Sunday, September 19

    Independence wins CVC title

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    NEWBURY—Independence set out on Monday to win the Chagrin Valley Conference postseason tournament at Punderson Golf Course.

    The Blue Devils settled for the overall Chagrin Division title.

    Hawken claimed the postseason tournament title–beating Independence 348-358–but the Blue Devils won the preseason tournament and split with the Hawks during the regular season dual match schedule. The Hawks failed to score as a team at the preseason tournament and missed out on valuable league points, which left the door open for the Blue Devils to claim their overall league championship.

    Hawken’s Ella Wong claimed her third straight postseason tournament medalist honor with a career-best 69. Her teammate, Kate Petersen was second with an 84. Independence golfers collected the next three tournament places.

    Emma Konopa led the Blue Devils with an 85, four strokes better than her performance at the preseason tournament on the same course.

    “With preseason, I was more inconsistent and I had more blowup holes,” Konopa said. “This round, I had no blowup holes and I stayed with low numbers and just consistently did well.”

    Molly McGreal also showed improvement as she finished fourth with a score of 87, three strokes better than she fared at the preseason tournament.

    “For me, my first nine during the preseason, I played not my best but turned it around,” McGreal said. “This time, I was way more consistent. I shot a 44 and a 43, so I felt more like I didn’t really have to turn it around or worry about my score as much.”

    Hillary Esper finished fifth for the Blue Devils with a 90. Kate Coljohn and Macey McGhee also placed among the top 15. Coljohn shot a 96 to finish tied for 10th and McGhee carded a 103, good for 14th-place tie. Adriann Buyansky shot a 108 to finish 18th.

    With six golfers placing among the top 18, Independence is heading into the Sept. 27 sectional tournament at Punderson with a lot of confidence.

    “We have a lot of low scores coming in and we’re just going to get better and prepare ourselves,” Konopa said. “Last year, me and Molly were in the 100s and we went to states and these girls are in the 90s. We have a way better chance.”

    Last fall, Independence won the postseason title with a team score of 363. McGreal, Esper, and Konopa all finished among the top 15 but the top three golfers graduated, leaving the Blue Devils with some big golf cleats to fill.

    Coljohn, McGhee, and Buyansky have proven they’re up for the challenge.

    “If you compare our scores to last year when we got to go to state, we have a shot,” McGreal said. “We’re doing better than we did last year and after rebuilding, I’m just proud of how far we’ve come. Their scores are really the ones, because me and Emma can stay competitive with the one and twos, but they need to beat those girls and they’re doing it, so it’s exciting for them.”


    1. Hawken 348
    2. Independence 358
    3. Chagrin Falls 391
    4. Lutheran West 411
    5. Cuyahoga Heights 474
    6. Orange DNS

    Individual Scoring

    1. Ella Wong (HAW) 69
    2. Kate Petersen (HAW) 84
    3. Emma Konopa (IND) 85
    4. Molly McGreal (IND) 87
    5. Hillary Esper (IND) 90
    6. Ali Holtz (CF) 91
    7. Julianna Pollard (HAW) 92
    8. Julia Colton (LW) 93
    9. Kerry Kelly (ORA) 94
    10. Kate Coljohn (IND) 96
    11. Sam Holtz (CF) 96
    12. Callie Wabeke (LW) 96
    13. Ellie Conrad (CF) 100
    14. Macey McGhee (IND) 103
    15. Helena Yanchar (HAW) 103
    16. Milly Fischer (CF) 104
    17. Shai Moore (CH) 106
    18. Adriann Buyansky (IND) 108
    19. Julianne Rankin (CF) 109
    20. Emma O’Brien (CF) 109
    21. Ella Walden (LW) 110
    22. Marin Roshkowski (LW) 112
    23. Lauryn Wilson (CH) 115
    24. Emma Collins (LW) 117
    25. Amy Ellis (CH) 122
    26. Kylie Leska (ORA) 122
    27. Ronetta Bell-Moore (ORA) 129
    28. Marisa Grossberg (HAW) 129
    29. Anna Patterson (CH) 131
    30. Allysa Simunek (CH) 132
    31. Sol Rivera (HAW) 134
    32. Hailey Toth (CH) 143


    1. Perry 399
    2. Edgewood 436
    3. Lakeside 449
    4. Berkshire 473
    5. Geneva 492
    6. West Geauga 493

    Individual Scoring

    1. Emily Capitosti (PER) 91
    2. Kaci Kanick (EDG) 95
    3. Taylor Racut (EDG) 100
    4. Emma Pietrzak (PER) 101
    5. Ashley Anderson (PER) 103
    6. Hannah Mathias (LAK) 104
    7. Addy Trefzger (PER) 104
    8. Abbi Tagle (GEN) 105
    9. Avery Vencill (EDG) 106
    10. Tayler Wilber (LAK) 107
    11. Jane Javorek (WG) 110
    12. Emily Kusar (PER) 111
    13. Athena Stute (BER) 112
    14. Olivia Siefrick (PER) 113
    15. Katelyn Grim (LAK) 115
    16. Riley Demeo (WG) 117
    17. Sophia Ladauto (BER) 118
    18. Hailee Vandevander (GEN) 118
    19. Brook Ruchalski (BER) 119
    20. Marissa Calabris (LAK) 123
    21. Kaylee Polechak (BER) 124
    22. Hope Zagar (BER) 124
    23. Aurora Martin (BER) 126
    24. Alyssa Peltz (WG) 126
    25. NeVaeh Carlo (LAK) 133
    26. Anna Ellis (GEN) 133
    27. Emma Hart-Wood (EDG) 135
    28. Faith York (GEN) 136
    29. Amber Baldwin (LAK) 138
    30. Sophia Bell (GEN) 140
    31. Marina Thomas (WG) 140
    32. Alexis Shuttleworth (GEN) 144
    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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