Varsity Travel Players of the Week

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Michael Swartz

Athletes from Cardinal, Independence, Kenston, North, Riverside and Perry 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 week ending Sunday, Dec. 4, 2017.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Andrew KellerName: Andrew Keller
School: Riverside
Grade: 11
Stats: Scored 28 points with 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals in a win over Lakeside
Coach’s Quote: “Andrew is a team captain and his leadership was on display throughout the game,” said Riverside coach Matt Grendel. “He made key baskets when we needed it and helped lead our team to victory.”
Notable: Keller shot 61-percent from the floor and was 11-of-12 from the free throw line. He also is a member of the National Honor Society.
Michael SwartzName: Michael Swartz
School: Kenston
Grade: 12
Stats: Scored 32 points with 10 assists, 12 rebounds and six steals in wins over James Rhodes and New Day Academy
Coach’s Quote: “Michael has always been able to shoot the ball as well as anyone around, but it is really impressive to see him impacting the game in so many other ways now,” said Kenston coach Matt Vespa. “We ask him to do a lot for us including scoring, guarding the other team’s best guard, playing multiple positions, and being a team captain. This weekend showed that he was more than capable of handling all of the responsibilities.”
Notable: Swartz holds the Kenston record with eight 3-pointers in a single game.
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GIRLS BASKETBALL

Claire DolanName: Claire Dolan
School: Perry
Grade: 12
Stats: Scored 32 points with eight assists, nine rebounds and five steals in two games
Coach’s Quote: “Claire is an extremely hard worker and has to play a lot of minutes night in and night out,” said Perry coach Brindi Kandel. “She never stops battling for loose balls or going after rebounds. We can count on her to hit big shots when we need scores and she’s very smart about knowing when to get the ball to the basket for easy scores or find an open teammate for an easy bucket inside.”
Notable: Dolan, who has led Perry in scoring in each of the past three seasons, is within 100 points of 1,000 in her career.
Camille CumminsName: Camille Cummins
School: Cardinal
Grade: 11
Stats: Averaged 12 points, 14 rebounds, four steals, three blocks and two assists in three games
Coach’s Quote: “Camille is a relentless rebounder and knows how to elevate her game during ‘crunch time,’ by taking it strong to the basket,” said Cardinal coach Luke Kruse. “She comes to practice ready to push herself and her teammates to achieve daily improvement. Her teammates look up to her and she takes pride in getting her teammates involved with her passing. She is a key reason the Huskies are 4-0.”
Notable: Cummins, a second team all-conference performer last year, is also an honor roll student.
Samantha PiroskoName: Samantha Pirosko
School: Eastlake North
Grade: 12
Stats: Scored 59 points on 63-percent shooting from the floor with 35 rebounds and seven assists in three games
Coach’s Quote: “Samantha had a solid first week,” said North coach Paul Force. “Everyone who has seen her knows what she is capable of and for her to come out as strong as she did week one versus the quality of competition that we saw is impressive. I’m sure she’d give up all those points and rebounds for another W, but she certainly did her last all week long.”
Notable: Pirosko, who carries a 4.3 grade point average, was the 2016-2017 Ohio Varsity Player of the Year.

WRESTLING

Nick MroczynskiName: Nick Mroczynski
School: Independence
Grade: 12
Stats: Mroczynski recorded three pins and a 6-1 decision in winning the Hawken Invitational Tournament
Coach’s Quote: “I’ve been coaching Nick for five years now, I’ve had him in eighth grade and all four years in high school, and that’s the best tournament I’ve seen him wrestle,” said Independence coach Ken DeAngelis. “He has a different mindset. He was looking to score points. He wasn’t looking for a 2-1 win; he was looking for a major, a tech or a pin. If he wrestles like that all year, he’s going to do some good things.”
Notable: The championship was the third straight for Mroczynski at the Hawken tournament.

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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