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    Joe Bernstein named Independence Athlete of the Week

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    Independence goalkeeper Joe Bernstein has been named Independence Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sept. 14. Bernstein helped lead the Blue Devils to eight straight wins and set a new school record for shutouts by a goalkeeper.

    Bernstein allowed just six goals in that eight-game win streak while the team scored 46.

    He stopped a potential game-tying goal against Lake Ridge Academy with a tremendous diving save and has earned the school record out right for most shutouts in a career by a goalie.

    The Joe Bernstein File:

    Class: Senior
    Age: 17
    Sport: Boy Soccer
    Family: Parents: Ron & Kelli, Brothers: Justin, Ryan, Nathan
    Favorite Food: Pasta or Chipotle
    Favorite Hobby: Hanging with friends
    Favorite Athletes: Manuel Neuer & Tim Howard
    Favorite Film: Remember the Titans
    Favorite TV Show: The Walking Dead
    Favorite Sports Team: Cleveland Indians
    Best Advice: In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.
     

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, 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 IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com 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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