Monday, September 27, 2021

Berkshire’s Mollee Chapman named All-Ohio

Berkshire senior Mollee Chapman’s high school volleyball career came to a close with a 3-2 loss to Cardinal Mooney in a Division III district semifinal late last month but on Sunday she received a prestigious parting gift.

The Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches’ Association included Chapman as one of the players on its Division III third-team All-Ohio award list.

“It is very exciting, I definitely wasn’t expecting that,” Chapman said. “There are a ton of amazing players on that list and I’m very honored to be one of them.”

Chapman closed out the 2020 season with 378 kills, 77 service aces, 13 blocks, 261 digs and 254 assists for the Badgers, who finished 14-10.

In her career, Chapman hammered home 743 kills to go along with 490 aces, 527 digs, 92 blocks and 126 aces.

“I think a huge part of my success was growing up and maturing,” Chapman said. “I learned how to become a leader on and off the court. Hard work is another thing that has helped me a lot, but I couldn’t have done any of it without my teammates. I think another huge part of that was getting to play alongside my sister (Madison) and being so competitive with her.”

With an All-Ohio award to her credit, Chapman hopes she can inspire the Badgers of the future the same way she was inspired by the great players who preceded her.

“I hope they learned that no one is perfect and that everyone makes mistakes,” she said. “I hope they are able to grow and be great teammates to one another and keep the Berkshire program alive.”

Chapman, who also is a standout on the Berkshire basketball and softball teams, is looking forward to closing out her senior season and then she plans to head south for college.

While she isn’t planning to play sports in college, she’d be open to any opportunity that comes her way.

“I’m not sure yet where I want to go to college or what I want to study, but I have always planned on going south to Florida,” she said. “I never really wanted to play sports in college, I just wanted to pick my school and go from there, so if the opportunity presents itself it’s always an option.”

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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