Name: Blake Andonian School: Kirtland Grade: 12 Stats: Andonian racked up eight tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries in a 31-7 win at Chagrin Falls. Coach’s Quote: “His effort was relentless,” said Kirtland coach Tiger LaVerde. “Incredible defensive performance for a 148-pound defensive tackle.”
Name: Brett Lowther School: Cuyahoga Heights Grade: 12 Stats: Completed 12 of 20 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns and carried 11 times for 54 yards and another score in a 35-13 win over Keystone. On defense, he posted six tackles and a sack and also punted twice, caught two punts and snapped on extra points. Coach’s Quote: “Brett had an outstanding all-around performance in the season opening win against Keystone,” said Cuyahoga Heights coach Al Martin. “On the first drive of the game, he completed three consecutive third down passes and finished the drive by running six yards for a score. Brett had an outstanding game on both sides of the line and on special teams. He made great decisions at the quarterback position and had a big sack on defense.”
Name: Lauren Snyder School: Kirtland Grade: 9 Stats: Snyder opened her high school cross country career with a 12th place finish at the Berkshire Early Bird Invitational with a time of 21:31.2. Coach’s Quote: "Lauren is extremely focused on improving and works very hard at practice," said Kirtland coach JP Moran. "She is running great workouts and running very solid times this early in the season."
Name: Sam Belitz School: Independence Grade: 10 Stats: Six goals (two hat tricks) in wins over Beachwood and Columbia. Coach’s Quote: “Sam is a great athlete with great drive and unselfish play,” said Independence coach Ryan MacRaild. “His individual skill is outstanding. He is a great offensive player as well as defensive player and a top student. He is also a member of the drum line and track team.”
Name: Jacob Revak School: Cardinal Grade: 11 Stats: Six goals in two wins against Berkshire and St. Martin DePorres. Coach’s Quote: “Jacob has started the season quickly on the offensive end,” said Cardinal coach Mike Topalian. “He has tallied six goals in the first two games leading his Cardinal teammates in offensive production. Jacob enters his junior year maintaining a well-rounded academic and activity schedule. He is involved in school leadership activities and participates in other Cardinal sports.”
Name: Jo Miller School: Berkshire Grade: 11 Stats: Two shutouts in two games and also posted three assists from a defensive position. Coach’s Quote: “By leading us to two shutouts to start the season, which has never happened in BHS soccer history, guys or girls, this sets a new BHS GVS streak for goals not allowed (160 minutes and counting),” said Berkshire coach Rick Nerone. “Jo had three assists in the first 20 minutes of the Waterloo match, before going into goal to preserve the shutout. Jo has been one of the hardest working girls on our team. She normally finishes first in every drill we do.”
Name: Ellie Frania School: Madison Grade: 12 Stats: Two goals and two assists. Coach’s Quote: “Ellie is the true embodiment of a whistle to whistle player,” said Madison coach Chad Butler. “She brings her greatest intensity to every second of every game. When the game is on the line, she shines the brightest with her whole team rallying under the belief that she can be the difference. As a captain, Ellie leads by example and inspires her entire team to raise the tempo of their game.”
Name: Maddie Bean School: Cardinal Grade: 12 Stats: Record 104 assists in three games. Coach’s Quote: “She has the most varsity experience on that volleyball court and in our program from starting freshmen year to senior year. She is a natural leader and completely controls the tempo and offense on our side of the net. She has reached well over 1,000 assists in her career and is getting close to 1,500. We are lucky to have her and a huge reason this program has been so successful is due to Maddie Bean.”
Name: Bailey Hagedorn School: Hawken Grade: 12 Stats: Hagedorn was 32 of 41 serving with 10 aces, 37 kills, three blocks and 19 digs. Coach’s Quote: “Bailey is our one athlete, on a 12-person team, that plays all the way around and she's vital to that rotation,” said Hawken coach Patty Hace. “Bailey is the type of athlete any coach would love to have on their team. She leads by example by being the first and last in the gym along with inspiring her teammates with her kills and aces on the court.”
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Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, 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.