Monday, September 27, 2021

CVC Athletes of the Week

Athletes from nine 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 week beginning Oct. 5 through Oct. 11.

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


Carter MurrayName: Carter Murray
School: Cuyahoga Heights
Grade: 12
Stats: Recorded 12 tackles, including two solo, six first hits, four assists, two tackles for a loss and a fumble recovery
Coach’s Quote: “Carter played an outstanding game on both sides of the ball in our playoff opener,” Cuyahoga Heights coach Al Martin said. “Defensively, he made tackles from sideline to sideline and recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Carter’s play on the offensive line helped us control the ball on the ground and rush for four touchdowns.”


Cristina JosephName: Cristina Joseph
School: Chagrin Falls
Grade: 11
Stats: Finished third at the Division I sectional tournament with an 89
Coach’s Quote: “Cristina is a smart and focused player with great course management skills,” Chagrin Falls coach Kristin Reboul said. “Her performance at sectionals represents her hard work, extra practice time and commitment to the season. The team is proud of Cristina’s finish at sectionals and wishes her all the best at districts.”


Braden LambName: Braden Lamb
School: Lutheran West
Grade: 10
Stats: Scored five goals with six assists
Coach’s Quote: “On any given match, you will notice sophomore Braden Lamb. He is the heart of the midfield,” Lutheran West coach Josh Hubeler said. “Braden is capable of playing at 110-percent for 80 minutes. When opponents start to fade in the last 15 minutes of the game, he just hits the accelerator and outworks them. This was evident when he put two goals on the conference opponent, Beachwood. Much of this season’s success can be rooted in Braden’s midfield play.”

Luke MortonName: Luke Morton
School: Grand Valley
Grade: 12
Stats: Scored two goals with two assists and 14 steals with 58 intercepts
Coach’s Quote: “Luke is the epitome of a player every coach desires,” Grand Valley coach Rick Huffman said. “He’s an amazing communicator and has a great understanding of the tactical and theoretical aspects of the game. On top of that, he’s a strong, physically-gifted player with strong confidence and poise in difficult situations that occur during the match.”


Stella Del BusoName: Stella Del Busso
School: Orange
Grade: 11
Stats: Scored five goals with two assists
Coach’s Quote: “Stella is an excellent team player,” Orange coach Dani Giulvezan said. “Her drive, love for the game and soccer IQ make her a very special player. She always does all the talking by the way she plays and trains. In both games, she stood up for us, and made the difference with her goals and assists. In the last game versus Chardon, she scored a hat trick.”

Frankee FlesherName: Frankee Flesher
School: West Geauga
Grade: 10
Stats: Scored four goals in two matches
Coach’s Quote: “Frankee has been a dominating attacking force for our team since the beginning of our season,” West Geauga coach Kori Jesenovec said. “Her work rate, humble attitude, and high character as a teammate are just some of the many attributes that make her into an all-around great teammate and young leader. It is without question the symbolism of her three goals to help secure another undefeated conference winning record for West G in the CVC.”


Alexis NyborgName: Alexis Nyborg
School: Orange
Grade: 10
Stats: Won the singles title at the sectional tournament
Coach’s Quote: “Orange sophomore Alexis Nyborg continued her undefeated season by capturing the sectional title with four wins including a 6-2, 6-2 victory over No. 2 seed Lily Walker of Perry in the final,” Orange coach Rich Bole said.


Hayley Garber and Eliana YangName: Hayley Garber/Eliana Yang
School: Hawken
Grade: 9/10
Stats: Won the doubles bracket at the Division II Solon sectional title
Coach’s Quote: “They pulled off a tough win in the final against Beachwood,” Hawken coach Brian Smallwood said. “I’m very proud of them for closing out the match.”



Aimee BarnauskasName: Aimee Barnauskas
School: Crestwood
Grade: 10
Stats: Recorded 31 points with one ace, 30 kills, four blocks and three digs
Coach’s Quote: “Aimee was the most valuable player in our wins this week over Brooklyn and Berkshire, playing dependable defense and coming up with the power hits and blocks when we needed them most,” Crestwood coach Wanda Hoffman said. “She was very consistent in her serving, as evidenced by her multitude of points. In our third game of the week, a loss against Division I Twinsburg, Aimee was one of the major reasons that we were able to take them to five sets before narrowly losing the match. Once again, her consistent play, and many kills and blocks and her great enthusiasm, sparked her fellow teammates and kept the game close. Off the court, Aimee is a very intelligent young woman taking many honors courses and excelling in them all. She is a great role model for her teammates and her fellow students.”

Lily CrouchName: Lily Crouch
School: Chagrin Falls
Grade: 12
Stats: Recorded 15 kills with a .609 kill percentage and three aces in a win over Orange
Coach’s Quote: “She forced the opponent out-of-system with her serve 77-percent of the time,” Chagrin Falls coach Kelly Holtz said. “Her performance helped to contribute to the win against Orange. Lily will play at Case Western Reserve.”

Kaitlyn MinarikName: Kaitlynn Minarik
School: Geneva
Grade: 11
Stats: Recorded 104 kills during the week with a season-high 11 against Edgewood
Coach’s Quote: “Kaitlynn stepped up last week to help our team beat Edgewood last week with a season-high of 11 kills in that match,” Geneva coach Annah Haeseler said. “Kait is leading our team in kills this season and has really come into her own in the last two weeks. She has had a steady improvement in her play and has adjusted well to playing many positions. She began the season as an outside, was a middle for a couple matches and has finally found her home attacking on the right side. I am proud of how she has stepped up and looking forward to tournament play.”

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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