Monday, June 27

    Blue Devils club the Comets


    Three Independence golfers shot career-best scores in the Blue Devils’ 176-197 win over Solon on Monday.

    Morgan Pascarella led the way with a career-best 37 and Hillary Esper and Emma Konopa also posted their career-lows with a 48 and a 49, respectively.

    “It was very exciting,” Esper said. “I’m very happy with how I played today and it felt great knowing that my score helped lead my team to victory.”

    Esper credited her irons for keeping her game on point and now she’s hoping to build off of this momentum moving forward.

    “All I can do is just play it shot by shot,” she said. “I can only focus on the holes ahead of me and I’m grateful to have such a supportive team that helps me play my best.”

    Konopa started slowly but found her stroke after a few holes.

    “It was very exciting to shoot my career low today,” she said. “At the beginning of my round, I was not shooting my best. It could’ve gone really downhill but I picked my head up and started focusing on my game.”

    Once she took control of her putter, every other aspect of her game improved.

    “One-putts can really lower your score,” she said. “My tee offs were also very consistent. I think what really helped my score today was that I was focused on the game and confident in my shots. If I continue to play confidently and focused then I believe I’ll continue to shoot low.”

    Allie Ksiazka shot a 43 for the Blue Devils and Reese Vilcheck fired off a 48.

    The Blue Devils have a key Chagrin Valley Conference match against Lutheran West on Tuesday.

    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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