Wednesday, June 29

    Rangers record third shutout

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    North won its second straight game and collected its third shutout of the season in a 3-0 win at Fairview on Saturday.

    With the win, the Rangers improved to 5-4 overall.

    “It was a pretty good day across the board,” said North coach Rick Sirl. “We’re finding our groove with the system a little bit and they’re moving the ball well. Running with three backs is kind of nerve-wracking sometimes but today, they really shut them down. That was nice to see.”

    Sophomore Morgan Bell opened the scoring in the first half when she converted a free-kick opportunity to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead.

    “After getting fouled right outside the box, I took the free-kick aimed for the near post and it hit the goalie and went in,” Bell said. “It’s very exciting; our team is really starting to work together.”

    Freshmen Bailey Licht and Ashley Sykes both scored in the second half.

    Licht’s goal was set up by Brennen Herbert, who now leads the Rangers with four assists, and Sykes punched in a deflection off of another Bell free-kick.

    “It’s real nice,” Sirl said of his underclassmen stepping up to make key plays. “There are times where I think we’re starting eight sophomores and freshmen, so it’s promising. Brennen Herbert got involved again today getting another assist. She’s sort of popping up a lot. It’s good for the future.”

    The Rangers will celebrate their seniors on Tuesday when they host rival South. North last beat the Rebels in 2015.

    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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