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    Varsity Travel Players of the Week


    Athletes from Beachwood, Chagrin Falls, Fairport Harding, Independence, Lake Catholic and Wickliffe have been named the Varsity Travel Players of the Week for the week ending Aug. 26.

    Each player was nominated by his or her coach.



    • Name: Rashawn Alston
    • School: Fairport Harding
    • Grade: 12
    • Stats: Carried 29 times for 240 yards and scored two touchdowns and a two-point conversion; defensively, he recorded five solo tackles, one assisted tackle and defended a pass
    • Coach’s Quote: “Rashawn played an outstanding game in week one,” said Fairport coach Cameron Ruff. “His offensive line and fullbacks provided holes for him all night and Rashawn ran through them at top speed. He broke many tackles at the second and third levels and scored all 14 points in a win over Newbury. He also contributed to a solid defensive effort at the free safety position.”


    • Name: Nate Rieple
    • School: Lake Catholic
    • Grade: 12
    • Stats: Carried four times for 21 yards with a touchdown; caught four passes for 89 yards with another score and also blocked a punt. Defensively, he recorded 13 solo and five assisted tackles; one sack and two tackles for loss; he also had a knockdown.
    • Coach’s Quote: “Nate is a warrior,” said Lake Catholic coach Scott O’Donnell. “He is a throwback player who loves being on the field.”

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    • Name: Drew Schnee
    • School: Beachwood
    • Grade: 12
    • Stats: Averaged 37 strokes per nine holes in two matches
    • Coach’s Quote: “Drew again led the Bison in scoring average shooting a 37 at both Pine Ridge and Rolling Greens,” said Beachwood coach Will Cumpstone. “He has led the Bison all year and has directed them to a 6-0 record. He set the school record for low 18-hole score at a league event shooting a 72 at Pine Hills during the preseason CVC Tournament earlier this year.”



    • Name: Kyle Streibel
    • School: Independence
    • Grade: 12
    • Stats: Helped the Independence defense shut down Wickliffe in a key 3-1 win
    • Coach’s Quote: “Kyle switched to center defender this offseason and helped start the season off with a win against a potent Wickliffe attack,” said Independence coach Ryan MacRaild. “After an opening goal in the first 15 minutes, Kyle led the defense with 65 minutes of shutout play. Not only did Kyle help shut down Wickliffe attack, he helped with the buildup out of the back and sparked our attack.”


    • Name: Zach Hoover
    • School: Chagrin Falls
    • Grade: 12
    • Stats: Scored four goals with one assist
    • Coach’s Quote: “Zach is the anchor to our defense and led us to victories over Kenston (3-0), Rocky River (3-0) and Aurora (6-1),” said Chagrin Falls coach Brian McKenna. “In the past week, he helped the defense limit three opponents to only a goal. In addition, Zach scored four goals and had an assist.”




    • Name: Joelle Banks
    • School: Wickliffe
    • Grade: 12
    • Stats: Scored four goals with two assists in three games
    • Coach’s Quote: “Joelle helped spark our offense during a three-win week with phenomenal runs and active work up top to stretch the opponent’s defense,” said Wickliffe coach Steve Gribovicz. “Joelle works in space well to use passes from her teammates in the attack. Her decision-making this week was spectacular as she accumulated four goals and found her teammates for two assists.”


    • Name: Romiya Roth
    • School: Beachwood
    • Grade: 9
    • Stats: Scored three goals with two assists in two wins
    • Coach’s Quote: “Romiya had a terrific week after scoring five goals in her first high school game back on August 18,” said Beachwood coach Jonathan Kostoff. “In the 4-1 win over Lutheran West, she scored three goals in the game including the game winner with less than 10 minutes to play. She created chances from different angles all night long and relentlessly pressured their back line. It was her first varsity game under the lights and it proved to the entire team that no stage is too big for her. She’s been a key piece to our 3-0-0 start to the season and the sky is the limit for her over the next four years.”

    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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