PhotoBlogs by Jacob Chabowski

BROWNS WIN: Fans Gather at Merry Arts for Celebration, Free Bud Light (36 Photos)

For the first time since Dec 13,2015 the Cleveland Browns won a football game. At Merry Arts on Detroit Road the scene was electric as fans packed the pub. Bud Light also ran a promotion in which free beer would be available at a couple dozen locations in Northeast Ohio the next time the Browns won. Thursday night that beer was finally given away moments after the game. Merry Arts was one location where the free Bud Lights was available. Fan reaction was insane as folks celebrated a win and grabbed their free beer. Be sure to check out Brian Foox's photos as well. And special thanks to Merry Arts for keeping things fun and being accommodating to the press.

Photos by Jacob Chabowski / All Photos property of The Lakewood Observer

St Ed's Defeats Cathedral Prep, Snags First Victory (33 Photos)

After losing their first two games of the season by just a combined four points, the St Edward Eagles took out their frustrations on the Cathedral Prep (PA) Ramblers 35-3 at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. The Eagles found a lot of success with their ground game. RB Jordan Castleberry ran for three touchdowns, QB Garrett Dzuro ran for one, and Caden Kolesar returned a punt for a touchdown. The defense was also strong for St Ed's, making a number of big stops to hold Cathedral Prep to just a field goal. The Eagles are off to Cincinnati next week where they will take on the Elder Panthers. Recap and photos by Jacob Chabowski. All photos are property of The Lakewood Observer

STUNNER IN LAKEWOOD: Emotional Loss for St Ed’s (68 Photos)

In perhaps the most emotional 30 minutes of football one could hope to see, St Ed’s experienced the feelings of victory, defeat, victory, then defeat once again as they dropped a back-and-forth game against Cass Tech (MI).

The Eagles appeared to be in control most of the game. Eagles QB Garret Dzuro connected on a touchdown pass to Quintel Kent early to put the Eagles up 7-0, and Jordan Casteberry scored a touchdown on a 33-yard run in the second quarter to increase the lead to 14-0. The Eagles defense was strong throughout the game.

Cass Tech finally found the end zone thanks to a short run by RB Lewis Nichols to cut the deficit to 14-7 for Cass Tech with 4:27 left in the fourth quarter.

After a defensive stop Cass Tech took over again. The Eagles defense gave up 30 yards in penalties on that drive, which paved the way for a 31yd TD pass from QB Jalen Graham to WR Kyron McKinnie-Harp to cut it to 14-13 Eagles with 3:06 left in the game. A gutsy call for a two point conversion gave Cass Tech a 15-14 lead.

On the kickoff, Quintel Kent ran the ball back to the end zone for a 80+ yard kickoff return for the Eagles touchdown. The Eagles were back on top 20-15 after a failed PAT with 1:07 to go in the game.

After a few defensive stops for the Eagles, Cass Tech was down to their last play. With no time left Cass Tech QB Jalen Graham launched the ball into the endzone on a hail mary pass to WR Noah Stamps to give Cass Tech the 21-20 victory.

All photos property of The Lakewood Observer. Recap and photos by Jacob Chabowski


High School Football: Rangers Fall to Garfield Heights in Season Opener (33 Photos)

The Rangers opened up the season at home against Garfield Heights with a 42-0 loss Friday night. In addition to being the first game of the season it was also the first game as head coach for Lakewood's Tom Thome. Despite the loss fans and students enjoyed a lovely evening together at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. Photos by Jacob Chabowski / All photos property of The Lakewood Observer

For Mike Deneen's full game recap, click here

Girls Soccer: Rangers Blanked by Amherst Comets (14 Photos)

Amherst blanked Lakewood 6-0 Wednesday evening in the SWC opener for both teams. Strong offense and a solid time of possession paved the way for a Comets victory. Despite the loss the atmosphere was pleasant in Lakewood for the Rangers' home opener as parents, students, staff, and faculty enjoyed the evening together after a restful summer break. 

Photos by Jacob Chabowski  / All photos are property of The Lakewood Observer

NFP Softball: USSSA Pride Defeat Cleveland Comets 6-3 (24 Photos)

AVON, OHIO -- Sprenger Stadium saw some National Pro Fastpitch Softball action Monday night as the Cleveland Comets hosted the USSSA Pride.

The Pride jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to a Chelsea Goodacre homerun. Bianka Bell hit a double to right center field to score Megan Wiggins and extend the lead 3-0 in the 3rd inning. Kelly Kretschman punched one up the middle and drove in Sierra Romero and Lauren Chamberlain, and pushed the lead to 5-0 in the 5th.

The Comets showed signs of a rally in the 6th inning. Jade Rhodes hit a 2-run double and Liu Fei Fei would later follow with an RBI single, but that would be all the Comets could muster as they fell to the Pride 6-3.

Jolene Henderson gets the victory on the mound for the Pride, while Devin Brown takes the loss for the Comets.

After the game both teams invited fans onto the field and signed autographs. Photos by Jacob Chabowksi / All Photos are property of The Lakewood Observer

Summer Meltdown 2018 (19 Photos)

The Summer Meltdown represents one of the region’s most highly-anticipated street parties. A summertime celebration of our city’s vibrancy, this free community event draws more than 10,000 attendees from across Northeast Ohio to the heart of Lakewood each July.


Photos by Jacob Chabowski / All photos are property of The Lakewood Observer.

Lakewood 4th of July: 2018 (44 Photos)

Thousands turned out for Lakewood's annual 4th of July celebration at Lakewood Park. Despite temps soaring into the 90s people had fun grilling, playing ball, and laying out on the grass. Project Lakewood performed and fireworks concluded the day's celebration. Photos by Jacob Chabowksi. All photos are property of The Lakewood Observer

Taste of Lakewood 2018 (22 Photos)

The annual Taste of Lakewood was held this past Sunday. The events now attracts thousands of people from all over the region who know of Lakewood’s reputation as a great food destination. Lakewood’s best restaurants, eateries and caterers sell their food to guests who picnic on the park grounds, dine al fresco, and enjoy great live music onstage at Madison Park in the historic Birdtown Neighborhood of Lakewood. Photos by Jacob Chabowski. All photos are property of The Lakewood Observer

2018 NBA Finals, Game 3 (16 Photos)

Thousands of fans and media flocked to Cleveland, Ohio for Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Finals. A watch party took place outside The Q at Gateway Plaza. Games, food trucks, and music made for a fun atmosphere before tipoff. The game was played on large screens for those gathered outside The Q. The Cavs lost to the Warriors 110-102 to fall into a 0-3 hole in the series. Photos by Jacob Chabowksi. All photos property of The Lakewood Observer

Lakewood Meet the Trucks (14 Photos)

Hundreds of visitors and residents turned out for the annual Meet the Trucks event held at Lakewood Park on June 2nd. Attendees had the opportunity to hop in the driver's seat of fire engines, ambulances, snow plows, and other trucks. Food and other events were also offered at the park. The event was sponsored by the City of Lakewood and the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA. All photos by Jacob Chabowski. Photos are property of The Lakewood Observer.

Thursday Evening around Rocky River (3 Photos)

Neighboring Rocky River was treated to a stunning sunset Thursday evening. WIth Memorial Day weekend quickly approaching folks wasted heading out on the lake, to Rocky River Park, and to Mitchell's Ice Cream. Welcome to Summer in CLE. Photos by Jacob Chabowksi. All photos propoerty of The Lakewood Observer.

Temps Soar to Mid-70s In Lakewood (3 Photos)

The mercury hit 74 degrees in Lakewood Thursday evening. Visitors and residents of the city flocked to Lakewood's parks as well as downtown to enjoy the weather. Photos by Jacob Chabowski. All photos property of The Lakewood Observer

Girls Softball: Rangers Fall to Midview High School 17-3 (10 Photos)

The Lakewood Rangers hosted the Midview High School Middies Thursday afternoon at Harding Field. Temps pushed into the mid-70s as the stands were filled with parents and spectators. Photos by Jacob Chabowski.  All photos property of The Lakewood Observer.

St Ed's Tops Valley Forge 8-5 at Sprenger Stadium (8 Photos)

St Ed's and Valley Forge played in chilly conditions at Sprenger Stadium in Avon. After falling behind early, the Eagle's took the lead and never looked back. Derek Tackett had 10 K's in in 5 innings for the Eagles. Photos by Jacob Chabowski. All photos are property of The Lakewood Observer.

Girls Softball: Rangers Capture Thrilling Win Against North Olmsted (14 Photos)

Lakewood and North Olmsted played in a hard fought game Monday at Harding Field. The Rangers rallied in the 6th inning and won by a final score of 5-4. Rangers shortstop Maizy Cunningham hit her first career home run and Payton Rossen pitched a complete game. Photos by Jacob Chabowski.  All photos are property of The Lakewood Observer.

The Observer Gets a Tour of Lakewood FIre Station 1 (14 Photos)

The Lakewood Observer was recently given a tour of the Lakewood Fire Department headquarters by Assistant Chief Darren Collins. Click HERE for the full article. Photos by Jacob Chabowski. All photos are property of The Lakewood Observer

Read the full aritcle HERE

Lakewood Falls to St Ed's in District Semifinals (18 Photos)

The Rangers season came to an end Wednesday night at Strongsville High School as the Rangers fell to the Eagles 59-45. All photos by Jacob Chabowski. Photos are property of The Lakewood Observer, LLC.

Click Here to Read Mike Deenen's Game Recap

Lakewood vs Max Hayes High School (11 Photos)

Lakewood Rangers Dominate Max Hayes High School 67-20 to advance to Second Round of OHSAA Tournament. From Feb 28, 2018. Photos by Jacob Chabowski

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Rangers Cap Off Regular Season with Victory, SWC Conference Championship (22 Photos)

The atmosphere could not have been more fun Friday night at Lakewood High School. The Rangers -- in their final regular season game -- celebrated their seniors, dominated North Ridgeville, and clinched the SWC Championship. Photos by Jacob Chabowski. All photos are the property of The Lakewood Observer.

Click here to read Mike Deenen's game recap

Lakewood Falls to Strongsville 6-0 in OHSAA Tournament (12 Photos)
Lakewood High School fell to Strongsville by a final score of 6-0 Sunday night at Brooklyn Ice Arena. Photos by Jacob Chabowski. All photos are property of The Lakewood Observer.
Gallery: Lakewood Tops Westlake 57-32 (27 Photos)

Lakewood defeated Westlake by a final score of 57-32 at Lakewood High School Tuesday night. From Feb 13,2018. All Photos by Jacob Chabowski. Photos are property of the Lakewood Observer, Inc.

Click here to read Mike Deneen's game recap

Lakewood Park A Frozen Tundra (12 Photos)

With wind chills struggling to get above 0 degrees and part of Lake Erie freezing over, Lakewood Park resembled a frozen tundra Wednesday afternoon.  All photos by Jacob Chabowski.  Photos property of The Lakewood Observer 

Lakewood Snowfall 12/13-12/14 (15 Photos)
Lakewood, Ohio, saw its first significant snowfall of the season this week. Snow started to fall around Wednesday at 7pm and did not let up until Thursday morning.

By Thursday afternoon, crews had cleared most of the snow from the streets. While folks down in the MetroParks could be seen having fun and driving through the winter landscape, on Lakewood's city streets resident were digging cars out and plowing driveways.

Photos by Jacob Chabowski. All photos property of The Lakewood Observer.
Light Up Lakewood 2017 (71 Photos)

Temps were mild and the skies clear as thousands of people gathered in downtown Lakewood for this annual holiday event. A vendor fair, food trucks, a parade, and the Christmas tree lighting ceremony were just some of the highlights. Of course, fireworks concluded the event and sent attendees home in the holiday spirit. All photos by Jacob Chabowski. Copyright The Lakewood Observer.

Lakewood Veteran's Day Ceremony (40 Photos)

The City of Lakewood hosted its annual Veteran's Day Ceremony at Veterans' Memorial in Lakewood Park. All photos are the property of the Lakewood Observer, Inc. ©2017 photos by: Jacob Chabowski

Noble Road Landfill Fire in East Cleveland (10 Photos)
Arco landfill on Noble Road road caught fire Saturday morning. Crew from East Cleveland, Euclid, South Euclid, and Cleveland Heights responded. Photos by Jacob Chabowski
Kent State Hockey: KSU vs Indiana Tech (29 Photos)

A little ACHA club hockey action at Kent State Ice Arena Saturday night as the Golden Flashers squared off against Indiana Tech University. Indiana dominated play for much of the first two periods. However, KSU came out strong in the third period scoring three times in the first five minutes to tie the game. Indiana Tech would counter with an additional three goals of their own though, and defeated KSU by a final of 6-3.

Final Shots of 2017 Summer (7 Photos)

It's likely the warmer days are behind us for the year 2017. Here are some photos taken around Edgewater during the warm days in the last couple of weeks.

DACA Rally in Cleveland (21 Photos)
Activists gather at Market Square on a wet Thursday evening to protest President Trump's decision to end DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. #OHereToStay was sponsored by DreamActivist Ohio, Cleveland Jobs With Justice, Indivisible CLE, Ohio's Voice, InterReligious Task Force, Eleonor Ramirez, and Don Bryant. There was a modest turnout of about 150 people. Several immigrants spoke, most notably a DACA student from Case Western Reserve University. The protest was peaceful, with two CPD cruisers watching from a hidden alley across the street.
Lakewood Fire (11 Photos)
Around 6:30pm, the Lakewood Fire Department received a call for a report of a fire at an apartment complex near the corner of Madison Ave and Lakeland Road. Madison Avenue was closed for about 20 minutes while fire crews cleared the smoke from the complex.
Lakewood High School Ribbon Cutting 8/20/17 (53 Photos)

Ribbon Cutting to finish Lakewood High School, August 2017. All photos are the property of the Lakewood Observer, Inc. ©2017
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