Thursday, June 26, 2008

"Best in Show!"

Randy Greenwood #32—Lake Catholic High School

It’s not a question of what can he do, with Randy it’s what can’t he do. The answer is NOT MUCH. In 2007 Randy performed excellently at each position he played. Primarily a running back and defensive back, he also saw time at wideout and quarterback. Oh yeah, he was also the team’s punter. The Cougars’ “Mr. Everything” put together a season with over 1,200 yards rushing and leading his team to the Region 9 Championship while being named to several all-star teams. Though the season ended one game shy of the state title game, Randy displayed a true never say die attitude all season long, especially in the playoffs. Missing the first game of the playoffs, he helped key the Cougar attack on both sides of the ball from that point on. Week 8 of the regular season saw Randy earn the “Shut Up and Play the Game!” GameDay MVP and by season’s end into the playoffs he was named the first ever winner of D1’s newly trademarked “Northeast Ohio High School Player of the Year” narrowly beating out Rossi Santo from Kirtland and Dan Goodrum from VASJ. Accolades and awards aren’t something new for the junior baller, who was even named All-Ohio his sophomore year, although a state title is the ultimate goal for this young standout.

It runs in the family
Randy isn’t the only talented athlete in the family. His brother Aramis is a sophomore at Fairport and he is also showing signs of “standout efforts” on the field. We’ll look forward to watching him develop his junior and senior years as well.

Giving back
Randy was also part of the high school contingent that came out to demonstrate speed and agility skills drills for the youth football players at The Edge President’s Day Youth Football Camp. These young kids look up to the older players and it’s great to see them get to share the field with some of the players they read about in the papers or watch play on the weekends.

The Lake Catholic Cougars have a strong group of returning players that should make another strong run in the North Coast League and go deep into the playoffs. We can only wait with anticipation and see, but one thing is for sure. Randy Greenwood will play a major part in that effort on both sides of the ball and on special teams his senior year.

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