Heights Perelman selected for All-Ohio soccer team
Heights High senior soccer player and team captain Zander Perelman is one of 18 players selected for the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association’s All-Ohio Soccer Team—an honorary designation chosen by division 1 (large school) coaches. Cleveland.com also selected him for its 2014 All Star Team.
“Zander is a shining example of the student-athlete,” said Sean Sullivan, Heights High soccer coach. “He brings sportsmanship, integrity and competitiveness to the field every day.” He also put the ball in the net 57 times, scoring in every game of this past season and breaking the team record of 30 goals in a season.
“I like the feeling of scoring—the excitement of that is like nothing else,” said Perelman. “Playing striker lets me be involved in most plays and make a difference for the team.”
Perelman also enjoys the team camaraderie, and values being part of the Heights soccer program. “My favorite thing about being on a team is getting to know my teammates and knowing that I can have an impact on them and the team,” he said.
He recognized his coaches, especially Coach Sullivan, for guiding and teaching him. “I know that Coach Sullivan really cares about me,” Perelman said.
Sullivan noted that much of Perelman’s success stems from his focused mentality. “When he walks on the field, he switches on an intensity that was great for our entire team,” said Sullivan.
The team advanced to the second round of playoffs this season, playing in the sectional final, despite fielding a young team that lost five senior starters last year.
While soccer is his primary sport, Perelman also plays baseball and will wear the Tiger’s uniform on the diamond this spring.
Perelman has made a verbal commitment to play soccer at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, a division 1 school. He has a 4.2 GPA and plans to study animal behavior at Bucknell.
Joy Henderson is the parent/community liaison for Heights High.