Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Chagrin Falls, Kirtland, Wickliffe reach district final

Chagrin Falls, Kirtland and Wickliffe each won on Tuesday and will play for a district championship on Saturday.

The Tigers, who improved to 16-2, scored three second-half goals to beat Louisville, 3-0.

Alex Cantor, Zach Lechman and J.T. Marting each scored for Chagrin Falls, who will host Poland in the Division II district title game on Saturday. Chagrin Falls enters that game ranked No. 5 in the state while Poland is No. 14.

Kirtland defeated Oberlin, 5-2, to return to the district final for the third straight time and sixth time in seven years.

Evan Dures scored four goals for the Hornets while Jason de Zwaan added one.

Kirtland, who improved to 12-3-1, will host Andrews-Osborne in a Division III district final for the second straight season.

Wickliffe’s dream postseason continued with yet another dramatic win.

The Blue Devils, who opened the postseason with an overtime win then scored a goal in the final two minutes of a sectional championship game, used a goal in double overtime to beat West Salem Northwestern on Tuesday, 3-2.

Shane Williams scored two goals, including the game-winner, and Josh Bradac added one. Gabe Stoehr recorded seven saves in the win.

The Blue Devils, who are 8-9-1, will travel to Creston Norwayne for their Division III district final.

Other CVC scores:

  • Badger 5, Grand Valley 1
  • Bay 8, Lutheran West 0
  • Poland 3, Hawken 0
  • Smithville 4, Independence 1
Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. 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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