CHS Volleyball 2021

CHS Volleyball during COVID

Eagle Athletics Are Back!
by John Hughes, Athletic Director

It was music to the ears for all the Eagle student-athletes (especially the seniors) to hear the WIAA, Department of Health, Metro League, and Seattle Public Schools February 1, 2021 announcement that sports are back! It has been over a year since the Eagles last took the field for any competitions due to the pandemic.

The ability for sports to return is conditioned upon compliance with all guidance and protocol measures outlined by the various agencies. First practices are set to begin on February 22, 2021. Most sports competitions may continue as long as the Puget Sound Region, composed of King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties stays in Phase 2.

There will be two seasons this year:

“Season 1” begins February 22, 2021, and includes the following sports: football, cross country, golf, girls bowling, girls soccer, slowpitch softball, girls swim, and volleyball.

“Season 2” begins on April 19, 2021, and includes baseball, boys soccer, boys swimming, basketball, fastpitch softball, track, wrestling, and tennis.

Indoor “high-risk” sports such as wrestling and basketball are not yet authorized to participate in competitions. We are hopeful the Covid numbers will improve to allow them to compete.

Safety will be the number one focus.

Everyone in the Eagle athletics department has had extra time to be trained on Covid-19 return-to-play guidelines.

  • Every practice and game will have a Site Supervisor in charge to ensure compliance with all guidelines and protocols.
  • Coaches have been trained to take Covid screening information, temperature checks, etc.
  • All coaches and student-athletes will wear masks during all events, including practices and competitions.
  • No fans will be allowed at any Metro League competitions this year.

The Eagle athletic department is taking the safety of our coaches, athletes, and community very seriously. The picture shown here is of our volleyball team demonstrating how safely we plan to conduct all events.

There is a new website rolling out where you can see all sports schedules and score results: We encourage all alumni to take a look.

We are excited to offer our students the benefits that participating in high school sports provides. With remote learning still taking place, sports will improve physical fitness, social and emotional development, personal and team goal attainment, leadership development, teamwork, time management skills, and improved academics.

While there will be no state championships this year, there will be Metro League playoffs in a variety of formats allowing our students to set their goals high!

It has been a challenging school year for everyone, but especially for our youth. We hope these next few months give our students some joy and happiness.


CHS Athletics 2020

CHS Athletics Celebrates the Class of 2020

We wanted to share this amazing message from Jonathan Hughes – Athletic Director / Education of CHS!

What a great week of celebration for the class of 2020!  And there is more!  SPS Athletics funded the creation of a video to highlight our seniors and their athletic participation.  We did the best we could trying to track down photos, videos, and names of student-athletes (some hadn’t yet officially registered for spring sports and spring only had a week of practice, no events).  Ms. Scribs and ENN were instrumental in providing many of the photos.  The owner of the production company that made all the films for each high school is a Cleveland High grad class of 2000, Carlos Imani.  You can check that out here:

Updates regarding fall athletics and summer practices will be coming soon.  We are expecting to hear from the Governor and the Health Department regarding WIAA return to play guidelines.  Hoping that information comes within the next several days.  Of course, tomorrow is the big announcement from SPS about what school will look in the fall.  Feeling nervous.


Jon Hughes
Athletic Director / Educator
Cleveland STEM High School

CHS Frisbee Team

Boys Ultimate Frisbee team nabs state title

24. That is the number of wins it took for Cleveland’s Ultimate Frisbee team to take the DiscNW state title. They also took home the Metro League title and won several big tournaments along the way, including the Seattle Invitational. In the state tournament, the Northwest School was no match for Cleveland. The Eagles crushed Northwest, 15-8. It is the first time a boys team from a south end school has won the state title. The Eagles finished their season undefeated, with a remarkable 24-0 record.


Softball players Vicki Ly, left, Fiona Clayton and head coach Rebecca Williams Leach cheer after their team is announced as a nominee for Team of the Year.

2nd Annual Talon Awards

A reprint from the Cleveland Journal. Pictured above: Softball players Vicki Ly, left, Fiona Clayton and head coach Rebecca Williams Leach cheer after their team is announced as a nominee for Team of the Year. Photo by Mauricio Vasquez.

After making it to the district tournament for the first time in Cleveland’s history, the Eagles softball team was named Team of the Year at the 2nd Annual Talon Awards, an all-sports banquet honoring Cleveland’s student-athletes.

Athletes and their families, along with coaches and their assistants, filled the gym, which was decorated with balloons and banners. A buffet barbecue dinner was served.

Media teacher Teresa Scribner and athletic director Jon Hughes organized the event, which is modeled after ESPN’s Espy Awards, with categories like Male and Female Athlete of the Year, Comeback Athlete of the Year and Fan Favorite.

For the Breakout Performance category, there was no shortage of talent. Six athletes were nominated; they all took home awards.

Kezia Cook was one of the nominees for her stellar softball season. Although this was her first time playing the sport, Cook put up a solid performance on the field. She said the hardest part of the sport was actually learning how to play.

“There were a lot of rules that I didn’t understand,” she said.

Cook felt good after winning because all the hard work and support from her teammates and coaches did not go to waste.

Other nominees for Breakthrough Performance were Liann Tran, Matthew Dietz, Martrez Darden, Ciera Davis, and Angus Vlasaty.

Daniel Hamilton oaches wrestling, track and cross country.
Daniel Hamilton coaches wrestling, track and cross country. Photo by Brandon Trujillo.

Duel-sport Athlete Breona Devers was a big winner for the night. She took home the award for Best Female Athlete and was a member of the softball team, who took home Team of the Year honors. Devers was also the winner of the Talon Award’s highest honor: Most Valuable Eagle.

“I feel special because they recognized me, even though I wasn’t looking to be recognized,” Devers said.

According to softball coach Rebecca Williams Leach, it was Devers’ contributions off the field that made her an MVE.

“Breona has served on the Athletes for Social Justice Committee, she is a captain of both the basketball and softball teams and she is the model of leadership, responsibility, and integrity for every athlete in our programs,” Williams Leach wrote in her nomination.

Devers shared MVE honors with Daniel Hamilton. According to Scribner, the three-sport assistant coach was a no-brainer.
“Dan coaches wrestling; he coaches track and cross country,” Scribner said. “The fact that he also helps out in the computer science classes was just the icing on the cake. He had to win.”
Hamilton appeared shocked when his name was called.

“It’s really surprising,” he said. “It caught me off guard, but it’s a huge honor.”

Although there were many individual nominees, there was no shortage when it came to the awards dedicated to teams. Girls golf took home the Scholar Team award and boys Ultimate Frisbee was crowned Fan Favorite based on an online vote. Girls Ultimate came in second in the voting.

Junior Molly House and senior Aram Gould tied for Athlete of the Year, while Dominic Jacobs was named Male Athlete of the Year. Freshman Jadyn Smiley was named Freshman Athlete of the Year. She has been playing softball since she was little, and said athletes should never give up.

“Keep coming back, come to all the practices, put in all your effort, all your time, and I promise you, you’ll get to your achievements and you’ll do big things,” she said.

The nominees were selected by coaches then narrowed down by a select group who worked directly or closely with sports programs at the school. According to Scribner, the nomination process was a difficult one.

“We try to give the coaches enough time to evaluate their players and submit nominations, but we really need them in the voting room advocating for their players to win,” she said.
Scribner said the process took so long that the trophies were not ordered in time for the ceremony. Winners received certificates and trophies were handed out at a later date.

Senior (Class of 2019) Kendra Okoro goes up to bat against Juanita in the first round of district playoffs on May 13. The softball team finished with a 14-6 record, capping a historic season.

Staff reporter Katrina Nguyen contributed to the reporting of this story.