Fifteen Athletes from eight different schools have been named the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week.

Each athlete was nominated by his or her coach. All statistics incurred from August 15th, through August 20th.

Below is a look at each Athlete of the Week by sport:



Name: Kendall Brunn

Grade:  Junior

School: Campbell Memorial High School

Stats:  14 Kills (.632 Hitting Percentage), 1 Ace, 1 Block

Coaches Quote:  “Junior, Middle hitter, Kendall Brunn had 14 kills with a .632 hitting percentage,” says coach Tyler Allen.  “She also added 1 ace and 1 block to her stat line to lead the Red Devils to a 3-0 win over Valley Christian. 25-8, 25-9, 25-13.”


Name: Riley Headley

Grade:  Junior

School: Jackson-Milton High School

Stats:  7 aces, 2 kills against Mathews

Coaches Quote:  “Great serving spark that we need to pull ahead in the first two sets to secure the win,” according to coach Stephen Mohr.


Name: Gianna Costantino

Grade:  Sophomore

School: McDonald High School

Stats:  23 Digs and 20 Kills

Coaches Quote: ” Gianna had an all around great performance in our win against Columbiana,” according to coach Mike Klockner.  “She made big plays at important times to help seal the victory.”



Name: Vinny Ballone

Grade:  Senior

School: Lowellville High School

Stats:  Passing 14 of 19 for 291 yards and 6 touchdowns and ran for 129 yards on 9 carries with a touchdown.

Coaches Quote: According to Coach Andrew Mamula, “Vinny does so much for our team. I was impressed with him. He made great reads compared to last year. He made smart plays. He showed patience and maturity tonight and didn’t just rely on his athleticism. If he plays like this throughout the season, we’re going to be a hard team to beat.”


Name: Ian Erb

Grade:  Junior

School: Mineral Ridge High School

Stats: 178 rushing yards 2 td’s; 25 receiving yards 1 td; 3 solo tackles and 3 assisted tackles

Coaches Quote: “Ian is a first-year starter at RB and is really starting to understand the scheme … I
see many more games like this for him,” according to coach Brian Shaner.


Name: Keegan White

Grade:  Sophomore

School: Jackson-Milton High School

Stats 3 Receptions 96 yards 3 Receiving Touchdowns and 2 tackles on defense

Coaches Quote: No Quote


Cross Country

Name: Landon Fortunato

Grade:  Freshmen

School: Jackson-Milton High School

Stats:  New 5K personal record of 21:57

Coaches Quote:  Landon Fortunato competed in 4 races over the last 4 weeks, working to
prepare for the cross country season,” states coach Kayla Morrison.  “At the last race of the 4 race series, on 8/17,
he scored a new personal record time of 21:57 and placed 5th overall in the
high school boys division. Landon has been working hard at practices to improve
himself and his team.”


Name: Dominic Pappagallo

Grade:  Sophomore

School: Mineral Ridge High School

Stats:  17.04.0 Individual Meet Varsity Champion, KSU Flash Back XC Invitational

Coaches Quote:  “Dom finished 1 minute 10 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor, he ran the second fastest time recorded on the KSU course, AND he set the MRHS Sophomore Record (formerly held by his brother, Timmy) in the process.” according to his coach Ron Toth.



Name: Aidan Baumeier

Grade:  Junior

School: Liberty High School

Stats:  2 Goals

Coaches Quote:  “Aidan led the team well in our first win of the season,” states coach Dan Yargo.  “With two early goals, he paced the team to a dominant win.”


Name: Mya Bennett

Grade:  Sophomore

School: Waterloo High School

Stats:  2 Goals

Coaches Quote:  Mya has worked extremely hard this summer on her shot and finding her range.” according to coach Bill Jackson.   “It was awesome to see it pay off in a big way in her performance this week. Her two goals helped the team find success in their game this week. Very proud of her!”


Name: Emma Sanders

Grade:  Junior

School: Springfield Local High School

Stats: Defensive standout (no specific stats)

Coaches Quote: “Emma had a great game against South Range,” according to coach Justin Kosek.  “She ran down a lot of balls and shut down the Raiders attack before they could get to the final third. She made it hard for them to get anything going. Emma really stepped up and looked like the leader we need her to be.”

Name: Zach Koontz

Grade:  Junior

School: Jackson-Milton High School

Stats:  2 Goals

Coaches Quote:  “Zach has scored the first goal in every game and scrimmage we’ve had this season,” according to coach Craig Fetkovich.  “He has been our offensive spark this year and we are so pleased with his hustle!  Last year he earned the Team Practice Player of the Year Award; we attribute his progression this year to his tremendous work ethic.”


Name: Trey Rigley

Grade:  Junior

School: Mineral Ridge High School

Stats:  Average for the week 38.5, led team in birdies, pars, and least amount of 3 putts

Coaches Quote:  “Trey has been working on his game the last 2 weeks and his dedication is starting to pay off,” according to Shawn Brown. “He has led the Rams to a 8-2 record and showing the leadership the young Rams need. His average for the last week is 38.5, he also leads the team in eagles, birdies, and pars.”


Name: Jackson Eichler

Grade:  Junior

School: Waterloo High School

Stats:  Scores of  8/15 vs McDonald and Jackson Milton shot 41 (2nd lowest score), 8/16 @ Jackson Milton shot 39 (medalist), 8/17 vs Sebring shot 43 (3rd) and 8/18 vs Mineral Ridge and Lowellville shot 40 (2nd)

Coaches Quote:  “Jackson has started the dual and tri-match season strong,” according to coach Matthew Flanagan.  “He has teams lowest average through our first 4 matches (40.75), and was the teams low scorer in 3 out of those 4 outings. Jackson is a key reason to the Vikings have a successful start to the season.”


Name: Aaren Romigh

Grade:  Senior

School: Jackson-Milton High School

Stats:  Averaged a 42 for the week of play and includes a new personal best 39 for two consecutive rounds.

Coaches Quote: No quote