Varsity Travel Players of the Week

Varsity Travel

Athletes from Berkshire, Cardinal, Cuyahoga Heights, Geneva, Hawken, Independence and Madison have been named Varsity Travel Players of the Week for the week ending Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017.


Lucas D'OrazioName: Lucas D’Orazio
School: Cuyahoga Heights
Grade: 12
Stats: Rushed for 201 yards on 22 carries and added two receptions for 23 yards with five touchdowns and nine tackles in a 55-35 win
Coach’s Quote: “Lucas ran for 201 yards behind an excellent performance by the offensive line,” said Cuyahoga Heights coach Al Martin.
Notable: D’Orazio has rushed for 449 yards on the year with 11 touchdowns
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Jonathan HeredosName: Jonathan Heredos
School: Cardinal
Grade: 11
Stats: Shot an 89 in the CVC post-season tournament at Windmill Lakes Golf Course to lead the Huskies to a season-low 374
Coach’s Quote: “I am proud of Jonathan,” said Cardinal coach Glenn Travers. “He has worked hard all season improving his game. He improved his CVC ranking to fifth place, earning first team.”
Notable: Heredos carries a 4.125 GPA, despite playing three sports and working on two farms bailing hay.


Jill LandrusName: Jill Landrus
School: Berkshire
Grade: 12
Stats: Recorded a game-winning assist in a game against Lordstown
Coach’s Quote: “Jill is an extremely hard-working, hard-nosed player who leads by example on and off the field,” said Berkshire coach Rick Nerone.
Notable: Landrus carries a 3.5 GPA and is part of a defense that has allowed just four goals in 850 minutes spanning 12 games.
Riccela DiGeronimoName: Riccela DiGeronimo
School: Independence
Grade: 9
Stats: Recorded four goals in two wins
Coach’s Quote: “Riccela has started to become more aggressive with her shot taking,” said Independence coach Bryan Less. “She is no longer looking for the perfect shot, but is willing to take what the defense gives her. Her final goal against Lutheran West was under the pressure of three defenders. She was falling backwards from 20 yards out and chipped the ball over the goalie with her off foot. This was one of the finer shots I have seen in my 12 years as coach of the team.”
Notable: DiGeronimo is the first Independence player with double-digit goals in three seasons and the first freshman coached by Less to reach 10 goals in a season.


Natalie CohenName: Natalie Cohen
School: Hawken
Grade: 11
Stats: Avenged early season losses to players from Chagrin Falls and Orange to win the third singles flight at the CVC tournament
Coach’s Quote: “Natalie’s ‘never say die’ mentality in the CVC tournament was evident as she managed to garner back-to-back wins against players that she lost to during the regular season,” said Hawken coach Brian Smallwood. “Her competitive spirit in the tournament was unrivaled at her position.”
Notable: Cohen carries a 3.6 GPA and is a member of several different student clubs and also plays lacrosse for the Hawks.

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Julia BallName: Julia Ball
School: Geneva
Grade: 12
Stats: Recorded nine kills, 10 blocks and 11 digs
Coach’s Quote: “Julia is a fighter,” said Geneva coach Annah Haeseler. “She fights for the win, for the block, and for what is right. She leads her team and her peers. She does what needs to be done to get the job done, not only on the court, but in the classroom and in life.”
Notable: Ball has recorded 64 kills, 30 blocks and 33 service aces this season.
Maura CollinsName: Maura Collins
School: Independence
Grade: 12
Stats: Recorded the 1,000th dig and 1,000th kill of her career
Coach’s Quote: “Maura has done a lot for our program,” said Independence coach Megan Osysko. “She has played positions out of her comfort zone and wishes in order for the betterment of the team.”
Notable: Collins will continue her education and playing career at the University of Dayton.
Shyenne LedfordName: Shyenne Ledford
School: Madison
Grade: 12
Stats: Recorded 19 kills and 15 blocks in five sets
Coach’s Quote: “Shyenne is such a hard-worker,” said Madison coach Leslie Smith. “She gives 110-percent each time she hits the floor. She is such positive leader and great role model for the younger players.”
Notable: A three-sport athlete, Ledford hopes to compete in the Cross Fit Games.
Megan ZeiglerName: Megan Zeigler
School: Cardinal
Grade: 12
Stats: Recorded 33 kills in two matches
Coach’s Quote: “She is a tremendous athlete,” said Cardinal coach Karisca Chambers. “She lays everything she’s got all on the court.”
Notable: Zeigler’s 21 kills and 30 digs led the Huskies to a key win over Hawken.


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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