Monday, March 20, 2023

CVC Athletes of the Week

Athletes from 12 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 from Monday, January 23 through Sunday, January 29, 2023.

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


Jaiden BasingerName: Jaiden Basinger
School: Brooklyn
Grade: 12
Stats: Scored 43 points in two games, including the 1,000th point of his career; went 10-for-18 from the floor and 4-of-6 from behind the arc with 10 rebounds and five assists
Coach’s Quote: “Jaiden has really improved his game this year as he has given the team much leadership,” said Brooklyn coach Jeff Shepherd. “Jaiden has been the team’s leading scorer for the last two seasons. Jaiden has recently signed to play football at Notre Dame College in the fall of 2023. Jaiden has grown in the areas of leadership and has played at a very high level on the basketball court thus far this season. Jaiden averages 16.2 points per game. I am proud to have coached Jaiden the last two years; he has now become one of the top scorers in Brooklyn High School history.”

Sam CrooksName: Sam Crooks
School: Independence
Grade: 10
Stats: Scored 54 points including a career-high 34 in a win over Fuchs Mizrachi with eight rebounds, three assists, and four steals in two games
Coach’s Quote: “For just being a sophomore, Sam has had to shoulder a lot of responsibility this season,” said Independence coach Marc Holliday. “With zero seniors on our roster, Sam has been thrust into a leadership role as team captain. We count on Sam for not only his leadership on and off the court but his ability to score the basketball, as well as defend. Sam has met every challenge I have given him head-on and continues to improve while helping our team as a whole improve.”

Joshua JonesName: Joshua Jones
School: Beachwood
Grade: 12
Stats: Scored 20 points with seven rebounds, seven assists, and two steals while shooting 9-of-15 from the floor and 2-for-4 behind the arc
Coach’s Quote: “Joshua missed the previous three games with a flu that had him bedridden and caused him to lose 10 pounds,” said Beachwood coach David Krasnow. “Against highly ranked Perry, he came out in attack mode and helped lead Beachwood to a tough 70-65 over a great Perry team. Joshua was tough, made shots, rebounded well, was passing to others on the break. We do not win that game without Joshua playing like he played.”


De'Oshania BennettName: De’Oshania Bennett
School: Trinity
Grade: 11
Stats: Scored 36 points with 13 rebounds, six blocks, five assists, and six steals in two games
Coach’s Quote: “De’Oshania has led the team in five different categories–scoring, steals, blocks, assists, and rebounds–over the last two games,” said Trinity coach Ron Donaldson. “De’Oshania has stepped up as a leader and is showing she is one of the best guards in the CVC.”

Ce GrantName: CeAujanay Grant
School: Lutheran West
Grade: 11
Stats: Recorded a triple-double with 10 points, 11 steals, and 12 rebounds
Coach’s Quote: “Ce has been working really hard to get back on the court after tearing her ACL last season,” said Lutheran West coach Andrea Boriska. “Having her back, even with limited minutes, has been great and she’s exceeding all expectations. Ce brings toughness and a will to win to the floor and her teammates feed off her energy. A triple-double on minute restrictions? Crazy. I am very proud of her and can’t wait to see her at 100 percent.”

Tamore HoskinName: Tamore Hoskin
School: Lakeside
Grade: 12
Stats: Scored 22 points with five rebounds, six steals, three deflections, and two assists
Coach’s Quote: “Tamore has really stepped up into a scoring role for us this season, especially in the second half of the season,” said Lakeside coach Nicole Grimmett. “She also drives our intensity and communication on the defensive end. She has done a great job all season of being a leader and role model for our younger players.”

Carly JamesName: Carly James
School: Grand Valley
Grade: 12
Stats: Scored 14 points with six rebounds, four assists, and 4.3 steals
Coach’s Quote: “Carly has been a top performer this year,” said Grand Valley coach Bob McKinney. “She leads the team in multiple ways by either defense or being unselfish by getting her teammates involved in the game and her leadership role on the team helps make us better. It is great to watch her be very successful on the court.”

Olivia MasinkName: Olivia Masink
School: Berkshire
Grade: 10
Stats: Scored two points with 11 rebounds, five steals, and two blocks
Coach’s Quote: “Liv has really been stepping up in place of some injured girls,” said Berkshire coach James Bosley. “She is such a strong rebounder and plays great defense. Her effort level is through the roof and getting some time has helped her confidence. She helped seal the game for us Saturday with some clutch rebounds in the fourth quarter.”

Emily RidgewayName: Emily Ridgeway
School: Kirtland
Grade: 10
Stats: Scored 26 points with four 3-pointers, six rebounds, two assists, three steals, two blocks, and eight deflections in two games
Coach’s Quote: “Emily has been consistent all year with her play and work ethic,” said Kirtland coach Matt Ridgeway. “Emily can play every position and her versatility is what helps the team. Emily is also a 4.15 student and works with the youth basketball kids in her spare time.”


Ezekiel LucasName: Ezekiel Lucas
School: Edgewood
Grade: 11
Stats: Won the 175-pound title at the CVC championships
Coach’s Quote: “Ezekiel wrestled a solid tournament, beating a solid wrestler in the finals from Beachwood adding several more wins to his season,” said Edgewood coach Scott Blank.


Alex MunnName: Alex Munn
School: Berkshire
Grade: 11
Stats: Won the CVC title and is 26-7 on the season
Coach’s Quote: “Alex beat three state-ranked wrestlers en route to winning the CVC title at 150 pounds,” said Berkshire coach Adam Lange. “He is competing at a very high level and we hope to continue this success into the postseason.”

Abi OrtizName: Abi Ortiz
School: Lakeside
Grade: 11
Stats: Went 3-2 with bonus points in each win to place fifth at the CVC championships
Coach’s Quote: “While a fifth-place finish is not always a remarkable weekend, Abi weighed in at 212.8 to wrestle up at the 285 weight class at the CVC championships last Saturday to help out his team,” said Lakeside coach Andy Horvath. “Giving up around 50-60 pounds in every match he wrestled, Abi battled all weekend to secure a fifth-place finish, despite drawing the eventual champion first round and was pivotal to Lakeside High School’s fifth-place finish in the conference, the highest finish since entry in the CVC. Abi continues to display an attitude that puts the team above himself and is the heart and soul of Lakeside wrestling.”

Kenny PavlisinName: Kenny Pavlisin
School: Geneva
Grade: 11
Stats: Went 4-0 to win the 190-pound title at the CVC championships
Coach’s Quote: “Came back to practice after being off a month with a sore back,” said Geneva coach Ronnie Cerjan. “Practiced hard this past week to prepare for the CVC tournament and came away with a championship.”

Riley RowanName: Riley Rowan
School: Perry
Grade: 11
Stats: Went 6-0 with six pins and won a CVC title
Coach’s Quote: “It’s great to have Riley back in the lineup this season,” said Perry coach Dave Rowan. “He is our spark plug and, as a lightweight, sets the tone for our team. This weekend, he pinned his way to a second consecutive CVC championship. We rely on his leadership daily in our practice room.”

Hassaun SibleyName: Hassaun Sibley
School: Trinity
Grade: 10
Stats: Placed fourth at the CVC championships
Coach’s Quote: “Hassaun is a fierce competitor with an endless motor who is having a great season,” said Trinity coach Jeremy Clarke. “Hassaun brings high energy and competitiveness to every match and every practice. He has also been an outstanding teammate throughout this season. He consistently contributes with positivity, a high work ethic, competitiveness, and with a smile every day. He continues to grow and learn on a daily basis and has grown tremendously throughout the year. Hassaun has done everything that we’ve asked him to do inside and outside of the wrestling room and it shows in his personal growth both on and off the mat.”


Naveah HibbardName: Nevaeh Hibbard
School: Edgewood
Grade: 9
Stats: Currently 9-1 on the season
Coach’s Quote: “Nevaeh is having a great season with a current record of 9-1 against other high school girls in the area,” said Edgewood coach Scott Blank.



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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