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    2019 CVC Valley Division Softball Preseason Coaches Poll


    Independence won the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division title in 2018 but Wickliffe is a new entry division after playing previously in the Chagrin Division. Add in Kirtland, Cuyahoga Heights and the upswing Berkshire, Cardinal and Fairport Harding squads and the league should be a shootout this spring.

    Here’s how the league coaches project things to shake out in 2019.


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    With four seniors returning this spring, Cardinal has the potential to make some noise in the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division.

    The Huskies will rely on several newcomers to fill some key roles and their development is the key to Cardinal’s success.

    Click here for the full Cardinal Huskies preview.


    Graduation losses left Berkshire with just three returning starters but don’t count out the Badgers in 2019.

    Dave List, who coached the Badgers from 2001-2010, is back as head coach and despite a youthful roster, he is confident the Badgers have the talent to make some noise in the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division.

    The Badgers finished 12-8 last season but will have many new faces in the lineup.

    Click here for the full Berkshire Badgers preview.


    Cuyahoga Heights returns five starters from last season but the excitement around the program can’t be measured.

    With more experience in the lineup and leadership from a strong core of seniors, the Redskins are eager to compete for the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division title and then head into the postseason hungry to make a statement.

    Click here for the full Cuyahoga Heights Redskins preview.


    Kirtland returns six starters from last year’s squad that finished 13-7 overall and 10-2 in the Chagrin Valley Conference but the Hornets are relatively young.

    The projected starting lineup includes just three seniors—counting one currently on injured reserve—but the Hornets make up for their lack of experience with promising talent.

    Kirtland’s success starts at the top with the three seniors who have meant so much to the program.

    Click here for the full Kirtland Hornets preview.


    This spring, Wickliffe moves from the Chagrin Valley Conference’s Chagrin Division into the Valley Division and it’s only fitting that several Blue Devils also shuffle from one position to another.

    The Blue Devils finished 14-8 overall last season and 12-2 in the Chagrin Division.

    Success in the Valley Division will begin with Hannah Levon’s ability to find success in the circle. She was 5-1 with a 1.69 earned run average and 46 strikeouts in 29 innings pitched last spring. She’ll also be counted on to produce at the plate.

    Click here for the full Wickliffe Blue Devils preview.


    Independence opens the 2019 season with five returning starters from the team that reached the Massillon Regional championship game last spring.

    That loss to Warren Champion, the eventual Division III state champion, inspired the Blue Devils during the offseason and remains the motivation to earn a return trip for an opportunity at revenge.

    The Blue Devils, who finished 22-3 overall and 10-0 in the Chagrin Valley Conference, have four seniors in the projected starting lineup.

    Click here for the full Independence Blue Devils preview.

    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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