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    Ohio Varsity Athletes of the Week


    Several athletes from area schools have been named the Ohio Varsity Athletes of the Week for the weeks ending April 18.

    Each player was nominated by his or her coach.

    All statistics incurred during the week beginning April 12 and ending on April 18.

    Here’s a look at each Player of the Week by sport:


    Raymond KristosikName: Raymond Kristosik
    School: Mayfield
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Struck out 12 in a complete-game shutout in a matchup of undefeated teams; allowed just three hits to the 27 batters faced and picked off two runners
    Coach’s Quote: “Raymond has been dominant on the mound all season,” said Mayfield coach Darren Rapposelli. “He wants to be the one on the mound when we have a tough matchup. He is extremely confident in his abilities and handles pressure situations with the best of them. He makes calling pitches extremely rewarding for Coach Hayes. Raymond hits his spots and has command of all of his pitches. The crafty lefty always gives his team a fighting chance when he takes the mound.”


    Carmen AlvarezName: Carmen Alvarez
    School: Geneva
    Grade: 10
    Stats: Batted .600 (6-for-10) with one triple, five runs scored and five RBI; fielded 16 balls cleanly at shortstop
    Coach’s Quote: “Carmen is the kind of player that you know when she steps in the batter’s box she is going to put the ball in play or when the ball is hit to her at short that she is going to make the play,” said Geneva coach Eleshia Pitcher. “She is one of the most fundamentally solid players I have coached. She works very hard and will do whatever is asked of her.”

    Jess DoddName: Jess Dodd
    School: North
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Batted .800 (16-for-20) with four doubles, one triple, three home runs, 14 runs scored, and 16 RBI; 0 error in five chances from her center field position
    Coach’s Quote: “Jess has been on a tear from the plate,” said North coach Taylor Braddock. “She hit her first home run of the season on Senior Night then followed that up with two more throughout the week. Jess has worked so hard in season and out of season in every aspect of the game to reach the level of success she did this past week. She has put together a very solid start to her senior season and we can’t wait to see what else she does for the remainder of the season.”

    Grace FisherName: Grace Fisher
    School: Riverside
    Grade: 11
    Stats: 2-0 in the circle with 20 strikeouts and just one earned run on four hits; was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double
    Coach’s Quote: “Grace has been a rock for us in the circle this year,” said Riverside coach Bill Ross. “She is now 7-0 on the season and has some big wins against Austintown Fitch and Mentor. She has really embraced her role on this team and is excelling. I feel she is getting stronger as the season progresses and can’t wait to see how she finishes this year.”

    Megan MlinaricName: Megan Mlinaric
    School: Gilmour Academy
    Grade: 11
    Stats: Batted .600 (6-for-10) with a double, two home runs—one being a grand slam, three runs scored, and eight runs batted in; also was 2-0 in the circle with a 1.50 ERA with five strikeouts in 14 innings of work
    Coach’s Quote: “Megan has done well on the mound and at the plate for us so far this season, but she hasn’t even reached her full potential,” said Gilmour coach Tony Bondra. “Watching her earn two wins against higher-level opponents, including a formidable Independence in extra innings, exhibited her growth as a competitor. She kept her composure under pressure and got the job done. On offense, we know she’s a great power hitter. She can hit the long ball or hit rockets in the gaps. We started to see more of that this week. Her grand slam was a sweet shot that cleared the fence by at least 20 feet, if not more. It was pure power and we couldn’t be happier to see her finding her groove. She is a definite key to our success this season.”


    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, 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, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the 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.
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