Rocky River students showed their support for their high school football team bound for the Division III playoffs by creating the "Together River Up" video. The video was adapted from the Nike Basketball commercial featuring the local NBA team the Cleveland Cavaliers and shown at a pep rally on Wednesday. Pictured is senior co-captain Cam Kysela rounding up the team. (Compiled by Nathaniel Cline, Northeast Ohio Media Group)

Rocky River students recreate LeBron James’ new Nike basketball commercial to inspire football team for OHSAA playoffs (slideshow, video)

ROCKY RIVER, Ohio – The Rocky River football team was sent out on a high note for the playoffs after Wednesday’s pep rally left students and faculty members in amazement. This comes after students assembled to create their own version of the latest Nike Basketball “Together” commercial featuring the hometown Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James. “It…

Naomi Shapiro, center, walks with her parents Debbie and Jerry Isaak-Shapiro, with family dog Nala, to the Northeast District cross country meet held at Lakeland Community College on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Shapiro, who runs for Laurel School, and her family observe Jewish tradition of not using mechanical devices such as a car on the Sabbath, so they walk to her meets. (Thomas Ondrey/The Plain Dealer)

Laurel cross country runner Naomi Shapiro inspires teammates by walking to weekend meets to honor Jewish religion (slideshow, videos)

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio – Cross country runner Naomi Shapiro has shown her commitment to her sport in a most unconventional manner –– by walking. For the last four seasons, the devout Jew and Laurel senior has walked to and from her Saturday meets to comply with the demands of her sport and her religion. Rather than riding in a bus with teammates…