Ohio Volleyball All Star Athlete

Congratulations to Euclid resident Ainslie McLaughlin who finishes her high school volleyball career by being named All-Ohio by the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association.  Ainslie played in the State of Ohio All Star Game on November 17th in Wooster after playing in the District II Senior All Star match in Chardon a day earlier. Ainslie’s senior year accomplishments include having 258 kills, a .448 hitting percentage, and 59 blocks; being named player of the match 11 times, and Offensive Player of the Year by her coach; and being #1 for hitting percentage, #4 for total number of kills, and #5 for blocks in the Northcoast Blue league this season.  Ainslie currently has a GPA of 4.216 and will leave Lake Catholic High School having earned a trip to final four state volleyball 2 times, receiving honors for middle blocker at both the Mentor and Gilmour volleyball tournaments, and even being elected to the homecoming court at her high school.  Ainslie has committed to playing D1 volleyball at Cleveland State University in the fall of 2020 on an athletic scholarship.

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 6:26 PM, 12.02.2019

Whatís the difference between technique and principles?

Ever wonder why a technique works on one person, but not on another? It’s important you understand the difference between technique and principle. Techniques are a series of moves you do. When you actually apply the principles, then they become effective. If you just do the technique, and then it goes wrong, you got to understand why it’s going wrong. And that’s why some people go “oh, these techniques don’t work”. But if you apply the principles to that technique, it will work. Example; I am going to do an armbar, but you can do any technique, and then we are going to put the principles into that.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:24 PM, 09.08.2019

Are men and women self-defense created equal?

Our women’s self-defense class curriculum  encompasses threat awareness, understanding and managing boundaries, projecting physical assertiveness, verbal confrontation skills, exit strategies, and physical self-defense techniques to equip women with the skills to successfully resist and escape violent physical attacks. The objective is to help women be mentally and physically prepared for an encounter that could become violent, and to equip them with the techniques to help them get away if an encounter does become violent.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 8:51 AM, 07.30.2019

Undefeated, and It Feels So Good

Loud cheers and screams erupted from Memorial Pool on Saturday, July 20th, 2019 when the coaches for the Euclid Panther Swim Team announced they had won their final home dual meet.  This win solidified an undefeated season, the first for the Panther Swim Team in ten years! After this exciting news, the Panthers celebrated by quickly throwing the entire coaching staff into the pool.

The Euclid Panthers, members of the Suburban Swim League, had a fun 2019 season hosting three home meets, and traveling to three away meets.  Coach Bryan Schneider stated “this was a phenomenal season! Four years ago, when I took over as head coach we lost every meet. Ever so slowly we have been knocking on the door of winning, especially over the last two years, losing meets by only a few races.  But this year everything finally clicked, the swimmers rallied together and were able to walk away undefeated all season long.”

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 8:51 AM, 07.30.2019

A Lifetime Sport for Everyone, Right Here in Euclid-Ice Skating!

According to my mother, the first time I was on the ice I was four years old and I apparently skated like I had been doing it forever. After finishing the Learn to Skate Program in Euclid, I enthusiastically became a member of the Euclid Blade and Edge Club and competed locally and regionally from 8th grade through high school. Much of my teen years was at the ice rink either skating in the early mornings before school or coming to an afternoon or weekend public session. I even had my very first job as a skate guard and cashier at the C.E. Orr Arena. 

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 3:01 PM, 03.30.2019

"Complete Back" Ron Lee Sparks Panther Grid Team

In an amazing performance on a football Friday night in late September, Euclid High running back Ron Lee electrified the crowd at Spark DiBiasio stadium when he rushed for 309 yards as the Panthers chalked up a 54-28 victory over Elyria. The triumph boosted Euclid's record to 4-1 with five games left in the regular season.

In addition to his incredible yardage total, Lee scored three touchdowns in the first half alone - including an 87-yard scamper. 

Indeed, Coach Jeff Rotsky was more than pleased, although perhaps not overly surprised. All along, he realized that Ron Lee was a highly talented player with great potential, in addition to being a fine young man. "What is truly great about him," the coach stressed, "is that he's one of the most humble and decent kids you're ever going to meet."

As to Lee's football skill set, Rotsky describes him as "the complete back."

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 3:26 PM, 10.08.2017

Euclid Baseball Team Captures 18U Championship

The Lake Erie Admirals, one of two Euclid teams playing in the 18U High School Summer Series Baseball League, captured the league championship Friday, July 14.  With a 12-2 regular season record the Euclid squad defeated the Cleveland Heights Tigers to earn a spot in the best of three game championship finals against the Solon Nets. 

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 12:15 PM, 08.04.2017

An "Olympic Level" Season for Euclid Panthers Summer Swim Team

The Euclid Panther’s Summer Swim team wrapped up another successful season at the beginning of August.  Proving it was another great year to swim in Euclid.

However, due to some much needed maintenance at Euclid’s Memorial Pool that delayed its opening, we were a bit “slow off the blocks” this season. But thanks to the creativity of the Euclid Recreation Department, the flexibility and inclusivity of the University Swim Club, and the eagerness of our swimmers to get to work, we didn’t lose anytime in the water and began the 2016 swim season indoor at Euclid High School making our way outside once Memorial was ready for swimmers.

An “Olympic Summer” is always an inspirational one but this one was even more so for our swimmers with two of our former swim team members qualifying for the Olympic trials held June 26-July 3 in Omaha, Nebraska!!  Euclid Panther graduates Sam Lisy and Derek Hren swam the 400 IM and 100 Breast respectively.  Sam went 4:51.85 and took 33 out of 119 finishers while Derek Hren swam the 100 Breast and went 1:02.66 and took 45 out of 135 finishers! Not one, but TWO Euclidian’s at the Olympic Trials-Wow! This was certainly a huge accomplishment for both swimmers and a big source of “Panther Pride” or the team.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 5:18 PM, 09.09.2016

Euclid Graduate Rashida Harris Earns All-American Recognition in Indoor Track at Tri-C

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) shot putter Rashida Harris, a graduate of Euclid High School, registered an All-American performance at the 2016 NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Harris became Tri-C’s first All-American in the shot put with a throw of 48 feet, 1.25 inches. The championships capped a season where she shattered the school record in the event by almost 9 feet.

The freshman also finished 19th at nationals in the weight throw with a heave of 40 feet, 2.25 inches. She also set the Tri-C record in that event during the season.

“Rashida was at her absolute best on the sport’s biggest stage,” said Don Cox, the College’s longtime track coach. “She delivered when it mattered most.”

As a team, Tri-C finished 19th at the national championships.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 6:02 PM, 04.06.2016

Youth Golf and Life Skills Program Flourishes at Briardale Greens

The First Tee of Cleveland, a youth education program that focuses on building character, instilling life-enhancing values, and promoting healthy choices through the game of golf, is hosting an Open House at Briardale Greens April 9 beginning at 10 AM.  Parents with children ages 6-18 are encouraged to come learn more about this community-based life skills program.

According to David Alexander, a member of the PGA and First Tee Lead Program Coach, there will be a number of activities planned for kids to learn more about The First Tee of Cleveland and the programs offered.  Alexander has worked with The First Tee in a number of locations but has found Euclid’s Briardale Greens a particularly rewarding and successful location for the program.

“In our first year we had 45 kids, but we keep growing every year.  This year we hope to get up to 75,” said Alexander.  “It is a vibrant and diverse program that teaches valuable life skills and utilizes the golf course atmosphere.”  He added that the program allows girls and boys as young as six to begin to learn the game of golf, but also learn important life lessons which are reinforced in The First Tee’s approach to instruction.  The First Tee weaves its “Nine Core Values” – honesty, integrity, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, judgment and sportsmanship – into every aspect of the program.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 6:02 PM, 04.06.2016

Following the Vikings' Action

Players and coaches on the bench were engrossed by the action on the court during VASJ's victory over Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas on February 19, 2016 in the final regular season basketball game - a tune-up for the OHSAA playoffs. It was a tight game most of the way, with the score knotted at 45 - 45 with just a few minutes remaining. However, the Vikings staged a scoring spurt at the end to notch a 61 - 51 triumph.

Coach Babe Kwasniak's squad followed up with a lopsided 86 - 55 victory against Kirtland in the first tournament game on February 26, 2016. Alonzo Gaffney, a 6-foot-7 freshman, paced the scoring with 18 points, while Sherman Dean, III added 15 and Dan McGarry 10. The Vikings advanced to a district semifinal contest at Garfield Heights. Winner of the March 4, 2016 district final will advance to the Canton Regional tournament.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 1:22 PM, 03.06.2016

A New Era at New Day Academy

New Day Academy is pleased to announce that Coach Nate Barnes has brought his talents to our organization as the new head coach of the Varsity Boys’ Basketball team. Coach Barnes comes to NDA with extensive basketball experience and knowledge accompanied with an amazing winning and can do attitude! Barnes has served on the coaching staff of some great organizations such as: Lakeland Community College, Baldwin-Wallace College and Villa Angela St Joseph High School.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 11:44 AM, 11.25.2015

Summer Is Almost Here!!

It's hard to imagine school being out, and warm summer days, but it's not that far away.  If you are looking for something for your child to do this summer, why not send them to the Beat the Streets (BTS) Fun Day Summer Camp This is the third year for this camp located right here in Euclid.  The camp was help at the Euclid Sports Plant the last two summers, but is now moving its location to Euclid Memorial Park, with its home base being the C.E. Orr Ice Arena. Campers will be dropped off and picked up from the ice arena.  Moving to this new location will give the campers a chance to do more outdooor activities including swimming.  

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:00 PM, 05.18.2015

Cleveland Youth Rowing Association Summer Programs

Summer Rowing is here in Cleveland!  Cleveland Youth Rowing Association (CYRA), Cleveland’s oldest existing rowing club for high school students, is currently accepting registrations for all summer programming. Striving to be a premier competitive junior rowing program, the mission of CYRA is to provide a competitive rowing experience to positively impact the mind, body, and spirit of young athletes in the Greater Cleveland community. Our rowers are comprised of girls and boys from numerous schools and communities throughout the Cleveland Metropolitan area. This summer, CYRA will offer a high performance competitive team for high school athletes with experience with a select crew to represent the club at a regatta; a junior development team which will focus on increasing technical proficiency of fundamental rowing technique open to athletes from 6th - 12th grade with some experience; and learn-to-row options for grades 6th - 12th which will focus on the fundamentals of rowing. These programs run throughout the summer at various times and days. For more information: check out our website at 

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:00 PM, 05.18.2015

Beat The Streets AAU Basketball

Another season of AAU basketball is underway for Beat The Streets (BTS).  Teams are practicing and eagerly getting ready to participate in their first tournament of the season.  Teams participate in tournaments throughout the area,almost every weekend giving them the opportunity to play teams from other states and even Canada.  The season will run through Memorial Day Weekend.

BTS was formed in 2010, with a purpose and goal to fill the void in the area of opportunities and activities for the youth in our community.  With the unfortunate news of Euclid PAL dismembering, we wanted to offer the youth a new program in which they could grow and participate in programs to keep them safe and off the streets.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 8:21 PM, 04.03.2015

Ten Inducted into Euclid High School Sports Hall of Fame for 2014

Many centuries ago, the ancient Greeks honored their heroes in artwork, drama and in temples. These heroes, and their likenesses which lived on long after they were gone, served as role models to the citizenry for their deeds and the positive attributes they exhibited. In modern times, we do the same for those who have displayed an exceptional level of courage, commitment, sacrifice and leadership in pursuit of excellence. And when it comes to athletic excellence, no one does it better or more consistently than the Euclid Public Schools Alumni Association. On Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 the EPSAA honored ten men and women at the 28th Annual Euclid High Schools Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony.

Nine student-athletes and one coach were inducted in front of a full house of family, friends, teammates and coaches at Tizzano’s Party Center on E. 260th and Tungsten Rd. Chuck Hill, long-time Euclid resident and Chairman of the Sports Hall of Fame Committee, enthusiastically kicked the night off and was followed by the spit and polish of the Euclid High School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Color Guard, who presented the U.S. flag, the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem. After dinner, John Telich, Jr., TV Channel 8 Sportscaster and a Euclid High graduate himself, served as Master of Ceremonies for this year’s induction.   

The 2014 Euclid High Schools Sports Hall of Fame Inductees:

Ewald Heise                    Euclid Senior High School ’68       Basketball, Baseball

Edward Delaney              Euclid Senior High School ’78       Football, Wrestling

John Vuyancih                Euclid High School ’92                  Basketball, Baseball

Matt Hoffman                 Euclid High School ’95                  Baseball

Mike Hoffman                 Euclid High School ’95                 Baseball

Monroe L. Hillsman, Jr.    Euclid High School ’97               Football, Track, Basketball

Tamika Drake                 Euclid High School ‘00                 Volleyball, Basketball, Softball

Heather Palmer               Euclid High School ‘04                 Track, Basketball

Brandon Smith                Euclid High School ’04                Football, Track

John Gibbons                  Coach                                         Soccer

Also honored were members of the outstanding 1968 boys’ basketball team which made it to the Final Four in the Ohio State Basketball Tournament that year.

While each inductee’s acceptance speech was unique, often sprinkled with humor and emotion, the common thread was gratitude. Gratitude for the opportunity to compete at a high level of athleticism, gratitude for the support and inspiration of family and teammates, gratitude for the mentorship, patience, trust and knowledge of their coaches and finally, gratitude for their selection into a special group of student-athletes who achieved great things, not just on the fields of competition, but also in their personal and professional lives long after high school graduation.

Thanks to the Euclid High Schools Sports Hall of Fame Committee, we continue to recognize sport and sportsmanship, through the inspirational stories of student-athletes who displayed high levels of achievement and the many positive attributes that athletics can provide. The tireless efforts of the Committee continue to ensure that the accomplishments of our student-athletes, coaches and school administrators will inspire others as they humbly serve as role models for the people of the city of Euclid. As in the arts, academics and other areas of endeavor, a strong sense of community develops around those whose exploits, like the ancient Greek heroes, will be remembered and ultimately emulated by those who follow.   

The actual Sports Hall of Fame “shrine” is located in Euclid High School (711 E. 222nd St.) in the hallway between the main gym and pool, where the plaques of all 300 inductees are hung.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 11:46 PM, 10.15.2014

Warriors on the Track!

The three Catholic Schools in Euclid (Our Lady of the Lake, St. John of the Cross, and Ss. Robert and William) joined forces in March to form a new track and field team in town!  Seventy kids in the 3rd through 8th grade are sprinting, running distance, hurdling, throwing discus and shot put, high jumping, and long jumping for the Warrior Track and Field team sponsored by Ss. Robert and William School.   The team spent the first two weeks in March in Track Camp where they learned relay hand-offs, speed and agility drills, warm up routines, and basic running form.  As the season progressed, the athletes participated in field event clinics with the help of local coaches from a variety of high schools and colleges.  Recently, the shot put and discus throwers experienced the rare opportunity to work with Matt DeChant, a graduate of Ohio State University, who plans to compete in the next Olympic Trials!

So far, the team has really made their mark at the CYO track meets.  There are a number of athletes who are top performers among hundreds of competitors for the Diocese of Cleveland.  These athletes include:

Hurdlers:  Ronald Wilson, Zion Williams, Christian Wilson, Danielle Tarsitano, and Andrew Kijauskas

Sprinters:  Simone Knox, Charlie Eppich, Sean Hudson, Andre Terry, Clara Maruna, Amanda Ostroske, Andre Rodgers, Christian Wilson, Carmen Cremonese, Danielle Tarsitano, Sarah Ward, Grace Grove, Erin Prendergast, Christian Wilson, and Voni Jones

Distance Runners:  Sarah Grubach, Sammy Turk, Mary Lombardo, Michael Ward, Neil Jones, Ella Lisac, Erin Prendergast, Jason Repasy, Morgan Balazs, and Grace Grove

Long Jumpers: Andre Terry, Andre Rodgers, Cooper Coyne, Sydney Freeman, Clara Maruna, Ella Lisac, Erin Prendergast, Jason Repasy, Carmyn Cremonese

Shot Putters: Mychal Simmons, Charlie Eppich, Dylan Wimbs, Mary Lombardo, Simone Knox, Madison Jablonski, Makaila Alexander

Discus Throwers: Sean Jones, Owen Lisac, Andrew Kijauskas, and Karli DeChant

High Jumpers:  Grace Grove and Morgan Balazs

Congratulations to the entire Warrior Track team for a great season so far.  The team has a few more regular meets before heading to Championships on May 17 and 18.  Go Warriors!

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 3:08 PM, 05.14.2014

Euclid Soccer teams up parents and kids

About 350 Euclid kids will soon be packing away swimsuits and pulling out cleats and shin guards. Parents are prepping for soccer season, too—and they’re doing more than just stocking up on bottled water and cheering from the sidelines. With Euclid Youth Soccer Organization (EYSO), soccer is a team effort even within a family.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 2:39 PM, 08.09.2013

Euclid Athlete Wins Gold At Special Olympics 2013

A couple Saturdays agao, June 8, 2013, in Westlake Ohio, James A. Sparks Jr., headed to the Special Olympics held at Westlake High School. James is a 2011 graduate from The Euclid High School and former track team member. James has been involved with the Special Olympics since grade school and has now entered as a young adult. The weather was fantastic and he had his own cheering section, his grandfather James Kendel, a Euclid resident of 43 years, his mother Heather Kendel also a lifetime resident, his godson Kenneth and David from Piece by Peace Agency. The weather was perfect not too hot and by no means cold.

He arrived ready to go and anxious to get started. After a wonderful opening ceremony and traditional procession behind the flame, the National Anthem was sung by all and the games began. First was the softball throw in which James was a Gold Medal winner in his heat and the second farthest thrower of the day. He then warmed up and waited his turn to take to the track where he feels most at home running. He lined up at the start and when it was time to go he jetted like an airplane, running so fast it was almost impossible to take a photo. James won first place and was able to add another Gold to his collection from throughout the years.

These are the moments when life makes one stop and think wow, this really is a special event, a time for all of us to remember that we can accomplish many things if we have the spirit. The joy in the faces of those who were participating, just being there was happiness to them, were priceless. Medal or no medal, the act of trying is sufficient to each one of the competitors. It breaks one's heart to hear the laughter and brings tears of joy in their accomplishments.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 10:43 PM, 07.03.2013

Euclid Local Roller Derby Star Speaks Up

The Burning River Roller Girls will host their Championships bout Saturday, July 20 at the Ohio Nets Sports Complex in Parma, with tickets available at We took a moment to catch up with seventh year veteran skater and Euclid local Eva Lucien, to find out what drives her to keep coming back for more.

Name and number:  Eva Lucien #15

Team:  Rolling Pin-Ups. Previously (and hopefully again in the future) BRRG All-Stars.

How long have you been playing roller derby?:  7 years and counting

 Did you play anywhere else before joining BRRG?:  I've played other team sports, but not roller derby. When I signed onto Burning River Roller Girls when the league was formed in 2006, the two closest roller derby leagues were Columbus and Pittsburgh. We became the 50th league to join the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) in December of 2006. Since that time, derby has spread internationally; there are currently 295 leagues affiliated with the WFTDA.

What’s your favorite thing about Euclid?:  Diversity of the residents and proximity to the Lake.

What benefits do you think roller derby brings to the community?: Roller derby fills a much-needed, uncommon niche as a full-contact sport for women. It's an important athletic and emotional outlet for our members, and for volunteers and spectators it's a fun, genuine, and unconventional form of entertainment that contrasts sharply with professional sports. The strategy and skating part of it make it a fascinating and exciting sport to watch—there's nothing quite like the adrenaline rush of a great roller derby game.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 6:34 PM, 07.03.2013

Euclid represented at roller derby bouts this month

The next month will be jam-packed with roller derby action in Cleveland. The Burning River Roller Girls, Cleveland's premier flat-track roller derby league, will be hosting four out-of-town teams and its third set of interleague home team bouts of the season, featuring Euclid resident Cyndee Jackson, aka Action Jackson.

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 6:13 PM, 05.08.2013

Euclid alumna dishes on roller derby

The Burning River Roller Girls will host their next bout Saturday, April 20 at the Ohio Nets Sports Complex in Parma. We took a moment to catch up with skater and Euclid alumna Bustin’ Stuff, to talk about what she loves about roller derby and what makes her tick.

For more information about the April 20 bout and to buy tickets, visit

Derby Name: Bustin’ Stuff

Team: Hellbombers

Favorite Quote: "Above all things if kindness is your king, then Heaven will be yours before you meet your end." ~ DJM

Bio: I am a single mom of a pretty awesome 15-year-old guy named Jeffery. I've raised him all by myself but was lucky to have the help of my amazing parents, Gino and Theresa. I've spent the majority of my life working to take care of him, so I never did anything for myself … until I decided to join the Burning River Roller Girls. It has changed my life for the better. I have become completely addicted to strapping those skates on and playing such a fun game.

Honors: Second place at Full-Contact Musical Chairs (on skates!) during charity roller derby bout this fall.

Likes: Sushi, horror movies, my dog, concerts, road trips, hanging out with friends and chilling out with my amazing kid, Jeffery :)

Dislikes: Rude people, animal abuse

Favorite thing about roller derby: The girls! I never knew that I could meet so many awesome, powerful women within one big group! The game is way more than girls in cute little outfits beating each other up … even though that is the fun part. We have such camaraderie within the league, and no hard feelings are ever held. You can hit a woman with all your might one minute, then have her high five you the next saying how awesome that was. I spent years being depressed and miserable with the redundancy of my life. Now, I'm the happiest I've ever been and I owe it all to roller derby.

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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 1:41 PM, 04.19.2013