Monday, September 26, 2022

Crestwood gears up for another run

Crestwood returns just one starter from the team that won 20 games last winter but the Red Devils should remain competitive in their first year in the Chagrin Valley Conference.

“Look forward to the start of our season,” said sixth-year head coach Josh Jakacki. “We feel we have a team that will compete each night. Our goal is to play fast, play hard and have fun.”

The Red Devils finished 20-4 overall and 11-1 in league play last season.

Senior Trent Jakacki, a 6-foot- guard, is Crestwood’s lone returning starter.

He averaged 15.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.2 blocks per game last year. He also drained 61-percent of his shots and converted 84-percent of his free throws. Jakacki is a three-time all-conference, two-time all-district, and one-time All-Ohioan who has scored 914 points in his career.

Austin Johnson was named honorable mention all-conference last season after scoring 6.1 points with 2.1 rebounds per game.

Louie Blasiole, a 5-foot-7 guard, Kaya Hickin and Aidan Gutglueck, a 5-foot-10 guard, also are expected to start.

Mitchell Ward, a 6-foot-4 forward, is a returning letter winner.

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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