Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Beachwood seniors earn CVC Sportsmanship Award

Beachwood seniors Ashley Perryman and Gabe Colmenares were among the best student-athletes to compete for the Bison this year.

For their efforts, both on the playing field and off of it, Perryman and Colmenares earned Chagrin Valley Conference Senior Sportsmanship Awards.

Perryman competed in soccer, basketball and track for the Bison.

She was named the soccer team captain in 2019, team MVP in 2018 and was a second-team All-Greater Cleveland selection in 2018 while earning honorable mention honors in 2017 and 2019. As a senior, she earned first-team All-CVC honors.

Perryman earned two letters in basketball but it was on the track where she really shined.

A three-time team captain, Perryman helped the Bison to capture the Division II team state championship in 2017 and 2018. Individually, she won state championships in the 4×100-meter dash in 2017 and 2018 and earned All-Ohio honors in 2019. She was the state runner-up in the long jump in 2019 and also earned All-Ohio honors in the event in 2018 and was named the Asics Comet Clinic Athlete of the Year in 2019.

Academically, Perryman was equally successful.

She earned Ohio Association of Track and Cross County Coaches Academic All-Ohio honors in 2018, 2019 and 2020 and OHSAA Academica All-Ohio honors in 2018 and 2019. Perryman also earned Bison Scholar-Athlete awards in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 and she was a CVC Scholar-Athlete in 2020.

Perryman represented Beachwood at the Hugh O’Brian Leadership Conference and was a member of the National Honor Society and National Technical Honors Society while also participating in many other clubs and school activities.

Colmenares ran cross country and also swam for the Bison.

He was named the CVC Valley Division’s swimming MVP in 2020 and set the school record in the 100 fly, 200 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay. He was a state placer in the relays in each of his four seasons of competition and also placed as an individual during his senior season.

A two-time member of the National Honor Society, Colmenares was named a CVC Scholar-Athlete in 2020 and a Bison Scholar-Athlete each year of high school. He also earned National AP Scholar honors and was a National Merit Commended Student and a National Hispanic Recognition Scholar.

Colmenares, who carries a 4.486 cumulative GPA, was president of the Stock Market Club and the vice president of Venturing from 2016-2020.

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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