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Hillcrest Student Athletes of the Month
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Hillcrest Insurance Group sponsors the West Geauga “Student Athletes of the Month...

Hillcrest Insurance Group sponsors the West Geauga “Student Athletes of the Month.”

Student athletes of the month are Rachel Ange and Joseph Conrad for September and Nicola Ehrbar and Johnny Patterson for October.

Rachel is a junior student athlete on the girls tennis team and will be earning her third varsity letter for the team this season. She helped lead the tennis team to its first Chagrin Valley Conference championship last season and second this fall and was 8-2 in the month of September to bring her overall record to 14-2 for the year. Rachel went 2-0 in the CVC tournament to earn first team CVC honors. She competed in the OHSAA district tournament with her partner in doubles, Mackenzie Hanford.

Coach Dimattia said, “She has been winning in a dominating fashion. She leads by example both on the tennis court and off.”

Rachel has also been a member of the girls fast pitch team and will also be earning her third varsity letter this spring season.

Off the athletic fields, she has been able to maintain a 4.4 GPA. Student council secretary and board member of the Interact Club are some of her other contributions.

The active student intends on furthering her education by attending college to study in the field of business, but is undecided on which school she will attend. Rachel enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

Joseph is a senior on the soccer team. He will be earning his second varsity letter for the team at the end of this season.

Coach Gerhardt shared, “Joey is a team player who exemplifies respect, sportsmanship and fair play. Joey Conrad is the leader of our defensive chain and a role model for all players on the team, especially the underclassmen. Joey is highly skilled, possesses great soccer sense and is a very competitive central defender who is all business in practices as well as in games. A senior and student of the game, Joey is a key player in the Wolverines success on the soccer field this year.”

Joseph is also a member of the track team and has earned two varsity letters.

He has also excelled in the classroom, where he has retained above a 3.75 GPA. Joseph plans on continuing his education in the field of aeronautics at Kent State University to eventually become a licensed commercial pilot. In his free time, he enjoys camping, hiking snowboarding and playing soccer.

Nicola is a freshman on the girls soccer team and will be earning her first varsity letter for the team this season after starting and playing in every game. Overall, she had 11 goals and seven assists. One of those goals was against Chagrin Falls in an OHSAA sectional final game where she helped lead her team to a 2-0 victory with a goal from 35 yards out advancing the Wolverines to the district semifinals.

Coach Kori Chapic said, “Her hard work and athleticism this season has made her an outstanding asset to the West Geauga girls soccer program and a leader for the team to look up to.”

She earned second team All Chagrin Valley Conference honors. She is also a member of the girls basketball team and will be seeing a significant role in the program this winter.

Off the athletic fields she has earned 4.08 GPA in the first grading period. She intends on furthering both her education and athletic careers in college, but is undecided at this early stage of her high school experience. Nicola enjoys baking, hiking and playing sports.

Johnny is a freshman on the cross country team, where he earned his first varsity letter for the team this season. As a freshman, Johnny was consistently West Geauga’s number one runner this year. His fastest time was 18:00, which helped him earn second team All Chagrin Valley Conference honors. He led the boys cross country team to second place finishes at both the McDonough and Andrews Osborne invitationals. Amongst freshman competing at the OHSAA district meet at Madison High School, Johnny finished third and 32nd overall.

Coach John Boylan said, “Johnny is only a freshman, but leads by example. He will be fun to watch as he matures as a runner. I am excited and looking forward to the next three seasons with Johnny.”

Johnny has also been successful in the classroom as he recently accomplished a 4.25 GPA in his first grading period at the high school. He plans on continuing his education in the field of biology, but is undecided to where he will attend. Johnny enjoys running, cross-country skiing and mountain biking.

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