Varsity Travel Players of the Week

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Athletes from Cuyahoga Heights, Independence, Kenston, Kirtland, Lake Catholic and Perry have been named the Varsity Travel Players of the Week for the week ending Oct. 14.

Each player was nominated by his or her coach.

CROSS COUNTRY

Jakob McConnellJAKOB MCCONNELL, KENSTON

  • Name: Jakob McConnell
  • School: Kenston
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: Won the Western Reserve Conference meet in 16:07
  • Coach’s Quote: “Jakob is improving greatly each week,” Kenston coach Chris Ickes said. “His endurance is the best it’s ever been. He’s really surging away from his competition in the second half of the race. His speed is starting to show as his kick is coming around. He’s a great leader and wants the most from his teammates. Jakob has been very patient in his training and is ready for an excellent postseason. He’s able to run with anyone in our region.”

Ian McGrealIAN MCGREAL, KIRTLAND

  • Name: Ian McGreal
  • School: Kirtland
  • Grade: 10
  • Stats: Earned first team All-Chagrin Valley Conference honors on Saturday
  • Coach’s Quote: “Ian has been steadily improving all season and has been working hard on improving his credentials all year,” said Kirtland coach JP Moran. “He gives good effort at practice and is beginning to believe in himself more and more. He went out hard at the CVC Championship Meet and put himself in place early to earn first-team honors. Hopefully, that race sets him up for a really good district meet next weekend.”

Makenna McGheeMAKENNA MCGHEE, INDEPENDENCE

  • Name: Makenna McGhee
  • School: Independence
  • Grade: 10
  • Stats: Placed fourth overall at the 2018 CVC Cross Country Championships with a time of 20:27
  • Coach’s Quote: “Makenna, a dual-sport athlete, was plagued by both injury and illness early in the cross country season,” said Independence coach Craig Polman. “Her performance is getting back to where we need it to be as we head into the postseason. She posted a season-best time by 47 seconds of 20:27 at the conference meet this past weekend on a wet and muddy course and I expect to see her shooting for sub-20 minute clockings in our state tournament races if the courses we run on are in good condition.”

FOOTBALL

Max AlpertMAX ALPERT, CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS

  • Name: Max Alpert
  • School: Cuyahoga Heights
  • Grade: 11
  • Stats: Recorded seven tackles, including three solos stops and an assist, with three first hits and two sacks
  • Coach’s Quote: “Max led a strong defensive effort in our 35-0 win on Friday night,” said Cuyahoga Heights coach Al Martin.

Nate RiepleNATE RIEPLE, LAKE CATHOLIC

  • Name: Nate Rieple
  • School: Lake Catholic
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: Record nine total tackles, five sacks and four quarterback hurries for a total of 20 defensive plays and also ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns and caught two passes for 25 yards
  • Coach’s Quote: “Nate’s performance was relentless in all three phases,” said Lake Catholic coach Scott O’Donnell. “On offense, he dominated and as a pass rusher in making the QB’s job difficult.”

MATTHEW SULLIVAN, PERRY

  • Name: Matthew Sullivan
  • School: Perry
  • Grade: 11
  • Stats: Recorded seven tackles, including 3 ½ for a loss, and three sacks in a 49-7 win over Orange
  • Coach’s Quote: “Matthew was all over the field for us on defense and special teams,” said Perry coach Matt Rosati. “He had a dominant game.”

VOLLEYBALL

Lexi ProkopiusLEXI PROKOPIUS, INDEPENDENCE

  • Name: Lexi Prokopius
  • School: Independence
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: Recorded 27 kills, 24 service points, three aces and four solo blocks
  • Coach’s Quote: “This four-year varsity player has been a great asset to our success this season,” said Independence coach Tony Messina. “Lexi has been a great leader and a great example to our younger players.”
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