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    Ohio Varsity Players of the Week

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    Athletes from Berkshire, Brooklyn, Chardon, Cuyahoga Heights, Harvey, Kirtland, Madison and West Geauga 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 Sept. 30 and ending Oct. 6.

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

    CROSS COUNTRY

    Julie NamciuName: Julie Namciu
    School: Kirtland
    Grade: 11
    Stats: Placed eighth at the CVC meet in 22:17 to earn first-team all-conference honors
    Coach’s Quote: “Julie had her best performance of the season at the CVC championships and has set herself up to be in the mix at the district championships next weekend,” Kirtland coach JP Moran said.

    Andi MannName: Andi Mann
    School: Chardon
    Grade: 11
    Stats: Won the WRC meet with a time of 18:45; returning state qualifier has led the team in every meet this season and also finished among the Top 10 in every meet
    Coach’s Quote: “Andi has put together a terrific season as a result of hard work year-round and attention to the little things,” Chardon coach Julie Cole said. “She’s really grown into her role as a team leader, both on the course and as a team captain. Her win at the WRC meet was impressive as she led from start to finish. To run that fast all alone is a testament to her dedication to her team and her preparation.”

    John PattersonName: Johnny Patterson
    School: West Geauga
    Grade: 11
    Stats: Finished fourth at the CVC meet with a time of 17:32
    Coach’s Quote: “Every week Johnny is getting stronger and stronger,” West Geauga coach John Boylan said. “This is the time of year when he begins to show his true competitiveness. I look forward to watching him compete over the next couple of weeks.”

    Maria PrzybylaName: Maria Przybyla
    School: Berkshire
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Finished seventh overall at the CVC meet in 22:00 to lead the Badgers to the Valley Division title
    Coach’s Quote: “Maria competed very well and her performance was instrumental in winning the Valley Division title on Saturday,” Berkshire coach David Kindall said. “We had some athletes that battled illness during the week and Maria supported her teammates and ran an amazing race. She set an example for the team on how to compete in the coming weeks to help them achieve their goal of making it to the state meet.”

    FOOTBALL

    Kyle PolackName: Kyle Polack
    School: Cuyahoga Heights
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Carried five times for 24 yards and a touchdown, caught three passes for 37 yards and a score and recorded four tackles and picked off a pass
    Coach’s Quote: “Kyle played an excellent game, making key plays on offense, defense and special teams,” Cuyahoga Heights coach Al Martin said.

    BOYS SOCCER

    Alex LlamasName: Alex Llamas
    School: Harvey
    Grade: 11
    Stats: Recorded 12 saves and allowed just one goal in two games
    Coach’s Quote: “Alex Llamas is a captain and incredible leader for his team,” Harvey coach Natalie Sisler said. “Alex was able to keep his team in the game against Cloverleaf by making three really big saves. He is also clinical when it comes to taking PKs. He made his third goal of the season as a goalkeeper.”

    Gage VannoyName: Gage Vannoy
    School: Madison
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Scored four goals with two assists
    Coach’s Quote: “Gage opened up the scoring versus Perry after coming back from a knee injury that occurred a few weeks ago,” Madison coach Julio Gutierrez said. “He is also a fundamental part of our attack and he was missed during the time he was off. Now, he is in full swing and ready to roll during the postseason.”

    VOLLEYBALL

    Jaden WalzName: Jaden Walz
    School: Brooklyn
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Recorded 10 assists, 9 digs, 7 kills and 2 aces
    Coach’s Quote: “We only had one match this week and it was our Senior Night against Trinity High School in which senior Jaden Walz battled the entire game, keeping the score close and even giving us the lead with her continued hits and digs,” Brooklyn coach Debbie Hall said. “She had no dig errors but multiple point-saving digs. While we didn’t bring home the win, Jaden once again kept our team motivated and in each and every game not only with her playing skill but with her positive motivation during the entire match.”

    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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