Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Hawken, Kirtland win CVC titles

RAVENNA—Hawken and Kirtland claimed individual titles following a weather-shortened Chagrin Valley Conference postseason tournament at Windmill Lakes on Monday.

The Hawks edged Chagrin Falls, 28-27, to win the Chagrin Division while Kirtland edged Beachwood, 30-25. Each team is awarded points based on its finish in both the preseason and postseason tournaments as well as the league dual meets.

“In spite of the weather we persevered,” said Hawken coach Bert Kovarik. “They shot in the low 40s for a 169, which was good enough to win but we’re capable of a lot better than that. Hopefully, we’ll get ready for Quayle (Hollow) and the sectional (next Monday). We hope to get out of there and go to districts and keep going.”

Hawken won the preseason tournament while Chagrin Falls was second. Both teams finished 5-1 in dual matches, leaving Chagrin Falls with a one-point lead heading into Monday’s postseason tournament.

“Their goal, each one of them, was to beat their Chagrin guy in their foursome and I think everyone did that except for the fives and sixes,” Kovarik said.

Hawken’s Drew Covilt shot a tournament-low 40 to win medalist honors and he also was recognized as the league’s MVP.

Thanks to their finish in the league points standings, Perry’s Nick Carnovale and Nate Cubbison, Hawken’s Tommy Hill and Jack Gole, Orange’s Kyle Haddon and Chagrin Falls’ Luca Opperman and Winston Breeden all were named First Team All-CVC.

Carnovale shot a 41, Hill, Haddon and Gole each finished with a 42, Opperman carded a 43, Cubbison came in with a 44 and Breeden shot a 45.

Kirtland won the preseason tournament, finished undefeated in league dual matches and claimed the Valley Division title with a win in the postseason tournament on Monday.

The Hornets finished with a 165 while Beachwood was second with a 171.

“The kids did all the work,” said Kirtland coach Sam Kless. “They worked hard. I just guided them on what to do and they took it from there.”

Kirtland’s Jack Dever finished with a tournament-low 38 but he finished second in league points to Beachwood’s Drew Schnee, who was named Valley Division MVP.

Seann McGill and Victor Alfieri both carded a 42 for the Hornets while Adam Mueller shot a 43 to round out the scoring for the Hornets.

“They’ve been solid all year,” Kless said of Dever and Mueller. “The three and fours feed off of them. They see how hard they work and it works out pretty well for everybody. Victor Alfieri is a freshman and I threw him into the fire when I made a lineup change on Friday. It worked out pretty good. Seann is peaking at the right time. We’re looking forward to sectionals and we’ll see what happens.”

Schnee claimed medalist honors in both the preseason and postseason tournaments and he went undefeated in league duals to lead the Bison to a second-place finish.

Joining Schnee on the CVC Valley Division first team are Dever, Mueller and McGill from Kirtland, Independence’s Carson Bianco, Berkshire’s Forrest Kuchling, Cardinal’s Jonathan Heredos and Beachwood’s Nate Burke.


Chagrin Division Team Scores

1. Hawken 169
2. Chagrin Falls 174
3. Orange 185
4. Perry 190
5. West Geauga 197
6. Geneva 198
7. Harvey 213

Chagrin Division Individual Top 10

1. Drew Covilt, Hawken 40
2. Nick Carnovale, Perry 41
3. Tommy Hill, Hawken 42
3. Kyle Haddon, Orange 42
3. Jack Gole, Hawken 42
3. Scotty McCormack, Chagrin Falls 42
7. Luca Opperman, Chagrin Falls 43
8. Nate Cubbison, Perry 44
8. Robert Schron, Chagrin Falls 44
10. Winston Breeden, Chagrin Falls 45
10. Clark Reboul, Chagrin Falls 45
10. Thomas Wong, Hawken 45
10. Ilan Gen, Orange 45

Valley Division Team Scores

1. Kirtland 165
2. Beachwood 171
3. Independence 190
4. Wickliffe 193
5. Berkshire 195
6. Cardinal 200
7. Cuyahoga Heights 221

Valley Division Top 10 Individual Scores

1. Jack Dever, Kirtland 38
2. Nate Burke, Beachwood 39
3. Drew Schnee, Beachwood 41
3. Carson Bianco, Independence 41
5. Seann McGill, Kirtland 42
5. Andrew Michalski, Wickliffe 42
5. Victor Alfieri, Kirtland 42
8. Forrest Kuchling, Berkshire 43
8. Jonathan Heredos, Cardinal 43
8. Adam Mueller, Kirtland 43
8. Andrew Belleli, Beachwood 43


Chagrin Division

1. Hawken (28 points)
2. Chagrin Falls (27)
3. Orange (17)
4. Geneva (14)
5. Perry (11)
6. West Geauga (8)
7. Harvey (2)

Valley Division

1. Kirtland (30 points)
2. Beachwood (25)
3. Independence (20)
4. Berkshire (11)
5. Cardinal (10)
6. Wickliffe (9)
7. Cuyahoga Heights (0)

Chagrin Division All-CVC Awards

First Team

  • Drew Covilt, Hawken (MVP)
  • Nick Carnovale, Perry
  • Tommy Hill, Hawken
  • Kyle Haddon, Orange
  • Jack Gole, Hawken
  • Luca Opperman, Chagrin Falls
  • Nate Cubbison, Perry
  • Winston Breeden, Chagrin Falls

Second Team

  • Clark Reboul, Chagrin Falls
  • Thomas Wong, Hawken
  • Scotty McCormack, Chagrin Falls
  • Harrison White, Chagrin Falls
  • Connor Hedrick, Harvey
  • Jackson Fellinger, Orange
  • Ayden Richmond, Geneva

Valley Division All-CVC Awards

First Team

  • Drew Schnee, Beachwood (MVP)
  • Jack Dever, Kirtland
  • Carson Bianco, Independence
  • Nate Burke, Beachwood
  • Forrest Kuchling, Berkshire
  • Seann McGill, Kirtland
  • Jonathan Heredos, Cardinal
  • Adam Mueller, Kirtland

Second Team

  • Andrew Michalski, Wickliffe
  • Tyler Sagi, Independence
  • Calvin Cackowski, Wickliffe
  • Justin Lambert, Cuyahoga Heights
  • Alex Krinov, Cuyahoga Heights
  • Hugh Corrigan, Independence
  • Daniel Heredos, Cardinal
  • Matt Speece, Kirtland
  • Mario Cefaratti, Wickliffe
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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