Monday, March 27, 2023

CVC Athletes of the Week

Athletes from 10 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 Sept. 7 through Sept. 13.

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


Name: Kurt Corrigan
School: Edgewood
Grade: 10
Ran a time of 17:15 to finish second in a dual
Coach’s Quote: “Kurt has now dropped 48 seconds off his personal best in the last two races this season from last,” Edgewood coach Steve Hill said. “He put in a lot of time over the summer to get better and is beginning to see the rewards. He has become a major part of an up and coming team this year.”


Andrew BazzoneName: Andrew Bazzone
School: Chagrin Falls
Grade: 11
Stats: Graded out at 102-percent, the best-ever for a Tiger lineman, with six pancakes for a team that rushed for 242 yards
Coach’s Quote: “Andrew had one of the best offensive linemen performances we’ve ever had,” Chagrin Falls coach Mark Iammarino said. “He graded out at 102-percent with no missed assignments and six pancakes while we rushed for 242 yards. He is quick, explosive, and powerful. At halftime, he plays the baritone in the marching band.”

Brian BisbeyName: Brian Bisbey
School: Edgewood
Grade: 12
Stats: Carried 23 times for 166 yards and five touchdowns; recorded 3/1 tackles and recovered an onside kick
Coach’s Quote: “Brian is a very versatile back in our offense and is a threat in the running and the passing game in our spread attack,” Edgewood coach Jon Butchko said. “His five TD performance is a testament to the improvements we are making in the running game and his development as a tailback in his second season in the position.”

J'Shon SandersName: J’Shon Sanders
School: Lakeside
Grade: 10
Stats: Carried 34 times for 251 yards and two scores
Coach’s Quote: “J’Shon ran hard and kept us in it versus Harvey Friday night,” Lakeside coach Buzz Edwards said. “He gave incredible effort and showed how much he has improved since last season.”


Charlie TaylorName: Charlie Taylor
School: Geneva
Grade: 12
Stats: Carried 21 times for 146 yards and three touchdowns and caught a pass for six yards
Coach’s Quote: “Charlie Taylor was possessed in the second half and took control of the football game along with his offensive line,” Geneva coach Chip Sorber said. “He scored three second-half TDs and amassed 85-percent of his rushing yards in the second half as well. Charlie led his team to a critical Week 3 victory.”

Name: Kyler Wiggins
School: Beachwood
Grade: 9
Stats: Ran for 19 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 138 yards and a score; also picked off a pass
Coach’s Quote: “Only a freshman, Kyler made a major impact on our game last Friday night versus Crestwood,” Beachwood coach Damion Creel said. “Our team only had seven days to prepare for Crestwood, which was our first game and their third game.”


Jimmy JohnstonName: Jimmy Johnston
School: Edgewood
Grade: 10
Stats: Average 41.6 strokes for the week
Coach’s Quote: “Jimmy has been the top individual in most of our matches this year averaging both a 41.6 and 11 CVC points,” Edgewood coach Chris Juncker said. “He has worked very hard this year and has become a great leader for us. Jimmy is only a sophomore but is playing well beyond his years in terms of poise as well as ability. I’m looking for him to do great things in the postseason this year.”

Mark PillarName: Mark Pillar
School: Independence
Grade: 9
Stats: Carded a 39 and 41 in two wins
Coach’s Quote: “Mark has been solid all year posting scores but this week we saw the fight in him, posting scores while not having his ‘A’ game,” Independence coach Mike Marcinko said. “He was able to be creative, stay positive and overcome to help the team win back to back CVC matches.”


Ayden RichmondName: Ayden Richmond
School: Geneva
Grade: 11
Stats: Averaged 38 in three matches
Coach’s Quote: “Ayden averaged 38 last week in three matches,” Geneva coach Zack Mansky said. “ (He won) medalist in two CVC matches, taking 24 out of 24 points and was medalist in tough county match with Jefferson.”



Name: Rachael Slotta
School: Hawken
Grade: 12
Stats: Shot a 50 and 48 in two matches
Coach’s Quote: “Rachael celebrated last week playing in her last official match of her Hawken career,” Hawken coach Jennifer Creech said. “She has been a four-year letter winner. Rachael has fun out on the course and always has a smile on her face.”


Name: Joey DiLalla
School: West Geauga
Grade: 11
Stats: Recorded a goal and two assists in two wins
Coach’s Quote: “Although injured in a game the week before, Joey played instead of nursing his injury because he knew that the team needed him,” West Geauga coach Mario Gerhardt said. “Unable to run as he normally does, he relied on his passing skills to create goal-scoring opportunities for his teammates that resulted in goals and two hard-fought team victories for the Wolverines.”

Name: Khalil McDonald
School: Independence
Grade: 9
Stats: Scored two goals in a win over Wickliffe
Coach’s Quote: “Khalil came up big in the CVC matchup scoring the first two goals in our win against Wickliffe,” Independence coach Ryan MacRaild said.


Alex AdamsName: Alex Adams
School: Independence
Grade: 11
Stats: Scored two goals with two assists in a pair of wins
Coach’s Quote: “Alex is a workhorse for our team, usually playing all 80 minutes,” Independence coach Bryan Less said. “She plays well in all three levels–offense, midfield, and forward–so I can really put her anywhere. She has also improved her one-versus-one skills to line up nicely with a tremendous outside shot. Although she is quiet, Alex plays a fierce game.”

Grace SteinName: Grace Stein
School: Lakeside
Grade: 10
Stats: Scored one goal with four assists in a win
Coach’s Quote: “Grace really had some nice touch passes, strong leading passes, and overall hard work to help set up several of our goals,” Lakeside coach Angelo Velotta said. “Then, she capped off a great game with a strong shot on goal for the score.”


Summer WrobelName: Summer Wrobel
School: Trinity
Grade: 12
Stats: Scored four goals in Trinity’s first win
Coach’s Quote: “Summer played an outstanding game against Painesville Harvey on Saturday,” Trinity coach Henry Curtis said. “She excelled in all aspects of the game and showed why she is a captain. Summer’s performance was the tipping point in us claiming our first victory of the 2020 campaign.”


Hayley GarberName: Hayley Garber
School: Hawken
Grade: 9
Stats: Won a big match to clinch a win over Chagrin Falls
Coach’s Quote: “Hayley really pulled through in a tough match against Chagrin,” Hawken coach Brian Smallwood said. “She was very physical and used a mental tenacity that put her over the top in this match. I’m very impressed with her composure this season as a freshman playing in our top spot.”


Haley DomenName: Haley Domen
School: Cardinal
Grade: 12
Stats: Recorded 47 assists and 34 digs in two wins
Coach’s Quote: “Haley has been a leader on this team and she is part of the reason we have been so successful over the last three years,” Cardinal coach Karisca Chambers said.


Lauren LanceName: Lauren Lance
School: West Geauga
Grade: 12
Stats: Recorded 14 service points with five aces and seven kills
Coach’s Quote: “Lauren Lance continues to lead the Wolverines in kills, blocks, and service points,” West Geauga coach Amber Baker said. “(She had) 22 total kills in nine sets and served for 23 points versus Chagrin Falls.”


Chrissy OrosName: Chrissy Oros
School: Geneva
Grade: 12
Stats: 13 kills with eight service aces, 93 assists and 17 digs on the season
Coach’s Quote: “Chrissy is a senior setter for Geneva and a team co-captain,” Geneva coach Annah Haeseler said. “She has brought so much positivity to our team this year. Chrissy works hard, plays hard and has a positive attitude that is noticed and appreciated by her teammates, coaches, and opponents. I am proud of how she is leading by example and even when it gets tough, she always has a kind word and supportive attitude.”

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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