The 24th Annual Student Athlete of the Year banquet is tonight at The Georgetown. Thirty-nine student athletes will be honored, along with two Student Athletes of the Year. One male and one female student athlete will each be awarded with a $1,000 scholarship.
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Below are the student athletes:
Erika Airhart – Howland High School
As team captain, Erika helped the Tigers volleyball team to 16 wins this season, the most in her time as a three year letter winner. She was an all-district and all-conference selection. Competing in track, she was the Division One District Champion at Fitch in the high jump. She has a 3.9 grade point average and plans to attend Youngstown State.
Ryan Bailey – Boardman High School
Ryan lettered four years and served as co-captain for the Spartans swim team. He’s an All-American, and added state champ to the resume in February when he claimed the 100 yard butterfly. He also finished fourth in the 100 yard breast stroke. Ryan has a 4.0 grade point average, is class valedictorian and will continue his swimming career in college at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Eoghan Bees – Springfield High School
Eoghan is a two year letter winner with the basketball team, helping the Tigers to consecutive conference crowns. He averaged 15 points and 5 assists per game. He’s also a starter for the baseball team, which plays in the state semifinals on Friday. He has a 3.9 grade point average and served as National Honor Society president this past year.
Allison Bell – Maplewood High School
Allison is as good a three point shooter as there is in the area. She is the single season record holder at Maplewood for three-pointers. She’s the career record holder for three-pointers made too. The Rockets qualified for the regional tournament this year. On the softball diamond, she is a four year letter winner. Allison has a 3.9 grade point average.
Sierra Blackson – Champion High School
Sierra is a standout catcher for the softball team. She is a four year letter winner and is an all-conference selection. She helped the Golden Flashes to back-to-back state championships her sophomore and junior year. She is an all-conference middle hitter for the volleyball team. Sierra has a 3.8 grade point average and will play softball at Slippery Rock University.
Michael Bryant – Liberty High School
Michael is a four year letter winner for the bowling team. His personal high is a 272, earning him all-conference honors. Michael is also a three year letter winner with the soccer team. He has a 3.5 grade point average and will attend Kent State University.
Cody Buchanan – Sharon High School
Cody is a multi-sport standout for the Tigers. He is a four year letter winner with the wrestling team. He finished his career with 105 wins and will wrestle at Alderson-Broaddus College. He is a four year letter winner in cross country and two year letter winner in track.
Tim Cooper – Western Reserve High School
Tim is a four year letter winner for Western Reserve’s football team, and holds the school record for career and single season interceptions. He is a starter on the basketball team and earned three letters. He has a 3.75 grade point average and plans to pursue a degree in education and one day be a coach.
Ryan Coyier – Youngstown Christian High School
Ryan is a three year letter winner with the football team and finished with over 30 receptions and three touchdowns. He helped Youngstown Christian to a berth in the Division VI Regional Championship. Ryan is a part of National Honor Society, has a 4.0 grade point average and will pursue a degree in engineering.
Brandon Dattilio – Leetonia High School
Brandon starred in football, basketball, and baseball. On the gridiron he is a running back, defensive back and was also the kicker. He holds three different school records for the baseball team. Brandon is going to Ohio State and will pursue an engineering degree.
Matt Dogan – West Middlesex High School
Matt Dogan was born with a basketball. He averaged over 26 points per game and is the boys all-time scoring leader in Mercer County history, finishing with over 2,100 points. Matt has a 3.75 grade point average. He’ll play basketball at Gannon and pursue a career as a physician’s assistant.
Rachel Durbin – Lowellville High School
Rachel earned 14 varsity letters in her four year career with the Rockets. In her four years, the Rockets played in four regional tournaments. She is an all-conference performer in basketball, cross country, and softball. She has a 3.9 grade point average and will attend Westminster, studying biology.
Madison Eichstadt – Reynolds High School
Madison is an 18-under quarter horse world champion. She earned that in 2011. Last year she finished as runner up. Currently, she is leading the nation in three separate classes. She is also a state champion gymnast winning the floor routine. She is class valedictorian and is hoping to one day be a neurosurgeon.
Megan Guliano – Warren JFK High School
Megan is a four year letter winner with the Eagles tennis team. She finished her senior season with a 9-2 record and is a district qualifier. She had over 35 victories in her career. She is student senate treasurer and vice president of service club. She has a 4.23 grade point average and hopes to become a lawyer.
Mark Hadley – Bordman High School
Mark is an all-state runner for the cross country and track teams. In his career, he’s been named the Cross Country Federal League Athlete of the Year. He is still competing this season as he will run in the 3200 down in Columbus at this week’s state meet. He has a 4.0 grade point average and is ranked first in is class. Mark is the only junior at this year’s banquet.
Patrick Hiznay – Poland High School
Patrick is also competing at this year’s track and field state championships. He is a part of a 4×400 relay team that won a district title at Salem and is returning to state. He is also a three year letter winner for the football team helping the Bulldogs to a sixth straight postseason appearance. He has a 3.83 gpa and helped captain a relay for life team to support his brother, Matt, who is battling lung cancer. Just last week Matt was given an all clear.
David Jamieson – Brookfield High School
David is a four year letter winner in football, wrestling, and baseball. The football team finished 12-1 and was regional runner up. He has over 100 victories as a wrestler. He is class president, and president of National Honor Society and Student Council. He has a 4.0 grade point average and is class valedictorian.
Patrick Kunkel – McDonald High School
Patrick is also an elite cross country and track athlete. He has been a part of two state championships and two state runner ups. He will compete in three events down in Columbus this week. He was a member of the basketball team that advanced to the District Title game in Division IV. He has a 3.95 grade point average and will run at the University of San Francisco, studying pre-medicine.
Jennie Laeng – Kennedy Catholic High School
Jennie is a nationally recognized gymnast. She has competed at the National Invitational for three straight years. As a sophomore she won an individual national championship. She has a 4.0 grade point average and earned a full scholarship to Nebraska.
Anthony Lariccia – Struthers High School
Anthony played football this year, for the first time since he was a freshman. He was one of the Wildcats leading tacklers. He’s a four year letter winner with the baseball team spending time at both shortstop and second base. He was an all-conference selection. Anthony will pursue a physical therapy degree at Youngstown St.
Sabrina Mangapora – Canfield High School
Sabrina is an All-Ohio volleyball and basketball player. On the volleyball court she holds the school record for kills in a season and a career. She also has the school record for aces in a season. Sabrina was a two-time first team All-Ohio selection for basketball. Canfield played in the regional finals in both sports. Sabrina has a 3.9 grade point average and will play volleyball at Ball State.
Chad Oliver – Bristol High School
Chad is a three year letter winner with the basketball team. He was a first team All-Ohio selection in Division IV and helped the Panthers to the District Tournament. He holds numerous school records at Bristol. He’s also a record holder in soccer, setting the school record for goals in a season with 39. He has a 4.0 grade point average and is class valedictorian.
Gianna Parella – Cardinal Mooney High School
Gianna was a three year letter winner with the tennis team. As part of a doubles team, Parella had a perfect regular season and finished in the top 16 in the state. She is class valedictorian with a 4.6 grade point average. She will attend M.I.T. and study chemical engineering.
Allie Pavlansky – Canfield High School
Allie is also a tennis standout. She earned over 100 career victories and is a three time state qualifier. This year she finished 32-4. She is also a starter on this year’s basketball team that advanced to the regional finals. Allie will attend the U.S. Naval Academy and continue her tennis career.
Billy Price – Austintown Fitch High School
Billy was a three year letter winner with the football team and is a two time first team All-Ohio selection. He is the Division I Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Billy is also a track and field standout and will compete at this week’s state tournament throwing the discus and shot put. He will continue his football career at Ohio State.
Jeremy Quinlan – Brookfield High School
Jeremy started at quarterback for the football team, was the basketball team’s leading scorer, and was a workhorse starting pitcher for the baseball team. On the basketball court he finished as Brookfield’s boys all-time scoring leader. He has a 3.8 grade point average and will play at Youngstown State.
Anthony Rohan – Ursuline High School
Anthony is a four year letter winner for the Ursuline baseball team. He is the starting center fielder. He was instrumental in the regional tournament in helping the Irish secure a trip to the Division III State Tournament. He has a 4.3 grade point average and will attend Ohio State or Youngstown State to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.
Lindsey Roncone – Columbiana High School
Lindsey is a two year letter winner in volleyball, a three year letter winner in basketball, and a four year letter winner in track. She was a back row hitter for the volleyball team. As a member of the basketball team she was an all-county selection and served as team captain. While also serving as captain on the track team, Lindsey competed in the 4×200 and 4×800 relay teams as well as the 400 individually. Lindsey has a 3.95 grade point average and plans to pursue a veterinary degree at Ohio State.
Deontay Scott – Youngstown East High School
Deontay averaged over 18 points and 14 rebounds in helping Youngstown East to the district tournament. He has a 4.2 grade point average and was the Panthers salutatorian. He plans to attend Ohio State and pursue an accounting degree.
Jessica Scott – Austintown Fitch High School
Jessica is a three year starter for the Fitch soccer team. She is a goalie and earned All-Conference honors for her work as the Falcons backstop. She has overcome a great deal since her freshman year having to overcome a learning disability to attain a 3.2 grade point average.
Bri Seekford – Ursuline High School
Bri competes in both the short and long program on the intermediate level. She is a U-S-F-S gold medalist in the test series. That is equivalent to the highest level black belt in karate. She has competed in numerous tournaments through the midwest with multiple first place finishes. She will attend Youngstown State and pursue a degree in physical therapy and an emphasis on cardiology and pulmonary research.
Marissa Simon – Liberty High School
Marissa has experienced something few have; rolling a perfect 300 game. She is a two-time state qualifier and a member of the Ohio High School bowling honor roll. She will bowl in college and pursue a degree in physical therapy.
Jen Sklenar – Cardinal Mooney High School
Jen is a standout gymnast competing at regionals on level 7, 8, 9, and 10. She earned a state championship in the individual all-around. She is a member of National Honor Society and has a 3.75 grade point average. She will attend Brockport College in New York, compete in gymnastics, and pursue a degree in occupational therapy.
Kaye Solak – Lowellville High School
Kaye is a four year letter winner with the Rockets and earned third team All-Ohio honors. She led the team in scoring this year. She is a member of track and field, a cheerleader, and a member of band. She is editor of the school newspaper, the Rocketeer. She has a 4.0 grade point average and is class valedictorian.
Joe Spurio – Hubbard High School
Joe is a four year letter winner for the Eagles swim team. He finished 13th in the state in Division II in the 100 yard butterfly. He also owns the school record for the 200 Individual medley. He has a 3.8 grade point average and plans to continue his swimming career in college and will study chemistry.
Cassidy Stoddard – Columbiana High School
Cassidy is a three year letter winner with the volleyball team. She is an all-county and all-district setter. She has a 4.0 grade point average, is class valedictorian and will attend Youngstown State on a full academic scholarship.
Ross Stoffer – South Range High School
Ross is three year letter winner in football, basketball, and baseball. He is an all-conference selection as a two year starter at quarterback. He helped South Range to a berth in the Division III District Title game in baseball. He has a 4.0 grade point average, is class valedictorian, and will attend Ohio State.
Michael Wilfong – Ursuline High School
Michael is a four year letter winner with the Ursuline bowling team. He has a scoring average of 200 and owns a career high game of 269. He is a member of National Honor Society, has a 4.1 grade point average and will study pre-law in college.
Emily Zehentbauer – United High School
Emily is a standout basketball player for United. She averaged about 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists and helped the Golden Eagles to consecutive berths in the Division III Regional Tournament. She is also a member of the volleyball team earning two letters as a setter. She is class president, as well as president of four other organizations. She has a 3.79 grade point average.