Under the direction of head coach Shawn Ciekanski, the Rockets finished the 2022 Flag Football season with a 9-0 record.
They won five games during the regular season against tough teams from Union, Stark, Belmont, and Wood counties. However, it was on Nov. 12 at the Special Olympics Ohio State Flag Football Tournament that the Rockets really shined. Through a true team effort, the Rockets were able to defeat Belmont County, Westerville White, and Union County in pool play to enter the medal round tied for the top seed.
They faced a tough Stark Storm team and came away with the victory and a gold medal.
This is the fifth season for Rockets flag football and their second time capturing a gold medal. In seasons past, they have finished fourth, second, and third.
The Rockets were led offensively by Cory Amatangelo, Gary Calkins, Steve Hazelip, and Matthew Medley. Austin McGinnis played center for the Rockets and connected with the quarterbacks to start some incredible plays.
Defensively, Hazelip, Medley, Cayden Ciekanski, John Freeman, Rachael Russell successfully pulled several plays, while Aidan McClain mastered the art of rushing the opposing quarterbacks. Miranda Milburn also contributed to the team’s victories.