Varsity Travel Players of the Week

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Athletes from Berkshire, Cardinal, Chagrin Falls, Independence, Kirtland, Mayfield, Perry, and Wickliffe have been named Varsity Travel Players of the Week.

Each athlete was nominated by his or her coach and selected based on their performances from the start of the spring season through Sunday, April 15, 2018.

Learn more about these outstanding athletes below.

BASEBALL

Jimmy GuadioName: Jimmy Gaudio
School: Mayfield
Grade: 12
Stats: Batted .563 (9-for-16) with three doubles, six runs scored and four RBI in four games
Coach’s Quote: “Jimmy Gaudio set the tone for our offense this week,” said Mayfield coach D.J. Rapposelli. “He moved from the seven-hitter to the five-hitter and played a big role in keeping us close and starting momentum shifts.”
Notable: A first-year starter, Gaudio carries a 4.26 grade point average.
Donny WattersName: Donny Watters
School: Perry
Grade: 12
Stats: Batted .867 with 13 hits, seven runs batted in, six runs scored and a .889 on-base percentage and was 1-0 on the mound with a 2.03 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings of work
Coach’s Quote: “Donny has been the backbone of our team’s success this year and specifically last week,” said Perry coach John Grdina. “With his two great starts, striking out 17 in 10 innings, as well as hitting .867, along with catching two games, pretty much sums up one of the greatest weeks any ballplayer could ever have.”
Notable: A three-year varsity player, Watters carries a 3.64 grade point average and will study engineering in college.
Erik WilsonName: Erik Wilson
School: Chagrin Falls
Grade: 12
Stats: Batted .375 (6-for-16) with a double, five RBI and seven runs scored and was 2-0 on the mound with a 0.64 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 11 innings of work
Coach’s Quote: “Fortunately, for us, what Erik did this week was normal,” said Chagrin Falls coach Michael Sweeney. “He continues to dominate on the mound and be consistent at the plate. I love the fact that when Erik goes to the mound, we know exactly what we are going to get. He is so focused on game days that we know we are going to get a great performance out of him each and every time he pitches.”
Notable: Wilson, who finished with a 0.5 ERA last year, carries a 4.4 grade point average.

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SOFTBALL

Chyenne BosseName: Cheyanne Bosse
School: Berkshire
Grade: 12
Stats: Batted .786 with 10 singles, a triple, six RBI and four walks and also was 3-2 in the circle with a 3.231 ERA and 22 strikeouts.
Coach’s Quote: “She is our leader and works hard,” said Berkshire coach Brittany Bakalar. “We haven’t had many games to even settle into a grove just yet, but with the limited games we have had Cheyanne has proven herself as a strong leader and a workhorse on the mound.”
Notable: Bosse will continue her education and playing career at Mount Union University.
Ashley BurkerName: Ashley Burker
School: Wickliffe
Grade: 12
Stats: Batted .587 (7-for-12) with seven runs scored, six RBI, five walks and six stolen bases
Coach’s Quote: “As our leadoff hitter, Ashley provides the team with the spark we need to get our offense going each game,” said Wickliffe coach Marlana Mucciarone. “She is probably the most coachable athlete I have ever had. Her sophomore year, I asked her to become a lefty bunter/slapper to utilize her speed and then also moved her from shortstop to second base. She never once complained or resisted. She just came to practice every day and relentlessly worked on her fielding and hitting from the left side of the plate. In the last two years, she led our team in a number of categories like batting average, runs scored and stolen bases, and so far this season she is doing the same. Ashley’s consistency and work ethic make her a true leader on our team.”
Notable: Burker, who is batting .667 with nine stolen bases this season, carries a 4.0 GPA and will attend Lakeland Community College to become a dental hygienist.
Kim RegaName: Kim Rega
School: Independence
Grade: 12
Stats: Batted .438 (7-for-16) with two doubles, a home run and six RBI and also was 2-0 in the circle against Perry and Kirtland with a 0.933 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 15 innings
Coach’s Quote: “Kim Rega, a senior and a two-year captain, has dedicated herself over her career to become the best player she could be,” said Independence coach Mallory Kobak. “With the help of her teammates, Kim has enjoyed an outstanding start to this season. She has been dominating from the mound because of the stellar defense behind her. Her clutch hitting helped us win some close games including a walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh against Perry.”
Notable: Rega will continue her education and playing career at Capital University.
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TRACK

Jenna SayleName: Jenna Sayle
School: Kirtland
Grade: 11
Stats: Won the 800 (2:31) and 1600-meter (5:30) runs at the George Gross Invitational and anchored the 4×400-meter relay team, which finished second, with a 64-second split and anchored the sprint medley to a second place finish and the distance medley to a third-place finish at the Gene Kobus relays.
Coach’s Quote: “Jenna was our team MVP this week and helped acquire many points at both invitationals we competed in,” said Kirtland coach JP Moran. “Jenna is our top performer and a steady leader who works hard at practice and sets an example for all to follow. She is the current 800 school record holder and is a state qualifier.”
Notable: Sayle, who holds multiple school records, also earned All-Ohio honorable mention in basketball.
Taylor ZeiglerName: Taylor Zeigler
School: Cardinal
Grade: 12
Stats: Won the 300-meter hurdles at the George Gross Invitational with a second place finish in the 4×200 and third place finish in the 4×400-meter relays and led 4×200-meter relay team to a win at the Grand Valley Twilight meet and also placed second in the 300 hurdles and third in the 4×400
Coach’s Quote: “Taylor has brought a great work ethic to the team and always performs her best when the competition is best,” said Cardinal coach Greg Cicero. “Taylor could run legs on any of our relays throughout the year and will make each team better.”
Notable: In just her second year of track, Zeigler qualified for regionals in two events last spring.

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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