Friday, October 22

    Independence downs Lake Ridge Academy

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    Independence bounced back from its second loss of the season with a 5-1 non-conference win over visiting Lake Ridge Academy on Thursday.

    The Blue Devils, who lost to Beachwood on Tuesday, improved to 9-2-1 on the year.

    “It was nice to get everyone on the field, especially having so many guys sick and injured,” said Independence coach Ryan MacRaild. “It was good to get the win after a loss. We had a great turnout for youth night with both recreation and travel kids there.”

    Independence’s youth visitors were entertained by the Blue Devils, who recorded two goals each from Emmett Stralka and Aidan Coljohn and one from Khalil McDonald.

    Stralka and McDonald also recorded assists in the win.

    “The offense took advantage of some miscues early by the Lake Ridge defense along with a few nice finishes,” MacRaild said. “It’s good to find the back of the net again. We hope to carry that over Saturday against Keystone.”

    The Blue Devils host Keystone in a non-conference game on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.


    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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