Sports

A 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 michaelwadams15@gmail.com.

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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 heightsfastpitch@gmail.com 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

Sea Serpents win silver

The Cleveland Heights Sea Serpents Swim Team recently captured second place in the ICSL Championships held at the Wembly Club in Chagrin Falls. Pictured are Coach Andrea Chan, Coach Marco Pardo, Eleanor Pippin, Dylan Forrest, Head Coach Paul Wagner, Nicholas Bislich, Monica Chan, Hannah Kausen, Mitchell Fragassi, Juliana Soreo, Adam Goldfarb, Claire Hall, Maddie Hengst and Luisa Soreo.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 11:08 AM, 08.23.2010

Goal! U.S. makes it to second round in World Cup Soccer

When my 17-year-old son asked me if I wanted to go to breakfast with him, I dropped everything and cancelled my workout and lunch plans. Why? Yesterday, he wasn’t even speaking to me. 

Soon however, I figured out just why he wanted to spend time with his mother. The “breakfast” was at the Cedar Lee Pub and Grill, which opened early for World Cup fans. My son, one of 3 senior captains on the Heights High soccer team, puts the "fan" in fanatic. He needed me there to 1) be admitted 2) to drive and 3) to pay.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 12:41 PM, 06.25.2010

Tiger Touchdown Club organizes flea market

The Tiger Touchdown Club, an organization that supports Cleveland Heights High School’s football teams is holding its first annual Tiger Touchdown Club Flea Market on Saturday, June 12 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the high school, 13263 Lee Road.
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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 4:37 PM, 05.12.2010

A league of their own

After countless hours driving kids to soccer or cheering from the sidelines, soccer moms in the Heights now have the opportunity to play soccer--thanks to Sean Sullivan.

Sullivan is a teacher at Oxford Elementary, founder of Heights United Soccer Academy and head coach for men's varsity soccer at Heights High. He started the mom’s league to teach foot skills and soccer rules, and to play informal games.

“It’s turned into something so special. They’ve really worked hard,” said Sullivan. Around 18 moms are now on the team and they compete against other local teams. 
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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 11:52 AM, 04.16.2010

Gesu varsity boys basketball wins one for Emily

On Sunday March 7, in front of a capacity crowd at John Carroll University, the Gesu School varsity boys' basketball team defeated St. Gabriel (Concord Township), 34–19, to win the 2010 CYO Diocesan Championship.

Gesu avenged its only loss of the season, a 30–22 defeat at the hands of the Grizzlies in early December. The Bulldogs fed off the energy from the "Gesu Gold Rush" crowd and took a 20–8 lead at halftime behind the long-range shooting of Johnny Gannon.

St. Gabe's closed the margin to five, midway through the third quarter, before the Bulldogs turned up the pressure to put the game away. Gesu's tenacious defense and rebounding held St. Gabriel to only one point in the fourth quarter.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 8:40 AM, 03.22.2010

East Side Kickers are a Heights institution

See a soccer field full of kids in the Heights and chances are you’re watching an East Side Kickers team in action. The gold and black jerseys have been a staple on local fields for nearly 30 years.

Currently, the East Side Kickers travel soccer club is 11 teams and 150 players strong. Part of the statewide soccer organization, Ohio Youth Soccer Association North, or OYSAN, the Kickers have been a Heights institution since 1983.

“Some of our coaches played with the East Side Kickers as kids and they are excited to give back that experience to a new generation of players,” said Sean Sullivan, ESK boys director of coaching.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 10:27 AM, 03.11.2010

Monticello girls' basketball makes a slam dunk

The girls’ basketball team at Monticello Middle School, affectionately called the Lady Cardinals, are the Jr. Lake Erie League Girls’ Basketball Champions for 2010. The 10:1 Lady Cardinals (13:1 overall) knocked off an undefeated Shaker Raider team to claim the title. 

The victory was sweet as Shaker was the defending Jr. LEL Champion last year, and went undefeated during the regular season this year. The Lady Cardinals' only loss this year was to Shaker. Last year Shaker defeated Monticello in the championship.

Coached by Monticello teachers Angela Kirkland and Jason Jeske, the Lady Cardinals are enjoying their championship victory and were recognized during at the Heights Tigers home game on Feb. 6. 
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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 11:48 AM, 02.11.2010

Free middle school baseball skills camp to be held Feb. 21

Cleveland Heights Tigers Baseball and the City of Cleveland Heights are sponsoring a baseball skills camp for all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys who attend any middle school in the CH-UH school district. The camp takes place on Sunday, Feb. 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cleveland Heights Community Center, at the corner of Mayfield Road and Monticello Boulevard.
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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 12:52 PM, 02.11.2010

John Carroll University hosts national volleyball championship

John Carroll University recently hosted the NCAA DIII National Women’s Volleyball Championships at DeCarlo Varsity Center. The last national championship hosted by John Carroll was played in 1989.

This year’s tournament took place Nov. 19 through 21 and welcomed eight teams from across the nation, including Hope College (MI), Tufts University (MA), the University of Redlands (CA), Washington University (MO), Juniata College (PA), Southwestern Texas University, New York University and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 3:50 PM, 12.04.2009

'Make the Right Pitch' offers fall baseball league

"Make the Right Pitch" Baseball will offer a Fall Baseball League on Sundays (September 13, 20, 27 & October 4) at Gearity Elementary School in University Heights. Player workout and team selection will take place on Sunday, August 23 at 1 p.m. at Gearity Elementary School. The fall Program is for players ages 8-13 and includes skill instruction followed by organized games.
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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 6:57 PM, 08.06.2009

Heights runners shine at Boston

The 2009 running of the 113th Boston Marathon on April 15 massed together 23,163 dedicated runners, each meeting stringent qualifying times by age and gender, for the privilege of running an historic course covering suburban Boston towns each with its own cheering section and personality.

The 2009 race posted an amazing 98.6 percent finish rate, a tribute to the qualifying system. Just to qualify for this prestigious race is the dream of every serious runner. Lisa Robertson and Mark Bellini were among 14 Cleveland Heights residents to qualify for the 26.2 mile race.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 7:08 PM, 05.18.2009

Choose-up-sides adult baseball: Rediscovering the game you love

When the Cleveland Indians go to spring training, do thoughts of the hallowed game of baseball still bring fond memories of those pick-up games you played, back when wooden bats were all you had and every kid knew how to screw a broken bat back together and tape it with black electrical tape? Or if you’re from a younger generation and your baseball career consisted of organized teams with metal bats, statistics and playoffs and then suddenly vanished after you graduated from high school, do you ever wish you could re-visit that time of your life, just to play a little baseball?  If you answered yes, you’re not alone. 

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 10:50 PM, 04.08.2009

Synchronized swimming

Have a child that loves the water, but doesn't want to swim competitively? Do you know someone who loves to dance, and is open to new ideas? Have you considered synchronized swimming? Though not widely known, the Tri-City Synchronized Swimming Team is the only regionally- based synchronized swimming team in the area. The team is into its second year, and last year was a roaring success, culminating with a show at the beginning of May.
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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 10:10 PM, 01.04.2009

Aikido teaches awareness

Anyone interested in learning martial arts, whether for fitness or for self-defense, can find an excellent training program for adults as well as children at Cleveland Aikikai. Originally founded in 1976 by members of the Oberlin College Aikido Club, the dojo, or school, occupied several locations in and around the Heights area before moving to its present location, 3965 Mayfield Road, in 1993.
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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 10:24 AM, 12.17.2008

Heights High Soccer Wrap-up Girls Rebound, Boys Rebuild

The Heights High soccer teams ended their seasons in eerily familiar heartbreaking fashion this year. The ninth-seeded girls lost 2-1 in first round State Tournament play at fifth-seeded Willoughby South in a penalty kick shootout after 80 minutes of regular time and 30 minutes of overtime could not determine a winner. The boys, seeded 12th, appeared headed for overtime as well, tied 1-1 with the Rebels in their tourney match, but a controversial penalty kick with 47 seconds left in regulation gave Willoughby South the 2-1 win.
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Volume 1, Issue 8, Posted 11:43 AM, 10.17.2008

Soccer unites families in the Heights

We pride ourselves on diversity in the Heights - and we have that - but we also need unity. Many times it's our kids who bring us together. And they often do it through their love of sports - like soccer. That's the beauty of our local travel soccer club, the Eastside Kickers, now becoming known as Heights United Soccer.
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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 10:50 PM, 04.25.2008