News-Herald players of the week for Oct. 27

Cecelia Paglia

Kenston>>Girls cross country


On the course: Took second place at the Division II Madison District.

Off the course: “Cece” says: “My favorite memory of cross country was when both our boys and girls team made it to state my sophomore year. That will always be something I will want to remember. I love hanging out with my friends and being outside as much as possible.” Favorite subject is psychology. Loves anything with the color purple. Loves listening to all types of music and getting food with her friends.

Jason Mackey


Junior>>Running back

On the field: Carried 24 times for 239 yards and a touchdown, and also caught a pass for 34 yards, in the Beavers’ 44-27 win over South.

Off the field: “J-Mack” says his favorite sports memory is Riverside’s trip to Martinsburg, W.Va., earlier this season. “We visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame and practiced on their field. Then we beat the best team in West Virginia.” Enjoys hanging out with friends, golfing and weight lifting. His favorite class is Mr. Ross’ Principles of Business. Favorite food is Mimi’s mashed potatoes. Favorite movie is “Infinity War.” His favorite player is “Our stud No. 11 Ethan Ross!”

Johnny Smeltzer

Lake Catholic>>Football


On the field: Had 10 tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, an interception and a quarterback hurry in the Cougars’ win over NDCL.

Off the field: Chardon resident says: “One of my favorite memories is our state championship journey my sophomore year.” Also plays basketball. Enjoys hunting, fishing, weight lifting, hanging out with friends and playing video games. Favorite subjects are science and lunch. Some of his favorite foods are steak, macaroni and cheese, burritos and chicken. Enjoys watching “The Sandlot,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,”  and “MindHunter.” Favorite musical artists are Zach Bryan, Tyler Childers, Morgan Wallen and Taylor Swift. Loves watching the Browns, Guardians, Cavaliers and Buckeyes.

Tyler Gipson



On the field: On offense, grades out to 91 percent with 11 pancake blocks. On defense, grades out 89 percent with four tackles for loss.

Off the field: Highland Heights resident also goes by “T-Gip” and “Ty.” Plans on playing football in college. “My favorite football memory is when we went down to Harrison Central my junior year. The atmosphere and the entire campus was awesome, and even it made it that much better that we barely won the game. Outside of football, I like to do Warhammer and DND in my spare time, along with world building and creating stories. I love listening to hard rock and metal.”

Joseph Evans



On the field: Stuck two of his three punts inside the 10 and the other was a touchback. He also was 3-for-3 on PAT tries.

Off the field: “JoJo” plans on playing football in college. “My favorite sports memory is the summer of my senior year, coming to a new team and making new friendships I will cherish forever. I like to golf, work out, and spend time with my parents.” Favorite subject is math, and his favorite food is steak.

Elijah Southern

Berkshire/Agape Christian>>Football


On the field: Rushed four times for 44 yards, caught two passes for 29 yards, had nine tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack in a CVC-clinching win over Cardinal, the program’s first conference title since 2005.

Off the field: Hiram resident is in his second season playing football. “One of my favorite sports memories is praying before games with a few of my teammates. I love hunting and fishing in my free time.” Favorite food is macaroni and cheese. Favorite movie is “Remember the Titans.”

This is the final edition of players of the week for the fall season.

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