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

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