Varsity Travel Players of the Week

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Athletes from Chardon, Cuyahoga Heights, Independence, Kirtland and Newbury have been named Varsity Travel Players of the Week.

Each athlete was nominated by his or her coach and selected based on their performances during the two-week period from Feb. 19 – 25.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Dylan FulcoName: Dylan Fulco
School: Kirtland
Grade: 12
Stats: Scored 22 points with six rebounds and three assists in a game against Chagrin Falls
Coach’s Quote: “Dylan has been the heartbeat of the basketball team all season,” said Kirtland coach Nick Gallo. “Through ups and downs, Dylan has been selfless with his play and his willingness to do whatever it takes for us to be successful. It was awesome seeing Dylan playing with such confidence in a tight contest versus Chagrin. You could see that Dylan’s play inspires others.”
Notable: Fulco also quarterbacked the Hornets to the Division VI state football championship game in the fall.
Tyler HughesName: Tyler Hughes
School: Cuyahoga Heights
Grade: 12
Stats: Scored 27 points with 27 rebounds, two steals and an assist in two games
Coach’s Quote: “Tyler has been a role player all year. For him to post two double-doubles in a week is an accomplishment that really deserves to be acknowledged,” said Cuyahoga Heights coach Michael Tartara. “Tyler has been team captain all year. He has been a leader on and off the court. He is a great kid that plays three sports at a high level. Tyler is the type of kid any coach would want on his team.”
Notable: Hughes, who carries a 3.4 GPA, will play football at John Carroll University.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Grace BradleyName: Grace Bradley
School: Chardon
Grade: 12
Stats: Scored 13 points with 13 rebounds, four assists and six steals and hit 7-of-8 free throws in the fourth quarter to lead Chardon to a 62-58 win over Mentor in a sectional final
Coach’s Quote: “Grace is a difficult matchup for opposing teams,” said Chardon coach Cullen Harris. “She gets past forwards and bullies guards. She impacts the game in every facet possible, from scoring, to rebounding, to defending, to distributing the ball for others. Grace works hard on and off the floor for the betterment of her teammates. She has had a great attitude and helped lead the team through the ups and downs of the season.”
Notable: Bradley will play in the 2018 Ohio Varsity Senior Shootout.
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WRESTLING

Jack BroccoName: Jack Brocco
School: Independence
Grade: 11
Stats: Won the 145-pound bracket at the Division III Independence Sectional with two pins, both in under one minute to lead the Blue Devils to the sectional championship
Coach’s Quote: “Jack is a very hard worker and is very coachable,” said Independence coach Ken DeAngelis. “He has wrestled at a high level for most of his career and it shows out on the mat. Jack continues to work to become a better wrestler and has transitioned well in coming back to Independence. He is continuously helping his teammates and trying to make the team better.”
Notable: Brocco is 14-1 on the year.
Mitch SandersName: Mitch Sanders
School: Newbury
Grade: 10
Stats: Won the 195-pound weight class at the Division III Beachwood Sectional with three pins in a total of 2 minutes, 55 seconds
Coach’s Quote: “As a young co-captain, Mitch not only inspired every one of his teammates to win the sectional team title by scoring bonus points but he also inspired them to personally qualify for districts,” said Newbury coach Doug Ule. “He leads by example on the mat and off. Mitch is highly respected by all of his peers and coaches. Mitch prepared himself and competed this week well beyond his years.”
Notable: Sanders, who carries a 3.0 GPA and is 34-8 this season with 27 pins, is a two-time district qualifier.

Varsity Travel

COACHES: NOMINATE YOUR PLAYERS

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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