West G’s Shenkel scores 26 in all-star win

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Jax Shenkel

PEPPER PIKE—West Geauga’s Jax Shenkel and Caleb Ramey played integral roles in leading the Wolverines to the Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division title this winter.

On Sunday, they stepped up to lead the Air Force All-Stars to a 128-100 win over the Marines in the 2018 Ohio Varsity Senior Shootout presented by Scorestream.com at Ursuline College.

Shenkel scored a game-high 26 points while Ramey finished with 19.

North’s Brandon Barron also scored 19 for the Air Force and Hawken’s Hugh Brown pitched in with 17. Kenston’s Michael Swartz and Cardinal’s Luke Timas both finished in double figures with 12 and 11, respectively.

Seven Marines All-Stars scored in double figures but it wasn’t enough to counter the Air Force’s offensive surge.

Chardon’s Alex Sulka, who at halftime was named the Ohio Varsity Player of the Year, led the Marines with 17 points. Independence’s Kyle Stefanski finished with 15, Chardon’s Joe Scerbo scored 12 and Fairport Harding’s Kasey Carrabine pitched in with 11. Madison’s Nate Fawver, who earlier in the day won the 3-point shooting contest, Berkshire’s Tim Pillot and Mentor’s Matt Koski all finished with 10 points.

West Geauga’s Jeff Javorek coached the Air Force All-Stars while Chardon’s Chad Murawski led the Marines. The game was an official fundraiser for The Wounded Warrior Project. Each team represented one branch of the United States Armed Forces.

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The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.