Monday, July 22, 2024

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 21.

Each athlete was nominated by his or her coach. All statistics incurred from Monday, April 15, 2024 through Sunday, April 21, 2024.

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


Sam BarcikoskiName: Sam Barcikoski
School: Berkshire
Grade: 10
Stats: Batted .333 (7-for-21) with a double, two walks, five runs scored, and five RBI; went 2-0 on the mound with a 1.00 ERA and four hits allowed with 12 strikeouts in eight innings pitched
Coach’s Quote: “Sam had an up and down week but was a big part of our success,” said Berkshire coach Nick Burzanko. “In relief, he picked up a win in our 11-inning marathon with Grand Valley where he gave up one hit and struck out five in four innings of work. He started in a conference game Friday at Crestwood getting the win scattering three hits and only allowing one earned run while striking out seven in four innings. At the top of our lineup, he had good at-bats in some big situations. Sam has been a great all-around guy for us this year and we look forward to the rest of it as he continues to grow and get better as a ballplayer.”

Logan BuehnerName: Logan Buehner
School: Perry
Grade: 11
Stats: Batted .438 (7-for-16) with three doubles, one triple, six runs scored, three stolen bases, and four RBI; also pitched four innings
Coach’s Quote: “Logan carried us this week offensively,” said Perry coach Matt Platt. “His at-bats have been getting better and better and he has been very willing to listen to advice. His defensive play has also been crucial.”

Lucci CantiniName: Lucci Cantini
School: Kirtland
Grade: 9
Stats: Batted .636 (7-for-11) with a double, a home run, three walks, four hit by pitch, three stolen bases, five runs scored, and five RBI
Coach’s Quote: “Lucci stepped in as a freshman and has had an immediate impact,” said Kirtland coach Luke Smrdel. “He hits the ball with power and has a great approach at the plate. He’s leading our team in almost every offensive category, which is a first for a freshman to do in our program.”

Will GrahamName: Will Graham
School: Chagrin Falls
Grade: 12
Stats: Batted .688 (11-for-16) with five doubles, three runs scored, five RBI, and four stolen bases; pitched seven innings with eight strikeouts and three runs allowed
Coach’s Quote: “Will has had back trouble the past few years and has very rarely swung a bat. He has been one of the best pitchers in the area, but he has battled that same injury just to be able to pitch once a week,” said Chagrin Falls coach Michael Sweeney. “I always knew if he could swing the bat, he would be a middle-of-the-order guy who could really help us. Well, he finally swung the bat for the first time this year and he put up those numbers; pretty amazing. Will is an outstanding player and has had a great attitude through all of this even though it was frustrating for him. I am so happy for him that he finally gets to play full go. He had one of the best offensive weeks that someone could have. He hit every ball hard.”

Brandon LurieName: Brandon Lurie
School: Orange
Grade: 12
Stats: Allowed just four hits and struck out five without issuing a walk in a 4-0 complete-game victory over Chagrin Falls
Coach’s Quote: “The Chagrin Division is a battle every game and we needed Brandon to go out and give us some length and give our pen a rest,” said Orange coach Fred Zupancic. “He did what he is capable of doing in giving us a complete game. He worked the zone with his fastball plus his off-speed pitches and allowed our defense to work behind him.”

Andrew OrosName: Andrew Oros
School: Geneva
Grade: 11
Stats: Batted .526 (10-for-19) with a .609 on-base percentage, two doubles, four walks, six stolen bases, 10 runs scored, and four RBI; pitched four innings allowing just two earned runs on five hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in a win
Coach’s Quote: “Andrew had a great overall week for us at the plate and on the mound,” said Geneva coach Terry Hejduk. “At this moment, he is swinging it at another level. He is usually not one of our normal guys on the bump, but he picked up a win for us on Friday throwing a solid game against Howland. This young man is just one of the best pure baseball players out there and is so fun to watch.”

Andrew StampName: Andrew Stamp
School: Independence
Grade: 11
Stats: Batted .727 (8-for-11) with three doubles, seven runs scored, five RBI, four stolen bases, and two walks
Coach’s Quote: “Andrew Stamp led the offensive charge for the Blue Devils during the week of April 15th, seeing the ball well, and driving it when he had the opportunity,” said Independence coach Jim Crooks. “He’s an offensive catalyst, and when he starts, getting guys on base just seems to be contagious.”


Keira MoranName: Keira Moran
School: Chagrin Falls
Grade: 12
Stats: Recorded 24 saves with three caused turnovers in two games
Coach’s Quote: “Keira had a huge week for us against two big opponents–Hawken and Jackson,” said Chagrin Falls coach K.C. White. “She had 15 saves and two caused turnovers against Jackson, including four saves in overtime which helped our team beat Jackson for the first time since 2015. Keira plays with tenacity and heart and is a force between the pipes.”


Annabelle BraggName: Annabelle Bragg
School: Geneva
Grade: 11
Stats: Batted .600 (9-for-15) with a .700 on-base percentage and a double, a home run, and nine RBI; in the circle, she allowed just five earned runs in six games with 28 strikeouts and a 1.28 ERA
Coach’s Quote: “Annabelle has been a double threat from the mound and the plate this week,” said Geneva coach Eleshia Pitcher. “She has quickly made herself a team leader and always plays with such determination she inspires her team to never give up.”

Maddie DopsonName: Maddie Dopson
School: Cuyahoga Heights
Grade: 12
Stats: Batted .588 (10-for-17) with four doubles and a triple, seven runs scored, eight RBI, and a .941 slugging percentage
Coach’s Quote: “Maddie had an incredible week for us,” said Cuyahoga Heights coach Kyle Manfredonia. “She has been dominant on both sides of the plate. She has always shown up big when we need her.”

Mackenzie GazdakName: Mackenzie Gazdak
School: Wickliffe
Grade: 12
Stats: Batted .526 with 10 hits, two doubles, four walks, 10 runs scored, and a 1.000 fielding percentage in five games
Coach’s Quote: “Mackenzie is one of the players on our team that I rely on to provide consistency and momentum, and that is exactly what she has been doing this year,” said Wickliffe coach Marlana Mucciarone. “Defensively, she is a vocal leader on the field and a wall at first base. Offensively, she is an excellent contact hitter and has been getting on base and moving runners into scoring position, which sets up the 3-4-5 hitters to drive runs in.”

Maggie GrantName: Maggie Grant
School: Cardinal
Grade: 10
Stats: Batted .438 (7-for-16) with a home run and 13 RBI; went 2-1 in the circle with 15 strikeouts; posted a 1.000 fielding percentage at first base with 18 putouts and four assists in 22 chances
Coach’s Quote: “This past week has been some of Maggie’s best pitching and best hitting at the plate,” said Cardinal coach Haley Adams. “She recorded seven strikeouts in her win over Hawken when she locked down her pitching after picking up her first home run of the season. After she got that hit, she was zoned in and was picking up velocity, while still hitting her spots. Maggie is always the vocal leader of the team. In moments of frustration, she has done a great job of learning to control the controllables and not striving for perfection but looking out for her younger teammates.”

Dana RamirezName: Dana Ramirez
School: Harvey
Grade: 11
Stats: Batted .538 with two doubles, three walks, four hit by pitch, a .700 on-base percentage, six runs scored, seven RBI, and went 4-for-4 on stolen base attempts; also pitched a game with a win
Coach’s Quote: “Dana embraced the big moments for us this week,” said Harvey coach Betsy Hada. “She came in in relief in our game against Lakeside and got the win. She drove in several runs with runners in scoring position. Dana works hard to get better every day, and it is paying off on the mound and at the plate.”

Morgan WintersName: Morgan Winters
School: Perry
Grade: 9
Stats: Batted .412 (7-for-17) with a double, two home runs, and nine RBI; went 3-0 in the circle with an ERA of 1.00 with two earned runs on 11 hits and 17 strikeouts and one save in 14 innings of work
Coach’s Quote: “Morgan earned a win over Gilmour, in a come-from-behind, walk-off victory. Additionally, Winters preserved a win against conference rival Madison,” said Perry coach Michelle Carino.


Isaac RiddellName: Isaac Riddell
School: Geneva
Grade: 12
Stats: Went 5-0 and won first place in the Ashtabula County tournament at first singles
Coach’s Quote: “Isaac is the reigning Ashtabula County Player of the Year and a district qualifier last year. He has picked up where he left off last year with sights on repeating as County Player of the Year and the CVC Player of the Year, and going far in the postseason,” said Geneva coach Scott Torok. “Ike is the leader of our team and sets the tone in every match; a great kid with sights on playing at the next level.”


Sam GdovichinName: Sam Gdovinchin
School: Cardinal
Grade: 10
Stats: Took first place in the 1600 and 3200 at the Berkshire Invitational
Coach’s Quote: “Sam is a hard-working athlete that just keeps improving every day,” said Cardinal coach Dakota Ward. “He had a couple of great races last Friday at Berkshire’s first invitational and helped the team earn many points. Sam provides great leadership for his team and is always cheering on the other athletes.”


Casey AdamsName: Casey Adams
School: Independence
Grade: 12
Stats: Won the Field Event MVP at the Beachwood Invitational after winning the high jump (4-10) and triple jump (34-6), and taking sixth in the long jump
Coach’s Quote: “Casey Adams did a great job in some very harsh weather conditions,” said Independence coach Pete Pucella. “The Beachwood Invitational is a premier meet with lots of great competition, and to leave that meet with two first-place medals is a huge accomplishment. Casey is truly a team leader; she prepared for every meet and each practice. She does a great job as our girls’ team captain assisting with the underclassmen and encouraging our entire team to work hard.”

Lily AyerName: Lily Ayer
School: Cardinal
Grade: 12
Stats: Won the 800 and 4×400-meter relay at the Berkshire Invitational
Coach’s Quote: “Lily has done an exceptional job this year in all of her races,” said Cardinal coach Dakota Ward. “She works very hard at practices and sets a great example to her team. At the Berkshire Invitational, Lily helped her 4×400 meter relay team win first place with a PR, and she also took first place in the 800-meter run.”








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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