Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Ward’s Lawn Care Players of the Week

Listed below are the Ward’s Lawn Care & Landscape Co. Players of the Week for the week ending Sept. 18:


Name: Tyler Polman
School: Independence
Grade: Senior
Stats: Tyler finished first out of 326 runners from 41 Division III schools at the Boardman Spartan Invitational
Coach’s Quote: “Although Tyler has won 19 cross country meets during his high school career, this was his first win at the Boardman Spartan Invitational,” said Independence coach Craig Polman. “This meet prides itself on the number of state champions that have competed in their race over the years by hanging silhouettes to honor those athletes. Many times, Tyler wins a race by simply outrunning all of the other athletes in the field. In this race, Tyler had an opposing competitor with him every step of the way and had to tactically figure out a way to beat that runner to the finish line.”


Name: Enea Cominelli
School: University
Grade: Sophomore
Stats: Cominelli scored two goals and recorded two assists in two games.
Coach’s Quote: “Enea is a tremendous asset to our system,” said University coach John Ptacek. “He is willing to work hard for his teammates and has proven himself as an important contributor to the team’s success.”

Name: Wyatt Kunevicius
School: Independence
Grade: Junior
Stats: Scored four goals and recorded two assists in two games
Coach’s Quote: “After being sidelined for nearly eight games, the team’s leading scorer is back and has already struck for four goals in two games,” said Independence coach Ryan MacRaild. “Wyatt is not a prototypical soccer player. His size and strength, as well as uncanny ability to find the net, make him a great scoring threat any time the ball in near the box.”
Name: Frank Marcelli
School: Madison
Grade: Junior
Stats: Marcelli recorded a key save against West Geauga
Coach’s Quote: “Frank had a big impact on the defense last week when we played West Geauga at home. He had a huge save with an almost full bicycle kick right at the goal line after our goalie collided with another player,” said Madison coach Julio Gutierrez. “Frank has earned his starting spot on the varsity lineup in the past three games after playing JV the past three years.”
Name: Sam Roach
School: Berkshire
Grade: Sophomore
Stats: Scored two goals to lead Berkshire to its first win of the season
Coach’s Quote: “Extremely talented young striker,” said Berkshire coach Dallas Provost. “He has surpassed all of my expectations and has earned himself captain of the varsity soccer team. He is an outstanding leader and is the first guy to help pick up his team and lead them.”


Name: Maddy Bilinovic
School: Independence
Grade: Freshman
Stats: Recorded 82 digs and 12 aces in five games
Coach’s Quote: “Maddy has been playing solid defense for the past week,” said Independence coach Megan Osysko. “She led the team in digs and aces for the week. Although only a freshman, she brings much maturity and leadership onto the court. You can also find Maddy taking quite a few swings out of the back row and adding additional points with kills. She is a great complement to junior Maura Collins, and both feed off each other’s energy to rally the team together. I look forward to Maddy’s continued growth as a Lady Devil”
Name: Jenna Perry
School: Brush
Grade: Sophomore
Stats: Perry recorded 36 digs, eight kills, three aces and a block in games against Riverside and Kirtland. The Arcs came back from a 2-0 deficit, and trailed 24-22 in game three, to defeat the Hornets.
Coach’s Quote: “(Perry) continues to be a consistent asset for the Arcs this season, helping Brush come back from a 2-0 game deficit against Kirtland last week,” said Brush coach Kaitlin McCann. “As only a sophomore, Perry has proven to be a leader both on off the court with her extraordinary knowledge and passion for the game and will remain a huge asset to the program in the coming years.”



Coaches, click HERE to nominate your athletes for Ward’s Lawn Care & Landscape Co. Players of the Week. Athletes from all Northeast Ohio schools are eligible for the award and nominations are due by midnight every Monday.


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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