Friday, September 22, 2023

Tigers clinch win No. 200 for head coach

Chagrin Falls defeated host Geneva on Friday, 67-55, to clinch the 200th career win for head coach Dave Bargar.

“I look at the 200 wins as a program milestone rather than an individual accomplishment,” Bargar said. “We have a great staff that has been together for a long time and I’ve been fortunate to coach terrific kids throughout the years. I was able to coach my son and nephews, which has been memorable, but as a former player at Chagrin playing under Coach (Glenn) Wyville, it is humbling to be a small part of the program’s history.”

The Tigers struggled a bit in the first half to counter Geneva’s defensive pressure. That changed in the second half.

“Geneva is not an easy team to play,” Bargar said. “They are constantly getting their hands on balls and force you to always be aware of the situation. We had 10 turnovers in the first half but did a much better job in the second half taking care of the ball.”

Josh Norton led the Tigers with 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists and Tate Yonker added 15 points. Cam Owen and Jack McMullen both finished with 13.

“We did a really nice job tonight sharing the ball and getting open looks as we had another well-balanced attack,” Bargar said. “Cam and Tate made big baskets for us at key moments in the second half that enabled us to extend the lead. We had contributions from a lot of different guys; Jack was terrific inside, Josh played his usual strong all-around game and Evan made some tough shots in the fourth quarter to help put the game away.”

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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