Monday, August 15

    Independence places third at Howland Invitational

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    Independence opened the season with a third-place finish at the Howland Invitational on Thursday at Old Avalon Golf Course.

    Charlie DeCapua and Mark Pillar both shot 72 to tie for second place. DeCapua earned the tie-breaker to finish as the tournament runner-up.

    “It was nice for the first time out,” said first-year head coach Ryan MacRaild. “Four of our five guys that were starting were seniors, so it was nice to get them all out there together. It was a good first tournament. It kind of gave us a taste of how things are going to go and it got us ready for Monday’s CVC showcase.”

    Sam Coddington finished with an 88 and Joey Spacagna closed out the scoring with a 95 to lead the Blue Devils to a 327 as a team, good for third place overall.

    Nick Lucas also competed. He finished with an even 100.

    Independence’s JV team also competed with some strong scores from Liam Jenks and Tommy Ksiazka, who carded an 85 and a 107, respectively.

    “It was really nice because we were able to take the JV squad and a couple of them really came through today,” MacRaild said. “Liam shot an 85, which I was not expecting. That will put him into contention for the top four, five, or six on the varsity squad at some point. It was good to see some of the young guys get out there and compete.”

    The Blue Devils next compete at the Chagrin Valley Conference preseason tournament on Monday.



    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.


    Blue Devils bounce back with win over Chagrin

    Independence struggled on the course in a loss to Aurora on Wednesday but the Blue Devils bounced back with a 174-207 win over Chagrin Falls on Thursday.