Varsity Travel Players of the Week

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Athletes from Chagrin Falls, Chardon, Fairport Harding, Geneva, Hawken, Mayfield and Orange have been named Varsity Travel Players of the Week for the week ending Dec. 10.

Each athlete was nominated by his or her coach and selected based on their performances during the week ending Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Name: Adam Bencko
School: Chagrin Falls
Grade: Senior
Stats: Scored 26 points with 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and connected on 5 of 6 3-point tries in a 76-54 win over Hawken
Coach’s Quote: “Adam was a key factor in our win against Hawken, not only with a game-high 26 points, but was terrific on the boards and created havoc with his steals,” said Chagrin Falls coach Dave Bargar. “Adam has been outstanding in our first two games, helping lead us to a 2-0 start.”
Notable: Bencko is a three-year starter in golf, basketball and baseball.
Nick StoltzName: Nick Stoltz
School: Geneva
Grade: 11
Stats: Averaged 21 points, 10 rebound, 3 assists and 3 steals in wins over Madison and Riverside
Coach’s Quote: “Nick is a kid that takes great pride in his desire to work harder than every other player on the court and his effort and energy shows in his stat line and unique ability to get his teammates involved,” said Geneva coach Shane Clugh. “From his aggression on the boards to his ability to push the pace in transition and find his open teammates, Nick has been a valuable spark in leading us to back to back wins over Madison and Riverside early in the season.”
Notable: A two-year starter, Stoltz maintains a 4.3 grade point average and was named second team All-Chagrin Valley Conference and All-Ashtabula County last winter.
Mitch YommerName: Mitch Yommer
School: Fairport Harding
Grade: 12
Stats: Averaged 14 points, 10.5 rebounds, 4 steals and 1 assist in two games last week
Coach’s Quote: “The coaching staff challenges Mitch every day to push himself to a higher level of intensity on the court,” said Fairport coach Matt Cardina. “As one of our captains, he demonstrated the high effort level it takes to make a real impact on the varsity floor.”
Notable: An honor roll student and honorable mention All-CVC selection last winter, Yommer grabbed 11 offensive rebounds in a win over St. John’s.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Abby CarterName: Abby Carter
School: Geneva
Grade: 9
Stats: Averaged 16.3 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists in wins over Chardon, Orange and West Geauga
Coach’s Quote: “As a freshman, Abby stepped up big, first in a very competitive game against Chardon, then in our first two conference games of the year,” said Geneva coach Nancy Barbo. “I know nerves are often a factor for players before every game, but I am sure as a freshman the nerves may even be stronger. Abby demonstrated nice composure and toughness to step up in the manner she did.”
Notable: Carter, who hit nine 3s during the week, won the Knights of Columbus Free Throw state championship in 2015.
Katelyn KinczelName: Katelyn Kinczel
School: Mayfield
Grade: 11
Stats: Averaged 16.5 points and 10 rebounds with 6 3-pointers in two games
Coach’s Quote: “Katelyn has grown into a more complete player for us,” said Mayfield coach Ryan Looman. “She has gotten stronger in the offseason and it has shown as her rebounding numbers have increased. She is being very aggressive on the offensive end in attacking the hoop, but she is also shooting over 50-percent from the 3-point arc and 80-percent from the free throw line.”
Notable: Kinczel carries a 4.0 grade point average.
Carly PerusekName: Carly Perusek
School: Hawken
Grade: 10
Stats: Averaged 23.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, 8 steals and 5 assists during the week
Coach’s Quote: “Carly’s performance on both ends of the court this week cannot be overstated,” said Hawken coach David Murray. “She took on the assignment of guarding both opposing teams’ best perimeter player while facing double teams on the offensive end of the court. Her effort and leadership were critical this week, as we were missing two senior captains.”
Notable: Perusek is a two-time All-State cross country runner.

WRESTLING

Mike LoboskyName: Mike Lobosky
School: Chardon
Grade: 11
Stats: Placed second at the North Coast Classic after earning a fifth place finish at Solon the week before
Coach’s Quote: “Mike is extremely powerful and quick for a big guy wrestling at 195 pounds,” said Chardon coach Nick Salatino. “He has found a style of wrestling that suits him very well and takes his strength training seriously.”
Notable: Lobosky, who is 10-3 this season, carries a grade point average above 3.0.
Nick BeganName: Nick Began
School: Orange
Grade: 12
Stats: Won the North Coast Classic with a 7-0 record and a win over a returning state qualifier and is now 11-0 on the year after winning the Solon Comet Classic the week before
Coach’s Quote: “Nick’s self-control and determination are only surpassed by his showmanship,” said Orange coach Al Digiovanni. “He is such a fun wrestler to watch. Wrestling needs more Nick Begans.”
Notable: A senior captain, Began carries a 3.64 grade point average and plans to attend Ohio University.
Varsity Travel

COACHES: NOMINATE YOUR PLAYERS

Coaches, click HERE to nominate your athletes for the Varsity Travel Players of the Week. Athletes from all Northeast Ohio schools are eligible for the award and nominations are due by midnight every Tuesday.

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