Four Cleveland high schools are competing in the Scholastic Rowing Association National Championships this weekend. Magnificat, Saint Joseph Academy, Shaker Heights and St. Ignatius will among the 556 boats from 185 schools racing on a 1,500-meter course in the Cooper River in Camden, New Jersey, on Friday and Saturday. St. Ignatius and Shaker Heights practice…

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Coach Bob Valerian calls crew the perfect high school sport. “Everybody in high school starts from the same level,” said Valerian, waiting for two busloads of students from Shaker Heights High School at the Cleveland Rowing Foundation boathouse on the Cuyahoga River. “Unlike other high school sports, like soccer or basketball or hockey that kids…

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