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CVC Athletes of the Week

Athletes from 11 different schools have been named the Chagrin Valley Conference Athletes of the Week for the week ending April 14.

Each athlete was nominated by his or her coach. All statistics incurred from Monday, April 8, 2024 through Sunday, April 14, 2024.

Here’s a look at each Athlete of the Week by sport:


Sam CrooksName: Sam Crooks
School: Independence
Grade: 11
Stats: Batted .33 with a .500 slugging percentage, one double, and three RBI; struck out 11 and allowed just two hits in five scoreless innings
Coach’s Quote: “Sam had a solid performance on the mound when the Blue Devils needed to win,” said Independence coach Jim Crooks. “He threw strikes, got outs, and had good command of his pitches. This, along with his contributions at the plate, helped him to have a standout week.”

Adam FlachbartName: Adam Flachbart
School: Lutheran West
Grade: 12
Stats: Batted .625 (5-for-8) with two doubles, five runs scored, two walks, five stolen bases, and two RBI
Coach’s Quote: “Adam has picked up right where he left off last season as he is a tough out for any pitcher,” said Lutheran West coach Thomas Balla. “We moved him into our leadoff position this past week, and he was a table settler all series for us against Cuyahoga Heights. He showed off all of his tools as he had two shots to the wall, swiped bags, and scored runs for us.”

Owen McKoonName: Owen McKoon
School: Perry
Grade: 11
Stats: Batted .429 (3-for-7) with a home run, four runs scored, four stolen bases, and three RBI; didn’t allow a passed ball or wild pitch in two games
Coach’s Quote: “Owen is an offensive production machine,” said Perry coach Matt Platt. “He drives almost every ball, is a threat to steal a base, and is instinctual in every facet of the game. Even his outs are loud. What might go unnoticed to some, but not our program, is his skillset as a catcher. He saves so many wild pitches, slows opposing teams’ run games, and receives the ball so well. Above all, he is a great person and an excellent teammate. He plays for his guys, and they play for him. Awesome individual and our whole program is better for having him.”

Carter TuckerName: Carter Tucker
School: Cardinal
Grade: 11
Stats: Recorded a walk-off sacrifice fly in a win over Kirtland, going 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI; recorded a complete-game victory with seven strikeouts and two saves
Coach’s Quote: “Tuck has been on a roll over these past five games,” said Cardinal coach Dan Wolf. “He has raised his batting average to .450. On the mound, two saves and a complete game victory have been powerful.”


Sydney CollinsName: Sydney Collins
School: Perry
Grade: 11
Stats: Batted .600 (6-for-10) with three home runs and seven RBI
Coach’s Quote: “Sydney’s consistency at bat has been a highlight this season, and this week was no different as we started CVC play,” said Perry coach Michelle Carino. “In three conference games against Edgewood, Geneva, and Conneaut, Sydney went 6-10, hitting three homers, driving in seven runs, and scoring seven times with an (on-base percentage) of .692. Her late-game homer against Geneva was a game-changer, sparking a crucial four-run inning to secure a win against a tough conference opponent. It’s evident that Sydney’s hard work during the offseason is paying off early in the season.”

Brigette EdwardsName: Brigitte Edwards
School: Chagrin Falls
Grade: 9
Stats: Batted .500 with a .600 OBP and .750 slugging percentage with a double, two RBI, two stolen bases, and two runs scored
Coach’s Quote: “’B’ has filled a large hole left at third base for us this year after graduating our seniors last year,” said Chagrin Falls coach Whitney Garrett. “As a freshman, she has stepped up to the plate both metaphorically and literally exceeding our expectations. B has the grit and intensity that every coach hopes to see in her players driving her to continue to grow as a player.”

Adelyn GrantName: Adelyn Grant
School: Cardinal
Grade: 9
Stats: Batted .429 (6-for-14) with two doubles and a two-run home run to win a game against Fairport
Coach’s Quote: “Adelyn is someone who is super competitive and always strives for perfection for herself and for her teammates,” said Cardinal coach Haley Adams. “It can be tough as a freshman playing varsity and not getting stuck in a rut when things aren’t going your way. Adelyn does a great job of focusing on the next play. Whether she strikes out at the previous at-bat or misses a ball behind the plate, she does a really good job of enjoying the game and not focusing too much on the previous play. Along with the rest of her teammates, we are excited to see her hit her peak and continue to get better.”

Lely PercassiName: Lely Percassi
School: West Geauga
Grade: 10
Stats: Allowed four runs on six hits with 20 strikeouts in 10 innings; batted .333 (1-for-3) with three RBI and two runs scored
Coach’s Quote: “Lely has been very dedicated to her game and has invested in herself and it’s showing,” said West Geauga coach Mark Percassi. “She’s been a major part of our team’s success and she loves playing this game and being with her teammates. Lely has really hit her spots well pitching and not allowed teams to barrel her up. In regards to hitting, she’s picked up where she left off last year consistently driving in runs, scoring runs, and being consistent at the plate.”

Paige PriebeName: Paige Priebe
School: Independence
Grade: 11
Stats: Batted .714 (10-for-14) with three doubles, one triple, and a walk; scored seven runs and knocked in three; stole two bases
Coach’s Quote: “Paige is an outstanding athlete that possesses a combination of speed, quickness, and power,” said Independence assistant coach Zoltan Zoltai. “(She is) a strong player on offense as our leadoff hitter and a dominant presence behind the plate when catching. She started the week by going 4-for-4 with two doubles in a win against Cuyahoga Heights before going 4-for-7 (.571) with three RBI during the Blue Devils’ two-game road sweep of Huron guiding our team to a 4-0 record for the week.”

Cadyn SiegelName: Caidyn Siegel
School: Geneva
Grade: 9
Stats: Batted .714 (5-for-7) with three runs batted in
Coach’s Quote: “Caidyn had a great week at the plate going 5-for-7 with a .714 batting average and driving in 3 runs,” said Geneva coach Eleshia Pitcher. “She has made an immediate impact in our lineup. She has also put some innings in on the mound and had 14 strikeouts this week in 7 2/3 innings pitched.”


Michael WengerName: Michael Wenger
School: West Geauga
Grade: 11
Stats: Went 2-0 with wins over Gilmour and Chagrin Falls
Coach’s Quote: “Michael has shown great improvement from the past season, evidenced by his two wins against Gilmour and Chagrin Falls,” said West Geauga coach Joe DiMattia. “He has been more consistent and has been able to bounce back from rough stretches of play and not let it affect his play for the rest of the match. He is 5-0 on the year and is ready to get after our tough league schedule.”


Ainsley BorthwickName: Ainsley Borthwick
School: Kirtland
Grade: 11
Stats: Won the 1600 and 3200 as well as the 4×800, helping the Hornets win the team title at the George Gross Invitational
Coach’s Quote: “Ainsley had three dominant performances as she helped the 4×800 win the invitational and won both the 1600 and 3200 and led both races from start to finish,” said Kirtland coach J.P. Moran. “Ainsley works extremely hard and is very focused coming into this track season on the heels of a great cross country season.”

Vinny CreaName: Vinny Crea
School: Berkshire
Grade: 11
Stats: Set a PR in the discus with a throw of 111-10
Coach’s Quote: “This is Vinny’s second year as a thrower and his work ethic and determination has allowed him to not only grow as an athlete but to also continue his quest for the ultimate PR as a college thrower,” said Berkshire coach Aimee Green. “His attention to technique will help him continue making improvements as the season progresses.”

Dakota HoustonName: Dakota Houston
School: Beachwood
Grade: 12
Stats: Won MVP honors at the Shaker Invitational after winning first in the 100, 200, and 4×100
Coach’s Quote: “Dakota has been a fantastic performer around this season,” said Beachwood coach Willie Smith. “Thus far, she is finally fully healthy, unlike last year as a junior where she suffered several entries that took away from her performances. She truly is her leader and is determined to be one of the best in the state in her individual and relay events.”

Maddie TolbertName: Maddie Tolbert
School: Beachwood
Grade: 12
Stats: Won MVP of field events at the Shaker Heights Invitational, where she won both the shot put and discus
Coach’s Quote: “Maddie has been a very consistent performer in the throwing events this season,” said Beachwood coach Willie Smith. “She has not lost in the individual throwing event all year. She is an athlete that we heavily count on to help us score points at our track meets. We are looking for great things from Maddie this year. She is a returning state qualifier in the shotput, and we believe she can qualify to state again this year.”

Sylvia VosickyName: Sylvia Vosicky
School: Kirtland
Grade: 11
Stats: Won the 400 and also ran legs in the winning 4×400 and 4×800-meter relays, helping the Hornets clinch the team title at the George Gross Invitational
Coach’s Quote: “Sylvia is extremely determined coming into this track season,” said Kirtland coach J.P. Moran. “She has had a tremendous start to the season with some dominant performances and is in very good shape. Sylvia is a tremendous leader. She is an extremely hard worker and puts in lots of time training and will be a huge help to our team this season.”




Steve Hare
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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