Varsity Travel Players of the Week

Varsity Travel

Athletes from Berkshire, Cardinal, Kirtland and Madison have been named Varsity Travel Players of the Week for the week ending Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017.


Konnor DuncanName: Konnor Duncan
School: Kirtland
Grade: 11
Stats: Broke 18:00 for the first time in his career when he ran a 17:57 at Madison’s U Wanna’ Come Back Invitational
Coach’s Quote: “Konnor has been working all summer and all season to break the 18-minute barrier and get into the 17s and was able to accomplish this for the first time in his career this past weekend,” said Kirtland coach JP Moran. “He has been dropping time each week and has been working hard toward achieving this goal.”
Notable: Duncan carries a 3.8 GPA and also is a member of the Kirtland marching band, wrestling team and he also runs track.
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Anna BlubaughName: Anna Blubaugh
School: Cardinal
Grade: 10
Stats: Scored three goals in a win over Bedford
Coach’s Quote: “Anna became an offensive presence late in the second half of the Bedford game to give us the lead after Bedford tied the game,” said Cardinal co-coach Brian Gallagher. “She scored two goals in three minutes to clinch the win. Anna really came into her own in the second half. She finished her shots and came through in crunch time.”
Notable: Blubaugh scored the only goal in the first-year program’s first win at Garfield Heights earlier this season.
Julia FrankName: Julia Frank
School: Berkshire
Grade: 11
Stats: Scored two goals in Berkshire’s win over Pymatuning Valley
Coach’s Quote: “Julia has been an amazing addition to our team this season,” said Berkshire coach Rick Nerone. “I know it killed her to sit out eight games because of the transfer rules, but she is really making up for lost time by basically averaging four points per game. Julia has an extremely high soccer IQ and that’s quite evident when she plays.”
Notable: Frank, who carries a 3.65 GPA, has scored six goals with seven assists in five games with the Badgers.
Sydney GuyerName: Sydney Guyer
School: Madison
Grade: 10
Stats: As a member of the defense, logged record-setting clean sheets against Chardon and Kirtland
Coach’s Quote: “With two members of our starting defense out due to injury, Sydney was asked to step into the leadership position at center back. She didn’t back down and thrived under the pressure to return one Kirtland attack after another and preserve our shutout,” said Madison coach Chad Butler. “Odds mean nothing to Sydney. She will move mountains to get to her goals with complete disregard for how difficult it might prove to be. Her unwavering commitment and constant discipline have proven to be a cornerstone of this year’s historic defense.”
Notable: Guyer, a first-year letterman, plays a full 80 minutes in nearly every game.
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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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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.