Thursday, October 6, 2022

2018 Ohio Varsity Girls Basketball Player of the Year Candidates

The 2018 Ohio Varsity Girls Basketball Player of the Year will be announced at the 2018 Ohio Varsity Senior Shootout and Underclassmen Showcase at Ursuline College on Sunday, March 18.

Each of the finalists was nominated by her coach based on that player’s performance during the 2017-2018 season.

A panel of coaches will vote to determine the 2018 Player of the Year. Eastlake North’s Samantha Pirosko was named the 2017 Ohio Varsity Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

Each nominee is listed below in alphabetical order:

Claire DolanName: Claire Dolan
School: Perry
Position: Guard
Grade: 12
2017-2018 Statistics: 13.6 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game, 2.5 assists per game, 1.5 steals per game
2017-2018 Awards: 1st Team All-Chagrin Valley Conference
GPA: 3.5
College: Mount Union
Coach’s Quote: “Claire is a four-year starter, a 1,000-point scorer for her career and has been our go-to on offense for three years,” said Perry coach Brindi Kandel. “She’s one of the hardest working players we’ve had and is a great teammate. She’s earned every award and accolade she’s accumulated over the last four years through her work ethic and passion for the game and has left her mark on our program. Coaching her has been easy because she’s so coachable and has a desire to be the best she can be in every aspect. She’s a true leader and a stand-out player.”
Lexi HammerName: Lexi Hammer
School: Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin
Position: Guard
Grade: 12
2017-2018 Stats: 12.3 points per game, 7.9 rebounds per game, 4.1 assists per game, 2.5 steals per game
2017-2018 Awards: North Coast League Player of the Year
GPA: 4.08
College: Undecided
Coach’s Quote: “Lexi has had an outstanding four-year career at NDCL,” said NDCL head coach Joe Spicuzza. “She has improved and excelled in all facets of the game, which led to Lexi being a unanimous selection for MVP of the North Coast League.”
Destiny LeoName: Destiny Leo
School: Eastlake North
Position: Guard
Grade: 10
2017-2018 Stats: 19.1 points per game, 6.6 rebounds per game, 3.5 assists per game, 2.5 steals per game
2017-2018 Awards: All-Western Reserve Conference, 1st Team All-District
GPA: 4.0
College: Undecided
Coach’s Quote: “She brings a lot to the table,” said North coach Paul Force. “She’s definitely a kid who can impact the game whether she scores 10 points or 25 points. She has a high basketball IQ and she has picked up on our scheme and system incredibly well for a girl who isn’t even two years into it yet. Destiny was born to play basketball; she loves it and has a great perspective. She shows maturity beyond her years without a doubt as a player. We believe her ceiling is extremely high and it will come down to how good she wants to be and how hard she wants to work.”
Corenna MaynardName: Corenna Maynard
School: Kenston
Position: Point Guard
Grade: 12
2017-2018 Stats: 14.8 points per game, 4.0 rebounds per game, 2.7 assists per game, 2.3 steals per game
2017-2018 Awards: All-Western Reserve Conference, 2nd Team All-District
GPA: 4.5
College: Undecided
Coach’s Quote: “Corenna Maynard is my leader,” said Kenston coach John Misenko, Jr. “She is one of the hardest workers. She helped Kenston improve from fourth place in the WRC last year to second place this year. Besides being our leader on offense, Corenna, in my opinion, is the best Defensive Player in Northeast Ohio. This is something that I don’t think gets enough attention.”
Hailey PeoplesName: Hailey Peoples
School: Geneva
Position: Forward
Grade: 12
2017-2018 Stats: 14.0 points per game, 8.0 rebounds per game, 1.3 assists per game, 3.0 steals per game
2017-2018 Awards: 1st Team All-Chagrin Valley Conference
GPA: 3.82
College: Mount Union
Coach’s Quote: “Hailey is a four-year letter winner,” said Geneva coach Nancy Barbo. “She has been a dominant force in the paint, on the boards and on the defensive end. Teams must prepare for how to limit Hailey’s production in the paint and on the glass. She has been instrumental in our success over the last four years. Hailey returned this year from a midseason ACL tear during her junior year. She has demonstrated much resiliency and poise to finish her high school basketball career in such dominating fashion.”
Sydney SnyderName: Sydney Snyder
School: Kirtland
Position: Guard
Grade: 12
2017-2018 Stats: 21.0 points per game, 7.7 rebounds per game, 3.6 assists per game, 4.1 steals per game
2017-2018 Awards: 1st Team All-Chagrin Valley Conference, MVP of the CVC Valley Division, Division III District Player of the Year, 1st Team All-District
GPA: 3.8
College: Baldwin Wallace
Coach’s Quote: “Sydney meant everything to our program,” said Kirtland coach Bob Bell. “She was an incredible player for us, the most complete player I’ve ever coached in my 47 years of coaching. In saying that, across the board, she did it all. She was also one of our best defensive players. It was all self-made. She did it the old-fashioned way. She worked at it and earned it. She earned everything she has gotten.”



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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