Varsity Travel Players of the Week

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Athletes from Cardinal, Chagrin Falls, Chardon, Geneva, Harvey, 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 from Monday, April 23 through Sunday, April 29, 2018.

Learn more about these outstanding athletes below.

BASEBALL

David ValadezName: David Valadez
School: Harvey
Grade: 12
Stats: Batted .500 with six hits, one double, five stolen bases, two walks and three RBI
Coach’s Quote: “David has been our leader this week both defensively and offensively,” said Harvey coach Mark McNamara. “As a catcher, he has been able to keep runners close with catching two runners this week trying to take second base. David is showing to many college coaches why he is one of the best catchers in Northeast Ohio. He has all the skill sets you can want in a catcher and leader of your program.”
Notable: Valadez carries a 4.0 grade point average.
Nick StoltzName: Nick Stoltz
School: Geneva
Grade: 11
Stats: Pitched a five-inning perfect game with 11 strikeouts and 44 strikes in 58 pitches
Coach’s Quote: “Nick’s perfect game was one of the most efficient games that I have seen pitched in 10 years of coaching,” said Geneva coach Jared Sziber. “Nick is an extremely hardworking, determined, goal-driven individual. He performs highly on the field of play and in the classroom as well. Nick embodies what it truly means to be a student-athlete at the high school level and is deserving of the attention he has received for last week’s performance.”
Notable: Stoltz, who carries a 4.2 GPA, is a two-time all-conference honoree in baseball.
Kyle ZaluskiName: Kyle Zaluski
School: Chagrin Falls
Grade: 10
Stats: Batted .615 (8-for-13) with seven runs scored, four RBI, five walks and nine stolen bases
Coach’s Quote: “Kyle is an outstanding baseball player who hits in the three-spot as a sophomore,” said Chagrin Falls coach Michael Sweeney. “He actually hit there is a freshman as well. He handles the pressure and does a great job of being patient and getting key hits for us. He leads our team with 25 RBI and continues to get better. It is scary to think what he has accomplished already and he still has two more years.”
Notable: Kyle is the second of the Zaluski brothers to play for the Tigers.
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SOFTBALL

Megan PitcherName: Megan Pitcher
School: Geneva
Grade: 11
Stats: Batted .750 (12-for-16) with two doubles, nine RBI and four stolen bases and threw out two baserunners
Coach’s Quote: “The last couple weeks, Megan has really come on at the plate,” said Geneva coach Eleshia Pitcher. “She has moved into our leadoff spot even though she isn’t a typical leadoff hitter, but has managed 20 hits in 27 at-bats in the last two weeks. She has also added 11 RBI and six stolen bases.”
Kayla PreziusoName: Kayle Preziuso
School: Chardon
Grade: 11
Stats: Batted .429 with seven runs scored, seven RBI and two home runs and also struck out 14 in 15 2/3 innings pitched with an ERA of 1.826
Coach’s Quote: “Kayla’s whatever it takes approach has been a great addition to the team,” said Chardon coach Erwin Hines. “Her leadership skills show up as we head into our playoff run. Whether it is pitching, hitting or baserunning, she is locked in.”
Notable: Preziuso, who carries a 4.0 GPA, will graduate from Chardon with an Associate’s Degree from Kent State University in finance.
Emalee SinesName: Emalee Sines
School: Perry
Grade: 11
Stats: Batted .647 (11-for-17) with a double, a triple and a home run and also knocked in 10 runs
Coach’s Quote: “Em has battled adversity like no one I have ever known this past year,” said Perry coach Joe Medlen. “Em never chose to allow her paralysis early in the year to limit her as she still hit out of her wheelchair. After recovering, Em has worked incredibly hard and has not taken a day off so her hitting does not surprise me. You work for what you want and Em works incredibly hard.”
Notable: Sines carries a 3.5 GPA.

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TRACK

Kaylee KlepperName: Kaylee Klepper
School: Cardinal
Grade: 11
Stats: Won the shot put (33’-4”) and discus (110-2) at the Dan Potopsky Invitational and was the top individual in the shot put (33-1) and discus (110-2) at the Cuyahoga Heights Relays
Coach’s Quote: “Kaylee has performed better than she has probably expected as she did not throw disc on a regular basis until this year,” said Cardinal coach Greg Cicero. “Kaylee has a very high ceiling and is starting to attain what she is truly capable of. The moment all of her training clicks is going to be special as she is going to throw so much farther than she thinks she is able. Kaylee is not very vocal, but works hard and is able to make her practice time count.”
Notable: A returning regional qualifier in the shot put, Klepper already has established personal bests in most meets this season.

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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