Nineteen Athletes from ten 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 September 12th through September 17th.

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




Name: Lainy Auer

Grade:  Freshman

School: Crestview High School

Stats:  46 assists, 37 digs, 17 kills and 6 aces in our 3-0 week

Coaches Quote:  “Lainy is a freshman playing full rotation like a veteran player,” according to coach Alisha Auer.  “Her ball control and court awareness is amazing.  She is a big part of our 9-0 start.”


Name: Kennedy Caldwell

Grade:  Sophomore

School: Champion High School

Stats: Hitting- 90-103 30A, Service- 19-24 4A 18pts, Digs- 16-20, Serve Receive- 44-47

Coaches Quote:  “Kennedy is one of our Outside hitters, but is also used as a utility player for us,” according to coach Kelly Henson.  “She sees the floor well and is able to place her hits. Kennedy also has the knowledge and understanding of the game that helps her team in many ways.”  


Name: Mallory Harshman

Grade:  Senior

School: Sebring High School

Stats:  13 blocks, 13 aces, 94% serves, 211 assists, 16 kills

Coaches Quote: “Mallory is a great determined setter that takes pride in getting to every second ball and has worked diligently in the off season to make herself a stronger all around player,” according to coach Susanne Neal.


Name: Demi Watson

Grade:  Senior

School: Liberty High School

Stats:  17 Kills and 1 Block

Coaches Quote:  “Demi is a dynamic player for our team,” according to coach Kelly Barley.  “She always seems to be one to make the big play when needed. Her athletic ability also speaks for herself. As a senior, her leadership and calmness during a game is impeccable and a key part of our team.”


Name: Emily Fultz

Grade:  Senior

School: Jackson-Milton High School

Stats:  43 service points, 15 aces, 26 kills with a .276 hitting percentage, 34 digs

Coaches Quote:  No Quote


Name: Angelina Cappabianca 

Grade:  Junior

School: Western Reserve High School

Stats:  12 kills 3 blocks 3 aces. 3 digs. 13 service  

Coaches Quote:  “Angelina is a big part of our volleyball team playing middle blocker and hitter,” according to coach Kristine Hughes.  “She is always enthusiastic, bringing great positive energy to the team during games.  She is willing to do anything she’s asked and a terrific team player who any coach would love to have in their team.  She is third on our team in kills with a total of 55, 2nd on our team with 25 service aces and also 2nd on our team with 21 total blocks.  As you can see she is a great contributor to our team’s successes.”


Name: Lauren Sierra

Grade:  Junior

School: McDonald High School

Stats:  5 Serving Aces, 15 kills, 5 Blocks  

Coaches Quote:  “Lauren is one of our outstanding middle hitters,” according to coach Mike Klockner.  “She leads our team in both serving aces and blocks.”


Name: Faith Schneider

Grade:  Junior

School: Mineral Ridge High School

Stats:  39 Kills, 40 Digs, and 9 Aces

Coaches Quote:  “Faith’s ability to earn points for the team with her aggressive attacks and backrow play both as a defender and passer in serve receive was a big part of the team’s success this week,” according to coach Ron Lesko.




Name: Scott Boston

Grade:  Senior

School: Sebring McKinley High School

Stats: 6 Receptions for 86 yards and a TD/7 Tackles & 2 Assists, Caused Fumble and a QB Hurry

Coaches Quote: “Scott has given a tremendous effort on both sides of the ball all season,” according to coach Anthony Agresta.  “He is our leading receiver and tackler.”


Name: Mason Hughes

Grade:  Junior

School: Jackson-Milton High School

Stats  No stats

Coaches Quote: “Mason earned his highest grade out of the year on offense against Lowellville,” according to coach Nathan Borde.  “He has been working to get better every day at practice and has been seeing the results on the playing field on Fridays.” 


Cross Country


Name: Dominic Pappagallo

Grade:  Sophomore

School: Mineral Ridge High School

Stats:  Finished 3rd of 355 runners at the Boardman XC Invitational

Coaches Quote:  At this weekend’s prestigious meet, the Boardman Spartan Invitational, Dom placed among the top 1% (3rd of 335 runners) of an elite field of Division 3 cross country athletes,” according to coach Ron Toth.


Name: Serenity Perrine

Grade:  Junior

School: Jackson-Milton High School

Stats: Overall placer at Boardman Spartan Invitational (48th place).  Overall placer at Suburban League Championship (38th place).  Current 5k personal record – 23:11

Coaches Quote:  “Serenity has been working hard at practices and has been pushing herself to reach her goals,” according to coach Kayla Morrison.  “She is currently in her 2nd year of cross country with JM and is competing with times 3-4 minutes faster than where she was last year! Serenity is a driven and motivated athlete and she is always fighting to give her best both at practices and during competitions.”



Name: Xavier Newell 

Grade:  Senior

School: Champion High School

Stats:   2 Goals and 2 assists

Coaches Quote:  “This past week, Xavier helped lead the team in two separate victores,” according to coach Jamie Futchko.  “A home win on Senior Night, he scored and assisted. To follow that up versus a very sound Girard squad, he initiated the scoring on a set piece header and then assisted on the winning goal late in the 2nd half. Xaviers ability to be dangerous everytime he touches the ball is a vital piece to our puzzle. “


Name: Carter Graham

Grade:  Junior

School: Jackson-Milton High School

Stats:  Solid and consistent defensive play.

Coaches Quote:  “Carter is in his second year of soccer.  He was last year’s Rookie of the Year, because of his work ethic and energy on the field,” according to coach Craig Fetkovich.  “He plays a defensive position and makes his presence felt everywhere on the field.  We appreciate his positive attitude, encouraging team spirit, speed and endurance.  He’s the type of player coaches are grateful to have on their team!”


Name: Alexander Stinson

Grade:  Junior

School: Newton Falls High School

Stats:  Hat trick against Campbell Memorial

Coaches Quote:  “Alex has proven to be an incredible leader again this year,” according to Kassi Gant.  “He is a very versatile player and has played every position on the field this season. He routinely plays sweeper and can certainly be credited with a lot of saves for the team, but is very involved in our offensive drive as well.”


Name:  Arlene Adam

Grade:  Senior

School: Newton Falls High School

Stats:  Had the only goal against Garfield.

Coaches Quote:  “Arlene is a captain and is a great leader in and off of the field,” according to coach Frank Tatarka.




Name: Caleb Domitrovich

Grade:  Senior

School: McDonald High School

Stats:  18 hole score of a 79 (4th Place) and 9 hole score of a 37,  medalist twice.

Coaches Quote: “Caleb has battled back from injury to look like the dominant player everyone knows he can be on the golf course,” according to coach Matt Vuckovic.  “His dedication to the game of golf is nearly unmatched.”


Name: Keaton Kucera

Grade:  Junior

School: Mineral Ridge High School

Stats:  Average 44.1 for the week, shot 43 in the 6th spot in victory for the Rams over Waterloo and McDonald at Mahoning Golf Course

Coaches Quote: “Keaton had a vital role this past week for Rams to go 4-0 for the week. Keaton’s performance helped lead the Rams to victories over Jackson-Milton, Lowellville, and MVAC champ Waterloo and McDonald,” according to coach Shawn Brown.  His hard work and dedication has paid off and his game has shown tremendous improvements. Keaton broke his personal record by shooting a 43 in our tri-match with McDonald and Waterloo.”


Name: Liam Mielcarek

Grade:  Senior

School: James A. Garfield High School

Stats:  Tuesday, Sept. 13th – Sugar Bush Back Nine – 47 –  Thursday, Sept. 15th – Pleasant Hills Back Nine – 39

Coaches Quote: “Liam birdied the last hole at Pleasant Hills by draining a putt from about 8 feet out to finish with a score of 39,” according to Doug Engelhart.  “This was his 4th one putt of the round (15 putts, 5 fairways, 3 greens) and his was his career best score.”