The Heights celebrates Bike Month

The Heights will once again be celebrating Bike Month in May, with local events planned to correspond with National Bike Month, established in 1956.

"Biking is on the upswing," said Mary Dunbar, a Cleveland Heights council member and former head of the Heights Bicycle Coalition (HBC), which plays a major role in organizing Bike Month in Cleveland Heights. "Millennials don't want to own cars and prefer to ride bikes. In addition, 30 percent of Cleveland Heights people who head over to University Circle either walk or ride bikes."

Various activities will take place in and around Cleveland Heights and University Heights throughout the month, including Bike to Work Week and the Ride of Silence—a memorial to honor those injured or killed while riding their bicycles.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 11:23 AM, 04.25.2017

WOW kicks off year two on April 23

Women out Walking (WOW), an initiative of the Cleveland Heights Parks and Recreation Department, is set to kick off its second year on Sunday, April 23, 2–4 pm., at the CH Community Center.

WOW offers various activities to help women get healthy and fit, including yoga, tai chi and self-defense, while meeting new people and exploring Cleveland Heights parks.

The free 12-week program is limited to 150 women, so sign up soon.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:27 PM, 03.30.2017

Heights High grads—and brothers—to play in NFL Pro Bowl

In December, Travis Kelce, a 2008 Heights High graduate and tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, was named a starter in the 2017 National Football League (NFL) Pro Bowl, to be played this Sunday, Jan. 29, 8 p.m., in Orlando, Fla. This will be Kelce’s second appearance in the Pro Bowl.

On Jan. 23, his older brother, Jason Kelce, joined him on the 2017 Pro Bowl roster. Jason is also a Heights High grad, and plays center for the Philadelphia Eagles. This will be Jason Kelce’s second Pro Bowl appearance; he was previously selected for the 2015 roster.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 11:22 AM, 01.24.2017

Pickleball comes to Cleveland Heights

Cleveland Heights has a pickleball program, which started in the winter of 2016. One of the fastest growing sports in the U.S, and popular in China, Costa Rica, Spain and Japan, pickleball is played on a court half the size of a tennis court (making it easier on the knees), using a paddle that looks like a large pingpong paddle, and a hard plastic ball with holes.

In Cleveland Heights, participants play outside in good weather, at Dennison Park’s two courts, and inside from October through May, at the Cleveland Heights Community Center (1 Monticello Blvd.), where there are three courts.

Pickleball is for singles or doubles, though most play doubles.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 5:33 PM, 12.01.2016

Beaumont's Adams competes in state golf tournament

Erin Adams, a Beaumont School senior, represented Beaumont at the 9th annual Girls Division II State Golf Tournament. Adams finished 11th out of 71 girls who made the trip to Columbus, to play in the Oct. 14 and 15 championship at The Ohio State University Gray Golf Course.

Adams previously competed in the 2013 state championship, for which Beaumont’s team qualified. This year, she came out strong on day one, and shot a 4 over par 74. She followed up with an 87 on day two, for an overall score of 161.

Adams has been a member of Beaumont's golf team throughout her high school career and, as a senior, has become a leader both on and off the golf course. She is helpful, encouraging and always there for her teammates.

"As one of the co-captains this year, Erin has really stepped up in the leadership role,” said Coach Katie Kirk.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 5:30 PM, 12.01.2016

Derrick Russell is new basketball coach at Beaumont

Beaumont School has hired Derrick Russell as its new varsity basketball coach.

“We are excited to have Derrick on board and are thrilled about the expertise he will bring to our athletic program,” said Matthew Robinson, Beaumont’s athletic director.

Russell, who began his new job on Oct. 28, comes to Beaumont from the men’s basketball program at Case Western Reserve University, where he spent the past six seasons as an assistant coach, focusing on the defensive side of the game. 

Russell worked as a coach at Wiley Middle School during the 2013–14 season, and has been an assistant coach at the high school level.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 11:30 AM, 11.01.2016

Pick-Up-N-Play Rugby comes to Cumberland Park

Heights residents are invited to a free Pick-Up-N-Play Rugby session at Cumberland Park, on Nov. 26, 1–3 p.m.

This event is a chance for boys, girls and parents to get out and experience flag rugby in a safe, fun environment. Members of the Cleveland State University Rugby team will be on hand to introduce the sport, using a number of fun activities and structured matches.

The session is free and open to all. Attendance for the entire two hours is not mandatory—participants should feel free to arrive late or leave early.

There will also be information on hand about Tiger Nation RFC, the Cleveland Heights youth rugby team that is being formed.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 11:33 AM, 11.01.2016

CH Happy 5K and Fun Run benefits youth recreation fund

On the first Sunday in October, 575 runners from 60 cities participated in the second annual Cleveland Heights Happy 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. The Oct. 2 event raised more than $8,000 for the Cleveland Heights Youth Scholarship fund.

About 163 Cleveland Heights residents were among the participants, following a route that started on Lee Road and wound through the business districts of Cedar Lee and Coventry Village. Lead sponsors, the Cleveland Clinic and Motorcars, each donated $2,500 to support the event.

Team and individual race results can be found here:

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 11:38 AM, 10.11.2016

Cumberland Pool hosts annual water show

Cumberland Pool lifeguards were among the performers at the annual Cumberland Pool Water Show, which took place on Aug. 2.

This year's show, with the theme "Road Trip to Cumberland Pool," featured skits, music and performances by the diving teams, the synchronized swim team, coaches, and all of the pool's lifeguards.

The show's finale came at nightfall with all of the performers donning glow sticks in the water for a choreographed exit. [photo: Gabe Schaffer]

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:57 AM, 09.01.2016

Remembering CH's early Olympians

Several early Olympians once lived in or practiced near Cleveland Heights, within blocks of one another, not far from Roxboro Junior High School. Three of those Olympians were in the same “Chariots of Fire” Olympics, in Paris in 1924.

Up until 1924, Nordic countries dominated the javelin, winning all the medals at the previous Olympics. Gene Oberst became the first and only American to win a medal (bronze) in the javelin in the first half-century of the Olympic games. This was also America’s first medal at the VIIIth Olympiad, when the stars and stripes flew over Colombes stadium for the first time.

The previous fall, Oberst had blocked for the legendary Four Horsemen at Notre Dame when they defeated the national champs—Princeton. He also blocked for the Gipper (played onscreen by Ronald Reagan)—probably the most versatile player in football history—when Notre Dame won the national championship. Earlier that spring, Oberst shattered seven track and field records across the nation, including those at the prestigious Kansas, Drake and Penn relays, when he became the national champion. His track and football coach, Knute Rockne—the winningest college football coach, with a record of .881—was a second father to Oberst, guiding, consoling and praising him through his early career.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 11:52 AM, 08.30.2016

Heights Olympians competed in Rio

Emily Infeld, a 2008 Beaumont School graduate and daughter of University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld, competed in the 10,000 meter race at the 2016 Olympics. Charles Conwell, a 2016 Heights High graduate, represented the United States in the Olympic boxing competition.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:37 AM, 09.01.2016

Beaumont hosts Aug. 12 Olympic watch party to cheer on Emily Infeld ('08)

Cleveland Heights's Beaumont School will host a watch party on Friday, Aug. 12, at 9:30 a.m., to cheer on runner Emily Infeld, a 2008 Beaumont graduate, as she competes in the 10,000-meter event in the 2016 Olympics. The race is scheduled to start at 10:10 a.m.

Infeld, the daughter of University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld, came in second in the 10,000-meter qualifier on July 10, and is representing the United States in Rio de Janiero.

A distance runner, Infeld is best known for winning the 10,000-meter bronze medal at the 2015 IAAF World Championships.

Infeld graduated from Georgetown University in 2012; while at Georgetown, she was the 2012 NCAA indoor 3,000-meter champion. Infeld's personal bests include 15:07.18 for 5,000 meters and 31:38.71 for 10,000 meters—both set early in the 2015 outdoor season.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 1:11 PM, 08.11.2016

Fourth annual RoxEl Run is June 4

The RoxEl Run, a community foot race now in its fourth year, will take place on Saturday, June 4 at 9 a.m. Starting at the Roxboro Middle School track, 2405 Roxboro Road, the race loops around the school's surrounding neighborhoods. Proceeds raised benefit Roxboro Elementary School PTA programs for students in grades K–5.

First organized in 2013 by Roxboro Elementary School PTA members to encourage healthy habits and physical fitness for elementary-age students, the race has grown into a popular competitive event that is fun for all ages. All students, parents, staff, alumni and neighbors within the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District are welcome to attend. Last year's event drew 231 runners and raised $3,000.

More than 300 participants are expected at this year's event. As in the past, events begin at 9 a.m. with a 4-mile and 2-mile run, followed at 10 a.m. by a Kid Fun Run around the middle school track for elementary-age children. New in 2016 is a 2-mile walk, which begins shortly after the run start time and follows the same route. 

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 9:06 AM, 04.30.2016

May is Bike Month in Cleveland Heights

Cleveland Heights will again celebrate National Bike Month this May, with various events that will take place throughout the month, including a Bike to School Day and a Bike to Work Week. 

Cleveland Heights City Council first declared May as Bike Month in 2011. Two years later, in 2013, Cleveland Heights was declared a Bicycle Friendly Community—one of only 13 in Ohio—by the League of American Bicyclists. The other cities in Northeast Ohio that have been so designated are Cleveland, Lakewood, Oberlin and Akron.

Cleveland Heights Bike Month is organized by the Heights Bicycle Coalition (HBC), a nonprofit organization that formed in the spring of 2010 with the goal of making the Heights more bicycle-friendly.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 9:26 AM, 04.26.2016

CH's Conwell secures spot on U.S. Olympic boxing team

Heights High senior Charles Conwell, 18, has just returned home from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he secured a spot on the U.S. Olympic Boxing team. When he arrived at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport on Monday, March 21, he was greeted by cheering family and friends who were there to celebrate Conwell’s achievement.

Conwell competed with 11 other American boxers, both men and women, at the Americas Olympic Qualifier, which took place in Buenos Aires, March 11–19. A middleweight boxer, at 5 feet 9 inches and 165 pounds, Conwell is the youngest member of the Team USA boxing squad that will compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. 

"I'm so excited to be home! And finally on the 2016 Olympic team," said Conwell. "This is not just for me, but for my family, friends and all those who support me. 
My next step, now, is prom and graduation, and spending time with my family and friends."

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 11:30 AM, 03.22.2016

Teamwork takes America's pastime to new heights

When the Heights High baseball team found itself without a field due to renovation at the school, top officials from the school board and the city, along with coaches and parks department personnel, worked together to find a solution.

Months of meetings, measurements and problem-solving have resulted in upgrades to Forest Hill Field No. 4, which will serve as the high school home field this spring and next. The 2016 season runs April 1 through mid-May.

“Baseball at the high school level is unprecedented at city facilities," said Head Coach Ed Mugridge. "This will allow citizens and youth baseball participants to see the high level of play that goes on during the high school season. Forest Hill is where many of the high school players had their youth baseball experiences. In a way, it’s like coming home and a natural fit for them and the city.”

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 11:46 AM, 03.22.2016

Heights Swim Cadets to perform annual show March 10–12

The Swim Cadets, Cleveland Heights High School’s synchronized swim team, will perform on March 10, 11 and 12, at 7 p.m.

This year’s performance, themed “On the Run,” is the culmination of five months of 12–15 hours of practice weekly.

As the oldest extracurricular organization at Heights High, the Swim Cadets is steeped in history.

Maya Hubbard, the club’s co-president, said, “Swim Cadets is one of the best clubs at Heights. It's been a part of the school since 1939—almost 80 years! Synchronized swimming isn't typical of many places, so it's very cool to be a part of a club like this. Each year I look forward to meeting and getting to know a new group of girls, and becoming closer to each other as the season goes on."

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:54 AM, 03.03.2016

Heights High's Charles Conwell poised to join U.S. Olympic team

Charles Conwell, a senior at Heights High, may be headed to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this August.

Conwell is very close to making the U.S. Olympic team as a boxer. The 18-year-old, who lives on Altamont Road in Cleveland Heights, has been boxing for the last eight years. “Once I started,” said Conwell, “I could never quit.”

Conwell, a 165-pound middleweight boxer, won his class at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Reno, Nev., in December. He beat two-time national champion Leshawn Rodriguez in his opening bout, and then went on to win his fights against world championship team member Anthony Campbell and 2015 national champion Chordale Booker.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 11:00 AM, 01.08.2016

JCU football player earns national award for community service

On Oct. 29, a large group gathered at John Carroll University (JCU) to surprise defensive lineman David Porter with an Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® trophy—a national award and a prestigious off-the-field honor.

Porter arrived at Don Shula Stadium under the assumption that he was attending a typical football practice in preparation for the weekend’s game against Muskingum University. Shortly after the team warm-up, however, Coach Tom Arth asked the team to take a knee as representatives from Allstate and JCU; the Blue Streaks mascot, Lobo; and family [and] friends all stormed the field to surprise Porter.

The event was orchestrated to present Porter with his Allstate AFCA Good Works Team trophy, honoring his outstanding community service involvement.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 12:49 PM, 11.02.2015

Heights welcomes new basketball coach with BBQ fundraiser

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District will welcome Jeremy Holmes, new head coach of Cleveland Heights boys varsity basketball, at a BBQ fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 1. While the Heights basketball program has always been strong, the district is especially excited to begin a new era with Holmes, who is a former Heights student and star player.

Holmes has long been involved in youth basketball. He has worked closely with the Heights Basketball Academy over the years and in close cooperation with the program’s executive director, Damon Stringer, another former Heights student and star player.

Stringer has been working with kids in the Heights over the last few years, putting in countless hours to provide group and individual training programs, resources, tournaments, mentoring and coaching to hundreds of kids—many of whom will be heading Holmes’ way on the courts. Stringer has been striving to develop these young adults, in the hope that they will reach their full potential, on and off the court.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 11:22 AM, 07.28.2015

Heights team wins Pony League title

In thrilling but ultimately convincing fashion, Cleveland Heights beat the South Euclid Indians 26-8 on July 17 to capture the 2015 Quad-City Pony League championship for the 14U age group.

The win did not come easily, as South Euclid claimed an early lead. Down by two runs with two outs in the bottom of the third inning, Heights scored 12 runs to take a commanding lead and never looked back.

Taking over for starter Justin Rink, pitchers Owen Lang and Jake Rzepka—backed by solid defense—held South Euclid to zero runs the remainder of the game.

Coached by Jeff Rink, the team finished the regular season with an 11-1 record and was seeded first in the post-season tournament. “I was really impressed with this squad, especially after they fell behind early," Rink said after the game. "A lot of these guys have been together for a long time, been competitive but have not won a championship until today. I am thrilled they ended their pre-high school careers on such a high note.”

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 10:58 AM, 07.21.2015

CH's Jessica Bryant earns academic honors as a student-athlete

Jessica Bryant of Cleveland Heights claimed academic all-conference honors from the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) as a student-athlete at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C).

Bryant, a first-year student at Tri-C, played women’s basketball for the Tri-C Challengers. She was one of 15 Tri-C student-athletes to earn a spot on the Academic All-OCCAC Team.

Those honored maintained at least a 3.30 GPA while completing at least 24 credit hours during the 2014–15 academic year.

“These student-athletes reflect Cuyahoga Community College’s commitment to excellence,” said Alex Johnson, Tri-C president. “They made us proud both in the classroom and on the field.”

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:47 AM, 06.22.2015

Beaumont coach starts new tennis tradition

In the world of high school girl’s tennis, the teams representing Beaumont School and Cleveland Heights High School have always had a bit of a rivalry. In the spirit of competition, Mike Pellechia, Beaumont tennis head coach, started a yearly tradition to make the rivalry a little more interesting.

The “Golden Racquet” now serves as a trophy for the winner of the yearly match between Beaumont and Heights High. The winner—and racquet recipient—keeps it for an entire year, and is required to bring it to the rivalry match the following year.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 10:50 AM, 09.16.2014

Nature Center's annual Hike & Run is Sept. 21

The 10th annual Shaker Lakes Hike & Run, with 5K and 10K races and nature hikes, is set for Sunday, Sept. 21. This fun family event offers three hikes, a 5K race and—new this year—a 10K race and "Lakes to Lake" hike options.

The 5K and 10K races take runners on streets and paths through the scenic Shaker parklands, including the dirt path along North Park Boulevard, giving runners a beautiful view of lower Shaker Lake. The race is managed by HMA Promotions, and awards will be given to overall winners as well as winners of several age categories.

Hike & Run offers three different guided hikes of various lengths. A one-mile, pet-friendly family hike leads participants through the forest, marsh and demonstration prairie within the grounds of the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. This hike is the only time pets are allowed on the Nature Center trails.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 10:21 AM, 08.29.2014

Free shuttle from CH to Gay Games Aug. 13

The Coventry Village, Cedar Lee and Cedar Fairmount special improvement districts, in partnership with Heights Motorcars, will provide free shuttle rides for Heights residents to the 2014 Gay Games Festival Village. The shuttles will run on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 6–10 p.m. The Gay Games Festival Village is free to attend.

The shuttles are also available for Gay Games athletes and visitors wishing to explore Cleveland Heights neighborhoods and experience its dining and shopping.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 11:13 AM, 07.31.2014

Why walk the Heights if you can run?

A strength of the Heights is its walkability. Ubiquitous sidewalks lead to coffee shops, bakeries, restaurants, libraries, schools and religious institutions—all sorts of attractions.

The Heights is also a great place for runners, who can enter numerous races without ever leaving the Heights.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 10:12 AM, 05.30.2014

Heights rider reaches for the Rockies

University Heights resident Doug Bahniuk is about to embark on a challenging bike ride—almost 500 miles across the Rocky Mountains, climbing six mountain passes with a total elevation of 28,265 vertical feet. Adding to the challenge is the fact that Bahniuk has Parkinson’s disease.

In an odd twist of the disease, many Parkinson’s patients have a hard time walking, but can often easily ride a bicycle. Despite about 55,000 new cases per year, Parkinson’s disease remains a medical mystery.

The cause of the symptoms is known to be a deficiency of a neurotransmitter called dopamine, but no one knows why there is a loss of the brain cells that produce dopamine in the first place. This inadequate amount of dopamine causes a Parkinson’s patient to lose the ability to control his or her body’s movements.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 5:03 PM, 05.02.2014

Second annual RoxEl Run is May 31

Realizing that healthy habits start at a young age, Roxboro Elementary School parents organized an event to encourage children and their families to incorporate a regular fitness routine into their activities. Now in its second year, this community running event includes a 4-mile, 2-mile, and a Kid Fun run. This year’s RoxEl Run takes place on Saturday, May 31, at 9 a.m., and begins at the Roxboro Middle School track. All proceeds benefit Roxboro Elementary School’s playground fund.

Last year’s event drew close to 200 runners and raised $3,000—a portion of which is being used to build a new water fountain on the playground, to enable students to stay hydrated while playing outside.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 4:36 PM, 05.02.2014

Bicycling is on a roll in the Heights

It took a lot of bicycle activity to propel Cleveland Heights to recognition as a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community in 2013. Building on that, Bicycle Month in the Heights should be more eventful than ever, as Cleveland Heights and cities nationwide focus on cycling activities during May. As summer approaches, May is a time to educate children and adults on how to be safe and comfortable as bicyclists, and to enjoy this healthy and environmentally friendly activity.

The Heights Bicycle Coalition (HBC) is collaborating with local schools and cities on several educational initiatives. This year, more Heights schools than ever are getting into the act by participating in Walk or Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 7.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 7:21 PM, 05.01.2014

Heights athletes are college-bound

On Feb. 5, 19 Heights High student-athletes signed letters of intent to officially accept college athletic scholarships.

The February ceremony at Cleveland Heights High School has become an important tradition for many of the school’s teams. The football team had a strong showing, with 16 seniors on the auditorium stage.

Jeff Rotsky, the team’s coach, expects at least five students will play at Division III schools. “We have one of the largest numbers of athletes signing in the Cleveland area,” said Rotsky.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 10:18 AM, 02.28.2014

Heights Swim Cadets perform annual show March 6–8

The Cleveland Heights High School Swim Cadets, a synchronized swim team, will hold its 2014 season performances on March 6, 7 and 8. This year’s theme is “Swim Cadets Fall into a Dream.”

The 20-girl team is the school’s oldest extracurricular organization, and has been active for more than 80 years. 

Laina Cohen, a Heights High graduate and one of the team’s coaches, said, “The athletics department has graciously taken us under [its] wing for the first time this year. I am so proud to say that, with the amazing amount of help they have given us, as well as all of the work and dedication these girls bring to the team, this year’s show is bound to be a must-see event!"

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 3:49 PM, 02.27.2014

Heights High hockey wins division, coach of the year

The 2013–14 Cleveland Heights High School varsity hockey team won the White East Division of the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League (GCHSHL) with a league record of 6-1-1, and an overall record of 12-9-3.

The team’s season was highlighted by strong leadership from veteran players, with younger players contributing to the successful season, and providing a glimpse toward an exciting future. The small team, coached by Heights graduate Eddie Babcox, exceeded expectations by earning post-season play in the Baron Cup Tournament.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 12:18 PM, 02.25.2014

Lady Tigers Fastpitch looking forward to first full season on new field

The Cleveland Heights High School Fastpitch Softball Team will open its first full season on its new field on March 29. The field was christened last April as then-Mayor Ed Kelley threw out the first pitch. Lead sponsors Motorcars Toyota and Whole Foods were among those who watched the team win the first game ever played on the new field. With first-year head coach Amanda Delagrange, the Lady Tigers finished the 2013 season with their first winning season in five years, and earned the right to host a playoff game.

The boosters are now moving on to the second phase of their plans for the program: mounting the scoreboard donated by the City of Cleveland Heights and adding permanent dugout covers, an announcer’s table and a sound system.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 10:56 AM, 01.28.2014

Upward Basketball gears up for fifth season

In an era in sports when trash talking, win-at-all-cost mentalities and fights on the field seem to be the norm, it’s no wonder that, according to the National Alliance for Sports, 70 percent of children playing organized sports will quit by age 13 and never play again. Heights kids and families seeking a positive sports experience can participate in an unconventional youth basketball league that teaches that the process of competition is just as important as the outcome.

Since 2009, the Church of the Saviour (CotS), at 2537 Lee Road, has hosted a basketball league through Upward Sports, the world’s largest Christian sports league for children, which has coached and mentored more than 500 Heights kids.

“Kids seem to really grow—both as athletes and friends—in an environment that focuses on skills, sportsmanship, teamwork and integrity, while having fun,” said Tammy Owings, coach commissioner of the Upward Basketball League at Church of the Saviour.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 11:00 AM, 10.22.2013

Cleveland Heights council member Mary Dunbar to compete in National Senior Games this month

Cleveland Heights City Council Member Mary Dunbar will swim and bike in the National Senior Games in Cleveland July 19 through Aug. 1.

Dunbar participated in the Ohio Senior Games in 2012 to qualify for the National Games. She originally hoped to run a 5K or a half triathlon in those Games, but could not run due to a hamstring injury. Instead, she decided to compete in the 200- and 500-meter freestyle swimming events, and the 10K time trial and 20K bicycling races. By finishing fourth in her age group in both swimming events and second in both bicycle races, Dunbar qualified for all four events in the National Games.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 2:35 PM, 07.01.2013

Communion of Saints hosts 5K run June 22

This year, Communion of Saints School is hosting its first 5K race and one-mile Fun Walk on Saturday, June 22. The chip-timed race, in which runners wear trackers in their shoes to measure their exact time from start to finish, will send participants on a course through the school's scenic residential Cleveland Heights neighborhood, beginning and ending at Communion of Saints's St. Ann location.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 2:38 PM, 05.30.2013

Lady Tigers Softball win on new home field

After two years of fundraising and planning, the Cleveland Heights Lady Tigers Softball program opened its new home field on April 23. A warm, sunny day brought out a standing-room-only crowd, including Cleveland Heights Mayor Ed Kelley, and Council Members Jason Stein and Mary Dunbar. The festivities were led by Kristin Hughes, athletic director for the CH-UH schools, and booster co-leaders, Jennifer Vinson and Larry Sollisch. The real winners were the players, who for years were bused to Forest Hills Park to play their home games, and the community, which saw the corner of Goodnor Road and Washington Boulevard brought to life by the new facility.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:19 PM, 04.30.2013

CH Hockey League to host April 28 fundraiser

The Cleveland Heights Hockey League will host an event to celebrate a successful season and raise money for its program. The adults-only party will be held at Rockefeller's Restaurant, 3099 Mayfield Road (above Time Out Sports), from 3–7 p.m. on Sunday, April 28.

Tickets are $30. All proceeds will benefit the children involved in the Cleveland Heights Hockey League program. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available.

RSVP to Mike Adams by April 21 at 216-321-0477 or

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 12:29 PM, 04.16.2013

Heights Hockey takes first place at Niagara tournament

The Cleveland Heights Hockey League's (CHHL) Bantam AA squad traveled to Niagara University in Lewiston, N.Y. over the Presidents Day weekend, hoping to be competitive in the annual Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles (NJPE) 2013 Patriots Day Tournament.

And compete they did. Coached by Heights High graduate Dan Wakefield, and assisted by Ken Hadden, Mike Kieklak and Dave Keller, the team dominated the NJPE competition to bring home the first-place trophy.

"It's a great accomplishment for this group,” said Wakefield, “Many have been CHHL teammates since they were five years old. We weren't expected to win but having every member of the team contribute made all the difference."

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 5:18 PM, 02.22.2013

Local skaters compete at national championships

Four skaters who skate with the Pavilion Skating Club of Cleveland Heights competed at the United States Figure Skating Championships in Omaha, Neb.

Hannah Rosinski and Jacob Jaffe finished eighth in Junior Dance. Last year, they were third in Novice Dance. Rosinski and Jaffe have been skating together for two years. Prior to that they competed with other partners, as well as competing in singles and pairs. Their goal for this year's competition had been to place among the top eight.

Kimmie Berkovich and Micah Jaffe, who have been skating together for three and a half years, finished tenth in Novice Dance.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 10:52 AM, 02.26.2013

Lady Tigers fastpitch building new home field

This season, the Lady Tigers fastpitch softball team will play on a brand new field at the corner of Goodnor and Washington roads. After years of playing at Forest Hills Park, the Softball Booster Club, with the help of Heights High athletic director Kristin Hughes and the CH-UH City School District, broke ground in December on the new field. The Lady Tigers Fastpitch Boosters undertook an ambitious fundraising effort and raised enough money to commit to phase 1, consisting of a new backstop, dugouts, bullpens and infield renovation. 

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 1:56 PM, 01.31.2013

Eastside Kicker girls take Niagara Pioneer International Soccer Tournament

Coach Jen Ferriera's Eastside Kickers' U11 girls team made the trek to the Fort Niagara Pioneer International Soccer Tournament the weekend of June 30, and returned to Ohio with the championship trophy. The girls played four games and scored 23 goals.

Four different opposing teams, from New York and Ontario, together scored only one goal against the Eastside Kickers, on a penalty kick. After the championship win (7-0), team members ran across the field singing "Hang on Sloopy," and spelling out O-H-I-O. These girls did our city and state proud.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 5:36 PM, 08.06.2012

Olympic track and field events especially significant to UH's Infeld family

2012 Summer Olympic track and field events begin on Aug. 3, and University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld has a particular interest in watching them: two of her daughters competed in the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials in June.

At the trials, which were held in Eugene, Oregon, Emily Infeld, 22, placed eighth in the 5,000-meter final in a personal-best time of 15:28.60. Maggie Infeld, 26, placed ninth in the 800-meter semi-final, and seventh in the 1,500 meter final. She also ran a personal-best time of 4:08.31 in the 1,500 meter event. Neither, however, placed high enough to qualify for the Olympic team.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 3:56 PM, 07.31.2012

State semifinal loss ends amazing season for Heights Girls Lacrosse

The Heights Tiger Girls Lacrosse Team’s dream of a state championship turned into a nightmare Friday, June 1, as the number-one ranked Golden Bears of Upper Arlington dominated every aspect of the semifinal game, winning 11–5.

The Tigers had beaten Upper Arlington in April, 9–6, and came into the state semifinal game feeling confident. The Golden Bears scored in the first minute, but Tigers senior co-captain Margeaux Apple tied the score on a pass from senior co-captain Meg Lentz. Upper Arlington scored a minute later, but the Tigers showed their mettle, tying the score 2–2 on a goal by sophomore Meredith Matia at 18:12.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 8:07 AM, 06.04.2012

Lady Tigers head to final four this Friday

Last year was supposed to be the year for the Cleveland Heights Tigers Girls Lacrosse Team. Ahead of eventual state champion Medina, with five minutes to go in the district final in May 2011, the Tigers lost and the season ended. Eight seniors graduated, and two went on to NCAA Division 1 programs.   

As the 2012 season began it was hard to know how the Tigers would do. Yes, they had Terry Saylor, the top coach in Ohio girl’s lacrosse. Saylor has coached the Cleveland Heights team since 1994. The Tigers won a state championship in 2006, and he had coached many a high school All-American team.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 12:39 PM, 05.30.2012

Eastside Kickers U9 Boys win Blast Cup

Playing in Series A, the premier division, of the Blast Cup in Columbus, the Eastside Kickers U9 Boys took home the gold with a 4-to-2 victory over Project 24 Academy on Sunday, April 15. The Blast Cup draws teams from Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia.

The finals were played at a pounding tempo, and all 12 players were needed to win the first-ever Blast Cup for the team, which has won 42 games since last fall.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 10:20 AM, 05.02.2012

Six Pavilion Skating Club skaters medal in national competitions

“What is going on with Cleveland Heights and ice dancing?”

That was the buzz in San Jose, Calif. in January, when two Cleveland Heights ice dance teams medaled in Novice Dance at the 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

“The moment we found out we won, we were thrilled. We’ve been skating together for seven years, and seeing all of our hard work pay off was the best feeling in the world. We’ve been working toward this goal every day, and that feeling of accomplishment was such a great feeling,” said Holly Moore, 16, after she and her partner, Daniel Klaber, 17, became the 2012 National Champions in Novice Ice Dance.

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 1:28 PM, 02.28.2012

Heights High softball team fundraises for new home field

After years of playing at Forest Hills Park, the Heights High Lady Tigers Fastpitch Softball team is hoping to play on a new home field at the high school this spring. The newly-formed Lady Tigers Fastpitch Boosters are working with the CH-UH City School District Athletic Department on a plan to build the field for the team, and they need help from the community to make it happen.

Businesses interested in purchasing advertising at the heavily-traveled intersection (the school is located at the corner of Cedar and Lee roads) should contact the Cleveland Heights Fastpitch Boosters Club at or 216-554-2002. Individuals can support the team through a raffle to win an iPad 2, and by purchasing limited-edition Tiger Nation license plate frames. The winning raffle ticket will be selected Feb. 10 at the Heights Symphony concert. License plate frames are available at the high school athletic office.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 3:13 PM, 01.23.2012

Heights Tigers take on Mite Tigers

On Dec. 22, the undefeated Blue East first place Cleveland Heights Tigers took on their mightiest opponent yet, the Cleveland Heights Mite A2 team, in an exhibition game. The game was especially fun for Eddie Babcox, Tigers head coach; he was a Heights Mite in the first Mite/Heights High exhibition game in the 1986-87 season. He played against the team that would turn out to be the state champs that year.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 11:30 AM, 01.10.2012

Pavilion Skating Club member Kimmie Berkovich will compete in U.S. Skating Midwest Sectionals

Pavilion Skating Club (PSC) member Kimmie Berkovich, who took fourth place at the U.S. Figure Skating Regional Championships, will compete at the U.S. Figure Skating Midwest Sectionals in November.

Berkovich competed in Novice Ladies Freestyle. It was her first year at the novice level. There were a total of 40 girls organized into three qualifying-round groups representing seven states. In the qualifying round, Berkovich skated her long program and placed first. PSC had three skaters in the Novice Ladies Final Round: Berkovich, Lexi Petkovic (8th place) and Alexandra Smola (14th place).

Midwest Sectionals will be held in Fort Collins, Colo., Nov. 16-19. Berkovich will compete against skaters from 23 states. She will also be competing in Intermediate Ice Dancing with partner Micah Jaffe. Last year, Berkovich and Jaffe finished fifth in Juvenile Ice Dancing at the U.S. Figure Skating Junior Nationals.

Berkovich is a sophomore in the K-12 Online School, Ohio Virtual Academy, and also takes classes at Tri-C. She is a member of the Junior Honor Society and received the President's Award for Academic Excellence last year.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 10:25 PM, 11.01.2011

Upward Basketball begins third season in 2012

Imagine a kids’ basketball league where every child gets to play in every game, every child is welcomed regardless of his or her skill level, and every child learns not only great basketball skills but also important life values. That league will again be a reality at Church of the Saviour on Lee Road when a third season of Upward Basketball begins on Jan. 21.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 11:14 AM, 11.01.2011

B3 Aquatics Team hosts first Sprint Spectacular meet

On Sunday Oct. 9, 435 swimmers from across Northeastern Ohio convened at Hathaway Brown’s Butler Aquatic Center to participate in the Sprint Spectacular meet, hosted by the new B3 Aquatics Barracuda swim team. B3 Aquatics is a USA swimming club celebrating its first short-course season on the east side of Cleveland.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 11:46 AM, 10.25.2011

Hudson Fun in the Sun Tournament, NOGSL Northern Ohio Girls Soccer League

The Hudson Fun in the Sun Tournament, hosted by the Northern Ohio Girls Soccer League on Aug. 19-20, featured nearly 100 top-flight girls travel soccer teams from Madison to Wooster, Mansfield to Norwalk and Sandusky, and all parts in between. The Eastside Kickers finished in second place in the top division for U10 girls, and we are very proud of our girls for their commitment to the sport.

Resounding wins over Norwalk and Hudson on Saturday guaranteed a trip to the finals. As they played exceptionally strong teams from Mansfield and Twinsburg Sunday, the goals were not as prevalent but their heart was very evident.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 8:52 AM, 09.02.2011

East Side Kickers place second at Westlake Soccer Tournament

The East Side Kickers Under10 Girls Division-1 soccer team placed second in the final round of the Westlake Soccer Tournament on May 29.

The Westlake Tournament, one of the region's most anticipated tournaments, is in its 30th year. The event draws soccer teams from all over Ohio and surrounding states.  

This was only the second tournament the East Side Kickers U10 team has entered. The team played its first tournament last fall in Madison, and also came home with a second place trophy.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 10:25 AM, 06.01.2011

GESU varsity baseball team wins first ever CYO City Championship

For the first time in the school's history, the eighth grade varsity baseball team from Gesu Catholic School in University Heights has won the CYO City Championship. The game was played on Sunday, May 22 at St. Monica’s School in Garfield Heights.

In the championship game, Gesu rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh inning to tie St. Paschal Baylon and force extra innings play. Gesu went on to score five runs in the top of the eighth to win the school’s first ever CYO City Championship in the sport of baseball. The final score was Gesu 12, St. Paschal Baylon 8.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 2:49 PM, 05.24.2011

CH recreation league girls win basketball championship

The Cleveland Heights youth recreation league basketball team, for girls in grades 4-6, won this year's championship. The team practices at the Cleveland Heights Community Center and was undefeated in the regular season. The team from left to right: Coach Alissa Branford, Neema Oriri, Tomasia Pierce, Kennedy Harper, Daijana Thurman, Marlaysia Fambrough, Bobbie Bello, Roybn Bello and Laurene Tere. Coach Branford played in the Cleveland Heights Women's recreational league when she was a child, and her team won the women's league championship. Photo courtesy Alissa Branford.

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 10:25 AM, 04.15.2011

Gesu 8th grade boys basketball repeats as CYO city champions

On March 6, Gesu School’s 8th grade boys' varsity basketball team defeated Holy Trinity (Avon), 29-27, in an overtime thriller at John Carroll University to claim the program’s second consecutive CYO City Championship.

The home-team Bulldogs jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first quarter behind the aggressive scoring of Sam Danford (14 points, 5 rebounds). The visiting Eagles battled back to cut the deficit to 10-9 at the half. Holy Trinity scored the first 6 points of the second half to take a 15-10 lead, but Gesu answered with an 8-point run, ignited by the inside play of Cameron Callahan (6 points, 8 rebounds) and Owen Reynolds (5 points, 8 rebounds), to take an 18-15 lead in the 4th quarter.

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 4:07 PM, 04.04.2011

Eight Heights students sign athletic letters of intent

Six Cleveland Heights High School football players and two lacrosse players signed letters of intent on Thursday, Feb. 3, at 12 p.m. in the Cleveland Heights High School auditorium, 13263 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Heights. 

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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 7:32 PM, 02.03.2011

Denison soccer field upgrade means artificial turf by August

It’s been a long time since a meeting of the Cleveland Heights Parks & Recreation Advisory Board drew a crowd. But on Jan. 11, about 75 youth soccer players and their parents filled a room at the Cleveland Heights Community Center to show excitement about the artificial turf being installed on the Denison Park soccer field.

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 11:20 AM, 01.12.2011

Heights High All-American lacrosse player receives Scholar Athlete award

All-American lacrosse player Meg Lentz received the Farmers Scholar Athlete award. The presentation took place at the Sept. 16 Cleveland Heights vs. Maple Heights football halftime show on Fox 8.

The award is given to students who excel both in the classroom and on the athletic field.

Lentz has a 4.5 GPA, is a top scorer on the Heights team and as her All-American status suggests, she plans to attend a Division I college to play lacrosse.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 3:41 PM, 09.20.2010