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    Troyer, Townes and Hockenberry named Ward’s Lawn Care & Landscape Co. Players of the Week


    The first full week of the 2014 high school sports athletic season got underway and already athletes across Northeast Ohio are turning in outstanding individual efforts.

    Beachwood’s Tamarea Townes, Cardinal’s Lester Troyer and Independence’s Thomas Hockenberry were named Ward’s Lawn Care & Landscape Co. Players of the Week for their individual efforts during the week ending Aug. 31.

    Tamarea Townes
    Beachwood High School

    After winning just five games last season, Beachwood’s volleyball team is off to a 3-1 start and Townes certainly has contributed to that success. In two games last week—a win over Cleveland Central Catholic and a five-set loss to Kirtland—Townes recorded 16 kills, 4 aces, 6 blocks and 13 digs.

    Through four games, Townes is second on the team with 24 kills, 11 blocks and 19 digs.

    Lester Troyer
    Cardinal High School

    Cardinal’s football team opened the 2014 season with a dominating 34-14 win at Garrettsville Garfield. In the win, Troyer was a one man wrecking crew. He scored on first half touchdown runs of 56 and 21 yards and also sacked the quarterback and hurried him several other times. He finished the day with 5 carries for 84 yards.

    Thomas Hockenberry
    Independence High School

    There likely wasn’t a bigger clutch performance in Week 1 of the high school football season than the one Hockenberry turned in to lead Independence to a 40-35 come from behind victory over Columbia on Friday. The loss snapped Columbia’s 19-game regular season win streak. 

    Hockenberry completed 19-of-32 passes for 285 yards and four touchdowns (42, 75, 14, 7), including the game winner to Austin Buc with just eight seconds left in the game.

    Coaches, click here to nominate your players. Nominations are due by 10:00 p.m. each Monday.

    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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