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    Cubela the difference in Kirtland’s win over Wickliffe


    Marko Cubela’s first-half goal was the difference in Kirtland’s 1-0 win over visiting Wickliffe in a Chagrin Valley Conference crossover game on Thursday.

    With the win, their fourth in six days, the Hornets improved to 8-1 overall.

    “Playing four games in six days has taken its toll on us,” Kirtland coach John Valentic said. “We showed grit, but we are tired and banged up. It was especially evident in the final third.”

    Peter Mijic-Barisic assisted on Cubela’s goal.

    “It felt great to help the team out but it was a tough battle the whole game trying to stay in the lead,” Cubela said. “We had multiple players out from injuries during the six days, but players stepped up to fill the spots and we all got through the games at a good pace.”

    Tyler Banyasz recorded one save for the Hornets in notching his fourth straight shutout and seventh overall.

    Kirtland travels to Grand Valley on Sept. 17.

    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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