Senior-laden Lions have potential

Orange’s girls’ soccer team has some work to do in replacing two all-league performers from last season but the Lions have the potential for a special season this fall.

Lofty goals for Kirtland runners

Kirtland’s cross country teams enter the 2018 season with plenty of promise and lofty goals, including competing for its first Chagrin Valley Conference title in many years and advancing a number of runners to the regional and possibly the state cross country meets.

Hawken, Kirtland claim preseason tournament titles

Hawken and Kirtland took control of their respective divisions in the Chagrin Valley Conference by winning titles at the league preseason tournament at Pine Hills Golf Course in Hinckley on Thursday.

Chagrin Falls seeks first league title since 2014

A large group of returning players has the Chagrin Falls Tigers eyeing their first Chagrin Valley Conference title since 2014.

Independence gearing up for another run

With nine returning starters and four other letterwletter winnersing from last year’s team that finished undefeated in the regular season and went on to finish 19-1 with an appearance in the Division III regional semifinals, Independence enters the 2018 season with high expectations.

Badgers look to develop in a hurry

Berkshire returns three starters from last year but the Badgers are relatively young and inexperienced. They’ll look to grow up in a hurry as they hope to remain competitive in the Chagrin Valley Conference.

Blue Devils show improvement at Blue Streak Invitational

Independence’s young golf team grew up in a big way at the 9th Annual Blue Streak Invitational hosted by Magnificat High School at Sweetbriar Golf Club in Avon Lake on Tuesday.

Tigers claim CVC Preseason Tournament title

Chagrin Falls kicked off the 2018 season in dominating fashion by winning the 2018 Chagrin Valley Conference preseason tournament at St. Denis Golf Course on Monday.

Ksiazka’s ace steals the show

Independence opened the defense of its Division II state title on Saturday at the Kent Roughrider Invitational. The Blue Devils, who finished in eighth place overall, were highlighted by sophomore Allie Ksiazka’s hole in one on the fifth hole, a 137-yard par 3 at Twin Lakes Country Club.

Red Raiders optimistic heading into new season

Harvey returns four starters from the team that won 12 matches last fall. That has the Red Raiders optimistic heading into the 2018 season.

New look Blue Devils ready to forge own path

After winning the Division II state championship last fall, the Independence Blue Devils open the 2018 season with just one returning starter and two others with varsity experience.
Marc Lowther

Lowther inducted into NEOBCA Hall of Fame

Cuyahoga Heights head coach Marc Lowther was inducted into the NEOBCA Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
Sarah Piteo

Piteo shines in Underclassmen all-star tournament

Independence pitcher Sarah Piteo closed out her junior season with a strong performance in the OHSFSCA Underclassmen All-Star Tournament this week.

Kirtland tabs Shawn McGregor to lead boys’ basketball program

Kirtland officially named Shawn McGregor as the new head coach of its boys’ basketball team.

Champion 13, Independence 3

Blue Devils bow out in regional final

Independence’s season came to an end with a 13-3 loss to defending state champion Warren Champion in a Division III regional final on Saturday.

Mike Zeuli

Kirtland trio recognized by OHSBCA

Kirtland’s Luke Smrdel was named OHSBCA Division III Coach of the Year and senior Mike Zeuli was named the division’s Player of the Year. Joey Torok also earned first team All-Ohio honors.

Kirtland’s run ends in regional semis

Grand Valley scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Kirtland, 4-3, in a Division III regional semifinal on Thursday.

Independence 9, Waterloo 3

Blue Devils return to regional final

Sarah Piteo hit a two-run home run and Kim Rega added a pair of doubles and a complete game to lead Independence to a 9-3 win over Waterloo in a Division III regional semifinal.

Robert Artrip

Regional track roundup

Independence placed in two events and Cardinal and Kirtland both advanced athletes into Friday’s Division III regional track championships.

Six Hornets headed to Division II regionals

Six Kirtland athletes finished among the top four at the Division II Lakeview District and will compete in next week’s regional track meet.

Mason Crist

Blue Devils send eight to regionals

Independence advanced eight individual athletes to next week’s Division III Massillon Perry regional meet.

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