Saturday, June 15, 2024

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 ending Sunday, September 19.

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


Skye HackathornName: Skye Hackathorn
School: West Geauga
Grade: 12
Stats: Finished sixth at the McDonough Invitational with a time of 21:33
Coach’s Quote: “Since her freshman year, Skye has consistently been our number one or two runner every week throughout her entire career,” said West Geauga coach Mike Taurasi. “The team always knows it can count on her to lead. This past weekend wasn’t any different. At the McDonough Invitational, Skye ran a season PR, finished sixth, and helped lead the Wolverines to a second-place team finish.”

Caroline NelsonName: Caroline Nelson
School: Edgewood
Grade: 12
Stats: Ran a time of 21:29 to finish second at the Spartan Invitational
Coach’s Quote: “Caroline has worked especially hard her senior year to improve her performances,” said Edgewood coach Steve Hill. “She has become a leader of the team both in her actions and attitude. She has set her goals high and is working hard to achieve them.”


Terrence RobinsonName: Terrence Robinson II
School: Hawken
Grade: 12
Stats: Completed 10-of-22 passes for 202 yards and three TDs; rushed 13 times for 63 yards
Coach’s Quote: “With an 11th-hour change in game versus a defense we hadn’t prepared for, Terrence had a great game,” said Hawken coach Brian Stephenson. “He found his match-ups in the passing game and made them count when we needed it. In addition, he did a good job using his legs to move the chains when necessary. On our final scoring drive of the game, Terrence made great decisions with the ball and converted three fourth downs to lead the team downfield on a 96-yard game-winning drive.”

Michael TommerName: Michael Tommer
School: Independence
Grade: 12
Stats: Completed 14-of-21 passes for a school-record 354 yards and six touchdowns (all in the first half)
Coach’s Quote: “Michael played with great leadership and poise,” said Independence coach Rick Adams. “He stood in the pocket and, when necessary, extended plays by escaping trouble. His ability to see the field has made a huge difference in his playmaking abilities this season.”


Kate PetersenName: Kate Petersen
School: Hawken
Grade: 11
Stats: Shot 84 to finish second at the CVC postseason tournament
Coach’s Quote: “Kate is such a good teammate,” said Hawken coach Jennifer Creech. “She has so much talent and works very hard on her game. I have enjoyed watching how far she has come these last few years and she really has become our team leader.”



Braden FlynnName: Braden Flynn
School: Independence
Grade: 12
Stats: Recorded two wins and a draw; 1.13 goals allowed average on the season
Coach’s Quote: “Not only has Flynn been holding it down as a goalkeeper, he is working with the back four to really keep the ball out of the net through the run of the play,” said Independence coach Ryan MacRaild. “His height is an asset but he has really worked hard at the goalkeeping position to improve and his growth from last season to this season has been outstanding.”

Jayden JulianName: Jayden Julian
School: Crestwood
Grade: 10
Stats: Scored seven goals with three assists in three games
Coach’s Quote: “Jayden has vastly improved his finishing skills over last year, which is evident in his play,” said Crestwood coach Bruce Fedor. “Additionally, he has proven to be a scoring threat in every match, oftentimes requiring opponents to alter their defensive strategy in an effort to neutralize the attack. Jayden’s versatility allows him to find other players for scoring opportunities as well.”

Daniel LynerName: Daniel Lyner
School: Hawken
Grade: 12
Stats: Posted two shutouts
Coach’s Quote: “Daniel had a great week, keeping two shutouts against tough Beachwood and Benedictine teams,” said Hawken coach Vlad Muresan. “He is an incredible shot-stopper, and his positioning allows our team to play with a high defensive line. Daniel is a great communicator and he organizes the whole team with and without the ball. We have a chance to win any game because we have Daniel Lyner in goal.”


Sarah BurgessName: Sarah Burgess
School: Chagrin Falls
Grade: 12
Stats: Recorded four assists in a 5-1 win over Aurora
Coach’s Quote: “Sarah was very instrumental in our win over Aurora,” said Chagrin Falls co-head coach Pamela Malone. “She assisted on the first four goals. As the attacking midfielder, she found three different teammates to play the ball to, setting them up for the finish. As a co-captain, she is truly a leader on the field, finding her teammates in the best positions to score.”


Alexis NyborgName: Alexis Nyborg
School: Orange
Grade: 11
Stats: Finished 2-0 with key wins over Hawken’s Haley Garber and Laurel’s Ellie Brotherton
Coach’s Quote: “As the season has gone along, the challenges for Alexis have gotten more difficult and she has raised her level accordingly,” said Orange coach Rich Bole. “Alexis has a great ability to maintain her composure through adversity and that showed this week.”

Tina TewariName: Tina Tewari
School: Hawken
Grade: 11
Stats: Remained unbeaten against league foes
Coach’s Quote: “Tina is a scrappy and versatile player who plays with a team mindset,” said Hawken coach Brian Smallwood. “Tina has played third singles, first doubles, and second doubles this season against CVC opponents, but more importantly has been able to tap into her competitiveness to help us be victorious in whatever capacity she serves. A true utility player.”


Ava GolemName: Ava Golem
School: Kirtland
Grade: 11
Stats: Recorded 122 digs, 16 aces, five assists, and 6.7 digs per set
Coach’s Quote: “Ava, a third-year varsity starter and first-year team captain, has played an incredible role as a teammate, both on and off the court,” said Kirtland coach Arlayna Newcomer. “She not only leads our defense in the back row but also leads in many other ways. She has really stepped up as an upperclassman and captain by leading by example and doing all the right things a teammate should do. She consistently works hard every day in practice and pushes herself and her team to be the best they can be.”

Kaitlynn MinarekName: Kaitlynn Minarik
School: Geneva
Grade: 12
Stats: Recorded 15 kills and six service aces
Coach’s Quote: “Kaitlynn, one of our senior captains, continues to put out solid performances this season. This week was not an exception,” said Geneva coach Annah Haeseler. “She works hard, loves the game, and remains positive in tough situations. I am so proud of her and how much she loves her team and the game.”

Lilly RiniName: Lilly Rini
School: Chagrin Falls
Grade: 12
Stats: Recorded 31 digs, 86-percent passing, two service aces
Coach’s Quote: “Our senior libero, Lilly Rini, contributed all she could to a tough five-set loss versus Hawken on September 14,” said Chagrin Falls coach Kelly Holtz. “She served at 94-percent and took our opponent out-of-system 69-percent of the time. Lilly operates as our ‘behind the curtain wizard’ who has owned her position as a servant-leader this year. As of September 15, she is second in the Cleveland area in digs and top 8 in the area in aces.”

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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