Varsity Travel Players of the Week

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Jeremy Lunka

Athletes from Beachwood, Cuyahoga Heights, Fairport Harding, Geneva, Kirtland and Wickliffe have been named the Varsity Travel Players of the Week for the week ending Sept. 16.

Each player was nominated by his or her coach.

CROSS COUNTRY

Jenna SayleJENNA SAYLE, KIRTLAND

  • Name: Jenna Sayle
  • School: Kirtland
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: Finished ninth out of 300 runners at the Boardman Spartan Invitational in her first high school cross country meet.
  • Coach’s Quote: “This was Jenna’s first 5K race as she is attempting to do both soccer and cross country this fall season of her senior year,” said Kirtland coach JP Moran. “She ran a tremendous race.”

FOOTBALL

Richie AllisonRICHIE ALLISON, CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS

  • Name: Richie Allison
  • School: Cuyahoga Heights
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: Caught two passes for 25 yards and a touchdown and recorded eight tackles with three first hits.
  • Coach’s Quote: “Richie made a great catch in traffic for our first touchdown in Friday’s 21-6 victory over Richmond Heights,” said Cuyahoga Heights coach Al Martin.

Dawann GrayDAWANN GRAY, JR., BEACHWOOD

  • Name: Dawann Gray, Jr.
  • School: Beachwood
  • Grade: 11
  • Stats: Recorded 12 tackles, including nine solo stops, from his middle linebacker position.
  • Coach’s Quote: “Dawann Gray Jr. has made a tremendous impact on our defense since I decided to move him from outside linebacker to middle linebacker,” said Beachwood coach Damion Creel. “Dawann has great instincts, runs well and is a very physical kid who we needs to be around the ball at all times. Dawann is our leading tackler.”

BOYS SOCCER

Jeremy LunkaJEREMY LUNKA, KIRTLAND

  • Name: Jeremy Lunka
  • School: Kirtland
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: Scored two goals and added an assist in a 4-0 win over Beachwood
  • Coach’s Quote: “Jeremy had a great game against Beachwood, not just because he scored and assisted, but because he was active off the ball and put himself in good positions that were beneficial to the team,” said Kirtland coach John Valentic. “The scoring was the result of his movement.”

GIRLS SOCCER

Vonda HaroldVONDA HAROLD, GENEVA

  • Name: Vonda Harold
  • School: Geneva
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: Recorded 16 saves in a 2-0 win over Riverside.
  • Coach’s Quote: “Vonda came off her line numerous times, sliding and diving to keep the opponent’s ball out of the back of our net,” said Geneva coach Dan Dudik. “Her performance this game and throughout the season has kept our opponents to a low goal scoring percentage.”

Gianna RanalloGIANNA RANALLO, WICKLIFFE

  • Name: Gianna Ranallo
  • School: Wickliffe
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: Scored four goals and added three assists.
  • Coach’s Quote: “Gianna played limited minutes this week, but that didn’t stop her from scoring in each game during a 3-0-0 week for Wickliffe,” said Wickliffe coach Steve Gribovicz. “She is finding confidence in her shot and continued to use her vision on the field to provide many opportunities for her teammates, three that resulted in assists this week.”

VOLLEYBALL

Nicole PettyNICOLE PETTY, BEACHWOOD

  • Name: Nicole Petty
  • School: Beachwood
  • Grade: 11
  • Stats: Recorded 44 digs and was 14-of-18 from the service line and 30-of-40 in serve receptions.
  • Coach’s Quote: “Nicole is a first-year libero,” said Beachwood coach Tiffany McFarland. “She is the key to our passing and defense. Her athleticism is what allows her to pass tough balls that are not directly at her. She has worked hard at making sure her passes get directly to our setter’s hands. Nicole is a force in the back row, especially in serve receives. It’s great to have a libero that is willing to sacrifice it all to make sure no ball hits the floor.”

Lexi TankerLEXI TANKER, FAIRPORT HARDING

  • Name: Lexi Tanker
  • School: Fairport Harding
  • Grade: 11
  • Stats: Recorded 56 assists, 29 digs, 14 aces and 48 serve attempts without an error.
  • Coach’s Quote: “Lexi is a junior setter in a 5-1 offense and also the Skippers’ team captain,” said Fairport coach Mike Fitzgerald. “Lexi continues to improve on a daily basis. Lexi continues to impress me every day and always remains positive and encouraging to teammates regardless of the score. Lexi is the definition of a good teammate.”
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