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    Kirtland junior Adam Scerenka stepped up in a big way for the Kirtland Hornets in a 5-4 win at Brooklyn on Tuesday.

    Scerenka replaced starting goalkeeper Danny Jahnke, who suffered a minor injury at practice on Monday, and made several key saves to help the Hornets improve to 12-3 on the year.

    “He made two huge saves that were obviously the difference,” said Kirtland coach John Valentic. “He came up and did what he needed to do. Some of the other ones were scrappy in front of the net but they hit three really good shots.”

    Stjepan Mijic-Barisic scored two goals for the Hornets while Jared Ianiro, Sanjay Sundararajan and Bradley Hauptman each scored once.

    Merouane Sadji scored two goals for Brooklyn.

    “Brooklyn has one player that is probably the best player we’ve played all year. He’s a special talent. He scored two and assisted on two and just gave us fits all game long,” Valentic said. “We moved the ball great. We possessed and attacked. They bunkered and then countered with that No. 10 kid, so we were a little bit vulnerable. It was just one of those games.”

    The game could have turned out differently had it not been for the defensive effort of Kirtland’s Caleb Cardon.

    “Defensively, he did a nice job,” Valentic said. “He made it difficult for their star player. It could have been worse if Caleb wasn’t guarding him.”

    Hauptman’s goal was his 13th of the season and a good sign for the Hornets heading into the post-season. He had been slowed by a leg injury but it appears that is behind him.

    “He’s looking good,” Valentic said. “He’s taking guys on. He’s going at people with a lot of confidence. He’s dangerous. He’s got speed and a ton of skill. He’s going to make some people play on their heels a little bit.”

    Hauptman assisted on three goals and Jeremy Lunka and Ante Bevanda both had one assist.

    Kirtland closes out the regular season at Columbia on Thursday.


    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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