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    Fast start leads to Chardon win


    Chardon opened its non-conference game against visiting Villa Angela-St. Joseph on a 29-4 run and ended the night with a 71-31 victory.

    With the win, the Hilltoppers snapped a three-game skid and improved to 6-5 on the year.

    “Wins are always good, especially coming off losses to Hoban and Hudson,” said Chardon coach Cullen Harris. “We emphasized starting strong and setting the tone early. We got out to a lead with pressure and attacking the rim with a purpose. Attacking the rim opened up things for the perimeter and some outside shots fell.”

    Chardon’s offense was well-balanced as 12 different players scored and four finished in double figures.

    Jo Janda led the way with 13 points, Emma McCartney added 11 and Sam Liechty and Emily Noerr each scored 10.

    Ashley Hoenigman and Alaina Goss each both contributed with six points and Julia Gray finished with five. Kayla Oriani, Nicole Krakora, Riley Zimmerer, Kayla Noerr and Fiona Slaymaker all pitched in with two points.

    “We’re only as strong as our weakest link and tonight showed the depth we have and our collective talents from 1-12 are all solid,” Harris said. “Every player scored and we played a balanced team game. When we play for one another and together, we can be successful.”

    The six points by Goss—off a pair of 3-pointers—were the first of her varsity career.

    “It was really exciting to be able to score my first varsity points,” she said. “I’ve hoped for an opportunity like this ever since freshman year. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my teammates. My teammates did a great job of moving the ball around and sometimes you just get an open look.”

    Chardon travels to Kenston on Saturday.

    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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