Varsity Travel Players of the Week

Varsity Travel

Berkshire, Brush, Geneva, Independence, Kenston, Madison, North and Wickliffe all are represented in this week’s Varsity Travel Players of the Week.

Here’s a look at each of the athletes:


Godwin JoeName: Godwin Joe
School: Brush
Grade: 12
Stats: Threw for 517 yards, ran for 130 with five touchdowns and picked off a pass at safety in Brush’s first win over Mayfield in 12 years
Coach’s Quote: “Godwin has done a great job leading this football team,” said Brush coach Jeff Fink. “Anytime a QB can throw for 500 yards without throwing an interception it speaks volumes to his game management and decision-making. We were able to have three different receivers have over 130 yards.”
Notable: Also a track athlete, Joe is a three-year letterman with over 4,000 yards of total offense to his credit.
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Maddie HarperName: Maddie Harper
School: Independence
Grade: 12
Stats: Shot a 100 at the Laurel Invitational, 50 against Solon and 39 against St. Vincent-St. Mary
Coach’s Quote: “Maddie was not feeling well all week, yet helped her team win the Laurel Invitational at Canterbury Country Club,” said Independence coach Karl Schuld. “Maddie has been a key performer on our team for the past three seasons. She is a very competitive girl and she hates to lose. Her scores of 90-85 at last year’s state tournament were instrumental in our runner-up finish. She showed her grit this past week, by shooting her career low (39) while being under the weather. She sets a true example for our younger girls with her tenacity and work ethic.”
Notable: Harper was named first team All-CVC and second team Northeast Ohio Golf Coaches Association last fall.
Andrew MichalskiName: Andrew Michalski
School: Wickliffe
Grade: 10
Stats: Shot a career-low 38 at Pine Ridge in a victory against West Geauga
Coach’s Quote: “Andrew is continually looking to improve his game,” said Wickliffe coach Nick Gallo. “Not only does he want to play well, he wants to challenge his teammates to be better as well.”
Notable: Michalski has set his career low twice this season.


Alyssa CaruthersName: Alyssa Caruthers
School: Madison
Grade: 11
Stats: Scored four goals, including both in a 2-0 win over NDCL, in two games
Coach’s Quote: “Alyssa is never content to sit back and enjoy her successes,” said Madison coach Chad Butler. “She is constantly improving her game to become a stronger player. Halfway through the 2017 season, she is only three goals shy of her 2016 total.”
Notable: Caruthers currently is ranked third in goals scored among Division I players in Ohio.
Asya MartinName: Asya Martin
School: Berkshire
Grade: 12
Stats: Scored one goal and led the Badgers’ defense to two shutouts
Coach’s Quote: “Asya is an extremely hard-working, hardnosed player when she is on the pitch,” said Berkshire coach Rick Nerone. “She has come a long way as a defender, player, and leader during her four years starting for us.”
Notable: A three-year captain, Martin anchors a defense that has allowed just seven goals in 10 games.


Taylor GilbertName: Taylor Gilbert
School: Kenston
Grade: 12
Stats: Recorded eight aces on 85 serves with 23 kills, 12 blocks and 120 assists in three wins
Coach’s Quote: “We run a 5-1 offense with Taylor doing all the work,” said Kenston coach James Moore. “She’s a great leader, who calls all the plays, is an excellent server, a hard worker and a positive role model for the rest of the team.”
Notable: Gilbert played every minute of all eight sets during the week and has helped lead the Bombers to eight straight wins.
Marley GoffName: Marley Goff
School: Geneva
Grade: 12
Stats: Recorded 43 assists, five kills and three aces
Coach’s Quote: “Marley is a hard worker, who puts her team before herself,” said Geneva coach Annah Haesler. “She has struggled through lower back pain this season and has not complained one time. She leads by example and has led her team to a 9-2 record.”
Notable: Goff has recorded 283 assists, 31 kills, 21 aces and 52 digs this season.

Independence Volleyball

Name: Blue Devils
School: Independence
Grade: 9-12
Stats: Defeated state-ranked Gilmour Academy, 3-1, for the first time in over 15 years
Coach’s Quote: “Beating Gilmour has been a program goal for many years,” said Independence coach Megan Osysko. “This team took ownership of that and accomplished it. The match was a direct reflection of how hard they work to be better athletes, teammates, and team each day at practice.”
Notable: Independence is ranked No. 6 in Division III while Gilmour was No. 8 in Division II

Samantha PiroskoName: Sam Pirosko
School: North
Grade: 12
Stats: Recorded 32 kills, 55 digs, 24 service points and was a perfect 41-for-41 on serve attempts in two games
Coach’s Quote: “She’s a great all-around player on the team,” said North coach Chelsey Regovich. “She’s aggressive and always wants the ball in any situation. She’s the team captain and the setters trust her to put the ball down.”
Notable: Pirosko was named the 2016-2017 Ohio Varsity Girls Basketball Player of the Year.


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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