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Steve Hare

The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.
Independence Cross Country

Independence girls finish second at Medina District

Independence’s girls’ cross country team finished second at the Division III Medina District to earn an automatic berth in the regional meet next weekend.
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Rangers fall short at University

Tenth-seeded North was a bit outmatched at No. 2 seed University School in a Division I sectional final on Saturday but the Rangers gave the Preppers a game, despite a 2-0 setback.
Independence Boys Soccer

Independence dominates in sectional final

Sam Belitz recorded his eighth hat trick of the season to lead Independence to an 8-0 win over visiting Open Door Christian School in a Division III sectional championship game on Saturday.
North Football

Fourth-quarter swing leads Madison past North

Madison scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns within a minute of each other to pull away from host North on Friday, 35-18.
Kirtland 4, Elyria Catholic 0

Hornets grind out win over Elyria Catholic

The postseason presents a myriad of challenges to competing teams and Kirtland found that out in its 4-0 win over visiting Elyria Catholic in a Division III sectional final on Thursday.
North Volleyball

Rangers edge Chardon in sectional title game

North defeated Chardon in five sets for the third time this season to claim a Division I sectional championship at Euclid High School on Thursday.
Cardinal Volleyball

Huskies reach 20 wins in claiming sectional title

Cardinal’s dream season continued on Thursday with a 3-0 win over Warren Champion in a Division III sectional championship game at Berkshire High School.
Independence Volleyball

Independence wins eighth straight sectional title

Top-seeded Independence made quick work of No. 8 Brooklyn in a Division III sectional championship game at Elyria High School on Thursday. The Blue Devils defeated the Hurricanes 25-6, 25-7, 25-5 to win their eighth straight sectional title.
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Patrick leads North to double overtime win at Madison

Max Patrick converted a free kick in double overtime to lead North to a 3-2 win at Madison in a Division I sectional semifinal on Wednesday.

Varsity Travel Players of the Week

Athletes from Independence, Cuyahoga Heights, Independence, Kenston, Kirtland, Lake Catholic and Perry have been named the Varsity Travel Players of the Week for the week ending Oct. 14.
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Kirtland stays hot in postseason opener

Kirtland entered Wednesday’s sectional semifinal against Pymatuning Valley on a six-match winning streak. The Hornets cruised to their seventh straight win by defeating the Lakers, 25-14, 25-13, 25-11.
Cornerstone 2, Cardinal 0

Huskies bow out at Cornerstone

Cardinal’s season came to an end with a 2-0 loss to host Cornerstone Christian Academy in a Division III sectional semifinal on Tuesday.
Independence Girls Soccer

Independence downs Oberlin, sets up rematch with Beachwood

Paige Westerburg scored a pair of goals and Alex Adams and Hannah MacRaild each added one to lead Independence to a 4-0 win over visiting Oberlin in a Division III sectional semifinal on Monday.
North Boys Soccer

Rangers head into postseason on winning note

North closed the regular season with a 3-1 win at Chardon on Saturday.
Independence Boys Soccer

Blue Devils close out second straight unbeaten season

Independence closed out the regular season with a 4-0 win at Lutheran West on Saturday. With the win, the Blue Devils closed out their second...

Kirtland’s Ian McGreal earns first team All-CVC honors

Kirtland's Ian McGreal finished eighth at the 2018 Chagrin Valley Conference cross country championships to earn first team all-conference honors.
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Independence’s Collin Patton wins Valley Division MVP

Independence’s Collin Patton finished first in the 2018 Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division cross country championships at Cardinal High School on Saturday.
Kirtland Football

Hornets grind out win over Badgers

Kirtland ran for 373 yards and five touchdowns in a 43-6 win over visiting Berkshire on Friday.
Independence Football

Blue Devils dominate second half in win over Richmond Heights

Brian Vollman’s second half pick-six highlighted Independence’s dominant second half in a 36-16 win at Richmond Heights on Friday.
North Volleyball

Rangers close out regular season with win over rival South

North closed out the regular season with a 3-2 win over rival South in the third place game of the Western Reserve Conference tournament at Riverside on Thursday.
Elek McDonald

Blue Devils win 35th straight regular season game

Sam Belitz scored a pair of goals and Seamus Kral added another to lead Independence to a 3-1 win over visiting Gilmour Academy on Thursday.

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