Friday, June 2, 2023

CVC Athletes of the Week

Athletes from Berkshire, Brooklyn, Geneva, Hawken, Independence, Kirtland and West Geauga have been named the Chagrin Valley Conference Players of the Week.

Each player was nominated by his or her coach.

All statistics incurred during the week beginning Dec. 9 and ending Dec. 15.

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


Peyton BisslerName: Peyton Bissler
School: West Geauga
Grade: 12
Stats: Scored 59 points with seven rebound and five assists and shot 24-of-26 from the free throw line
Coach’s Quote: “Peyton had a great week for us,” West Geauga coach Jeff Javorek said. “He has an outstanding ability to score the basketball and is a tough matchup for opponents to stop. All of his hard work is paying off right now.”

Jake SinkenbringName: Jake Sinkenbring
School: Berkshire
Grade: 12
Stats: Scored 39 points with 12 rebounds and five steals in two games
Coach’s Quote: “Jake really stepped up this week in two big conference games for us,” Berkshire coach Ryan Dickard said. “He is the constant focus of attention from opposing defenses and still produces consistently. Defensively, he often takes the responsibility of guarding the best player on opposing teams as well. Complete player.”

Kyle ZygmuntName: Kyle Zygmunt
School: Independence
Grade: 10
Stats: Scored 19 points with 10 rebounds, six assists, five steals and two blocks
Coach’s Quote: “Kyle did everything for us on both ends of the floor this week,” Independence coach Kyle Johnson said. “He has done a great job of getting his teammates involved and making the right play.”


Lexi BoykName: Lexi Boyk
School: Berkshire
Grade: 12
Stats: Scored 29 points with 10 steals, five rebounds and three assists
Coach’s Quote: “Lexi has been playing really hard and doing things within her role to really help the team be in positions to be successful,” Berkshire coach James Bosley said. “She has been relentless on the defensive end of the court so far this season.”

Lauren SnyderName: Lauren Snyder
School: Kirtland
Grade: 12
Stats: Averaged 15.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.2 steals
Coach’s Quote: “Lauren is the type of player every coach wants on their team,” Kirtland coach Brittany Zele said. “She is coachable, driven, and a team player. When area coaches talk of Kirtland basketball, they say Lauren Snyder. Not only is she a great basketball player, she is an exemplary student.”

Madison StepanikName: Madison Stepanik
School: Independence
Grade: 11
Stats: Scored 18 points with 11 rebounds, two steals and a block
Coach’s Quote: “Last week, she broke her nose and still scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds in our win over Cuyahoga Heights,” Independence coach Mike Marcinko said. “She continued that tough and productive play by scoring 18 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, two steals and a block in a road win at Berkshire. She has been a great example of overcoming a setback and turning into motivation and success.”


Gavin SupekName: Gavin Supek
School: Brooklyn
Grade: 12
Stats: Scored six goals with two assists in two games
Coach’s Quote: “Gavin Supek scored four goals in a win versus Twinsburg and followed up that performance with two goals in a loss versus Chagrin Falls,” Brooklyn coach Mike Wrost said. “Currently, Gavin is tied for third in total points in the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League Blue Division. Gavin has scored a point in each of the first four games for the Brooklyn Hurricanes.”


Patrick Reineke

Name: Patrick Reineke
School: Hawken
Grade: 10
Stats: Went 8-0 with four pins, two technical falls and a major decision to win the 106-pound weight class at the North Coast Classic
Coach’s Quote: “He looked sharp out on the mat using a plethora of attacks and looks to continue his dominant ways throughout the season including next week at Waterloo,” Hawken coach Mark Jayne said.

Braden SearsName: Braden Sears
School: Independence
Grade: 12
Stats: Won the 220-pound title at the North Coast Classic with a 7-0 record and six pins
Coach’s Quote: “Braden is a returning state qualifier–he got in as an alternate last year–and picked up right where he left off this year,” Independence coach Ken DeAngelis said. “He had a great weekend and is looking to get up on the podium in Columbus this year. He became the third (Independence) wrestler to capture a North Coast Classic title in the tournament’s history.”

Charles TaylorName: Charles Taylor
School: Geneva
Grade: 11
Stats: Finished 7-0 to help Madison win a dual meet and he won the 220-pound weight class at the Riverside Rumble
Coach’s Quote: “Charles scored a pin on Thursday night to help Geneva defeat Madison in a dual at home,” Geneva coach Chris Stamper said. “He then went 6-0 with six pins to win the 220-pound championship at the Riverside Rumble and was also voted MVP.”

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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