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Beachwood, Cardinal, Kirtland athletes earn all-district honors

The Northeast Lakes District on Wednesday released the 2014 all-district football teams.

Kirtland’s Jacob Boyd and Matthew Finkler were named Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectfully, and Tiger LaVerde was named Coach of the Year in Division VI.

Beachwood and Cardinal both were well represented in Division V.

Here’s a look at all the all-district performers in Divisions V and VI:


First Team

OFFENSE: Quarterbacks, Jake Kuchta, Elyria Cath., 6-0, 175, jr.; Connor Lesko, Gates Mills Gilmour Academy, 5-11, 165, jr. Backs_Nate Hamilton, Beachwood, 5-11, 185, sr.; Tristen Rindfleisch, Columbia Station Columbia, 5-10, 180, sr.; Tiontay Phillips, Wickliffe, 5-9, 215, sr. Ends_Cole Virgin, Elyria Cath., 6-2, 185, jr.; Nick Regalbuto, Gates Mills Gilmour Academy, 6-1, 175, sr.; Darin Guice, Elyria Cath., 5-9, 165, jr. Tight end_Cameron Mack, Beachwood, 6-0, 175, sr. Linemen_Brandon Heidecker, Columbia Station Columbia, 6-7, 310, sr.; Ryuta Fujita, Gates Mills Hawken, 5-10, 215, jr.; Logan Schultz, Middlefield Cardinal, 6-2, 255, sr.; Travis Spillane, Rocky River Lutheran West, 6-5, 290, sr.; Bennett Woomer, Beachwood, 6-2, 240, jr. Athlete_Jesse Lambert, Columbia Station Columbia, 5-9, 170, jr. Kicker_Matt Chiancone, Gates Mills Gilmour Academy, 5-10, 160, soph.

DEFENSE: Linemen, Tyler Nash, Beachwood, 6-3, 190, sr.; Nik Kessel, Rocky River Lutheran West, 6-4, 250, sr.; Lester Troyer, Middlefield Cardinal, 6-0, 220, jr.; Jack Green Gates Mills Hawken, 6-1, 195, jr. Linebackers_Andrew O'Hara, Rocky River Lutheran West, 6-4, 215, sr.; Tyler Hines, Beachwood, 5-10, 180, sr.; Nick Such, Andover Pymatuning Valley, 5-10, 190, sr.; Clark Thurling, Middlefield Cardinal, 6-0, 170, sr. Backs_Cody Shields, Columbia Station Columbia, 5-10, 175, sr.; K.C. Cress, Middlefield Cardinal, 6-0, 180, sr.; Justin Rankin, Elyria Cath., 5-10, 190, sr.; Cameron Mazzone, Gates Mills Hawken, 5-7, 140, jr. Punter_Chandler Whipple, Gates Mills Hawken, 6-2, 195, sr.

  • Offensive player of the year: Brandon Heidecker, Columbia.
  • Defensive player of the year: Nick Such, Pymatuning Valley.
  • Coach of the year: Jason Ward, Columbia.


Second Team

OFFENSE: Quarterback, Max Balasz, Beachwood, 5-10, 165, sr. Backs_Bobby Nestor, Wellington, 5-7, 145, sr.; Jonathan Abrams, Gates Mills Gilmour Academy, 5-11, 190, soph.; Chris Jones, Rocky River Lutheran West, 5-8, 170, soph. Ends_Adam Stilson, Gates Mills Hawken, 5-10, 170, sr.; Collin Kmitt, Wellington, 6-0, 170, sr. Linemen_Josh Bialosky, Beachwood, 6-0, 205, soph.; J.B. Surman, Columbia Station Columbia, 6-2, 300, jr.; Dalton Denny, Wellington, 6-0, 230, sr.; Noah Farmwald, Middlefield Cardinal, 6-0, 225, jr.; Bryce Gibbs, Wellington, 6-4, 290, sr.

DEFENSE: Linemen, Trey Bealer, Wellington, 6-3, 190, soph.; Josh Weil, Gates Mills Hawken, 6-0, 175, sr.; Conrad Geiss, Gates Mills Gilmour Academy, 6-2, 180, sr. Linebackers_Zach Hopton, Wickliffe, 5-9, 175, jr.; Joe Tucker, Middlefield Cardinal, 5-9, 18, sr.; Cody Purpura, Middlefield Cardinal, 5-9, 185, sr.; Alex Friedman, Gates Mills Hawken, 5-10, 170, jr. Backs_Joe Holliday, Wellington, 6-0, 170, sr.; Justin Fortkamp, Wickliffe, 6-1, 175, soph.; Jordan Williams, Beachwood, 5-10, 165, sr.

Special Mention

Greg Johnson, Beachwood; Chris Bell, Beachwood; Zaire Webb, Gates Mills Gilmour Academy; Jawaun Shabazz, Gates Mills Gilmour Academy; Joey Iveljic, Gates Mills Gilmour Academy; Brant Zemelka, Middlefield Cardinal; Bobby Mrosko, Middlefield Cardinal; Gage Willis, Andover Pymatuning Valley; Matt Larned, Orwell Grand Valley.


First Team

OFFENSE: Quarterback, Sam Skiljan, 6-0, 185, sr. Backs_Ben Blechschmid, Burton Berkshire, 5-8, 165; Marvelle Ross, Cleve. Villa Angela-St. Joseph, 5-10, 170, sr.; Jacob Boyd, Kirtland, 6-0, 185, sr. Ends_Brandon Green, Cleve. Villa Angela-St. Joseph, 5-10, 170, sr.; Mitch Freeman, Burton Berkshire, 5-10, 155, sr. Linemen_Nick Pfeifer, Oberlin, 6-2, 310, sr.; Dylan Diemer, Kirtland, 6-0, 245, sr.; Kovas Kijauskas, Cleve. Villa Angela-St. Joseph, 6-5, 265, sr.; Frank Kaschalk, 6-4, 225, sr.; Morality Anderson, Oberlin, 5-10, 210, jr. Athlete_Tre'Von Williams, Cleve. Villa Angela-St. Joseph, 6-3, 180, sr. Kicker_Jordan Ianiro, Kirtland, 6-0, 165, sr.

DEFENSE: Linemen, Ethan McCaslin, Kirtland, 5-11, 190, sr.; Adam Hess, Kirtland, 6-0, 210; Chris Sakenes, Kirtland, 5-10, 170, sr.; James Speelman, Burton Berkshire, 5-10, 190, soph.; Erin Williams, Cleve. Villa Angela-St. Joseph, 6-2, 240, sr. Linebackers_Matthew Finkler, Kirtland, 6-2, 230, sr.; Kyle Storm, Berkshire, 5-10, 160, sr.; Evan Madden, Kirtland, 6-3, 180, jr.; Kobe Fields, Oberlin, 5-9, 175, jr.; Logan Kumher, Burton Berkshire, 5-11, 175, jr.; Joe Tatum, Oberlin, 5-9, 175, soph. Backs_Marvin Jackson, Oberlin, 6-1, 180, sr.; Joey Bates, Kirtland, 5-10, 185, jr.; Gordie Cossick, Burton Berkshire, 6-0, 175, jr.

  • Offensive player of the year: Jacob Boyd, Kirtland.
  • Defensive player of the year: Matthew Finkler, Kirtland.
  • Coach of the year: Tiger LaVerde, Kirtland.


Special Mention

Mylik Mitchell, Cleve. John Hay; Bob Durey, Burton Berkshire; Frank Koschalk, Burton Berkshire; Jake Gallagher, Cleve. Villa Angela-St. Joseph; Aaron Roquemore, Cleve. Villa Angela-St. Joseph; Tremayne Harvell, Cleve. Villa Angela-St. Joseph.

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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