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    Ohio Varsity Players of the Week


    Athletes from Beachwood, Berkshire, Brooklyn, Chagrin Falls, Edgewood, Geneva, Grand Valley, Kirtland and Mentor 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. 9 and ending Sept. 15.

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


    Savannah DennisonName: Savannah Dennison
    School: Mentor
    Grade: 9
    Stats: Placed ninth at the Saturday Night Lights meet with a time of 17:51; top freshman in the state of Ohio and fifth overall in Division I
    Coach’s Quote: “Savannah Dennison is one of the most dynamic freshmen to enter the Ohio cross country scene,” Mentor coach Bill Dennison said. “Savannah is already in play for a state run. Saturday at Saturday Night Lights in Centerville, Ohio, she lived up to that hype.”

    David Steimle

    Name: David Steimle
    School: Grand Valley
    Grade: 9
    Stats: Placed 12th at the Grand Valley Invitational and 13th at the Cardinal Invitational
    Coach’s Quote: “David had a strong week with two top 15 finishes,” Grand Valley coach Kurtis Fisher said. “He is continuing to grow and is getting stronger as the season is progressing and is looking to carry this momentum into the postseason.”


    Name: Luke Clymer
    School: Independence
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Rushed for 45 yards and a touchdown on 6 carries and recorded 6 tackles, including 3 for a loss
    Coach’s Quote: “He had a dominating performance on both sides of the ball,” Independence coach Rick Adams said.

    Luke GardnerName: Luke Gardner
    School: Kirtland
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Ran for 68 yards and a touchdown on 9 carries and caught two passes for 35 yards; recorded 7 tackles and defended against 2 passes
    Coach’s Quote: “Luke does everything for us,” Kirtland coach Tiger LaVerde said. “He plays great defense, returns kicks, runs the ball, and catches the ball out of the backfield. He is very quick and strong.”

    William O'BrienName: Will O’Brien
    School: Chagrin Falls
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Carried 16 times for 116 yards and a touchdown and recorded three tackles and an interception on defense
    Coach’s Quote: “Since Will has returned to the lineup after injury, we are 2-0,” Chagrin Falls coach Mark Iammarino said. “He gives a big boost in the defensive secondary and also as running back. He had four runs over 10 yards and one for 44. He only played three quarters in this game.”

    Letraize WalkerName: Letraize Walker
    School: Beachwood
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Carried four times for 112 yards and two scores and also picked off a pass
    Coach’s Quote: “Letraize Walker had a dynamic and dominating performance Friday night against Grand Valley,” Beachwood coach Damion Creel said.


    RName: Ryan Green
    School: Edgewood
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Averaged 38 per nine holes during the week
    Coach’s Quote: “Ryan has been playing excellent golf all season and is especially playing well now,” Edgewood coach Chris Juncker said. “He scored a 75 at the CVC Postseason Tournament at Quail Hollow. Ryan won the Valley Division and earned the second-best finish in the entire tournament.”

    Ayden RichmondName: Ayden Richmond
    School: Geneva
    Grade: 10
    Stats: Finished second at the CVC Valley Division Postseason Tournament and fourth overall to lead the Eagles to the team title
    Coach’s Quote: “Ayden’s drive to improve his game paid off with his performance at Quail Hollow, clinching the CVC Valley Division title while earning first-team CVC honors,” Geneva coach Zack Mansky said.


    Morgan StoltzName: Morgan Stoltz
    School: Geneva
    Grade: 11
    Stats: Recorded 21 digs in a match against Chagrin Falls and has 226 on the year
    Coach’s Quote: “Morgan plays with her entire heart and body,” Geneva coach Annah Haeseler said. “She is not afraid of hitting the floor and can make impossible plays. She inspires her team to make those impossible plays too. She is one of the best liberos in our area and deserves recognition for all her hard work.”

    Delaney TucekName: Delaney Tucek
    School: Berkshire
    Grade: 11
    Stats: Recorded 27 service points, 11 aces, 35 digs, 26 kills and a serve receive of over 2.0
    Coach’s Quote: “Delaney is our defensive leader on the court,” Berkshire coach Joni Prots said. “A lot of what she does is not the stuff that stands out in the stats, but she makes plays that give our team a chance to score a point. Delaney is leading our team in digs because she has a knowledge of the game that helps put her in the right places on defense. She is our best serve-receive passer and is consistently passing over a 2.0 in matches and that is huge for our team. Delaney also leads the area in service aces, which has helped us come from behind in some situations. Her leadership on the floor is one of the reasons we have been able to improve over the course of the season.”

    Jaden WalzName: Jaden Walz
    School: Brooklyn
    Grade: 12
    Stats: Recorded 28 service points, 11 aces, 48 kills, 32 digs and 19 assists
    Coach’s Quote: “Jaden Walz is the driving force for our offense,” Brooklyn coach Debbie Hall said. “She also led the team in digs and aces this week. At one point when we were down, Jaden served 13 points in a row with five aces to put us ahead and rallied our team on to victory. She is our go-to hitter while playing front row and our most aggressive setter and DS in the back row.”

    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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