Blue Devils take down rival Redskins

Jamie McMahon

Independence put together a complete game in downing rival Cuyahoga Heights on Friday, 56-46.

The Blue Devils led 13-9 after the first quarter and 28-22 at halftime. They used a 16-11 third quarter to create additional space heading into the fourth.

“I love how we played tonight,” said Independence coach Hugh McMahon. “We were aggressive and physical. We shared the basketball on offense and played our various defenses extremely well. It was a great team win. A key factor tonight was how coachable the young men were. They did a great job of taking instruction in the heat of the game and making the adjustments.”

Jamie McMahon led the Blue Devils with a game-high 16 points while Kyle Stefanski pitched in with 11.

“I thought Kyle did a great job controlling the game and being able to find the open man. That allowed me to get some good looks from behind the arc, which helped open up my game,” said McMahon, who hit a pair of 3-pointers. “As a team, this game meant so much to us. I thought we were well prepared and able to execute well against our rival. It feels good to be able to contribute to a great team victory.”

Wyatt Flynn contributed to the win with nine points and Thomas Ceculski and Jack Ksiazka each chipped in with six.

The Blue Devils improved to 6-9 overall and 5-6 in league play.

“I really hope that we use this win as a stepping stone to a strong finish in the regular season,” Coach McMahon said. “It shows the great things that we are capable of doing.”

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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.