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CVC Athletes of the Week

Student-athletes from Chagrin Falls, Cuyahoga Heights, Fairport Harding, Geneva, Independence and Wickliffe have been selected as the CVC Athletes of the Week for the week ending Sept. 2.

Each student-athlete was nominated by his or her coach.



  • Name: Robert Artrip
  • School: Independence
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: Carried 23 times for 248 yards with three touchdowns and also threw a 25-yard touchdown pass
  • Coach’s Quote: “Robert was a workhorse for us (on Friday),” said Independence coach Rick Adams. “He is a powerful and explosive runner with great vision and strength to break tackles.”


  • Name: Jason Bartosik
  • School: Cuyahoga Heights
  • Grade: 11
  • Stats: Caught three passes for 100 yards, which included a 67-yard touchdown reception, and recorded five tackles on defense
  • Coach’s Quote: “Jason got us back in the game on Friday with a 67-yard touchdown reception,” said Cuyahoga Heights coach Al Martin. “Down 14-0 in the second quarter, Jason got open downfield and made a great run after his catch to score our first touchdown.”


  • Name: Ethan Whitt
  • School: Fairport Harding
  • Grade: 11
  • Stats: Recorded two pancake blocks and paved the way for an offense that recorded 230 yards on the ground; defensively, recorded nine tackles, including three for a loss, forced and recovered a fumble and had a quarterback hurry
  • Coach’s Quote: “Ethan led the way for the Skipper defense against Brooklyn,” said Fairport coach Cameron Ruff. “He made several plays in the backfield and several more at the line of scrimmage. His hustle and efforts on offense, defense, and special teams contributed much to our team win in week two.”



  • Name: Elek McDonald
  • School: Independence
  • Grade: 11
  • Stats: Scored three goals in two games
  • Coach’s Quote: “Elek has come back as a junior with more focus and a stronger game in the midfield,” said Independence coach Ryan MacRaild. “He works hard defensively and does great with a quick counter-attack and build-up. As our second center mid with Sam Belitz, he is a great complementary player and a scoring threat in his own right. He hit a screamer against Wickliffe from 30 yards out on the volley and bagged two more against crosstown rival Cuyahoga Heights.”



  • Name: Caitlyn Henderson
  • School: Wickliffe
  • Grade: 11
  • Stats: Scored four goals in two games
  • Coach’s Quote: “She started the week with a phenomenal three-goal performance at Laurel where she scored in a variety of ways including connecting on runs into the box and shooting from outside the box,” said Wickliffe coach Steve Gribovicz. “She carried that momentum over into Thursday’s conference game at Perry where she scored the only goal in the game. She jumpstarted our offense this week when we needed her most.”


  • Name: Reni Kaiser
  • School: Independence
  • Grade: 11
  • Stats: Recorded 38 saves in three matches
  • Coach’s Quote: “Reni has turned herself into a very solid goalkeeper these past two years,” said Independence coach Bryan Less. “She works hard and has taken a large leadership role on the field. Her outstanding field skills also help her identify and stop breakaways. Her athleticism and basketball background are a definite plus for a goalkeeper.”



  • Name: Jordan Vencill
  • School: Geneva
  • Grade: 11
  • Stats: Recorded 42 kills, 15 digs and four service aces in three matches
  • Coach’s Quote: “Jordan has had a tremendous start to the season,” said Geneva coach Annah Haeseler. “She leads in almost all stat categories and has taken our team to the next level with her positive play. She is skilled, strong, positive, enthusiastic and can put the ball away; a hard combination to beat.”


  • Name: Kennedy Kurz
  • School: Chagrin Falls
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: 55 total services with 10 aces and four errors in two matches
  • Coach’s Quote: “Kennedy is a force at the service line,” said Chagrin Falls coach Heather Piccone. “This week she led our team to two straight five-set match victories.”
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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