Ohio Varsity Players of the Week 9/17/20
By: Steve Hare
Athletes from five different schools have been named the Ohio Varsity Players of the Week.
Each player was nominated by his or her coach.All statistics incurred during the week beginning Sept. 7 and ending on Sept. 13.
Here’s a look at each Player of the Week by sport:
Name: Sam Honkala
School: Fairport Harding
Stats: Caught seven passes for 104 yards and picked off two passes
Coach’s Quote: “Sam played well in our first two games, but he emerged as a big-time playmaker in week three against Windham,” Fairport coach Cameron Ruff said. “He is a first-year junior and he has worked hard over the summer to gain weight and learn our passing routes and coverages. He is extremely intelligent and asks questions to better understand his responsibilities.He caught a season-high seven passes on offense for 104 yards and made some clutch catches on third downs. He also intercepted two Windham passes that took Windham’s offensive momentum away. He has also done a tremendous job as our holder on extra points and other special teams units. He rarely comes off the field and he is a strong contributor to our team. He displayed those contributions full force in week three and led Fairport to a 30-0 win.”
Skippers clicking on all cylinders
By Steve Hare -September 14, 2020
Without much of an off-season, the Fairport football team had to rely on the individual work each Skipper put in to set the tone for the 2020 season.
Fortunately, that work went above and beyond what was required and has led the Skippers to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2012.
“The kids have been working hard and they got themselves prepared,” Fairport coach Cameron Ruff said. “They’ve been working hard since November and December and even with the quarantine, they were at home lifting wheelbarrows and whatever else they could find laying around the house. That’s been their goal; to be in the position they’re in now at 3-0.”
The Skippers haven’t just won all of their games through three weeks, they’ve been dominant.
Fairport has outscored its three opponents, 105-7, and has yet to allow a defensive touchdown.
“Our defense has played absolutely lights out,” Ruff said. “The seven points we gave up was on a kickoff return so the defense is still has a shutout. They’ve been tackling well and playing well, flying around to the ball. Our defensive backs have only allowed one completion on the year so far. They’ve been flying around hitting people and having fun.”
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Skippers shut out Windham 30-0
BY TOMMY SHIRER- STAFF
The Fairport Harding Skippers traveled to Windham, Ohio to take on the Windham Bombers. The Skippers would continue their hot start to the season with a 30-0 victory over the Bombers.
The Skippers Defense dominated for the third straight week led by Junior Dillon Knesebeck who had 11 tackles and fellow Junior Sam Honkala who had 2 interceptions.
The Skippers would score on their first drive of the game on a 42-yard touchdown pass from Sophomore QB Will Fezekas to Junior Tai Malone with 9:46 left in the 1st quarter.
Moments later, just a few plays after the kickoff to the Bombers, Tai Malone would intercept the pass from Windham Sophomore QB Wyatt Hanshaw. The Skippers took over inside the Bomber 40 but failed to score.
The 1st quarter was rocky for both teams but then in the 2nd quarter Fairport would start to dominate the game. With 7:33 left in the first half Senior Dom Knesebeck would sack Hanshaw in the endzone for a safety putting the Skippers on top 9-0. Then just 58 seconds later the Skippers would score on a 34-yard TD pass from Will Fazekas to Dillion Knesebeck to make the score 16-0 with 6:35 left in the 2nd.
Just under two minutes later Senior Quentin Piotrowski blocked a punt and return it to the three yard line where on the next play Junior Running Back Josiah Cooper rushed for a three yard touchdown to make it 23-0 with 4:36 left in the half. That would remain the score at the half.
Two minutes and thirty-one seconds into the third quarter Running Back Josiah Cooper ran for his second touchdown of the night making the score 30-0 with 9:39 left in the third quarter. The Skipper and Bombers did no more damage on offense as the game ended 30-0 Fairport.
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Ohio Varsity Players of the Week
By Steve Hare -September 10, 2020
Athletes from eight different schools have been named the Ohio Varsity Players of the Week.
Each player was nominated by his or her coach.
All statistics incurred during the week beginning Aug. 31 and ending on Sept. 6.
Here’s a look at each Player of the Week by sport:
Name: Dominic Knesebeck
School: Fairport Harding
Stats: Recorded 15 tackles, including seven for a loss, and a sack and forced three fumbles; also recorded six pancake blocks and paved the way for a 250-yard rushing performance
Coach’s Quote: “Dominic has been with the program for four years and he has worked his way to become a great football player and leader,” Fairport coach Cameron Ruff said. “His teammates elected him as a team captain and he has been our player of the game for the first two games. He has dominated on both sides of the ball, already tallying 13 pancake blocks on the offensive line, 29 total tackles, and nine tackles for loss on defense. He has gained strength, size, and speed each of the past four years and he displays his physicality at full force.”
Sandra Knight wants the Fairport Harding High School softball team to resume the tradition of playing home games in its hometown.
To make sure that happens, Knight has spearheaded a campaign that is raising money and enlisting the help of volunteers to revitalize Cardina Field in Fairport Harbor Village.
“Our goal is to be on this field by spring of 2021,” said Knight, who serves as athletic director for Fairport Harbor Schools.
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Fairport football: 2020 season preview
By Nate Barnes email@example.com @NateBarnes_ on Twitter
Fairport enters a new era as the Skippers moved from the Chagrin Valley Conference into the Northeastern Athletic Conference. Things are going to look different for coach Cameron Ruff's squad on the field, as well. Fairport returns five lettermen from last year's team that went 4-6. The Skippers have two returning starters on offense, both linemen, and four on the defensive side. The question for Fairport now becomes if its inexperienced players are prepared to step into starting roles, and the team has adopted "Prove It" as its mantra entering the season.
Babbitt, Schuster earn CVC Sportsmanship Awards
By Steve Hare -April 19, 2020
Hannah Babbitt and Sam Schuster were named Fairport Harding’s 2020 Chagrin Valley Conference Senior Sportsmanship Award winners.
Babbitt earned four letters in both volleyball and softball for the Skippers and she also was a member of the cheer squad.
In addition to recording the 1,000th dig of her career in the fall, Babbitt earned the school’s Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2018 and 2019. She was named second-team All-CVC in volleyball and softball in 2019 and earned honorable mention all-conference honors in 2018.
Babbitt also excels in the classroom.
She earned a CVC Scholar-Athlete Award in 2019 and 2020 while taking College Credit Plus courses at Lakeland Community College. Babbitt is a member of the National Honor Society, the FHS Class President and a Student Ambassador who has committed over 1,000 hours of community service. She was named the Spanish 3 and History Student of the Year.
Schuster earned three varsity letters in football, one in basketball and four in baseball.
He was named second-team All-CVC in baseball following the 2018 and 2019 seasons and first-team All-Lake County in 2018 and 2019. The Lake County Touchdown Club recognized Schuster in 2019 and he was named the Fairport Offensive Player of the Year in 2019 and the Special Teams Player of the Year in 2018. Schuster earned honorable mention All-CVC honors for football in 2018 and 2019.
A member of the National Honor Society, Schuster is a CVC All-Academic honoree and CVC Scholar-Athlete. He is a member of the Dean’s List at Lakeland Community College and was named the Social Studies Student of the Year.
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PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Chipps finished his senior year with a bang, rolling a 689 at the Division II state tournament to place seventh among individuals. He also helped lead the Skippers to a runner-up finish in the team tournament. Chipps tied for 19th at the D-II Nautica District with 599 pins and placed second at the Wickliffe Sectional with a score of 609.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Jerry Rich, Fairport
The Skippers continued their run of area dominance through the 2019-20 season, a campaign that culminated in a runner-up finish at the D-II state tournament. Four of Rich's bowlers placed among the top 26 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl. Fairport picked up the Nautica District title by 109 pins and rolled up a 3,996 team score at the Wickliffe Sectional to claim that championship by a 563-pin margin.
Ryan Chipps, So., Fairport
A key cog on the Skippers' state runner-up team, Chipps rolled 638 to finish 12th at D-II state; 9th at Nautica District with 622 and rolled 608 for 3rd at Wickliffe Sectional
Connor Hulett, Jr., Fairport
Placed 24th at D-II state with 603; knocked down 349 pins to finish 45th at Wickliffe Sectional
Joe Justinger, So., Fairport
Rolled 600 to take 26th at D-II state; tied for 19th with 599 at Nautica District and rolled 647 to win Wickliffe Sectional title
Fairport: Mike Rentz, Matt Oravecz, Christian Nelson
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Congrats to our FHS Skipper Bowling team!!! 2020 OHSAA Division II State Runner-ups!!!
Congratulations to the Skippers Boys Bowling Team as they win again! This time at Wickliffe Lanes 2/8/20
Division II Sectional Champions!!!!
Way to Go Coach Rich, Coach Chipps & The team!
Name: Kara McFadden
School: Fairport Harding
Stats: Scored 68 points with 11 3-pointers, eight assists, eight rebounds, three steals and five blocked shots in three games.
Coach’s Quote: “Kara is my freshman point guard who had a career-high 30 points and six 3-point shots made against Richmond Heights,” Fairport coach Ed Reed said.
Mrs. Edixon-Congratulations to our second-grade teacher, Mrs. Edixon for getting her Donors Choose project funded! Mrs. Edixon asked for donations to give her students a classroom library to improve fluency and grow their knowledge of the world around them. She will receive over $800 worth of supplies to help her second grade students become better readers. Way to go and thank you to all that made a donation for these books!
Mrs.Slovenkay- Mrs. Slovenkay is excited to announce that a project she submitted to Donors Choose has been fully funded, thanks to several community members and a corporate match sponsorship through Lockheed Martin. The materials she requested will be directly connected to three different IB inquiries and will address several academic content areas. The materials will arrive in January and the fifth graders will be utilizing them for their inquiry into how light travels and its effect on life on Earth. THANK YOU to everyone that helped spread the word and a special shout-out to those that donated to make this project possible.
Michael Rentz was one of the News-Herald Players of the Week 12/5/19.
On the lanes, Led the Skippers to a first-place finish at the St. Ignatius Wildcat Classis with a 635 series. Recorded the second-highest series of the tournament and earned all-tournament honors.
Congratulations Michael Rentz!
FAIRPORT HARBOR – A school assembly at Fairport Harding High to welcome State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria Nov. 8 turned into a special surprise, especially for science teacher Nathan Yaussy.
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Fairport young but hopeful
November 18, 2019
Fairport Harding returns three starters and five others with varsity experience leaving the Skippers hopeful to show vast improvement from last season.
With just two seniors on the squad and six sophomores expected to play key minutes, the Skippers remain young but have the potential to be competitive this winter.
“We are very young and a work in progress, especially after the tough season we had last year,” ninth-year head coach Matt Cardina said. “However, we have matured on and off the court so I feel we have a strong potential to grow a lot this year and begin to learn how to win.”
What the Skippers lack in size they make up for with their speed and Cardina plans to use that quickness to his advantage.
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Congratulations to Mr. Nathan Yaussy Science Teacher for winning the 2019 Milken Award-Known as "The Oscars of Teaching". Click to read more & see photos.
Thank you to the Fairport Harbor Police Department, Sgt. Eric Miller, Fairport Harbor Fire Department, Painesville Police Department, Grand River Police and Grand River Fire Department for conducting our staff ALICE training refresher on Monday November 5, 2019. We appreciate your partnership in keeping our students, staff and community safe!
Fairport’s Cody Paugh hits the 1,000-yard mark in Senior Nigh win | Chagrin Valley Conference 10/26/19
CVC Article by Steve Hare:
Cody Paugh ran for 145 yards and a touchdown and he also threw for a score in leading Fairport Harding to a 45-6 win over visiting Richmond Heights in Friday’s Senior Night win.
“We’re proud of these seniors for their efforts tonight,” Fairport coach Cameron Ruff said. “They had a goal to win their Senior Night game and they accomplished that with a huge win over Richmond Heights. These seniors have led the way for this program to experience wins like these and we’re proud of their hard work.”
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Paugh, Schuster have their way in win over Brooklyn
By Steve Hare -October 12, 2019
Brooklyn scored first in Friday’s Chagrin Valley Conference Metro Division contest at Fairport Harding on Friday but the Skippers dominated from there and beat the Hurricanes, 47-7.
“These kids made a statement this week,” Fairport coach Cameron Ruff said. “This was a must-win game and the kids rose to the challenge.”
The Homecoming win was the first for the Skippers in many years and they did it in impressive fashion.
“I’m most proud of our kids’ focus during their homecoming game and their response to Brooklyn going up 7-0 in the first quarter,” Ruff said. “Rather than become upset with each other after giving up a long score, they regrouped, communicated, and played their best football by scoring 47 unanswered points.”
Jamiar Tate opened the scoring with a 57-yard touchdown run to give Brooklyn a short-lived 7-0 lead.
Justice Bartley hauled in a 54-yard touchdown pass from Sam Schuster but the Skippers failed to convert the two-point conversion and trailed 7-6.
Cody Paugh’s 67-yard touchdown run and Schuster’s two-point conversion gave Fairport a 14-7 lead it would not relinquish.
Paugh finished the night with 26 carries for 287 yards and three touchdowns. His career night was set up by the work of the offensive line.
“Our offensive line of Martin Mendoza, Mike Voiles, Quentin Piotrowksi, Deano Spiesman, Noah Greene, and Dillon Knesebeck put the team on their back and blocked great all night,” Ruff said. “They made room for our running backs all night and provided ample time for Sam to throw.”
Schuster added touchdown runs of 3 and 11 yards in the second quarter and a 21-yarder in the third quarter. Paugh scored on runs of 10 yards in the third quarter and a 48-yarder in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring.
“This was Fairport’s first homecoming win in a long time,” Ruff said. “These kids deserve every minute of this victory because they played their hearts out.”
Fairport's long journey pays off with 50-0 win
BY TIM SHIRER
Back in August prior to the start of the high school football season Fairport was informed by Saint John that Saint John was playing eight man football this season. Fairport was not interested in the eight-man format, so the game was cancelled. Fairport Athletic Director Sandra Knight searched for a game. The only week three game she could find was out of state in Morgantown, West Virginia against the Trinity Christian Warriors. The Skippers made the three-and-a-half-hour trek to mountains in Morgantown and the Warriors were gracious host. But in the end the talented Skippers football team lead by head coach Cameron Ruff was to much for the Warriors and the Skippers prevailed in a shut out 50-0.
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CVC Article By: By Steve Hare -August 31, 2019
Fairport Harding used a balanced offense and stout defense to open the 2019 season with a 32-6 win over visiting Newbury on Friday.
Sam Schuster completed all five of his passes for 155 yards and one touchdown and the Skippers ran for 226 yards as a team.
“Our coaching staff is extremely proud of these kids for their efforts all winter and spring,” Fairport coach Cameron Ruff said. “Their hard work in the weight room has paid dividends for these kids in their development as football players and people. Their added strength has allowed us to block and tackle much better than we’ve done in the past. That showed tonight. We blocked and tackled with and executed the game plan.”
Cody Paugh led the ground game with 11 carries for 97 yards while Schuster added 64 yards on 10 carries. Jayden Alston carried three times for 41 yards and a score and Josiah Cooper scampered for 24 yards on five carries.
“Our offensive line brought great effort tonight,” Ruff said. “They paved the way for our running backs and provided time for our pass plays to get open. Quentin Piotrowski, Martin Mendoza, Dominic Knesebeck, Mike Voiles, Ethan Whitt, and Noah Greene did great blocking tonight. Sam Schuster ran with power and Cody Paugh averaged over nine yards per carry.”
The Skippers were equally effective in the passing game where Schuster spread out his five passes to four different receivers.
Justice Bartley caught one pass for 72 yards and a score, Damon Yahner hauled in one for 45 yards and Paugh had a 10-yard reception. Dillon Knesebeck recorded two catches for 38 yards.
Fairport’s defense shut down Newbury’s offense thanks in large part to six takeaways.
Bartley and Tai Malone both picked off a pair of passes.
Whitt led the defense with eight tackles and Dominic Knesebeck finished with three stops, a fumble recovery a blocked field goal and a defensive touchdown.
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Congratulations to the Hall of Fame Class of 2019
Jessica Hibbard 00'
Steven Tokar 85'
Skip Lakia 73'
1961 Fairport Track Team State Runners-up
Friday, Sept 20-Hall of fame inductees will attend an assembly at Harding High, be introduced at Greig Field at 6:15.
Saturday, Sept 21 is the Induction Ceremony & Hall of Fame Banquet at the Fairport Harbor VFW at 6:00 pm Tickets are $25.00 each
Contact Scott Hribar at SHribar@fhevs.org for more information
PHOTOS: Fairport vs. Southington football scrimmage, Aug. 22, 2019
By Coleen Moskowitz
Photos from the Fairport vs. Southington football scrimmage, Aug. 22, 2019
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