Athletes from Cardinal, Chagrin Falls, Cornerstone Christian Academy, Geneva, Independence, Mentor, Riverside and Wickliffe have been named the Varsity Travel Players of the Week for the week ending Sept. 2.

Each player was nominated by his or her coach.

FOOTBALL

Robert ArtripROBERT ARTRIP, INDEPENDENCE

  • Name: Robert Artrip
  • School: Independence
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: Carried 23 times for 248 yards with three touchdowns and also threw a 25-yard touchdown pass
  • Coach’s Quote: “Robert was a workhorse for us (on Friday),” said Independence coach Rick Adams. “He is a powerful and explosive runner with great vision and strength to break tackles.”

Matt CarneyMATT CARNEY, CARDINAL

  • Name: Matt Carney
  • School: Cardinal
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: Completed 6-of-6 passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns
  • Coach’s Quote: “Although we are a running team, Matt Carney was 100-percent accurate in the passing game on Friday night against Pymatuning Valley,” said Cardinal coach Eric Cardinal. “Matt went a perfect 6-for-6 with three TD passes in one half of work.”

Noah PotterNOAH POTTER, MENTOR

  • Name: Noah Potter
  • School: Mentor
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: Recorded four tackles, five quarterback pressures and one sack in a win over St. Ignatius
  • Coach’s Quote: “He forced Ignatius to hurry their pass game and go opposite of him,” said Mentor coach Steve Trivisonno.

GOLF

Ian DiffenbacherIAN DIFFENBACHER, RIVERSIDE

  • Name: Ian Diffenbacher
  • School: Riverside
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: Shot a 39 and a one-under 35 during the week
  • Coach’s Quote: “Ian has played strong this season and his game has really been coming together,” said Riverside coach Brad Allen. “He led the team this week to two wins and has been really focused on getting the team to the next level as well.”

BOYS SOCCER

Elek McDonaldELEK MCDONALD, INDEPENDENCE

  • Name: Elek McDonald
  • School: Independence
  • Grade: 11
  • Stats: Scored three goals in two games
  • Coach’s Quote: “Elek has come back as a junior with more focus and a stronger game in the midfield,” said Independence coach Ryan MacRaild. “He works hard defensively and does great with a quick counter-attack and build-up. As our second center mid with Sam Belitz, he is a great complementary player and a scoring threat in his own right. He hit a screamer against Wickliffe from 30 yards out on the volley and bagged two more against crosstown rival Cuyahoga Heights.”

GIRLS SOCCER

Caitlyn HendersonCAITLYN HENDERSON, WICKLIFFE

  • Name: Caitlyn Henderson
  • School: Wickliffe
  • Grade: 11
  • Stats: Scored four goals in two games
  • Coach’s Quote: “She started the week with a phenomenal three-goal performance at Laurel where she scored in a variety of ways including connecting on runs into the box and shooting from outside the box,” said Wickliffe coach Steve Gribovicz. “She carried that momentum over into Thursday’s conference game at Perry where she scored the only goal in the game. She jumpstarted our offense this week when we needed her most.”

Michaela CloonanMICHAELA CLOONAN, CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

  • Name: Michaela Cloonan
  • School: Cornerstone Christian Academy
  • Grade: 11
  • Stats: Scored two goals and added two assists in three games including the game-winner against Trinity
  • Coach’s Quote: “Michaela plays attacking center-mid,” said Cornerstone coach Paul Reed. “She has scored four goals and had two assists in our first three games to lead us to a 3-0 record. She scored the game-winner against Trinity with four minutes to go and her identical twin sister Madison had the assist. Michaela also scored the game-tying goal against Open Door, helping us to pull away for the win and a 2-0 record for the week. Michaela is a Division II college recruit for basketball.”

VOLLEYBALL

Jordan VencillJORDAN VENCILL, GENEVA

  • Name: Jordan Vencill
  • School: Geneva
  • Grade: 11
  • Stats: Recorded 42 kills, 15 digs and four service aces in three matches
  • Coach’s Quote: “Jordan has had a tremendous start to the season,” said Geneva coach Annah Haeseler. “She leads in almost all stat categories and has taken our team to the next level with her positive play. She is skilled, strong, positive, enthusiastic and can put the ball away; a hard combination to beat.”

Kennedy KurzKENNEDY KURZ, CHAGRIN FALLS

  • Name: Kennedy Kurz
  • School: Chagrin Falls
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: 55 total services with 10 aces and four errors in two matches
    Coach’s Quote: “Kennedy is a force at the service line,” said Chagrin Falls coach Heather Piccone. “This week she led our team to two straight five-set match victories.”
Comments