Sunday, October 2, 2022

CVC Athletes of the Week

Student-athletes from Beachwood, Fairport Harding, Geneva, Hawken, Independence, Kirtland, Orange and Wickliffe have been selected as the CVC Athletes of the Week for the week ending Sept. 16.

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

CROSS COUNTRY

Jenna SayleJENNA SAYLE, KIRTLAND

  • Name: Jenna Sayle
  • School: Kirtland
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: Finished ninth out of 300 runners at the Boardman Spartan Invitational in her first high school cross country meet.
  • Coach’s Quote: “This was Jenna’s first 5K race as she is attempting to do both soccer and cross country this fall season of her senior year,” said Kirtland coach JP Moran. “She ran a tremendous race.”

FOOTBALL

Marvin DaviesMARVIN DAVIES IV, ORANGE

  • Name: Marvin Davies IV
  • School: Orange
  • Grade: 11
  • Stats: Caught three passes for 122 yards and a touchdown, rushed twice for 57 yards and a score and recorded four tackles and a fumble recovery on defense.
  • Coach’s Quote: “Marvin is a great young man,” said Orange coach Adam Bechlem. “On the field, he is explosive, big and powerful. He’s learning toughness and what it means to give a great effort. Some of his best plays are when he doesn’t have the ball.”

Cody PaughCODY PAUGH, FAIRPORT HARDING

  • Name: Cody Paugh
  • School: Fairport Harding
  • Grade: 11
  • Stats: Carried 16 times for 55 yards with a two-point conversion; ran a kickoff 81 yards for a score and recorded six tackles, picked off a pass and broke up two others. The interception clinched Fairport’s win over Berkshire.
  • Coach’s Quote: “Cody played great in all three phases of the game,” said Fairport coach Cameron Ruff. “He takes Berkshire a little more personally since he has family on the Berkshire side, but he’s been making plays before this week. Clearly, all of his hard work paid off as he displayed his playmaking abilities for everyone to see. He stepped up and made some big-time plays. On his kickoff return, Berkshire had just scored on a broken coverage. Rather than sulk, Cody and his teammates ran back the ensuing kickoff return to even the score and retake the lead on the conversion. He shut down Berkshire’s best receiver all night and sealed the victory in the fourth quarter with a huge interception, allowing our offense to run the victory formation for the win. Cody has worked hard since the end of last year to improve his body and in doing so, he has improved his confidence in himself as well. Cody played a great game this week to help the Skippers beat Berkshire for the first time since 2010.”

GOLF

Emma McGrealEMMA MCGREAL, INDEPENDENCE

  • Name: Emma McGreal
  • School: Independence
  • Grade: 11
  • Stats: Averaged 44.2 strokes per nine holes and 93.8 for 18 in winning medalist honors against Cuyahoga Heights and in a tri-match with Aurora and St. Vincent-St. Mary.
    Coach’s Quote: “Emma is our team captain,” said Independence coach Karl Schuld. “She has worked extremely hard to improve in the last year. She has been very consistent as our No. 1 golfer and she sets a great example for her teammates. She has had a fantastic year.”

BOYS SOCCER

Jeremy LunkaJEREMY LUNKA, KIRTLAND

  • Name: Jeremy Lunka
  • School: Kirtland
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: Scored two goals and added an assist in a 4-0 win over Beachwood
  • Coach’s Quote: “Jeremy had a great game against Beachwood, not just because he scored and assisted, but because he was active off the ball and put himself in good positions that were beneficial to the team,” said Kirtland coach John Valentic. “The scoring was the result of his movement.”

GIRLS SOCCER

Vonda HaroldVONDA HAROLD, GENEVA

  • Name: Vonda Harold
  • School: Geneva
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: Recorded 16 saves in a 2-0 win over Riverside.
  • Coach’s Quote: “Vonda came off her line numerous times, sliding and diving to keep the opponent’s ball out of the back of our net,” said Geneva coach Dan Dudik. “Her performance this game and throughout the season has kept our opponents to a low goal scoring percentage.”

Gianna RanalloGIANNA RANALLO, WICKLIFFE

  • Name: Gianna Ranallo
  • School: Wickliffe
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: Scored four goals and added three assists.
  • Coach’s Quote: “Gianna played limited minutes this week, but that didn’t stop her from scoring in each game during a 3-0-0 week for Wickliffe,” said Wickliffe coach Steve Gribovicz. “She is finding confidence in her shot and continued to use her vision on the field to provide many opportunities for her teammates, three that resulted in assists this week.”

TENNIS

Stephanie ShulmanSTEPHANIE SHULMAN, HAWKEN

  • Name: Stephanie Shulman
  • School: Hawken
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: 4-0 during the week with wins over Shaker Heights, Perry, Revere and NDCL
  • Coach’s Quote: “Stephanie had a very impressive week dominating opponents at first singles for the Hawken Hawks,” said Hawken coach Brian Smallwood. “Although the entire team did very well, Stephanie only dropped three games in four matches; an impressive feat for any player and won against fellow conference team Perry without a dropping a game.”

VOLLEYBALL

Jordan KutashJORDAN KUTASH, HAWKEN

  • Name: Jordan Kutash
  • School: Hawken
  • Grade: 11
  • Stats: Recorded 21 kills, 10 digs, two blocks, five aces and was 41-of-44 on service attempts.
  • Coach’s Quote: “This is Jordan’s third year on varsity,” said Hawken coach Patty Hace. “She’s one of our most versatile players on the team, playing all around for us as an outside (hitter). Jordan has been in a supportive role in the past two seasons, but I told her this year that it’s her time to grab hold and take command as the powerful player that she is. She has a quiet personality but this past week she really showed us that sense of ownership on the floor producing such stats versus West Geauga and Orange, two big conference wins for us. Her consistency and poise on the court gave us true momentum in some moments and brought us back with her focused serving. I can’t wait to see what more she can do this season and where it will take us in the CVC.”

Kyimani MillerKYIMANI MILLER, BEACHWOOD

  • Name: Kyimani Miller
  • School: Beachwood
  • Grade: 10
  • Stats: Recorded 30 digs, 21 kills and was 34-of-37 on service attempts with seven aces.
  • Coach’s Quote: “Kyimani is hitting very well,” said Beachwood coach Tiffany McFarland. “She is our ‘go to’ hitter to give us a boost. As a sophomore, she is settling into her responsibilities on the court. Her passing is very consistent. She has learned how to become a better hitter in any situation. She works hard and is eager to learn every day how to become a better all-around player. We are eager to see her continue to grow as the season continues. She has a great float serve that is very hard to pass.”

SPORTSMANSHIP

Emily MayEMILY MAY, BEACHWOOD

  • Name: Emily May
  • School: Beachwood
  • Stats: N/A
  • Coach’s Quote: “A player on our JV team began suffering from a panic attack after Beachwood had won the match 2-1,” said Fairport coach Mike Fitzgerald. “Beachwood player Emily May noticed this, immediately walked over and sat with our player to talk to her and comfort her until she calmed down. As a coach, it’s not always the win that’s important. Seeing an opponent with such kindness and sportsmanship is just outstanding. I would coach Emily any day.”
Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, 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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