Heights High hockey wins division, coach of the year

The Heights High hockey team engages in a pregame ritual on its way to earning league and division honors. [Photo courtesy Cleveland Heights High School hockey.]

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.

After the team’s second-round defeat to eventual Baron Cup Champion Western Reserve Academy, Kristen Hughes, Cleveland Heights athletic director, said,  "I am really proud of how well our ice hockey program represented Tiger Nation this season. They are a gritty bunch who play with a lot of heart. When you look at how young our roster is, you can only be excited about the future of Heights Hockey."

Senior defenseman Isaac Brown and freshman forward Stephen Lang were named to the GCHSHL/White All-League team. Freshman goalie Trent Swain was named to the second team, and junior forward Dominic DiTirro earned third-team honors. Sophomore defenseman Bobby Edwards earned honorable mention.

GCHSHL/White All-Division first-team honors went to DiTirro, Lang, Edwards and Swain, with Brown earning second-team honors.

Babcock was named coach of the year for both the league and the division.

Mike Adams

Mike Adams lives in Cleveland Heights and has long been involved with local youth hockey and baseball.

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