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    Trombetta, Collins named Ward’s Lawn Care Players of the Week


    Independence doubled down on the Ward’s Lawn Care & Landscape Co. Player of the Week award.

    Blue Devils Sophia Trombetta and Maura Collins both earned the honor after leading their respective teams in the week ending Sept. 28.

    Trombetta, a sophomore golfer, won medalist honors at both the Chagrin Valley Conference postseason tournament and in a dual against Revere. She shot 80 at the CVC tournament, which was played at Legend Lakes, and 38 in the match against Revere.

    “Sophia is a fantastic golfer,” said Independence coach Karl Schuld. “She has led our team in every statistical category for the past two years. Sophia's short game, particularly her chipping, is as good as any player I have seen.”

    Trombetta leads the undefeated Blue Devils in scoring average with a 38.56 average on nine holes and a 79.74 on 18.

    She also excels in the classroom and is well-respected by her teammates.

    “Sophia is a very good student, as her scheduled is filled with honors level classes,” Schuld said. “Sophia takes joy when her teammates succeed and she is very humble about her accomplishments.”

    Collins, also a sophomore, has been a key player for the Blue Devils, who are undefeated in league play.

    In five matches last week, which included two league matches and three matches at the Rene Roche Invitational, she recorded 14 service aces, 55 kills and 58 kills.

    “Maura’s performance earned the team earn two more conference wins early in the week,” said Independence coach Megan Osysko. “The team had some tough competition at the Renee Roche Invitational on Saturday, but Maura’s efforts helped them stay competitive against three big schools, Bay, Riverside and St. Joe’s.”

    Collins already is a two-year starter and despite being an underclassmen has helped to provide leadership to the squad

    “Maura is a young leader who has so much potential in the sport of volleyball,” Osysko said. “She continues to learn and work hard each time she steps onto the court to improve not only herself but also her teammates.”


    Coaches, click HERE to nominate your athletes for Ward’s Lawn Care & Landscape Co. Players of the Week. Athletes from all Northeast Ohio schools are eligible for the award and nominations are due by 10:00 p.m. every Tuesday. 


    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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