Richmond Heights basketball team prepares for state championship

Posted at 7:10 PM, Mar 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-18 19:10:23-04

RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Wet weather couldn’t put a damper on the celebration at Richmond Heights High School Thursday.

“Nothing is going to stop us now,” said Richmond Heights superintendent, Dr. Renee Willis. “We’re here to cheer our guys off because they’ve got a job to do.”

That job is to win a Division IV state championship at this weekend’s OHSAA Final Four in Dayton. It’s the Spartan’s second trip to finals weekend in the last three years.

“We stood here in 2019 and we made it to the Final Four,” said Willis. “2020 shut us down, but we are back in 2021.”

Richmond Heights is one of five teams representing Northeast Ohio in Dayton this weekend. Cleveland Heights’ Lutheran East will vie for the Division III championship, Akron’s St. Vincent St. Mary in Division II, and both Mentor and Cleveland’s St. Ignatius in Division I.

“We’re so grateful to the community for the support,” said Richmond Heights Board President Nneka Slade Jackson. “We just thank everybody for coming out.”

The Spartans tip-off the Division IV semi-finals Friday morning at 11 a.m. against Botkins.