Athletes from Beachwood, Cuyahoga Heights, Independence, Riverside and West Geauga 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. 12 – 18.
|Name: Lucas D’Orazio
School: Cuyahoga Heights
Stats: Scored 17 points with 14 rebounds, three assists and two blocks on Senior Night
Coach’s Quote: “Lucas had his best overall game of the season,” said Cuyahoga Heights coach Michael Tartara. “Senior Night is a special night for kids and he made it even more special with his double-double. Lucas does so much for us as a team. When he plays well, we are a tough team to beat. He is a student-athlete that does a great job in the classroom as well.”
Notable: D’Orazio carries a 3.61 GPA.
|Name: Jayson Woodrich
Stats: Scored 49 points with 21 rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocked shots
Coach’s Quote: “Jayson has been phenomenal this year for us,” said Beachwood coach Jon Mannarino. “Despite being injured for the majority of the season, he continued to work to make himself better. Jayson is now healthy and back to playing at a high level.”
Notable: Woodrich was named first team all-league and all-district and also earned Special Mention All-Ohio last season.
|Name: Nicola Ehrbar
School: West Geauga
Stats: Scored 29 points on 11-of-21 shooting with 16 rebounds, nine steals and six assists in two games
Coach’s Quote: “In 22 years of coaching, I have never had a player that has led the team in scoring, rebounds, steals and assists for the season,” said West Geauga coach Cheryl Rye. “To have Nicola, a freshman point guard, do that is quite remarkable. Although we have had a rough season record-wise, Nicola pushed through her disappointment and brought her ‘A’ game every night. She’s a player that we can’t afford to have on the bench, often playing the entire game because she’s a difference maker. Nicola takes pride in playing both ends of the floor as she is frequently responsible for defending the opponent’s best player, no matter the position. She is a phenomenal athlete and quite simply a joy to coach.”
Notable: Ehrbar also excels in the classroom as she carries a 4.0 GPA.
|Name: Lauryn Holm
Stats: Scored 45 points with 17 rebounds, five blocked shots, three assists and three steals in two games
Coach’s Quote: “Lauryn played with unbelievable effort this week,” said Riverside coach Joel Wolf. “Being a senior, she knew her high school career was winding down and didn’t want it end. She did all she could to get us the win against Lake Catholic and did all she could to give us a shot against a good Warren Harding team.”
Notable: Holm, who carries a 3.462 GPA, was the Berkshire Tournament MVP last season and finished the year with a 7.6 ppg and 7.0 rpg average.
|Name: Riley Wilson
Stats: Scored 41 points with 15 rebounds and 10 steals in two games
Coach’s Quote: “Riley had a dominating performance against Cardinal and followed it with another impactful game against Lincoln West,” said Independence coach Mike Marcinko. “She showed she is a complete player, scoring rebounding and defending. Riley by far was the best player on the floor in both games. She made every play that was needed for the team to be successful.”
Notable: Wilson, who carries a 3.7 GPA, beat her mother’s career-high of 18 points in a single game when she scored 25 against Cardinal.
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.