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 14.

Each athlete was nominated by his or her coach. All statistics incurred from Monday, April 22, 2024 through Sunday, April 28, 2024.

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


Eric DillName: Eric Dill
School: Lutheran West
Grade: 12
Stats: Collected a double, a triple, and six RBI; went 1-0 on the mound, allowing one earned run on three hits with 11 strikeouts
Coach’s Quote: “Eric was dominant in his outing against Fairview on Monday,” said Lutheran West coach Thomas Balla. “Our coaching staff knows that every time he takes the ball, we will be in a position to be competitive and win the baseball game. As a four-year starter, he continues to compete at a high level and has been a luxury to have in our lineup every time we take the field.”

Aiden StarrName: Aiden Starr
School: Brooklyn
Grade: 11
Stats: Batted .727 (8-for-11) with four doubles, a triple, four stolen bases, and six RBI; pitched a six-inning shutout yielding just four hits with six strikeouts
Coach’s Quote: “Like our rain-soaked season, Aiden Starr had a slow start but playing in consistent games, Aiden has been red hot hitting the ball hard and all over the field,” said Brooklyn coach Kevin Sedlacek. “He led our team in two non-conference victories this week. I believe Aiden is one of the top batters in our conference.”

Brandt StevensName: Brandt Stevens
School: Chagrin Falls
Grade: 11
Stats: Batted .667 (6-for-9) with a double, four runs scored, five RBI, and two stolen bases
Coach’s Quote: “Brandt continues to get better and better because of how hard he works,” said Chagrin Falls coach Michael Sweeney. “He had a tough week the week before, but he bounced back in a big way this past week. He also has really improved in the outfield and has made some incredible plays out there this season.”

Hewitt WiltName: Hewitt Wilt
School: Geneva
Grade: 12
Stats: Batted .600 (6-for-10) with two doubles, four runs scored, and five stolen bases; allowed one hit and one walk with 11 strikeouts in a seven-inning complete game
Coach’s Quote: “Hewitt threw a one-hitter for us on Tuesday and hit the cover off the ball all week,” said Geneva coach Terry Hejduk. “He continued to have a great season for us. It is just fun to watch the young man play this game.”


Ally BiondiName: Ally Biondi
School: Independence
Grade: 12
Stats: Batted .715 (10-for-14) with three doubles, one triple, two home runs, six runs scored, and nine RBI; went 2-0 in the circle with no errors on defense
Coach’s Quote: “Ally is an athlete who works very hard to help her team win and never tires of the pursuit,” said Independence assistant coach Zoltan Zoltai. “When she is at the plate hitting, Ally puts everything into every pitch. She is also a fun player towards her teammates and to have on the team.”

Whitney DavisName: Whitney Davis
School: Berkshire
Grade: 9
Stats: Batted .739 (17-for-23) with three doubles, seven RBI, 15 runs scored, and 19 RBI; Went 4-0 in the circle with a 1.50 earned run average and 30 strikeouts
Coach’s Quote: “Whitney has been solid at the plate all season but started finding her groove in the circle this week,” said Berkshire coach Dave List. “Her passion for the game shows on every play and she makes those around her better with her upbeat attitude.”

Dayana MaloneName: Dayana Malone
School: West Geauga
Grade: 9
Stats: Batted .786 with 11 runs scored and eight RBI
Coach’s Quote: “Dayana was a difficult out this week,” said West Geauga coach Mark Percassi. “She is so smooth at the plate and has tremendous discipline, which helps her hit pitches she likes. She also made several plays in the field, chasing popups behind her and ground balls at her. Dayana’s teammates love playing with her as she brings a great energy to this team. It’ll be fun watching her develop these next years.”

Kara MekulsiaName: Kara Mekulsia
School: Madison
Grade: 11
Stats: Batted .429 with a .467 on-base percentage and seven runs scored with two stolen bases; went 3-1 in the circle with an earned run average of 1.50 and 46 strikeouts to just one walk in 28 innings
Coach’s Quote: “Kara is having an outstanding season and has worked so hard at elevating her game,” said Madison coach David Negin. “She is always striving to get better. She has been one of the top players in the area all season, especially in the circle where she has notched an impressive 121 strikeouts and walked just nine batters in just 11 games.”

Luciana PaolilloName: Lucianna Paolillo
School: Edgewood
Grade: 10
Stats: Batted .522 (12-for-23) with three doubles; allowed four earned runs on 22 hits with 51 strikeouts in 31 innings pitched
Coach’s Quote: “Luci has been a workhorse on the mound for us this season,” said Edgewood coach Randy Vencill. “She has hit her stride mid-season and is pitching lights out. She is also helping her cause at the plate, averaging around two hits a game. I believe she is one of the best pitchers in our area and I’m very proud of her success this year.”

Ari PrestonName: Ari Preston
School: Beachwood
Grade: 12
Stats: Batted .700 (7-for-10) with two doubles, two triples, 10 runs scored, and eight RBI; struck out 13 in the circle
Coach’s Quote: “As the lone senior on our roster, Ari has been a great leader for the younger players,” said Beachwood coach Mike Coreno. “Her performance last week both at the plate and on the mound is a big reason for our team’s success.”


Landis TerenName: Landis Teren
School: Beachwood
Grade: 12
Stats: Won two key matches
Coach’s Quote: “Landis Teren is a senior co-captain and a returning state qualifier,” said Beachwood coach David Cole. “His only loss is to Hawken. He beat district qualifier Chris Simon from Youngstown Ursuline to clinch the match for Beachwood, 3-2, and beat state qualifier Ben McKnight from SVSM in a third set tiebreaker to clinch the match for Beachwood, 3-2.”

Trent UngerName: Trent Unger
School: West Geauga
Grade: 12
Stats: Went 2-0 with win a over Mentor and Brush; 7-2 on the season
Coach’s Quote: “He is one of, if not, the smartest players on the team with how he sets his points up,” said West Geauga coach Joe DiMattia. “This past week, he had an impressive three-set win at third singles against Mentor, and picked up a win against Brush at first doubles, and he is set up to make a good run at sectionals next week.”


Alex KollhoffName: Alex Kollhoff
School: Madison
Grade: 11
Stats: Won the 3200 with a PR and ran legs in winning the 4×800 and 4×400-meter relays at the Harvey Invitational
Coach’s Quote: “Alex and his teammates were victorious in the 4×800 relay then Alex came back and won the 3200 with a 30-second personal record and then helped his team come back and win the 4×4 at Harvey invitational,” said Madison coach Jeremy Verdi.

Owen PfeiferName: Owen Pfeifer
School: Geneva
Grade: 12
Stats: Despite being under the weather, Pfeifer anchored the 4×1 with an 11.42 split, anchored the 4×2, which set a school record, with a 23.01 split, and won the 200 in 22.95
Coach’s Quote: “Owen is a very unselfish teammate,” said Geneva coach Emily Long. “He volunteers to be a part of our relay teams versus open events to help his teammates be successful. Owen is one of my go-to athletes who will participate in any event in order to help his team.”


Chloe HansenName: Chloe Hansen
School: Kirtland
Grade: 11
Stats: Posted top marks in the discus and shot put at the Cuyahoga Heights Relays
Coach’s Quote: “Chloe was a finalist for field MVP of the Cuyahoga Relays meet,” said Kirtland coach J.P. Moran. “She had the best mark in both shot put and discus of all the competitors. She also ran a leg in the 4×100 diesel relay in her coach’s shoes. She continues building on her terrific season and has triple digits in her sights in the discus. She has been an unsung hero for our team this season, always contributing points in meets.”








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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