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    Ohio Varsity Players of the Week


    Several athletes from area schools have been named the Ohio Varsity Athletes of the Week for the week ending Oct. 18.

    Each player was nominated by his or her coach.

    All statistics incurred during the week beginning Oct. 12 and ending on Oct. 18.

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


    Patrick GarrettName: Patrick Garrett
    School: West Geauga
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Finished third at the CVC championships to lead West Geauga to its first team title in 21 years
    Coach’s Quote: “Having only competed in cross country for two seasons, Patrick has become a force to be reckoned with,” West Geauga coach John Boylan said. “Patrick is a true athlete. He is smart, competitive, and a leader.”


    Ian McGrealName: Ian McGreal
    School: Kirtland
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Placed fifth at the CVC meet to earn first-team all-conference honors
    Coach’s Quote: “Ian has been working all season with the goal of first-team all-conference,” Kirtland coach J.P. Moran said. “He went out hard and ran a smart race to place near the top of the pack in the CVC Valley. He was half a minute away from the overall champion and competing very well the entire race.”



    Layce ArtmanName: Layce Artman
    School: Edgewood
    Grade: 11
    Stats: Finished sixth at the CVC meet to earn first-team all-league honors
    Coach’s Quote: “Layce has worked hard on her approach to racing this year and it all came together with a complete performance on Saturday propelling her to first-team honors,” Edgewood coach Steve Hill said.


    Skye HackathornName: Skye Hackathorn
    School: West Geauga
    Grade: 11
    Stats: Finished ninth at the CVC meet
    Coach’s Quote: “Skye has finished second team CVC the last two years and first team this year,” West Geauga coach Mike Taurasi said. “She has consistently been our No. 1 runner all season and led the team to its best CVC finish in the last four years.”


    Matea MrvaName: Mateja Mrva
    School: Kirtland
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Earned first-team All-CVC honors at the the league meet
    Coach’s Quote: “Mateja came into the CVC meet as our number seven runner,” Kirtland coach J.P. Moran said. “She performed big when it counted and ended up being our number three runner, placing in the top 10 and earning first-team all-CVC honors for her senior season. We needed this performance from her to help us secure the conference championship.”



    Emmett StralkaName: Emmett Stralka
    School: Independence
    Grade: 11
    Stats: Scored five goals with two assists in two games
    Coach’s Quote: “Emmett has become a formidable striker in the area since moving from defense,” Independence coach Ryan MacRaild said. “Since moving up top, we are 4-0 with wins over Padua, Oberlin, Holy Name and Andrews-Osborne Academy.”



    Norah VargoName: Norah Vargo
    School: Lake Catholic
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Recorded 37 kills with four aces and two blocks
    Coach’s Quote: “Norah has been a six-rotation player all year and rarely comes out,” Lake Catholic coach Rob Cline said. “She is a captain and is fiercely competitive.”



    Steve Hare
    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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