2024 News-Herald hockey all-stars


Sam Wade

University, senior

Truth be told, there are winters during which the debate for the top honor here is difficult. Not this one. Wade is a no-brainer as the 2024 News-Herald hockey player of the year, earning the honor for the second straight season. The US senior winger had 55 goals, an astounding 10 short-handed, and 37 assists with a gaudy plus-minus of plus-80 for a 36-4 state runner-up squad. He was also Great Lakes Hockey League and Greater Ohio Hockey League player of the year. Wade is the first two-time hockey player of the year in the "modern" one-MVP era for N-H all-stars, introduced in 2001. He is and will be regarded as one of the best forwards to ever skate though The News-Herald coverage area, as well as its standard-bearer program.


Craig Hoberman, Chagrin Falls

At full strength, Chagrin operated this season with just eight skaters and a goaltender, four of whom were first-timers. To the Tigers' — and Hoberman's — utmost credit, they made it work. Chagrin went 16-5-2, including a 14-game unbeaten run, and captured the Blue South title and a Baron Cup III berth. Being short-handed to that extent requires a deft touch behind the bench with development and approach, and Hoberman nailed it on both fronts for a commendable campaign.


(in alphabetical order)

F Austin Andrews, Sr., Mentor

14 goals, 16 assists, 30 points; 1st Red

D Ryder Beegun, Jr., University

3 goals, 35 assists, 38 points, +63; 1st GOHL, 1st GLHL

G Noah Caballero, Sr., University

0.95 GAA, 94.9 save %; 1st GLHL

F Colton Fairchild, Sr., Gilmour

21 goals, 17 assists, 38 points; 2nd GLHL

F Ryan Kehres, Jr., Benedictine

36 goals, 26 assists, 62 points; 1st Red

F Troy Krahe, Sr., Kenston

64 goals, 70 assists, 134 points; 1st White

F Luke Palmer, Sr., University

28 goals, 35 assists, 63 points, +69; 2nd GLHL

F Gavin Rowell, Jr., Kenston

70 goals, 55 assists, 125 points; 1st White


(in alphabetical order; goals-assists-points)

F Luca Garofalo, Sr., University: 19-26-45, +39

F Mason Hice, Sr., Gilmour: 10-16-26

F Bobby Ivancic, Sr., Mentor: 12-4-16

F Rowan Jakupca, Sr., Mentor: 14-15-29; 2nd Red

F Anthony Messina, Sr., University: 19-23-42, +79

D Tommy Moores, Sr., Kenston: 11-42-53; 2nd White

D JD Sega, So., Mayfield: 41-17-58; 1st Blue

F A.J. Trobenter, Jr., Mentor: 19-20-39; 2nd Red


(in alphabetical order; goals-assists-points)

F Josh Baraona, So., Chagrin Falls: 32-38-70; 1st Blue

D Aiden Cabic, Sr., Chagrin Falls: 17-30-47; 2nd Blue

F Henry Cimperman, So., Chagrin Falls: 57-27-84; 1st Blue

F Luke Mack, Jr., Kenston: 31-48-79; 2nd White

D Michael Matthews, Sr., University: 2-15-17, +60

F Mason Rzepka, So., Benedictine: 16-12-28

D Ben Trombetto, Sr., Benedictine: 8-13-21; 2nd Red

G Ryan Wilkinson, Jr., Mentor: 1.78 GAA, 92.2 save %; 1st Red


Benedictine: Alex Rzepka, Chagrin Falls: Anton Flach, Gilmour: Sebastian Fitzgerald, Kenston: Nick Svoboda, Mayfield: Trey Kline, Mentor: Dominic Trem, NDCL: Charlie Johnson, University: Cooper Pettipiece