Varsity Travel Players of the Week

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Another week, another handful of strong performances that led to several area athletes being named Varsity Travel Players of the Week for the week ending Sunday, Aug. 27.


Michael SchnurName: Michael Schnur
School: Kirtland
Grade: 12
Stats: Schnur won medalist honors in four dual matches, all wins, with scores of even par (twice), one under par and one 3-under par
Coach’s Quote: “Besides being an exceptional golfer, he is motivating his teammates, Jack Dever and Adam Mueller, to take their games to the next level,” said Kirtland coach Al Canitia. He is someone that sophomores and freshmen can learn from just by watching his preparation for practices and matches.”
Notable: Schnur has been recognized as the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division MVP in each of the past three seasons.


Sam BelitzName: Sam Belitz
School: Independence
Grade: 11
Stats: Belitz scored six goals in three games, all wins, including the go-ahead goal in a pivotal match against Wickliffe
Coach’s Quote: “Sam is picking up where he left off last year with great skill, distribution, finishing, and leadership,” said Independence coach Ryan MacRaild. “He is a top player in the area and will continue to grow as the season progresses.”
Notable: Belitz earned Second Team All-Ohio honors last fall.


Molly DoughertyName: Molly Dougherty
School: Independence
Grade: 10
Stats: Became the first Independence player in six years to record three assists in a game in a 6-1 win over Harvey and also scored a goal and had the team’s first assist on a corner kick in three seasons
Coach’s Quote: “Molly actually should have more assists, but her freshmen forwards have been just off on several shots,” said Independence coach Bryan Less. “We have also just missed on two of her other corners. She had a fourth corner that was beautifully placed, but no one was there.”
Notable: Dougherty was named Second Team All-Chagrin Valley Conference as a freshman.
Alyssa WolfeName: Alyssa Wolfe
School: Berkshire
Grade: 9
Stats: Scored two goals and also recorded two assists in two games, including the team’s first ever win over Cuyahoga Heights
Coach’s Quote: “Alyssa has stepped right into varsity soccer as a freshman and hasn’t skipped a beat from where she left off in club,” said Berkshire coach Rick Nerone. “The sky is the limit with her. She has tons of potential to blossom into an extremely good player.”
Notable: Wolfe carries a 3.8 grade point average and also runs track for the Badgers.


Maura CollinsName: Maura Collins
School: Independence
Grade: 12
Stats: Recorded 21 kills, 28 assists and 22 digs in a pair of wins
Coach’s Quote: “She is taking on a lot of roles this season thus far,” said Independence coach Megan Osysko. “Maura has many goals she wants to achieve this season, but the icing on the cake would be continuing to help her team grow throughout the season and take them further than the program has been before.”
Notable: Collins has committed to continue her education and volleyball career at Dayton.
Name: Melissa Groudle
School: Willoughby South
Grade: 12
Stats: Groudle recorded 45 kills, 45 digs, nine service aces, eight assists and four blocks in three matches against quality opponents including Gilmour, VASJ and Riverside
Coach’s Quote: “She was our emotional leader and go-to player during a very stressful and difficult week playing such high caliber teams,” said South coach Bill Behrend. “Playing such strong competition can be difficult. When we looked at the schedule some moaned; Melissa just smiled. She knew the challenges in front of us and was excited about what we could do.”
Notable: Groudle was named Honorable Mention All-Western Reserve Conference last fall.



Coaches, click HERE to nominate your athletes for the Varsity Travel Players of the Week. Athletes from all Northeast Ohio schools are eligible for the award and nominations are due by midnight every Tuesday.

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