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. 9:


Name: Jake Sonkin
School: Orange
Grade: Junior
Stats: 26 carries for 218 yards and three touchdowns
Coach’s Quote: “Jake had his sixth straight 100 yard rushing game and first 200 yard game of his career,” said Orange coach Adam Bechlem. “He is 5-foot-5, 127 pounds but runs like a much larger player. His big game was a key part of our win which was only the second victory versus West Geauga in over 10 years. Jake is a total team player and a perfect example of heart and desire being critical to performance. Jake is an honor student (3.8 GPA), three sport athlete (football, hockey, lacrosse), and a positive contributor to the school culture; a model student-athlete.”

Name: Christian Wright
School: Brush
Grade: Senior
Stats: 32 carries for 398 yards and six touchdowns in a 48-35 win over Riverside (Wright had 377 yards and four scores the week before)
Coach’s Quote: “Christian has had an amazing run the last two weeks,” said Brush coach Jeff Fink. “He has helped propel our offense to averaging nearly 600 yards per game. He’s got a great mindset; he just loves being out there with his teammates doing his part to get a win.”


Name: Adam Reidell
School: West Geauga
Grade: Junior
Stats: Recorded nine saves in a 2-1 win over Ravenna and seven more in a 2-0 win over Gilmour
Coach’s Quote: “Adam had a varsity-laden defense last year, this year he has a young and inexperienced group of kids in front of him,” said West Geauga coach Ante Rados. “He goes out every game making important saves to keep his team in the game. I turned Adam from a field player into a goalkeeper. At 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, he is a high school coaches dream for a goalkeeper.”


Name: Jenna Landrus
School: Berkshire
Grade: Senior
Stats: Scored two goals in a 3-0 Senior Night win over Garfield Heights
Coach’s Quote: “Jenna is having a stellar senior season with 13 goals and 6 assists,” said Berkshire coach Rick Nerone. “Jenna is an extremely hard worker on and off the soccer field. Jenna leads by example on the field and also at practice by always giving her all.”


Name: Aly Berry
School: Madison
Grade: Junior
Stats: Recorded an 89-percent serving rating and a 91-percent passer rating (65-71) in leading the Blue Streaks to a second place finish and earning all-tournament honors at Perry.
Coach’s Quote: “Aly has been our steady, reliable player all season,” said Madison coach Janet Sovey. “Her consistent play keeps us in the game. Her positive attitude has helped us throughout the season. Aly is our rock, our go-to player. Aly's work ethic in the classroom equals her work ethic on the court.”
Name: McKenna Tucek
School: Berkshire
Grade: Junior
Stats: Recorded 51 kills, 41 digs, 15 service points and a 87-percent serve reception percentage on 63 attempts in three matches
Coach’s Quote: “McKenna is a huge reason why we were able to beat a very good SVSM team and win at Cardinal to put us in a first place tie for the league,” said Berkshire coach Joni Prots. “She is a leader on the court at all times and her knowledge of the game is a huge advantage for her and her teammates. McKenna is our leader on the court. Everyone notices how hard she swings, but she is also very consistent on serve receive and anticipates very well on defense. This is sometimes overlooked but it is what makes her a complete player.”



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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