Wednesday, December 8

    Kirtland kicks off playoff run with 22nd straight win

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    Two months ago, Kirtland opened the 2021 season with a 3-0 loss to defending state runner-up Independence.

    On Thursday, the Hornets kicked off their playoff run with a 3-0 win over Navarre Fairless to push their winning streak to 22 straight matches.

    The Hornets won 25-8, 25-13, 25-10.

    “The big things for us were staying focused and working on improving our game,” said Kirtland coach Arlayna Newcomer. “Our offense as a whole did a nice job of staying aggressive and pushing themselves to get better.”

    Among those 22 straight victories are 17 sweeps.

    Kirtland’s success all season long has stemmed from each player stepping up and playing for the team and the Hornets used that same recipe on Thursday.

    Ava Golem led the Hornets with 23 digs, Katie Reynolds posted a team-high 26 assists, Natalie Glowe recorded nine kills, and Georgia DeJohn and Golem both finished the match with five service aces.

    The Hornets advanced to play LaBrae in a Division III district semifinal at Medina on Oct. 27.

    “We just need to continue to work hard every day in between games,” Newcomer said. “We know that each next game comes up quick and that we need to be prepared for each one.”

    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.