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2024 News-Herald hockey all-stars

Mar. 18—PLAYER OF THE YEAR

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.

COACH OF THE YEAR

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.

FIRST TEAM

(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

SECOND TEAM

(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

THIRD TEAM

(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

HONOR ROLL

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