Varsity Travel Players of the Week

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Student-athletes from Geneva, Harvey, Hawken and Independence have been selected as the Varsity Travel Players of the Week for the week ending Sept. 23.

Each student-athlete was nominated by his or her coach.

CROSS COUNTRY

John BascoJOHN BASCO, HARVEY

  • Name: John Basco
  • School: Harvey
  • Grade: 10
  • Stats: Finished third at the Cardinal Invitational with a time of 16:49
  • Coach’s Quote: “JT runs fearless,” said Harvey coach Torrez Edwards. “He gets out fast. He does a good job of staying with the top group of running. His race was very competitive filled with great competition. This is JT’s second time this year running a sub-17 (minute) race. He is on the path to be a very great runner for the two more years of competing he has.”

FOOTBALL

Robert ArtripROBERT ARTRIP, INDEPENDENCE

  • Name: Robert Artrip
  • School: Independence
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: Carried 18 times for 159 yards and two touchdowns, caught an 18-yard touchdown pass, completed 3-of-4 passes for 20 yards and returned two punts for 89 yards; he also recorded five tackles on defense
  • Coach’s Quote: “Robert has been a workhorse for us all season and had a great all-around game offensively and defensively,” said Independence coach Rick Adams. “The offensive line also did a fantastic job opening holes for him.”

BOYS SOCCER

Grant MihalickGRANT MIHALICK, GENEVA

  • Name: Grant Mihalick
  • School: Geneva
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: Scored three goals with two assists in two games
  • Coach’s Quote: “Grant has been the man behind the scenes for most of the season,” said Geneva coach Jeff Hull. “He does all the dirty work that has helped our team be successful. It was great to see him get on the score sheet this week with a seven-point performance against Garfield Heights. He played an excellent game against NDCL where he all but put the ball in the net in setting up our first goal.”

GIRLS TENNIS

Dylan GoldbergDYLAN GOLDBERG, HAWKEN

  • Name: Dylan Goldberg
  • School: Hawken
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: Won the second singles championship top pace the Hawks to the team title at the 2018 CVC Tournament
  • Coach’s Quote: “Senior captain Dylan Goldberg has commandeered our team to a conference title as a second singles champion,” said Hawken coach Brian Smallwood. “This two-time district qualifier is looking forward to the postseason and I am confident that she will do well.”

VOLLEYBALL

Lexi ProkopiusLEXI PROKOPIUS, INDEPENDENCE

  • Name: Lexi Prokopius
  • School: Independence
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: Recorded 42 kills, 21 service points and nine digs in five matches
  • Coach’s Quote: “Lexi is a four-year varsity player and a captain,” said Independence coach Tony Messina. “Lexi has worked hard to improve her volleyball skills. She has become one of the team’s leaders and has helped our younger players with their transition to varsity.”

Kelli RooneyKELLI ROONEY, GENEVA

  • Name: Kelli Rooney
  • School: Geneva
  • Grade: 12
  • Stats: Recorded six kills against Riverside and Independence
  • Coach’s Quote: “Kelly is our lone senior,” said Geneva coach Annah Haeseler. “She is hard-working, positive and a pleasure to have on our team. She leads by example and led our team last week during a tough couple of matches. I am proud of her hard work and positive energy when our team needs it most.”
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