Wednesday, September 22

    Blue Devils open season with impressive performance

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    Independence’s girls’ golf team kicked off the 2021 season with a strong performance at the Kent Roughrider Invitational on Saturday.

    The Blue Devils shot 378 to finish sixth out of 12 teams despite being the only Division II program in the field.

    “Despite being the smallest school competing, I’m very pleased with how we finished as a team,” said Molly McGreal, who led the Blue Devils with an 88. “I know we have a lot of potential to grow and I’m excited to see where this season takes us.”

    Emma Konopa shot a 91, Kate Coljohn carded a 97, Macey McGhee finished with a 102 in her first-ever 18-hole competition, and Adriann Buyansky contributed with a 105.

    McGreal was pleased with her score but she knows she has some work to do in order to reach her goals this season.

    “I think this tournament was a solid start to our season,” she said. “Even though I didn’t play to my full potential, I know where I can improve for my next round and I’m excited to keep growing throughout the season. Having experience with varsity and lots of summer golf was really beneficial in preparing me mentally. I trusted my game and tried to keep myself from getting frustrated on bad shots.”

    The Blue Devils travel to Punderson Golf Course in Newbury on Monday for the Chagrin Valley Conference Preseason Tournament.

    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.


    Pillar breaks out at Tannenhauf

    Independence’s Mark Pillar turned in a breakout performance during the Marlington Invitational at Tannenhauf Golf Club on Friday.