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    Dana Zaccardelli named Independence Athlete of the Week


    Sophomore runner Dana Zaccardelli was named Independence Athlete of the Week for the week ending Nov. 1.

    Zaccardelli missed most of the 2014 season with an injury but returned in time to lead the Blue Devils to a second place finish at the Medina Division III District meet. She finished in 13th place overall and in the following week she placed 20th at the Board regional with a time of 20:45.

    As a freshman, Zaccardelli finished 11th in the 2013 Ohio High School Athletic Association state cross country meet.

    The Dana Zaccardelli File:

    • Class: Sophomore
    • Age: 15
    • Sport: Girls Cross Country
    • Family: Parents: Bill & Debbie; Sister: Nicole
    • Favorite Food: Cheesecake
    • Favorite Hobby: Piano
    • Favorite Athlete: Anderson Varejao
    • Favorite Film: Night at the Museum
    • Favorite TV Show: Shark Tank
    • Favorite Sports Team: Cavaliers
    • Best Advice: There is never an elevator to success, you have to take the stairs.


    Steve Hare
    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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