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:
Name: Julie Namciu
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.
Name: Andi Mann
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.”
Name: Johnny Patterson
School: West Geauga
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.”
Name: Maria Przybyla
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.”
Name: Kyle Polack
School: Cuyahoga Heights
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.
Name: Alex Llamas
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.”
Name: Gage Vannoy
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.”
Name: Jaden Walz
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.”