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    Ohio Varsity Players of the Week


    Athletes from Kirtland, Lake Catholic, Lutheran West and Mayfield have been named the Ohio Varsity Players of the Week.

    Each player was nominated by his or her coach.

    All statistics incurred during the week beginning Jan. 13 and ending Jan. 19.

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


    Luka EllerName: Luka Eller
    School: Lake Catholic
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Scored 37 points with 19 rebounds, three blocks and two steals in a win over Gilmour
    Coach’s Quote: “Luka has been an absolute constant for us,” Lake Catholic coach Matt Moran said. “He does everything for the team and he stepped up big versus Gilmour.”


    Leah LaVerdeName: Leah LaVerde
    School: Kirtland
    Grade: 11
    Stats: Scored a career-high 11 points with eight deflections and three steals in a key CVC game
    Coach’s Quote: “Leah is one of our top defenders because of her quick hands and feet,” Kirtland coach Brittany Zele said. “She gets better every day on both ends of the floor and developing into a fearless leader.”

    Name: Paris Mather
    School: Lutheran West
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Averaged 13.0 points with three steals and she shot 64-percent from behind the arc (7-for-11)
    Coach’s Quote: “Paris has really found her shot as of late,” Lutheran West coach Trey Senney said. “She has been extremely effective from beyond the arc to add to her hoop attack and transition game. She is a huge asset at both ends of the floor.”

    Catherine RockName: Catherine Rock
    School: Mayfield
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Scored 51 points with 19 assists, 18 rebounds, 15 steals in three games
    Coach’s Quote: “Catherine had an outstanding week as the driving force behind three wins,” Mayfield coach Ryan Looman said. “She stepped up when her team needed her most and in doing so broke a school record (for assists in a career).”

    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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