Monday, June 17

    Independence offense shines in win at Medina Christian

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    Four Independence players scored in double figures in Tuesday’s 75-50 nonconference win at Medina Christian.

    With the win, the Blue Devils improved to 7-7 on the season.

    “We had four guys in double figures, which I don’t think we’ve had all year,” said Independence coach Marc Holliday. “The ball was really moving, and everybody contributed.”

    The Blue Devils attacked the rim from whistle to whistle.

    It started early in the first quarter with Noah Terrano draining a pair of 3-pointers, and Matty Jirmasek and Sam Crooks each hitting one as the Blue Devils jumped out to a 24-16 lead.

    Terrano hit another three in the second quarter to send the Blue Devils into the break leading, 39-30.

    Medina Christian hung with the Blue Devils in the third quarter, but Terrano sparked a 23-6 run to end the game with three more 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

    Crooks led all scorers with 22 points, Terrano contributed with 18, on six threes, Matty Jirmasek pitched in with 17, and Landon Jatsek scored 14.

    Joey Jirmasek and Rocco Ressler each scored two points for the Blue Devils.

    “We had Joe coming off the bench and he gave us great minutes and great hustle like he always does,” Holliday said. “We had freshman Anderson Jolliffe get his first quality varsity minutes and really contribute. Steve (Mlynarczyk) came off the bench and played well. It was great to see everybody contribute.”

    At this point last season, Independence was sitting at 2-12. The Blue Devils returned every player from last season and the growth is evident.

    “To be quite honest, a lot of those games last year weren’t even really that competitive,” Holliday said. “We’re sitting at 7-7 now and every game we have played, we’ve had an opportunity to win it. I’m pleased with where we’re at, but we’re certainly not satisfied. We’re going to continue to work hard and hopefully get a bit better and make a nice little run here as we go into a district that is really competitive.”

    Independence hosts Brooklyn on Friday.


    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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