Sunday, October 17

    North blanks Harvey for eighth win

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    EASTLAKE—Sydney Helm scored three goals and Sally Dempsey added a brace in North’s 7-0 non-conference win over visiting Harvey on Saturday.

    With the win, the Rangers improved to 8-6-1 on the year. The eight wins are the most for the Rangers since going 9-9 in 2015.

    “It’s nice,” said North coach Rick Sirl. “I think in the second half, our execution got a little better and we worked on our possession a little bit more and spacing the field a little more properly. I think in the past, you didn’t see that, a consistent game from start to finish. That was nice to put together.”

    Vanessa Anthony gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead when she scored her fourth goal of the season 10 minutes into the game.

    Helm made it 2-0 with 20:39 remaining in the first half and the score remained that way until the Rangers tallied five goals in the second half.

    Dempsey was in the right place at the right time when she tapped in a rebound off of a Helm shot five minutes into the second half. Dempsey added her second goal eight minutes later to push the Ranger lead to 4-0.

    Helm added her second and third goals in a span of three minutes midway through the second half.

    Dempsey and Helm are now tied for the team lead with five goals each.
    Molly Rowland closed out the scoring with her first goal of the season with 12:24 remaining in the game.

    Rowland became the 10th Ranger to score in a game this season. Last fall, when North won just two games, only four different players found the back of the net.

    A lot of the credit for North’s offense success goes to Brennan Herbert, who leads the Rangers with eight assists this season.

    “Brennan Herbert has been distributing the ball like a little monster out there,” Sirl said. “She loves to pass a through ball. It’s a much different feel than in years past.”

    North has now put together its third streak of three games without a loss. The Rangers are 3-2-1 since beating rival South on Senior Night back on Sept. 21.

    “I think it started when we beat South,” Sirl said of his team’s success. “We beat South for the first time in a long time. We took a chance making it our Senior Night for them. I think that’s when things started to jell for everyone and we were playing for each other then. It wasn’t just going out there to play a game. They were looking to support each other and move the ball instead of just pass it. We have to tell a couple of them to actually take some shots sometimes and get a little selfish instead of looking for every single pass. Once you get in the box, it’s okay to shoot.”

    The Rangers close out league play against Mayfield on Oct. 12 and then host Wickliffe on Oct. 14 in the regular-season finale.


    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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