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When Ryan Gilbert stepped up to the dish on May 20 in the Division I Hudson Sectionals against the Solon Comets, there was a lot riding on his shoulders. The Kenston Bombers were trailing the Solon Comets 8-7 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and were on the brink of elimination.

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Four years ago Ella Gilson was given a simple assignment of writing a letter to her future self. She would not see that letter again until she was senior. The Hawks’ senior still remembers a few of the goals she set for herself as a freshman.

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Chagrin Falls Tigers’ senior right-handed pitcher Dawson Pierce can still remember that ill-fated at-bat clearly. Chagrin Falls was leading the Northwest Indians 14-6 in the bottom of the sixth inning in the Division II Twinsburg district semifinal so the game was all but over.

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Solon Comets coach Brian Wisniewski remembers how exciting it was before the first game of the 2014 season. It was his first game since he was promoted to assistant coach with the varsity staff. According to him, he did not walk onto Stewart Field before kick-off against the Kenston Bombers,…

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It was tough. Gilmour’s 1-0 loss in extra innings to the South Range Cardinals in the Division II Region 9 semifinals was tough. The hardest part of the loss was that it marked the end of the era at Gilmour.

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Before a Solon Comets football game is played on Friday night there is just one question that needs to be asked. What’s the word? The answer is just three simple words: pride, pride, and pride. That has been the magic word that any Solon fan or alumnus has known for the past several decades.

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Janie Boyle says if you had told her when she was 15 and watching the United States Olympic diving trials in 2016 that she would be competing on the big stage herself she would have probably just laughed in your face. Boyle had just begun competing in diving for less than a year at that point.

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Chardon senior Blake Barker says he still gets that look whenever a member of the opposing team sees his father in the stands during one of his baseball games. Afterall his father is Cleveland Indians famed pitcher Len Barker, the last pitcher in Cleveland history to pitch a perfect game. Ba…

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The rainy weather at the Division II regional track meet on May 29 in Youngstown made for some questionable running conditions. It did not phase Hawken Hawks’ senior Ella Gilson much as it was business as usual for her by qualifying in four events at the state track meet for the first time i…

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After a season in which the Tigers’ offense had been clutch, Chagrin Falls lacked the big hit all game and saw the season end in a 4-2 loss to the Archbishop Hoban Knights in the Division II regional semifinals on June 4 at Joe Gilhousen Field.

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Before the OHSAA Division II boys tennis singles and doubles state tournament began, Orange Lions head coach Richard Bole said he was cautiously optimistic that the school would be represented in both finals matches.

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The last time Chagrin Falls’ junior Andrew Zimcosky made the trip to Cincinnati it was quite a memorable experience. At the time he was only a freshman but was competing on the biggest stage of high school tennis at the state tournament. Things went well for him as he became the first Tigers…

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Chagrin Falls Tigers baseball head coach Michael Sweeney explained there were still a number of players on the roster who could remember bowing out of the 2019 Division II Twinsburg district semifinals after losing to the Aurora Greenmen. The 21-year Tigers’ coach noted that loss still stuck…

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As Hawken Hawks’ senior Ella Gilson rounded the final turn of the of girls 3200 meter run she was lagging behind Marlington sophomore Bella Graham. The Hawken senior was not running out of steam, in fact it was just the opposite. She had plenty in the tank but had to preserve her energy as s…

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Things were not looking good for the Gilmour Lancers volleyball team. The Lancers were trailing 13-11 in the final set of the Division II state championship to the Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Lions in November of 2020 at Butler High School in Vandalia. The Lions were four points away from cla…

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It seemed like déjà vu for the Hawken Hawks girls lacrosse team when they trailed in the final minutes against their postseason rivals the Chagrin Falls Tigers on May 25 in the Division II Region 6 semifinals. Although Hawken defeated the Tigers earlier in the season, Chagrin Falls was playi…

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It was on April 6 when the Kenston Bombers girls lacrosse team hosted the Gilmour Academy Lancers. The two teams were at different stages in the season as it was the first regular season match of the year for Gilmour while the Bombers’ season already began. The Lancers were coming off a two-…

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When Kenston Bombers’ senior right fielder Nikko Georgiou slapped a grounder to Solon Comets’ senior shortstop Ryan Funderburg, the Solon dugout seemingly held its breath.

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The key word is patience. That was something that Kenston Bombers boys lacrosse head coach John Tallman stressed over the course of the 2021 season. Like a lot of teams the Bombers had many new faces and needed to learn how to play together. Kenston only had four returning starters from the …

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After the Chagrin Falls Tigers boys lacrosse team suffered a stinging defeat to postseason rivals the University School Preppers on April 30 head coach Paul Corto said he knew something had to change. Chagrin Falls had been struggling throughout the season up until that point. One of the Tig…

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Gilmour Lancers boys lacrosse head coach Jim Scully recalled what a nervous feeling it was in the final minute of the Division II Region 6 quarterfinals match against the University School Preppers. Lancers’ senior attacker Tate Simpson had just put the Lancers ahead as after University Scho…

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During the 2019 Division II boys district tennis tournament the Chagrin Falls Tigers were the highlight of the Chagrin Valley Conference by sending two singles players to state in freshman Andrew Zimcosky and sophomore Jackson Quinn. Quinn fell in his opening match but the Tigers’ freshman w…

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At the beginning of the 2021 season the University School Preppers baseball team did not look like they were ready for prime time. The first two contests saw the Preppers get shut out by the Walsh Jesuit Warriors and St. Ignatius Wildcats. University School was entering the 2021 with a roste…

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The last time the Gilmour Lancers softball team stepped foot on the artificial turf of the new Mentor High School softball field was on May 7 when they defeated Division I powerhouse Mentor. When the postseason commenced the Lancers were in a bind as they were unsure of where they would play…

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Step aside, there’s a new top dog in Division II Region 6. For the first time in five years a powerhouse has emerged out of the region that was not the Chagrin Falls Tigers girls lacrosse team. This time the honor belongs to the Tigers’ rival the Kenston Bombers.

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For the past five years in the Division II Region 6 of high school girls lacrosse it’s been the Chagrin Falls Tigers wearing the crown. The rest of the teams in the area have been left fighting for the runner-up position. The 2021 campaign has been a different story as the Tigers are not the…