Thursday, June 8, 2023

CVC Athletes of the Week

Athletes from 13 different schools have been named the Chagrin Valley Conference Athletes of the Week.

Each athlete was nominated by his or her coach.

All statistics incurred during the weeks ending Sunday, April 4.

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


Jake Brown

Name: Jake Brown
School: Berkshire
Grade: 12
Stats: Batted .727 (8-for-11) with one home run and seven runs batted in
Coach’s Quote: “Jake has very good discipline at the plate and he has used the whole field to have a great start to the season,” said Berkshire coach Nick Burzanko. “Jake is a leader vocally and by example in our group and shows when you put in hard work at your craft good things happen. When he is his best it follows suit for other guys in the lineup to have confidence around him. He also has made some great plays defensively and has quite a bit of range and a strong arm at the shortstop position.”

Jaden DebevecName: Jaden Debevec
School: Harvey
Grade: 12
Stats: Batted 7-of-11 (.636) with four doubles, a triple, and two walks with just one strikeout in 13 plate appearances
Coach’s Quote: “Jaden has really shown to be as much as a defensive leader for us as he is an offensive leader this spring,” Harvey coach Mark McNamara said. “He has incredible range at short and a strong arm to make a play deep in the hole. At the plate, he does an excellent job picking up the ball and identifying his pitch to go after. The amount of responses Jaden has received the past three weeks from various colleges has just given him a ton of confidence as we move forward with this season.”

Mason SullivanName: Mason Sullivan
School: Kirtland
Grade: 12
Stats: 7-for-16 at the plate with seven runs scored, one double, three triples, one home run, eight runs batted in, five stolen bases and three walks; his three triples in a single game is tied for second in the OHSAA state record books; 1-0 on the mound with 10 strikeouts in 10 innings pitched
Coach’s Quote: “Mason has always had tremendous power and he worked hard to become a complete hitter during the offseason,” said Kirtland coach Luke Smrdel. “He is off to a great start, and he’s using the whole field so far, which is definitely making it very difficult on the opponent’s defenses.”


Michael ClancyName: Michael Clancy
School: Trinity
Grade: 12
Stats: Allowed just two hits and struck out 11 in 4 2/3 scoreless innings; batted 1-for-3 with a double and three walks
Coach’s Quote: “Michael looked dominant in his first start of the season,” said Trinity coach Ryan McSweeney. “His fastball was 83-86 (miles per hour) and located well all game.”


Jack McMullenName: Jack McMullen
School: Chagrin Falls
Grade: 12
Stats: Was 2-0 on the mound with a save; tossed a five-inning no-hitter with 12 strikeouts; Allowed just one run in 10 innings on three hits and struck out 18; Also batted .467 (7-for-15) with three doubles, six runs scored, three stolen bases and five runs batted in
Coach’s Quote: “Jack has an incredible work ethic and all of his offseason work is paying off,” said Chagrin Falls coach Michael Sweeney. “He has had a tremendous start to the season, both on the mound and at the plate. I love it when players put the time in and see positive results.”

Ashton WheelockName: Ashton Wheelock
School: Lakeside
Grade: 11
Stats: Struck out 11 in a complete-game win over Hawken; allowed two earned runs on five hits and walked two
Coach’s Quote: “Ashton was dominant against Hawken,” said Lakeside coach Jared Sziber. “He was in complete control the whole game and held a very potent offense in check. Ashton is a great competitor and it showed. He was able to not only keep hitters off balance but had them guessing every at-bat. He is just scratching the surface on what he can do on the mound and should continue to have success throughout the year.”


Heather ArslanianName: Heather Arslanian
School: Hawken
Grade: 12
Stats: Scored six goals with three assists and 10 draw controls
Coach’s Quote: “Heather is a midfielder who dominated play offensively and defensively,” said Hawken coach James Newman.




Faith HartmanName: Faith Hartman
School: Perry
Grade: 11
Stats: Batted .700 (7-for-10) with a double, a run scored, two runs batted in and she stole a base; she also pitched 17 innings with a 3-0 record, eight earned runs on nine hits and she struck out 15
Coach’s Quote: “Faith has always been one of our best hitters in two out of three seasons,” said Perry coach Joe Medlen. “She works very hard at hitting and asks a lot of questions and tries hard to perfect her mechanics. Faith has goals and hitting is also part of it, not just pitching, where she is now 3-1 and she has looked very good early on. Again, Faith takes pride in her pitching and pitches during the week and then we meet on Sundays to throw. It’s not an accident she is doing as well as she is. I believe when she gets more conditioned she will be even better. She and her catcher, freshman Calli Thompson, have created a great bond and calm each other down and talk through how they’re are going to handle certain hitters. Faith has been impressive early on, but I’m not surprised as we start the first week of October going pretty hard.”

Bella HunterName: Bella Hunter
School: Crestwood
Grade: 9
Stats: Batted .667 (4-for-6) with two runs batted in
Coach’s Quote: “We were looking for a leadoff hitter to spark our offense,” said Crestwood coach LeRoy Moore. “We tried different players during our scrimmages but nothing was working. Going into our first week we decided to move Bella up from the fifth spot to lead off and she came through in a big way, especially against Tallmadge, going 4-for-4 with two RBI and scoring twice herself.”

Julie SloanName: Julie Sloan
School: Edgewood
Grade: 12
Stats: Was 4-for-4 with a double, two home runs, three runs scored, and five runs batted in
Coach’s Quote: “Julie is one of our team leaders,” said Edgewood coach Joel Laughlin. “She plays the game the right way and works to make our team the best it can be.”


Leslie SullivanName: Leslie Sullivan
School: Lutheran West
Grade: 9
Stats: Was 11-for-17 (.647) with seven runs scored, a double and a triple, with 14 runs batted in and three stolen bases
Coach’s Quote: “Leslie had a great start to her varsity career,” said Lutheran West coach Amy Sullivan. “She leads the team in RBI, on-base percentage and batting average, as a freshman. She has been a force at third making no defensive errors during the week.”


Nick AuthName: Nick Auth
School: Berkshire
Grade: 12
Stats: Ran a time of 42.9 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles at the Newton Falls Tiger Invitational
Coach’s Quote: “Nick works hard at the 300 hurdles and it was an incredible performance for the first meet of the season,” said Berkshire coach Aimee Green. “Not having the 2020 season was heartbreaking, but we are looking for great things to come from Nick this year.”


Karalyn Ruthkowski

Name: Karalyn Rutkowski
School: Cardinal
Grade: 11
Stats: Placed second in the high jump and ran a leg on the fifth-place team in the 4×800 at the Joe Lane Invitational; also won the high jump (5-0) and long jump (15’2) with a second-place finish in the 1600 and ran a leg on the winning 4×800 team in a dual meet
Coach’s Quote: “Karalyn is starting to branch out from her comfort events by adding more jumps and speed into her events,” said Cardinal coach Greg Cicero. “Karalyn has been a consistent high jumper in her career, but is now showing an overall range which benefits the entire team.”

Mike SoltisName: Mike Soltis
School: Cardinal
Grade: 11
Stats: Placed third in the shot (47’, 7”) and disc (121’, 5”) at the Joe Lane Invitational and also won the shot at a dual meet during the week
Coach’s Quote: “Mike has been putting in the work needed to see more success since December and it is starting to pay off,” said Cardinal coach Greg Cicero. “He has improved over three feet from his freshman year and is not showing signs of missing an entire year. His dedication to form is a driving force for his throws.”


Jenna YoungName: Jenna Young
School: Brooklyn
Grade: 10
Stats: Won the high jump with a new school record and also finished first in the 100-meter hurdles and was eighth in the 400-meter dash at the Cardinal Invitational
Coach’s Quote: “Jenna Young broke the Brooklyn girls’ outdoor high jump record with a jump of 5-feet, 4-inches at the Cardinal Invitational on Saturday,” said Brooklyn coach Jason Hubbell. “Jenna earned first place in both the high jump and the 100-meter hurdles. Jenna rounded out her scoring with an eighth-place finish in the 400-meter dash, scoring a team-high 21 points.”

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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