Wednesday, September 27, 2023

CVC Athletes of the Week

Student-athletes from Beachwood, Chagrin Falls, Geneva, Harvey, Hawken and Independence have been selected as the CVC Athletes of the Week for the week ending Oct. 14.

Each student-athlete was nominated by his or her coach.



  • Name: JT Basco
  • School: Harvey
  • Grade: 10
  • Stats: Finished third at the CVC cross country championships with a time of 17:01
  • Coach’s Quote: “JT is an elite athlete that has a great future in front of him,” said Harvey coach Torrez Edwards. “JT followed the ran plan we both understood what would be best for him and he did exactly as we designed. I am very proud of JT for being able to step up to in tough weather conditions and being a conference race.”


  • Name: Forrest Long
  • School: Geneva
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: Won the MVP award at the 2018 CVC Cross Country championships after finishing first with a time of 16:53
  • Coach’s Quote: “Forrest had a great run in muddy conditions on Saturday to win the CVC,” said Geneva coach Emily Long. “He and his teammate Jacob Mirabell worked together through the course to help the team in their CVC championship.”



  • Name: Mick Lawrence
  • School: Chagrin Falls
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: Carried the ball 29 times for 233 yards and two touchdowns and added two catches for 49 yards in 31-0 win over West Geauga
  • Coach’s Quote: “Mick has been outstanding all year for us,” said Chagrin Falls coach Mark Iammarino. “He is a three-year starter and a returning All-Ohio player. He had TD runs of 39 and 61 yards. He was the best player on the field and his explosive runs were the difference in the game.”


  • Name: Letraize Walker
  • School: Beachwood
  • Grade: 11
  • Stats: Carried 11 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns
  • Coach’s Quote: “Letriaze was one part of our three-headed monster that rushed for 419 yards on Friday night,” said Beachwood coach Damion Creel. “Along with rushing the ball, Letraize also shadowed Harvey’s best receiver Devon Holbert all over the field holding him to one catch.”



  • Name: Daniel Ecker
  • School: Hawken
  • Grade: 11
  • Stats: Scored four goals in win over Beachwood



  • Name: Annika Dudik
  • School: Geneva
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: Scored two goals in a 5-0 win over VASJ
  • Coach’s Quote: “Annika plays the center midfielder position, setting up and controlling the tempo of the game,” said Geneva coach Dan Dudik. “She is a workhorse in the center, has an excellent first touch and can read the field to place on the spot passes.”



  • Name: Katie May
  • School: Independence
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: Recorded 55 assists, 34 service points, eight aces and nine digs
  • Coach’s Quote: “Katie is a four-year varsity player who has been instrumental in our success this season,” said Independence coach Tony Messina. “She has been a great leader and example to our younger players.”


  • Name: Myla Rhodes
  • School: Geneva
  • Grade: 11
  • Stats: Recorded five kills and one block despite playing an unfamiliar position
  • Coach’s Quote: “Myla had a big match last week,” said Geneva coach Annah Haeseler. “Our starting middle had the flu on Tuesday and we made the decision that she was too sick to play. We struggled in the first two sets to get the momentum going and my assistant recommended Myla try the middle. I was hesitant and worried how she would move with her recently recovered knee. Chagrin Falls had some tough outsides and I was worried that Myla was going to struggle. She proved me wrong. Not only was she quick, but she was enthusiastic about the change and pumped up our team. She was our energy. I am proud of her efforts but more proud of her attitude and willingness to give it her all.”
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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