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    Independence’s Collin Patton wins second straight Valley Division title


    BURTON–Independence junior Collin Patton ran a time of 17:58 to win his second straight Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division title on Saturday at the Geauga County Fairgrounds.

    Patton, who was named Valley Division MVP and also earned first-team all-conference honors, led the Blue Devils to a fourth-place finish as a team at the 2019 CVC Cross Country Championships.

    Running his way to second-team All-CVC honors was junior P.J. Oschmann, who finished 10th with a time of 18:58.

    Kyle McGovern and Thorin Chappel were named All-CVC honorable mention after finishing 20th and 37th, respectively. McGovern ran a time of 20:04 while Chappel came in at 21:51.

    Jack Valenti (23:05), Charlie McGreal (24:44) and Malcolm Campbell (28:04) also competed for the Blue Devils.

    Independence’s girls’ team finished third overall.

    Emily Skoczen and Makenna McGhee both ran their way to first-team all-conference honors by finishing among the top eight. Skoczen placed third in 21:11 while McGhee was fourth in 21:15.

    Josie Lee earned second-team all-league honors with her 13th place finish in 23:06 and Samantha Patton and Halle Pillar were named honorable mention All-CVC. Patton finished in 26:05 while Pillar came in at 26:07.

    Raina Makhlouf (29:23) also ran for Independence.

    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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