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Apanavicius shines in Navy’s all-star win

PEPPER PIKE—For the second time in as many years, Riverside’s Amanda Apanavicius stepped up to lead her team to a win in the Ohio Varsity Senior Shootout and Underclassmen Showcase presented by

Apanavicius, an Edinboro signee, scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Service All-Stars to a win over the Courage All-Stars in last winter’s Underclassmen Showcase and on Sunday, she scored a game-high 18 to lead the Navy All-Stars to a 77-56 win over the Army in the Senior Shootout.

She scored 14 points in the second half as the Navy comfortably pulled away for the victory.

North’s Samanta Pirosko contributed to the win with 17 points and Brush’s Danajah Sanders pitched in with 14.

Andrews-Osborne Academy’s Gabby Culotta led the Army with 13 points while Geneva’s Hailey Peoples-O’Neil finished with 10.

Kenston’s John Misenko coached the Navy All-Stars while Mayfield’s Ryan Looman guided the Army. The game was an official fundraiser for The Wounded Warrior Project. Each team represented one branch of the United States Armed Forces.

At halftime, Kirtland head coach Bob Bell was named the Ohio Varsity Coach of the Year and Kirtland’s Sydney Snyder was named Ohio Varsity Player of the Year. The Hornets finished the regular season 22-0 then went on to set a new school record with 23 wins in a single season.

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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