Sunday, May 19, 2024

Cuyahoga Heights earns state ranking

Sunday was a big day for Cuyahoga Heights fans.

First, 2014 graduate Zac Lowther made his Major League Baseball debut for the Baltimore Orioles, and then the Ohio High School Softball Coaches Association revealed its Week 2 state poll with Cuyahoga Heights ranked No. 9 in Division IV.

“It’s absolutely awesome that these young women are finally getting the recognition that they deserve,” said Cuyahoga Heights coach Kyle Manfredonia. “They have been putting the work and effort in and it shows.”

The ranking is first for Cuyahoga Heights since the team won the state title in 2014.

Cuyahoga Heights is 11-2 overall this season.

The team started the year 8-0 before losing to Youngstown Ursuline, who is ranked No. 2 in Division III. Cuyahoga Heights then won three straight before falling to Division I Mentor on Saturday, 3-0.

Cuyahoga Heights’ success starts with each player understanding her role and performing at a high level each game.

“They earned this spot but I know for a fact they will not be satisfied with it,” Manfredonia said. “The keys to success have been simple. They play for each other and treat every game like it’s their last. They are a very motivated and hungry group that are focused on their goals and will continue to get the respect that they deserve.”

Cuyahoga Heights puts its 5-0 Chagrin Valley Conference Metro Division record on the line Monday at Trinity.

Steve Hare
Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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