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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Cleveland Heights High School Swim Cadets will present this year’s show, “Swim Cadets Save The Day ,” on March 4, 5 and 6th at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s pool (13263 Cedar Road). Tickets are $6.
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.
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.
Nick Elia, a 10-year-old athlete from University Heights, became the first home-grown skater to represent the Cleveland Heights Speedskating Club (short-track) in a national championship.
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.