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    Ohio Varsity Players of the Week


    Several athletes from area schools have been named the Ohio Varsity Players of the Week for the week ending Sept. 20.

    Each player was nominated by his or her coach.

    All statistics incurred during the week beginning Sept. 14 and ending on Sept. 20.

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


    Zion OwensName: Zion Owens
    School: Trinity
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Recorded four catches for 95 yards with two touchdowns and posted seven tackles with an interception
    Coach’s Quote: “Zion has been playing at such a high level this year,” Trinity coach Jeff McSweeney said. “I have not seen many players accomplish what Zion has been able to do so far this year, in all phases of the game.”


    Thomas RichardsonName: Thomas Richardson
    School: Gilmour Academy
    Grade: 11
    Stats: Threw for 226 yards with three touchdown passes and ran for another 77 and one score
    Coach’s Quote: “Thomas accounted for four scores in a 41-22 victory over Hawken,” Gilmour coach Chris Kosiorek said. “As a dual threat QB, Thomas has the ability to hurt a defense both in the air and on the ground.”



    Name: Conner Callison
    School: Cardinal
    Grade: 11
    Stats: Recorded a 42 and a 38 in two matches
    Coach’s Quote: “Conner had a strong week with a 42 in a win against Berkshire and a career and team-low 38 in a win versus West Geauga,” Cardinal coach Mike Topalian said. “Conner is gaining momentum headed into tournament time. Conner is a terrific student as well as taking challenging courses to begin his junior year at Cardinal.”

    Devin MorrisonName: Devin Morrison
    School: Geneva
    Grade: 12
    Coach’s Quote: “Devin helped his team to a 10-0 CVC record by playing some of his best golf last week,” Geneva coach Zach Mansky said. “He’s been a great young person to work with the last four years. Devin’s style and cool demeanor will be missed next year.”



    Name: Reese Vilcheck
    School: Independence
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Shot a 91 at the CVC tournament
    Coach’s Quote: “Reese’s 91 was key in helping us win the CVC tournament,” Independence coach Karl Schuld said. “Her hard work and dedication have been key to her success this year. I am so happy proud of her and I know she will play a key role for us the rest of the year.”



    Audrey AvalonName: Audrey Avalon
    School: Cardinal
    Grade: 10
    Stats: Scored three goals
    Coach’s Quote: “Audrey is one of our most consistent and strongest players,” Cardinal coach Vanessa Pintabona said. “She is quick-footed, smart and strong. She was a starter last year as a freshman, rarely coming off the field during a game and has only gotten stronger since then. She really understands soccer and works hard to improve herself at practice but also tries to make sure her teammates understand and improve as well.”


    Margo HuffName: Margo Huff
    School: South
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Recorded seven blocks, three aces and 40 kills, including 28 against Kenston in South’s first win over the Bombers since the new WRC was formed
    Coach’s Quote: “Margo is a true team player,” South coach Bill Behrend said. “If she is the one getting the sets, she loves it, but she is just as happy to have her teammates succeed. When Margo is on, look out, but if she isn’t, she is the most supportive teammate anyone could have.”

    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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