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    Ohio Varsity Players of the Week


    Athletes from eight different schools 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 Aug. 31 and ending on Sept. 6.

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


    Joey GraziaName: Joey Grazia
    School: Kirtland
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Recorded five tackles, seven passes defended and returned an interception 28 yards for a score
    Quotable: “On film, I saw that he skootched in a little bit when he runs his out route,” Grazia said of the receiver he was assigned to cover. “He did that exact thing and I was 99-percent sure he was running that. We were talking about it all week how I think I I’m going to get one and I stepped in front of it and took it to the house.”

    Dominic KnesebeckName: Dominic Knesebeck
    School: Fairport Harding
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Recorded 15 tackles, including seven for a loss, and a sack and forced three fumbles; also recorded six pancake blocks and paved the way for a 250-yard rushing performance
    Coach’s Quote: “Dominic has been with the program for four years and he has worked his way to become a great football player and leader,” Fairport coach Cameron Ruff said. “His teammates elected him as a team captain and he has been our player of the game for the first two games. He has dominated on both sides of the ball, already tallying 13 pancake blocks on the offensive line, 29 total tackles, and nine tackles for loss on defense. He has gained strength, size, and speed each of the past four years and he displays his physicality at full force.”

    Eddie LewisName: Eddie Lewis
    School: Lutheran West
    Grade: 11
    Stats: Ran for 240 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries
    Coach’s Quote: “Eddie Lewis had a great game in our 51-20 victory over Westlake,” Lutheran West coach Frank Petroff said. “Eddie is a football player who never comes off the field for the Longhorns. He excelled on the defense side and returning kicks for the special teams.”


    Kyle ZygmuntName: Kyle Zygmunt
    School: Independence
    Grade: 11
    Stats: Ran for 101 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and completed three passes for 90 yards with a score
    Coach’s Quote: “Kyle stepped in at the last minute at QB and led the offense to 36 points, combining for 191 yards in rushing and passing and 2 TDs,” Independence coach Rick Adams said. “Kyle also started at free safety, where he helped break up three passes and made one solo and one assisted tackle.”


    Haylee WinfieldName: Haylee Winfield
    School: Madison
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Became the third Madison player ever to score against Lake Catholic
    Coach’s Quote: “Prior to last Friday, only two players in our program had ever scored a goal against Lake Catholic; now that number is three,” Madison coach Chad Butler said. “Haylee battled through the Lake defensive line to slot one into the net with strong, physical play. Thankfully, she has made a habit of scoring goals in historic situations over the past few years.”


    Sabrina GremmName: Sabrina Gremm
    School: Gilmour Academy
    Grade: 11
    Stats: Recorded 29 kills, 15 digs, seven aces and six blocks in three matches
    Coach’s Quote: “Sabrina has done a wonderful job of turning into a reliable six-rotation player,” Gilmour coach Danny Coughlin said. “Her skills improve daily and her confidence in the backcourt is becoming noticeable.”


    Samantha TelismanName: Samantha Telisman
    School: Wickliffe
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Recorded 21 kills, six blocks and seven aces in two matches
    Coach’s Quote: “Sam had an off game against Cornerstone,” Wickliffe coach Anthony Mezacapa said. “She bounced back and played lights out against Crestwood helping secure the win.”


    Delaney TucekName: Delaney Tucek
    School: Berkshire
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Recorded 64 digs with eight service points and exceeded goals on serve receive in two matches
    Coach’s Quote: “Both victories were total team efforts but Delaney’s performance and leadership in both victories helped us tremendously,” Berkshire coach Joni Prots said. “The Cardinal match was our Senior Night and Delaney, along with the rest of the seniors, worked so hard from start to finish to bring home the victory. Delaney’s hustle and reading on the court will not show up in any statistical categories but is essential to what we are able to accomplish as a team.”

    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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