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    Independence bounces back with win over North Olmsted


    Independence bounced back from a disappointing loss to rival Cuyahoga Heights on Friday with a dominating 62-41 win at North Olmsted on Saturday.

    With the win, the Blue Devils improved to 10-6 overall.

    “It was a good bounce-back win for us after Friday night,” said Independence coach Kyle Johnson. “We came focused, played a lot harder than we did on Friday and moved the ball well. We had 10 guys score again, so it was a great opportunity for us to just get that bad taste out of our mouth from Friday night. We came out and moved the ball, shot the ball better and took the correct shots and passed the ball well. It was a good night for us.”

    Kyle Zygmunt led the Blue Devils with 18 points. Casey McGhee and Adam Miklovic also scored in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Matt Richards contributed to the win with seven and Eric Mitrisin pitched in with six.

    The Blue Devils drained eight 3-pointers as a team.

    “Casey hit three big 3s for us,” Johnson said. “Kyle had 18. Inside-outside, pass the ball, he just does a lot of things for us other than scoring that is very important to our team.”

    Independence hosts Richmond Heights on Tuesday.

    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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