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    Nick Brunsman named Independence Athlete of the Week


    Independence senior Nick Brunsman has had an outstanding start to the 2015 season.

    Through four tournaments, Brunsman averaged a score of 77 to finish in the top five of each event. His highest score in a 9-hole round was 40.

    For his efforts, Brunsman was named Independence Athlete of the Week.

    “Nick has been swinging it really well this year,” said Independence coach Mark Echstenkamper. “His level of consistency has been amazing. I know he would like to get a few more birdies, but he has managed to stay out of trouble. His hard work and tournament play over the summer has been paying great dividends. He has been fun to watch.”

    Brunsman has dropped three strokes from his 2014 average and has his sights set on a run to the state tournament in Columbus later this fall.

    The Nick Brunsman File:

    Class: Senior
    Age: 18
    Sport: Boys Golf
    Family: Parents: Abby & Joe; Brothers: Josh & Mikey; Sister: Christina
    Favorite Food: Wasabi
    Favorite Hobby: Golf
    Favorite Athlete’s: Lebron James, Tiger Woods, Jordan Speith
    Favorite Film: Toy Story
    Favorite TV Show: Prison Break
    Favorite Sports Team: Cavaliers
    Best Advice: Time Flies When You're Having Fun

    Steve Hare
    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, 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, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the 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.
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