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Regal night in Ravenna: 8th annual ESPYs award-winners announced


By Tom Nader

Publisher and Editor

Ravenna High School hosted its 8th annual ESPYs athletic-awards ceremony on Wednesday.

The event was initiated by Ravenna social studies teacher and boys soccer coach Matt Wunderle in 2016 as a regal and exciting replacement to the school’s annual Letterwinner’s Dinner.

Wednesday’s prestigious and formal-dress event captured that for the Ravens once again.

Here are a look at the winners of all of the ESPYs.

Male Raven Award: Ben Rainone

Female Raven Award: Avonlea Jefferson

Female Athlete of the Year: Kyla Carney

Male Athlete of the Year: Pavel Henderson

Breakthrough Athlete: Preston Hatcher

Best Individual Performance: Abigail Retherford

Coach of the Year: Marlon Jones

Best Game: Boys basketball vs. Woodridge

Best Upset (tie): Softball’s 3-2 win over Streetsboro; Girls tennis’ Jameson Jordan vs. Woodridge at Metro Athletic Conference Tournament

Best Play (tie): Boys basketball’s Marcus Gibson’s buzzer-beater at Streetsboro; Boys soccer’s Mason Ward’s game-winning goal vs. Streetsboro

Outstanding Team: Boys bowling

Best Dressed: Cheerleading

Elite Scholar-Athlete: Kyla Carney, Reese Johnston


Abigail Retherford, Marcus Gibson, Landon Skilton, Ben Rainone, Paige China, Reese Johnston, Mason Warad, Ben Hatcher, Nick Iurato, Hannah Chris, Cadence Tackett, Parker Addison, Jacob Champ, Kevin Robbins, Ashlyn Williams, Zoe Bevilacqua, Sean Loucks, Kyla Carney, Avonlea Jefferson


Kyla Carney: volleyball, basketball, track

Morgan Decker: Fall cheer, winter cheer, softball

Marcus Gibson: Golf, basketball, baseball

Pavel Henderson: Football, basketball, track

Reese Johnston: Cross country, soccer, track

Darya Olefir: Fall cheer, winter cheer, track

Ben Rainone: Cross country, boys soccer, tennis

Abigail Retherford: Volleyball, basketball, track

Mallory Sterba: Tennis, bowling, softball

1 Comment

  1. John Green May 20, 2023

    Congratulations to the girls Volleyball team for maintaining a high 3 plus GPA


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