Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Independence wins fifth straight CVC title

Independence closed out the conference portion of its schedule with a 9-1 win over visiting Trinity on Tuesday.

With the win, the Blue Devils improved to 10-1-1 overall and 6-0 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Metro Division and clinched their fifth straight league title.

“I’m really proud of this group for winning their own league title this year and our fifth consecutive,” Independence coach Ryan MacRaild said. “It’s easy to look back at some of the great groups of graduating classes; each year it seems like there is no way we can replace the talent that graduates. Even last year, but when you lose a class that includes so many solid players with great experience, state rankings, an Elite 8 appearance, including a two-time All-Ohio player, it’s great to see the boys take ownership of this season, make it their own and do it themselves.”

Sam Eisenmann led the charge with two goals and Christian Streibel, Jimmy Senick, Casey McGhee, Ryan Bernstein, John Eisenmann, Drew Straub and Charlie McGreal also scored for the Blue Devils.

For Straub, McGreal, Bernstein and Senick, the goals were the first of their varsity careers.

Elek McDonald and Danny Mewhinney recorded assists and Ethan Manelski and Mewhinney both recorded a save. Mewhinney’s came off a penalty kick try.

The Blue Devils host Streetsboro on Thursday in the first of four non-conference games to close out the regular season.

MacRaild was excited to win another league title but the tradition and standards of the program that mean the most.

“I hope we have built a tradition of excellence here that our athletes can look back on and say, ‘I was a part of that,’” MacRaild said. “So many alumni have come back to celebrate subsequent seasons or reached out electronically just to congratulate the current group. It shows how much pride these boys have in what they have accomplished. It’s something each group works hard to build upon and this year was no different. They set the goal every year to win our league, district and beyond. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings for the boys.”

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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