Monday, April 22, 2024

CVC Athletes of the Week

Athletes from 11 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, August 29.

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


Parker CarrusName: Parker Carrus
School: Hawken
Grade: 10
Stats: Finished fourth at the Riverside Kickoff Classic with a time of 16:58
Coach’s Quote: “Parker ran with guts and determination at Riverside’s Night Race,” said Hawken coach Jessica Lariccia. “He took almost a minute off of his PR from last season. When I needed him the most he stepped up and filled in for missing runners that night. His commitment is never-ending to the sport of cross country. Parker has a bright future ahead of him and I’m very excited what else he has in store for this Hawken team.”

Grace GyetkoName: Grace Gyetko
School: West Geauga
Grade: 12
Stats: Placed fourth out of 126 runners at the Riverside Kickoff Classic with a time of 20:17
Coach’s Quote: “In her first race back since the 2019 state meet, and having to sit out the entire 2020 season due to surgery for an injury, Grace Gyetko ran an impressive 20:17 and finished fourth out of a field of 126 runners at the Riverside Kickoff Classic,” said West Geauga coach Mike Taurasi.

Granison HillName: Granison Hill
School: Edgewood
Grade: 11
Stats: Finished eighth at the Riverside Kickoff Classic with a time of 17:14
Coach’s Quote: “Granison has progressed over the last three years and continues to improve,” said Edgewood coach Steve Hill. “He has set his goals high and works to reach them.”


Daniel KearnsName: Daniel Kearns
School: West Geauga
Grade: 11
Stats: Finished sixth at the Riverside Kickoff Classic with a time of 17:08, pacing the Wolverines to the team title
Coach’s Quote: “Danny is truly a testament to what you can accomplish with hard work, dedication and self-determination,” said West Geauga coach John Boylan. “Danny has improved his PR by more than three minutes from last season. It is an absolute pleasure watching Danny run and having him on the team.”

Sylvia VosickyName: Sylvia Vosicky
School: Kirtland
Grade: 9
Stats: Placed 23rd at the Riverside Kickoff Classic
Coach’s Quote: “Sylvia put down a solid performance in her first high school cross country meet,” said Kirtland coach J.P. Moran. “She is a fearless competitor and we are so excited for her freshman campaign.”



Luke PascarellaName: Luke Pascarella
School: Independence
Grade: 11
Stats: Recorded two receptions for 48 yards and three solo tackles with four assists, a fumble recovery, and two interceptions including a pick-six
Coach’s Quote: “Luke set the tone for the defense with his interception for a 20-yard TD to start the game,” said Independence coach Rick Adams. “Luke also had a key block on Kyle Zygmunt’s TD run.”

Mason RusName: Mason Rus
School: Kirtland
Grade: 12
Stats: Carried seven times for 106 yards with two touchdowns and also recorded 11 tackles on defense
Coach’s Quote: “Mason Rus is a three-year starter and leads by example,” said Kirtland coach Tiger LaVerde. “He had a terrific game Friday night against Lutheran West.”


J'Shon SandersName: J’Shon Sanders
School: Lakeside
Grade: 11
Stats: Carried 20 times for 200 yards and three touchdowns; defensively, recorded 12 ½ tackles, including two for a loss
Coach’s Quote: “J’Shon’s performance stood out in a great team win for our program,” said Lakeside coach Buzz Edwards. “His individual effort on both sides of the football was key to team success. He has worked extremely hard in the offseason to perform at this level.”


Calvin CackowskiName: Calvin Cackowski
School: Wickliffe
Grade: 12
Stats: Averaged 37 strokes in four matches with a low of 35
Coach’s Quote: “Calvin had a great week of matches that helped lead us to a 3-1 record for the week,” said Wickliffe coach Harrison McCall. “He finished with the overall low score in three of the four matches and tied for the second-best score in the other match only one stroke behind the overall low score. His strong play was a big part of our strong team performance for the week.”

Troy DomenName: Troy Domen
School: Cardinal
Grade: 10
Stats: Shot a 36 and a 37 in two matches
Coach’s Quote: “Playing in the one spot, Troy led the Huskies to two wins last week,” said Cardinal coach Mike Topalian. “He shot a personal best 36 against Harvey and followed it up with a 37 versus Chalker.”


Molly McGrealName: Molly McGreal
School: Independence
Grade: 10
Stats: Shot an 85 at the Blue Devil Classic and a 43 in a match against Lutheran West; added a 31 on a par-3 against Orange
Coach’s Quote: “Molly has been our most consistent player this year,” said Independence coach Karl Schuld. “She has improved in all phases of her game and continues to be one of our team leaders. Being only a sophomore, Molly has her best golf in front of her.”


Johnny DrocktonName: Johnny Drockton
School: Hawken
Grade: 10
Stats: Scored three goals in two games
Coach’s Quote: “Johnny Drockton has shown tremendous maturity and consistency in his performances so far,” said Hawken coach Vlad Muresan. “He plays as the central midfielder who controls the tempo and the heartbeat of our team. His three goals in the last two games resulted in two massive away conference wins versus Harvey and Chagrin Falls. Although only just a sophomore, Johnny is one of our undisputed leaders and he will be a future Hawken captain.”

Casey McGheeName: Casey McGhee
School: Independence
Grade: 12
Stats: Scored three goals with four assists
Coach’s Quote: “Casey is balancing football and soccer and is doing a nice job distributing and leading our team to scoring chances,” said Independence coach Ryan MacRaild.


Brady PughName: Brady Pugh
School: Wickliffe
Grade: 11
Stats: Scored one goal with one assist in a win at Chardon; won the Hawken Cross Country Invitational
Coach’s Quote: “Brady is the coach’s dream of a hard worker and it is starting to pay off,” said Wickliffe coach Dom Severino. “He came into our season opener at Chardon and had the opening assist as well as what would prove to be the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win. He had a couple of days rest and then went on to win the Hawken Invitational Cross Country meet setting a PR by about 30 seconds.”


Alex AdamsName: Alex Adams
School: Independence
Grade: 12
Stats: Scored two goals with two assists in two matches
Coach’s Quote: “Alex was one of the few bright spots against North Olmsted, as she took on multiple players to set up teammates for both assists,” said Independence coach Bryan Less. “Against Trinity, she was a dynamic force, taking shots and connecting passes all over the field. Alex has really taken her game to a new level this season.”

Allison SaghirName: Allison Saghir
School: Beachwood
Grade: 12
Stats: Scored one goal
Coach’s Quote: “Allison had a stunning first game on the pitch for the Bison,” said Beachwood coach Dana Raponi. “She had the lone goal that was the deciding goal in the contest versus Lutheran West this past Thursday. The goal was textbook; she beat the defender, looked up, saw the wide left lower corner of the net open, and struck a perfect shot from about 25 yards out. It was really amazing to watch and be a part of that moment. Allison has set the tone for the season.”


Gianna DeLucaName: Gianna Deluca
School: Geneva
Grade: 11
Stats: Recorded 38 assists, 21 kills, five digs, and two aces
Coach’s Quote: “Gianna had a great first week of the season,” said Geneva coach Annah Haesler. “She led her team not only in stats but she led with enthusiasm and pride. She hustles and never gives up on a play. I am proud of her leadership on the court and am looking for her to keep our team on track.”

Hannah LaurichName: Hannah Laurich
School: West Geauga
Grade: 12
Stats: Recorded 26 digs, 74 assists, 15 kills, and eight aces
Coach’s Quote: “Hannah is our senior setter, four-year letter recipient, and CVC first-team athlete,” said West Geauga coach Amber Baker. “Hannah is carrying our team, making excellent decisions, and contributing everywhere on the court. When times get tough, Hannah turns things around and betters every ball she gets. Everyone can count on her, she never gives up, and she pushes every girl on the team to work hard.”

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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