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 Oct. 2:


Name: Joey Torok
School: Kirtland
Grade: Sophomore
Stats: Carried the ball 21 times for 208 yards and scored two touchdowns in a 27-11 win over Independence
Coach’s Quote: “He carried us on offense,” said Kirtland coach Tiger LaVerde. “He’s a good back. He’s little. He’s shifty. He’s strong, and he doesn’t go down and he takes care of the football.”


Name: Virginia Travers
School: Cardinal
Grade: Junior
Stats: Shot 92 at the Division II sectional tournament at Punderson Golf Course to earn a berth in the district tournament
Coach’s Quote: “Two years ago Virginia set a personal goal to shoot well enough as a junior to qualify her for the district tournament.,” said Cardinal coach Glenn Travers. “Last Tuesday, she made that goal a reality. Virginia carries a 3.8 gpa, and she participates in Project Achieve, where she spends time with her peers who have developmental disabilities acting as a mentor while developing friendships. Virginia was also selected as an upperclassman to mentor freshman as they start their high school career.”


Name: Jacob Revak
School: Cardinal
Grade: Junior
Stats: Scored a school record eight goals in a win at Grand Valley. The eight goals places Revak in seventh all-time in OHSAA history for goals scored in a single game.
Coach’s Quote: “Jake was as aggressive as he has ever been,” said Cardinal coach Mike Topalian. “He was very patient and waited for his shots. He found open spaces to work in and his touches were outstanding in the game at Grand Valley. I’m very proud of him. He has improved so much from last season. Jake leads by example on the field, letting his actions and results set a positive benchmark for his teammates to follow.”
Name: Alex Soltesz
School: South
Grade: Senior
Stats: Allowed just one goal in three wins and has a goals allowed average of 1.61
Coach’s Quote: “He is a big reason why our record is 7-1-1 during the past nine games,” said South coach Rick DiBacco. “Alex's experience is paying off for himself and our team this year. He has numerous excellent saves and has become a vocal leader on the field this season.”


Name: Cat Lillibridge
School: Berkshire
Grade: Junior
Stats: “Crash” recorded two conference shutouts, 21 saves and also had a penalty kick save
Coach’s Quote: “Cat has eight shutouts on the year, a BHS record for shutouts in a season,” said Berkshire coach Rick Nerone. “Cat has come a long way in just her second full season as goalie. She has eight shutouts this season,and 11 for her career (both new school records). Cat has put in the work during the offseason to make herself a better goalie, and that is paying dividends for her and the whole team.”



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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