Saturday, March 25, 2023

Nolan Fields named Independence Athlete of the Week

Independence trailed conference rival Beachwood, 2-1, with time ticking away.

That’s when senior Nolan Fields came to the rescue.

Fields scored a goal in the final 30 seconds of the match to earn the Blue Devils a tie with Chagrin Valley Conference rival Beachwood, who was ranked No. 5 in the state at the time and is the defending CVC champ.

For his efforts, Fields was named Independence Athlete of the Week for Week 2.

“His leadership and work ethic as well as skill and tenacity make him a great part of this Blue Devil team and have earned him the role of captain this season,” said Independence coach Ryan MacRaild. “Along with solid defensive play, Nolan has scored a handful of goals helping lead the team to a 3-0-1 record so far this season.”

The Nolan Fields File:

Class: Senior
Age: 17
Sport: Boys Soccer
Family: Parents: Bob & Kelly; Brother: Andy
Favorite Food: Mac & Cheese
Favorite Hobby: League of Legends
Favorite Athlete: Luke Wisniewski
Favorite Film: The Big Lebowski
Favorite TV Show: Shokugeki no soma
Favorite Sports Team: Chelsea FC
Best Advice: If you're having a bad game, stop being bad

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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