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    Four Blue Devils earn All-Ohio honors


    Four Independence athletes earned All-Ohio honors on Friday during the first day of action at the 2021 Division III OHSAA state track and field championships.

    Jack Taliaferro, Kyle Zygmunt, Emmett Stralka, and Josh Belitz teamed up to finish fifth in the 100-meter preliminaries and will run in the finals round on Saturday to determine their place on the podium.

    The Blue Devils finished in 1:31.33 to break their own school record.

    Stralka earned All-Ohio honors in two other events as he finished fifth in the 100-meter prelims with a time of 11.17 and sixth in the 200 in 22.79. Zygmunt is a two-time All-Ohioan after he advanced to Saturday’s finals in the 400-meter dash. His time of 50.71 was the sixth-best preliminary time.

    Casey Adams and Madison Stepanik get their shot at All-Ohio honors on Saturday morning.

    Adams will compete in the long jump while Stepanik will throw the shots.

    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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