Varsity Travel Players of the Week

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Athletes from Cardinal, Cuyahoga Heights, Geneva, Hawken, Independence, Kirtland and Riverside 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 week ending Sunday, Jan. 21.

Coaches, nominations are due each week on Tuesday’s by midnight.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Michael AdamoName: Michael Adamo
School: Cuyahoga Heights
Grade: 12
Stats: Scored 50 points (22-34) with three 3s, 11 rebounds, nine assists, two steals and was 3-for-3 from the free throw line
Coach’s Quote: “Some of the things that we do at Heights clicked for Michael,” said Cuyahoga Heights coach Michael Tartara. “It was impressive to watch him shoot the ball and run the offense. Michael also had some special passes and finishes throughout both games last weekend.”
Notable: Adamo, who carries a 3.85 GPA, posted a career-high 23 points in a win over Cardinal. He also led a fundraiser to donate 100 t-shirts to Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas.
Dakota HarveyName: Dakota “Koko” Harvey
School: Geneva
Grade: 10
Stats: Scored 24 points with nine rebounds and four assists in a win over Chagrin Falls
Coach’s Quote: “Koko, above all else, is a kid that always gives 110-percent and never takes a play off,” said Geneva coach Shane Clugh. “From chase down blocks and steals to finishing in transition, Koko is a kid you can never count out of a play. He has been forced into taking over our point guard position, and through dedication and hard work, has shown that the moment is never too big.”
Notable: Harvey, who carries a 3.7 GPA, has averaged eight rebounds per game since taking over the point guard position.
Jarrod SpiesmanName: Jarrod Spiesman
School: Riverside
Grade: 11
Stats: Scored 25 points in wins over Chardon and North
Coach’s Quote: “Jarrod is the perfect example of a gym rat,” said Riverside coach Matt Grendel. “He is always in the gym working on improving his basketball skills. Over the past two and a half years, I have seen tremendous growth from Jarrod and know that with his hard work and dedication, he will continue to get better. This past week, Jarrod played a big role in our wins against Chardon and North. It was great to see him playing with confidence and being aggressive on offense. I look forward to seeing Jarrod continue to develop.”
Notable: Spiesman recorded five 3-pointers in the win over Chardon.
Kyle StefanskiName: Kyle Stefanski
School: Independence
Grade: 12
Stats: Scored 52 points with 11 rebounds, seven assists, and six steals in two games
Coach’s Quote: “It’s great to see Kyle hit his rhythm after being out sick at the beginning of the season,” said Independence coach Hugh McMahon. “At full strength, Kyle has a huge impact on all parts of the game. I especially like his play at the point guard position this past week.”
Notable: Stefanski has been named all-CVC twice, is a three-year team captain and four-year starter all while maintaining his position on the school’s honor roll.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Ashley GubanyarName: Ashley Gubanyar
School: Cardinal
Grade: 11
Stats: Scored 14 points with six steals, four assists and just one turnover in a win over Fairport Harding
Coach’s Quote: “Ashley is a team-first player and always wants the challenge of guarding the other team’s top perimeter player,” said Cardinal coach Luke Kruse. “Ashley is leading the team in assists and always looks to get her teammates going before worrying about herself.”
Notable: Gubanyar is a member of the National Honor Society.
Sydney SnyderName: Sydney Snyder
School: Kirtland
Grade: 12
Stats: Scored 50 points with 13 rebounds, six steals and six assists while shooting 21-of-36 (58-percent) from the floor
Coach’s Quote: “Her performance during the week was outstanding,” said Kirtland coach Bob Bell. “She is a team leader, both from the standpoint of statistics, points, rebounds, steals and assists, but she is also an incredible leader. She gives the rest of the team confidence and a lot of support. That really means a lot to our team.”
Notable: Snyder has committed to continue her education and playing career at Baldwin-Wallace.

WRESTLING

Hawken WrestlingName: JP Hlifka, William Lindsey, Jackson Reineke
School: Hawken
Stats: Hlifka was 5-0 with three pins and a major decision, Lindsey finished 5-0 with five pins, and Reineke was 5-0 with four pins in winning the Berkshire Invitational.
Coach’s Quote: “Although we only had seven wrestlers competing, to come away from a 13-team tournament with three individual champions was great,” said Hawken coach Bob Rodriguez. “Our whole team has been making steady improvements throughout the season, and these three are leading the way in practice. In several close matches, our kids came on strong in the later periods to win.”
Notable: Reineke (22-2) won his second tournament of the season by pinning an undefeated wrestler; Hlifka (23-4) also won his second tournament of the year, and Lindsey (17-3) claimed his first high school tournament title.
Jerry RoseName: Jerry Rose
School: Cardinal
Grade: 9
Stats: Went 7-1 with five pins and two wins over returning district qualifiers
Coach’s Quote: “That was an outstanding week for Jerry as a freshman beating two upperclassmen district qualifiers at the 87 Rumble and placing third at the Berkshire tournament,” said Cardinal coach Jeff Zeigler. “He gets stronger every week and he’s beating formidable opponents.”
Notable: Rose is 17-7 on the year with 12 pins.
Nick RossiName: Nick Rossi
School: Independence
Grade: 11
Stats: Finished 8-1 with seven pins to help the Blue Devils finish second at the Tuslaw Duals
Coach’s Quote: “Nick is a fierce competitor who doesn’t like to lose,” said Independence coach Ken DeAngelis. “He knows how to finish matches. In a dual meet, he is someone who you count on to get six points.”
Notable: Rossi also plays football and baseball at Independence.

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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