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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 11.

    Each player was nominated by his or her coach.

    All statistics incurred during the week beginning April 5 and ending on April 11.

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


    JP WrobelName: J.P. Wrobel
    School: Crestwood
    Grade: 9
    Stats: Batted .429 (3-for-7) with three runs scored, a walk, four stolen bases, an RBI, and a 1.000 fielding percentage with four putouts and an outfield assist
    Coach’s Quote: “Crestwood freshman centerfielder J.P. Wrobel is putting together a solid campaign and had a breakout week this past week,” said Crestwood coach John Bakalar. “Coming off a very successful wrestling season that saw him qualify for Columbus, J.P. has made a smooth transition to baseball despite only having approximately a week of practice before the regular season began. We knew J.P. would be someone who would be a building block for the future but he has exceeded expectations by having an immediate impact on the field.”


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    Name: Lilly Agostine
    School: Perry
    Grade: 10
    Stats: Batted .526 (10-for-19) with two doubles, two home runs, seven runs scored, 12 RBI, and a stolen base
    Coach’s Quote: “Lilly has had a pretty memorable week in hitting a couple of home runs late in games to help the team have success and especially the one in the Lakeside game, not only winning the game but securing the (league winning) streak to live another day,” said Perry coach Joe Medlen. “Lilly has been working incredibly hard since the summer of her freshman year. She has really bought into what our program is all about. She never missed a day in the weight room, hitting or conditioning in the offseason for two years. Lilly is a great kid with an incredible work ethic and is proof if you put the work in you will be rewarded. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for her.”

    Gianna CantiniName: Gianna Cantini
    School: Kirtland
    Grade: 11
    Stats: Batted .583 (7-for-12) with three home runs, five runs scored, 10 RBI, four walks, and just one strikeout
    Coach’s Quote: “Cantini showed a lot to resilience and drive last week,” said Kirtland coach Jamie Kamensky. “She demonstrated her power at the plate and really started to see the ball well. She is starting to heat up and really get into the groove for the season.”


    Mira DiPierroName: Mira DiPierro
    School: Harvey
    Grade: 11
    Stats: Batted .700 with two triples, four runs scored, one RBI, a .750 on-base percentage, and a 1.100 slugging percentage
    Coach’s Quote: “Mira has been hitting clean-up for us all season,” said Harvey coach Betsy Hada. “She is seeing the ball very well and leads our team in doubles and triples. She exemplifies our hold the rope mentality and is a great leader for our team.”

    Emmy KlikaName: Emmy Klika
    School: Gilmour Academy
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Batted .545 (6-for-11) with one double, two home runs (one a grand slam) and 10 RBI
    Coach’s Quote: “Emmy’s offensive showing for the week was impressive,” said Gilmour coach Tony Bondra. “Even though we expect her to have solid performances at the plate day in and day out, what she did Saturday against Chagrin was tremendous. She’s one of the best hitters in the area and we look forward to seeing her continue to produce.”

    Emma KovalchukName: Emma Kovalchuk
    School: Riverside
    Grade: 11
    Batted: .704 (19-for-27) with six doubles, two home runs, 17 runs batted in, and 16 runs scored
    Coach’s Quote: “Emma is a fun, energetic player that plays softball the right way,” said Riverside coach Bill Ross. “Emma has been a rock in the two-hole this year. She is bringing a great balance of contact hitting and hitting for power. Emma is not just a solid hitter, she has made some critical plays for us in left field in some big games. She is a fun kid to coach.”


    Kayla NoerrName: Kayla Noerr
    School: Chardon
    Grade: 12
    Stats: 15 innings pitched with a 0.00 earned run average and three wins, two hits allowed, and 30 strikeouts; Batted .500 (4-for-8) with a double, a triple, and two runs batted in
    Coach’s Quote: “Kayla dominated in the circle last week,” said Chardon coach Stewart Landies. “Not only is she throwing hard, but she’s hitting spots and spinning the ball for strikes. Kayla is a gifted athlete and is committed to be a Bulldog at Butler University next year.”

    Ashleigh PorterName: Ashleigh Porter
    School: Independence
    Grade: 11
    Stats: Batted .545 (6-for-11) with six runs scored, a double, a triple, and a home run; 16 innings pitched with three earned runs, four hits allowed, 24 strikeouts and three wins
    Coach’s Quote: “Ashleigh is one of the premier players in Cuyahoga County and rightfully so,” said Independence coach Garry Moore. “She has been dominant, both on the mound and at the plate. She’s the player every coach wants on his team not just for her obvious talents, but for her leadership and enthusiasm. I hope every college coach around is able to see her in action. She’s going to do great things in the future.”

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    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.
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