Monday, September 26, 2022

CVC enjoys banner weekend

Three Chagrin Valley Conference teams won regional championships over the weekend and several runners earned All-Ohio honors at the state cross country meet.

Kirtland had a lot to celebrate on Saturday as the Hornets defeated South Range in both a football and girls’ soccer regional final and junior Reilly Greenlee placed 84th in the Division III girls’ state cross country final.

Erika Zschuppe scored three goals, Leah LaVerde added two and Greenlee added an exclamation point to her day with the final goal in Kirtland’s 6-1 win over South Range. The Hornets have won four straight regional titles and five in the last six seasons. They’ll play Liberty-Benton in the state semifinals on Tuesday in a rematch of last year’s semifinal won by Liberty-Benton, 2-1.

Kirtland’s football team fought off the Raiders in a Division V regional final, 49-35. The regional title was the fourth straight for the Hornets and the ninth in 10 years. It came despite the Hornets giving up 35 points for just the fourth time in the last 109 games.

Independence won its fourth straight Division III Barberton Regional volleyball title on Saturday with a 3-0 sweep over Smithville. The Blue Devils improved to 24-3 on the year and will play Tuscarawas Valley in a state semifinal at Vandalia Butler High School in Dayton on Friday.

Chagrin Falls’ boys’ soccer team saw its magical run come to an end with a 6-1 loss to Warren Howland in a Division II regional final. The Tigers bowed out of the tournament with an 18-3 record.

Cuyahoga Heights senior Darien Tillet kicked off Saturday’s state cross country meet by earning All-Ohio honors with his 18th place finish in the Division III race. Tillet finished in 16:21.

Greenlee then finished the girls’ Division III race in 20:44 before rushing home for the soccer game at 3:00 p.m.

Hawken’s Nick Garcia-Whitko placed 67th in the boy’s Division II race with a time of 17:08.

The Hawks then placed 14th as a team in the girls’ Division II race.

Senior Ella Gilson fell just 1/10 of a second short in her bid to win a third straight state title. She finished second to Grace Hartman of Oakwood. Hartman finished in 18:04.1 while Gilson was right behind in 18:04.2.

Juliana Metz (86th, 20:34), Elena Padley (21:05), Camilla Mari (21:24), Sofia Boyd (22:40), Lena Sylvan (22:46), and Gaby Montero (23:13) also ran for the Hawks.

Rose Hoelzel and Mila Gresh of Chagrin Falls also ran at state. Hoelzel finished 64th in 20:09 while Gresh placed 75th in 20:23.

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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