Saturday, June 3

    North closes out regular season with win over ranked Kirtland

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    The 2021 season was filled with promise for the North Rangers, at least until injuries took their toll.

    While the Rangers didn’t quite meet their own expectations, they did close out the regular season with a quality win over state-ranked Kirtland on Saturday, 2-0, and head into the postseason with a bit of momentum and a nearly healthy squad.

    “It’s not like we’ve been playing poorly, we just haven’t gotten any results,” said North coach Steve Misick. “But, it’s always nice to get a win. Our first half was good; in the second half, it was all them and we just kind of hung on to win the game.”

    Luka Dedic scored twice in the first half—once in the 26th minute and again in the 35th—to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead at the break.

    Kirtland amped up its attack in the second half and controlled possession for most of the final 40 minutes, but the Rangers held on for their fourth shutout of the season.

    “The momentum changed but we hung on,” Misick said. “It was another game where there were some basic fundamentals not being exercised by us and we’re hoping we can clean that up by the time we play again. Overall, it’s been kind of a disappointing season but a lot of things were out of our control.”

    Dom Kustura and Owen Hopper each hand an assist for the Rangers, who closed out the regular season with an 8-7-2 record. Kirtland dropped to 14-2-1.

    North earned the No. 15 seed in the Division I Northeast District and on Saturday will host the winner of the sectional semifinal between No. 19 Green and No. 22 Cuyahoga Falls.

    “We’re going to go see the game on Wednesday,” Misick said. “The winner comes to Eastlake North on Saturday. We’re hoping for the best. There are no easy games at this point. Everybody gets a little tighter. I just hope we can clean up our problems. We’ll see, hopefully, everybody comes to play.”


    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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