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    Vencill adds third POY award


    Geneva’s Jordan Vencill was among the best volleyball and basketball players to step foot on the court this year.

    She was named the Chagrin Valley Conference Lake Division Most Valuable Player in volleyball then dominated the league in basketball to earn the same award. Earlier this month, she added another MVP award when the Ashtabula County Basketball Federation named her its Player of the Year.

    “It is so exciting to win both these awards and it’s just so rewarding,” Vencill said. “All of the hard work I have been putting into the game during the summer and offseason really pays off. Just to be able to have this award from the county is truly an honor.”

    In 20 games, Vencill averaged a team-high 18.3 points per game while shooting 50-percent from the floor.

    She led the Eagles in points, field goal percentage, free throw percentage (80%), rebounds (15.9 per game) and blocked shots (2.4 ppg). She finished second in steals (6.0/game) and forced turnovers (5.5).

    “I always relied on my teammates,” Vencill said of her success on the hardwood. “They are my sisters and my family forever; they will always have my back. By them knocking down shots when we needed them or getting on the boards, they really help build up a great game for us and helps everyone, including myself, perform better. We will always be a whole.”

    Vencill’s two-sport success didn’t happen by accident.

    She put in the work and committed herself to become the best player possible.

    “The key for me was to have fun,” she said. “If I had fun during practices, games, or school, I knew I would achieve so much. Never taking a day off from the gym and always working at my best helped also, but most importantly being happy. Happiness has always been a key for me for everything I do in life. Without it, I don’t know where I would be.”

    Vencill will continue her education and volleyball career at Lakeland Community College with the plan to pursue a career as a nurse practitioner.

    “I also hope to maybe come back and help coach either volleyball or basketball at some local schools,” she said.

    Steve Hare
    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.
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