Varsity Travel Players of the Week

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Athletes from Cardinal, Chagrin Falls, Chardon, Fairport Harding, Kirtland, Mayfield and Perry have been named Varsity Travel Players of the Week.

Each athlete was nominated by his or her coach and selected based on their performances during the two-week period from Feb. 5 – 11.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Rob MulhName: Rob Mulh
School: Cardinal
Grade: 12
Stats: Scored 43 points with 20 rebounds and a pair of blocks in two wins
Coach’s Quote: “He’s worked hard all season to put our team in the best position to win every game,” said Cardinal coach Jon Cummins. “His Senior leadership has led us to win nine of our last 14 games.”
Notable: Mulh has recorded 10 double-doubles this season.
Corey PaughName: Corey Paugh
School: Fairport Harding
Grade: 12
Stats: Averaged 18 points, 3.5 assists, 2 rebounds and steal in two games with six 3-pointers made
Coach’s Quote: “Corey’s consistent shooting and scoring energized our offense,” said Fairport coach Matt Cardina. “He made three 3-pointers in each game. In the win against St. John, Corey played full-court defense the entire game and competed with a lot of energy on defensive half-court sets. Corey, one of our team captains, led us with a determined and calm demeanor during two physically demanding contests.”
Notable: Paugh, an all-conference selection last year, is raising money for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northeast Ohio based on the number of 3-pointers he makes this season.
Alex SulkaName: Alex Sulka
School: Chardon
Grade: 12
Stats: Scored 84 points with 22 rebounds in two games
Coach’s Quote: “Alex continues to break the record books at Chardon,” said Chardon coach Chad Murawski. “He continues to impress his coaches, teammates and fans. Alex Sulka is an absolute beast. He continues to work hard in practice and push his teammates to match his intensity.”
Notable: Sulka, who carries a 3.0 GPA, already broke Chardon’s scoring record twice this season, including a 51-point game where he shot 24-of-26 from the free throw line. He averages 30 points and 10 rebounds per game this season.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Katelyn KinczelName: Katelyn Kinczel
School: Mayfield
Grade: 11
Stats: Scored 32 points with 20 rebounds, four blocked shots and three assists in two games
Coach’s Quote: “Katelyn has become an inside-outside threat for us as the season has progressed,” said Mayfield coach Ryan Looman. “She hit two big 3s (in a win over Kenston) on Saturday but was also 8-for-11 from the paint. We go as she goes.”
Notable: Kinczel, who carries a 4.0 GPA, has hit 34 3-pointers and shoots 82-percent from the free throw line this season.
Lauren LutzName: Lauren Lutz
School: Kirtland
Grade: 11
Stats: Scored 18 points on 62-percent shooting with 17 rebounds and four blocked shots
Coach’s Quote: “Lauren has really picked up her game the last four ball games,” said Kirtland coach Bob Bell. “She’s really stepped up and she’s shooting the ball a lot better and is more animated than she’s been. I think it’s confidence. She’s playing with more confidence than she has all season and that’s a plus for us. She’s also a good defensive player and a smart player and as tough a rebounder as there is.”
Notable: Lutz leads Kirtland with eight rebounds per game.
Anna SorineName: Anna Sorine
School: Perry
Grade: 11
Stats: Scored 20 points with five rebounds and three steals in a league-clinching win over Geneva
Coach’s Quote: “Anna is a talented athlete and often plays 32 minutes a game without missing a beat,” said Perry coach Brindi Kandel. “She works tirelessly on her game and was in the gym working on free throws well after everyone had left Friday night’s practice. She hit four clutch free throws in the last minute of Saturday’s game to allow us to maintain the lead. Her constant desire to improve in every area allowed her to lead us offensively and defensively in one of the biggest games of her career.”
Notable: Sorine carries a 4.5 GPA and is as competitive in the classroom as she is on the court. She leads by example and that’s what her teammates and coaches appreciate about her.
Maddie StapulionisName: Maddie Stapulionis
School: Chagrin Falls
Grade: 12
Stats: In two games, the defensive stopper recorded 25 rebounds and 12 blocked shots
Coach’s Quote: “She forces opponents to change their shot or stay out of the paint,” said Chagrin Falls coach Brittany Anderson. “We cannot afford to have Maddie off the floor for long because she does such a tremendous job stopping the drive. She did not have the offense that she wanted this week; however, she was a team leader defensively. Maddie took over in a close game against Wickliffe and was the center of a defense that held West Geauga to just 12.5-percent shooting from the floor.”
Notable: Stapulionis, who will be inducted into the Cum Laude Society and will attend Ohio State University after graduation, averages 2.75 blocks per game this season.

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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