coaches, we try to set high expectations for you, and you met or exceeded them every time. I often tell teams in the summer that you will be spending the next 3 1/2 months together and, for some of you, you'll be running together for the next 5-6 years. In that time, you'll change from a group of strangers to a family. The first thing we hear from other coaches and parents isn't how good you are (although we do hear that), but what nice kids you are. Avon Lake is a place we all call home, and you all represented it well. Thanks for a great season, and GO AVON LAKE! 
OHSAA Middle School Invitational:
  • Bus leaves TROY at 5:15 a.m.  Be there at 5 a.m., and be ready to sleep on the way down. We’re taking 2 buses!
  • We should return around 5:00 p.m. We plan on stopping for food on the way back home.
  • This meet will be held at:
          Ohio University-Lancaster Campus 
          1570 Granville Pike
          Lancaster, OH  43130
  • Weather looks good! Right now it looks like it will be 76 degrees. Still, dress in layers. If the weather forecast changes we’ll go over it with the team this week.
  • Bring a snack. We’re leaving early for this one, and you’ll want to eat a large snack prior to racing.
  • Bring extra food/water. We’ve got extra water that we'll be bringing, but you’ll want to snack when we get there so bring some food and a sports drink!
  • Bring money! You might want to buy apparel when you get there, and we’ll be eating a late lunch on the way back.
  • Information for this meet can be found here (including course map):
  • Here's the schedule:
            BOYS TEAM   10:00 a.m.
              GIRLS TEAM   10:30 a.m.
            BOYS OPEN   11:00 a.m.
            GIRLS OPEN  11:30 a.m.
  • We are going to talk to the kids on Wednesday about who's running on TEAM.

Friday, October 13, 2017

End-of-Season Video

Athletes & Parents:

Here it is! The end-of-season video was created by Natalie, Amelia, and Josh. Thanks for all your hard work, and thanks to all the parents who sent us pictures!

We got most of the team included in the video, but we don't have a photo of every kid. If you'd like your kid's photo included, feel free to send it in to me and we can edit the video.


Thanks for a great season, and we'll see everyone tomorrow!

Monday, October 9, 2017


 Here we go! This is the final race of the season. Let's get to work:
  • Please check Coach Rocco’s room for any missing items! At the end of our season we’re going to place all missing items in Learwood’s Lost & Found! Anything not claimed at year’s end will be donated to charity.
  • Parents, while this final race is centrally located, make sure to remind kids to stick together!
  • Time to get some rest! Eat healthy, drink a lot of water, stock up on sleep (9 hours, 15 minutes a night), and STRETCH before bed! Avoid soda, junk food, and limit sweets to one dessert a day! Remember, it’s not what you do Friday night, it’s what you do this whole week.
  • Parents: we've been very flexible with the athletes' sports schedules this season...we are going to ask that those other sports be flexible with us this week. We are tapering this week, and we need the kids to REST! We've been pushing them these last few weeks, and I know a lot of them are participating in multiple sports. We want them to peak at the right time, and that means they've got to rest this whole week. If you could adjust their sports' schedules this week, we would really appreciate it!
  • Parents and athletes: typically athletes like to toilet paper my house the week of SWCs (it's been a tradition). Just remember: we love Coach Rocco and we would NOT want to do any damage to his home. Also, the tradition also stipulates that athletes meet the next day to clean up--don't forget that.
  • State Meet Info: we've gone over who's going to the State Meet earlier today. We'll send out information after SWCs...but get ready, it'll be an early departure.
Southwestern Conference Championship
  • Bus leaves at Troy at 11:10 a.m. (be there at 11 a.m.).
  • We would like ALL athletes to ride the bus TO and FROM this meet! We would like the entire team to be present for the awards ceremony at SWCs! GO AVON LAKE!
  • Girls run at 12:30 p.m.
  • Boys run at 1 p.m.
  • Parents, there is an Elementary Race at 11:45 a.m. It's 800 meters and it's open to any young athlete in the Southwestern Conference (grades 1 - 6). You can register the day of the SWC Championship at a table by the starting line. The starting line for this race is close to our middle school start line, or, if it's not there, it will be by the tennis courts.
  • SWC Awards Ceremony will be at 1:30 p.m. Top 7 runners (All-SWC) will be recognized, then Top 8-14 runners (2nd Team All-SWC) will be recognized, then the SWC schools will be recognized. The awards ceremony will be by the tennis courts.
  •  SWC apparel will be available! It should be organized and ready for pick-up.
  • We’ll leave around 2:15ish.Thanks for a great year!
All practices will be held at Learwood

Normal practice
3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
10 - 11 a.m.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Cross Country Athletes & Parents:

Here's our weekly update:

  • We got a preliminary list of OHSAA Middle School Meet (State Meet) participants on Friday & Tuesday. We will follow up with this on Monday, then we'll finalize who will be attending this.
  • Time to eat healthy, drink plenty of water, and stock up on rest! Our hard workouts will end this week. It’s time to rest, we are beginning to taper. Taper…this is one of the greatest words in an endurance athlete’s vocabulary. For this last week, avoid all soda, eat very healthy foods, drink plenty of water, get a LOT of sleep (middle schoolers need to average 9 hours 15 minutes of sleep a night), and STRETCH after practice, on Sunday, and before you go to bed each night. It’s not what you do the day before a race, it matters what you do the WEEK before a race!
  • We've replaced Jack Wilhelm with New London Invitational. Parents, we apologize for any inconveniences this may cause. We went back-and-forth with this, but ultimately we wanted to move from Jack Wilhelm because there were only 4 boys' teams there (including us) last year, and we wanted to get the kids away from all the schools we've seen the past 6 weeks. Plus we wanted a nice flat course to run on after Cuyahoga Valley.
  • Parents, If you have any pictures to share, please email Coach Rocco ( I will share with you a Google File, where you can post pictures and we'll have kids set up a movie with these pictures. We would like to show the movie before SWCs...sometime next week!

New London Information:
  • Normal breakfast still applies, with a light snack both before & after the race. Bring water for both before and after the race, and don't forget your sports drink!
  • Be at Troy tomorrow at 8:10 a.m. We should return to Avon Lake around 12:45 p.m.
  • Results will be posted on
  • This race will be held at New London High School (1 Wildcat Drive, New London, OH).
  • Course map can be found HERE
  • Top two teams earn trophies, top fifteen athletes earn medals
  • Spectators will be charged $4 for parking!
  • T-shirts & concessions will be available.
  • Here's the schedule:
            11 a.m.       ALL BOYS

         11:30 a.m.  ALL GIRLS


In the past we had the end of season bowling party the day of SWC's.  We had to change the date because of conflicts with two of the coaches. So we will hold the bowling party on Saturday, October 7th.

When: Saturday, October 7th from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. (New London Invitational)
Where:  Spevocks in Avon Lake
What: Athletes will be able to bowl for 2 hours. Plus have pizza and soda. Families have the option of donating a dessert.
Cost:  $13

Please give Coach ROCCO $13 CASH in a sealed envelope with the athletes full name on the front.  The due date for the money will be Thursday, October 5th!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


Cross Country Athletes & Parents: 

Here's what's going on this week:
  • Lost & Found: We have missing items in our classrooms. Please stop by to claim your items! We'll try bringing the lost items to the next couple of team dinners to be claimed. Any lost items--by the end of the season--will be donated to charity.
  • We are currently registering our team for the OHSAA Middle School Invitational (State Meet). We are planning on taking the top 20 boys & 20 girls on our team who are interested in going. Please let us know if you are interested in participating in this meet! The meet will be held in Lancaster, Ohio, on Saturday, October 21st--athletes who will be competing at this meet will be practicing the week prior to this meet (their season will be extended an additional week).
  • Parents, we have a surplus of paper plates, plastic silverware, and drinks for the dinners. Just stop by my room (404) to pick up what you need!
  • SWC Championship Gear! With the SWC Championships quickly approaching, we just received information the optional gear that parents/athletes can purchase. If you're interested in purchasing SWC apparel, click HERE
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Woodridge) Invitational

  • The race will be held at Virginia Hills at the Pine Hollow entrance: 5465 Quick Road, Peninsula, OH 44264...81° 31.845' W / 41° 12.726' N
  • There is NO parking alongside the road of this race--meet organizers are asking that you park at the following places on this MAP.
  • Woodridge will run several shuttle buses from their high school to the meet, so you might want to get there early so you are not rushed!
  • There is a 'Fun Run' that is free and is 1-kilometer in length. Every finisher gets a ribbon of completion.
  • T-shirts and concessions will be available.
  • Information can be found HERE.
  • The bus will leave Troy at 6:45 a.m. (be at Troy at 6:35 a.m.).
  • We should return by 1:15 p.m.
  • Course maps can be found HERE
  • We're allowed 10 TEAM runners for this race, and they scored the OPEN race last.
  • Here's the race schedule:
        GIRLS OPEN  9:30 a.m.
        BOYS OPEN  10:00 a.m.
        GIRLS TEAM 10:30 a.m.
        BOYS TEAM  11:00 a.m.
        Riley, Alli, Allison, Erin, Alaina, Kayla, Emma, Rebecca, Hannah, and Madison
        Andrew, Matthew K., Matthew H., Ben, Logan, Paul, Adam, Ryan, James, and