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 May 12.

Each athlete was nominated by his or her coach. All statistics incurred from Monday, May 6, 2024 through Sunday, May 12, 2024.

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

BASEBALL

Lucas BrandtName: Lucas Brandt
School: Hawken
Grade: 12
Stats: Threw a no-hitter on Senior Night with 13 strikeouts in five innings; batted .600 with two RBI, three runs scored, two stolen bases, and a sacrifice fly
Coach’s Quote: “Lucas has been a bulldog on the mound all year, providing a quality start every time he steps on the hill,” said Hawken coach Aaron Brandt. “His fastball can be dominant, but he also developed solid second and third pitches this year that helped him have a great season, racking up double-digit strikeouts in five out of eight starts. Lucas has also been a tremendous leadoff hitter for our offense, helping set the table for the CVC Chagrin division co-champs.”

Dom NarduzziName: Dominic Narduzzi
School: Independence
Grade: 11
Stats: Batted .428 (3-for-7) with two singles, a double, one run scored, and two RBI; threw out to would-be base stealers
Coach’s Quote: “Dom has anchored the Blue Devils behind the plate all season long, providing steadiness, veteran leadership, and a jolt of explosive swings at the plate,” said Independence coach Jim Crooks. “When we needed hits and baserunners, Dom found a way to power the ball into the outfield.”

Luke SivonName: Luke Sivon
School: Perry
Grade: 11
Stats: Batted .643 (9-for-14) with seven runs scored, six stolen bases, and an RBI; 1.000 fielding percentage
Coach’s Quote: “Luke has been the sparkplug of our lineup,” said Perry coach Matt Platt. “He uses his elite speed to get on base and instantly causes chaos. He has been our table-setter all year. His ability to steal bases is the best I have seen. He is also a key defensive player in center field. He has made some not-so-routine plays look routine. Luke is a corner piece of our team and has made us better all year long.”

SOFTBALL

Name: Bailey Evangelista
School: Geneva
Grade: 12
Stats: Batted .571 with a .625 on-base percentage and two doubles, three RBI, and zero errors in six chances
Coach’s Quote: “Bailey has done a fantastic job for us this year on first base grabbing so many wild throws to secure the outs,” said Geneva coach Eleshia Pitcher. “Lately, she has really started seeing the ball at the plate as well. This week she batted .571 with zero errors and only one on the season. Bailey is also a team leader and one of the driving forces behind our team this year helping mold our underclassman.”

Olivia KrebsName: Olivia Krebs
School: Cardinal
Grade: 9
Stats: Batted .571 in two games with one double, one home run, four RBI, six runs scored, three stolen bases, a .700 on-base percentage, and a 1.143 slugging percentage; recorded a .857 fielding percentage with one error in seven chances; broke the school record with 50 hits in a single season
Coach’s Quote: “Olivia has been consistent for us all season,” said Cardinal coach Haley Adams. “She is a great leadoff batter for the team, always finding a way to get on. In the field, Olivia is a staple at third base, who is fearless and never afraid of a challenge. She grew as a vocal leader this season and became someone her teammates could look up to, even when things didn’t go our way.”

Lely PercassiName: Lely Percassi
School: West Geauga
Grade: 10
Stats: Batted .714 (5-for-7) with three runs scored and four RBI
Coach’s Quote: “Lely has consistently hit well all season, driving in and scoring runs,” said West Geauga coach Mark Percassi. “Her teammates have helped her cause by consistently getting on base and putting her in a position to drive them in. Lely also pitched really well giving up five earned runs in two outings and helping to keep her team in the sectional game against Edgewood.”

Carla SakacsName: Carla Sakacs
School: Wickliffe
Grade: 12
Stats: Batted .625 (10-for-16) with four doubles, one triple, four runs scored, and five RBI
Coach’s Quote: “Carla is one of the most driven players I have coached,” said Wickliffe coach Marlana Mucciarone. “She is extremely determined and always striving for improvement. This past week, her hard work paid off as she provided the offensive productivity and momentum our team needed.”

BOYS TRACK & FIELD

Bryce BrockName: Bryce Brock
School: Madison
Grade: 10
Stats: Won the CVC title in the shot put and discus on the way to earning the Field MVP award
Coach’s Quote: “Bryce has been a monster this season in the disc and hasn’t lost a competition yet,” said Madison coach Jeremy Verdi. “He has sights set on a deep postseason run to the Division I state meet.”

Jack KittleName: Jack Kittle
School: Chagrin Falls
Grade: 12
Stats: Won the 400 and the 4×400-meter relay and placed second in the 100 and 200 at the CVC championships
Coach’s Quote: “It is always a great combination when your fastest athlete is also one of the hardest workers on the team,” said Chagrin Falls coach J.J. Laseak. “He always comes to practice with a great attitude and is a great teammate to those around him. He could compete with anyone in any event if he desired to.”

Osita OgorName: Osita Ogor
School: Beachwood
Grade: 11
Stats: Won the 100 and 200-meter dashes at the CVC championships while also running legs in the first place 4×200-meter relay and the second place 4×100
Coach’s Quote: “Osita has performed at a high level all season, and last week was no exception,” said Beachwood coach Willie Smith. “At the CVC championships last week, he set the tone for excellence, giving our team a big boost and leading the way to the conference championship. Osita is finally healthy after being hurt late last year. He now seems poised to run extremely well as the state tournament begins this week. We are looking for great things from him to help lead the boys’ team through the state tournament.”

Donnie ShymskeName: Donnie Shymske
School: Geneva
Grade: 11
Stats: Won the 800 (1:59) and the 1600 (4:24) and anchored the first place 4×400 and the second place 4×800 at the CVC championships
Coach’s Quote: “Donnie is a performer,” said Geneva coach Emily Long. “He and his teammates have been putting in the work and are seeing the benefits of their daily work. I am proud of the determination and guts that he puts into every race.”

Max SoltisName: Max Soltis
School: Cardinal
Grade: 11
Stats: Won the Field Event MVP award at the CVC championships after winning the shot put (48-11 ½) and the discus (153)
Coach’s Quote: “Max showed up at the CVC meet ready to perform,” said Cardinal coach Dakota Ward. “Max had some big tosses that allowed him to win both the discus and shot put events. We are excited to see what Max will do this week at districts.”

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD

Izzie CopelandName: Izzie Copeland
School: Kirtland
Grade: 10
Stats: Won three individual titles at the CVC championships
Coach’s Quote: “Izzie was part of the championship 4×800 team and 4×400 team and both teams ran their best times on their way to conference championships and first-team all-CVC,” said Kirtland coach J.P. Moran. “She also was the individual champion in the 800.”

Olivia KrebsName: Olivia Krebs
School: Cardinal
Grade: 9
Stats: Won the shot put at the CVC championships with a best toss of 35 feet, 11 inches
Coach’s Quote: “Olivia is a hardworking, dedicated athlete that excels at all the sports she tries,” said Cardinal coach Dakota Ward. “Not only has she been crushing it in shot put but is a crucial member of her softball team. We are excited to see what she does in her next three years of track and field.”

Bella RadomskyName: Bella Radomsky
School: Chagrin Falls
Grade: 11
Stats: Won the 800, placed third in the 100, and anchored the second-place 4×400-meter relay team and the third-place 4×200-meter team at the CVC championships
Coach’s Quote: “Bella attacks every workout with the goal to be the best athlete that she can be, and it has been showing in every event she competes in,” said Chagrin Falls coach J.J. Laseak. “Her teammates enjoy her presence.”

Gaby TurnerName: Gaby Turner
School: Hawken
Grade: 11
Stats: Won the shot put (36-10) and discus (109-8) on her way to clinching the Field Event MVP award at the CVC Chagrin Division meet
Coach’s Quote: “Gaby has continued to build upon her success during the indoor season to have a tremendous outdoor season resulting in winning CVC Chagrin Division Field Events MVP, winning both the shot put and discus at our league meet,” said Hawken coach Ryan Morley. “Gaby is a hard worker. Gaby is also a strong student. She brings her work ethic and dedication to the classroom with her to her events and it allows her to focus on the fundamentals of the shot put and discus to maximize her performance.”

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Hare
Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, 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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