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    Ohio Varsity Players of the Week


    Athletes from Edgewood, Grand Valley, Hawken, Madison, Orange and Perry 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. 2 and ending Sept. 8.

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


    John SteimleName: John Steimle
    School: Grand Valley
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Placed first at the Ray Sweeney Invitational with a time of 17:31
    Coach’s Quote: “John continued to have a strong senior campaign with an individual win at the Ray Sweeney Invitational,” Grand Valley coach Kurtis Fisher said. “John led from beginning to end and led his team to a third-place finish.”


    Dominic JohnsonName: Dominic Johnson
    School: Hawken
    Grade: 9
    Stats: Carried six times for 194 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a pair of passes for 10 yards and another score; tied the school record with his 96-yard touchdown
    Coach’s Quote: “Dom did a great job of hitting the holes created for him this week,” Hawken coach Brian Stephenson said. “When he got to the second level, he showed just how explosive he is with the ball in his hands. His teammates want to create holes for him, so they can see him run in space. Dom played with great confidence this week.”

    Alex KatonName: Alec Katon
    School: Edgewood
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Picked off three passes and recorded three solo tackles, one tackle for loss, broke up a pass, forced a fumble and caught four passes for 30 yards; he also punted one time for 47 yards
    Coach’s Quote: “Alec is a very versatile player for us and impacts the game in all three phases,” Edgewood coach Jon Butchko said. “We’ve always said that he was among the most athletic people in the school and what continues to impress me and my coaching staff is his mental approach to the game.”


    Cameron MayName: Cameron May
    School: Madison
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Scored seven goals with three assists
    Coach’s Quote: “Cameron with an outstanding performance all week long,” Madison coach Julio Gutierrez said. “He led the team to continue our winning streak. He had one assist in our win over Brush, 4-2, scored one goal and had one assist in our win over Cleveland Heights, 6-1, also he scored four goals in our win over Wickliffe, 10-0, last Saturday.”


    Ryan BrunsName: Ryan Bruns
    School: Madison
    Grade: 10
    Stats: Scored two goals and added two assists
    Coach’s Quote: “After recently being pulled up to varsity due to rampant injuries, Ryan has wasted no time working her way to significant minutes,” Madison coach Chad Butler said. “Last week, against Brush, she tallied a goal and an assist on the way to a 3-0 victory. Ryan has always had the abilities to thrive on varsity and now that she’s translating them from training to game time. She’s becoming a real threat to other teams.”


    Lena GurunyianName: Lena Gurunyian
    School: Orange
    Grade: 11
    Stats: Recorded 35 digs in three matches
    Coach’s Quote: “Lena is relentless in the back row,” Orange coach Jen Gold said. “She sacrifices her body in every chance she can and takes the lead for the team in communicating what she sees on the other side of the floor.”

    Mandy SchultzName: Mandy Schultz
    School: Perry
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Recorded 23 kills, 15 digs, two aces, five blocks, two assists and zero serve-receive errors
    Coach’s Quote: “Mandy was a powerful middle hitter up until one hour before game time on Thursday versus Lakeside,” Perry coach Mike Fitzgerald said. “I asked Mandy how she felt about moving to outside hitter, which may be outside of her comfort zone as she has been in the middle since seventh grade. Mandy jumped at the chance and her performance that game against Lakeside showed she is quite capable. Mandy had her season-high with 16 kills. Mandy has not been in the back row much this season but added 10 digs and no receive errors. I am beyond excited about Mandy moving to the outside and can’t wait to see what she produces for the Pirates the remainder of the season.”

    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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