Firestone boys basketball coach Jerry Laria and Kenmore girls basketball coach Yontami Jones will be honored as the Coaches of the Year during the Summit-Portage Touchdown Club's annual awards dinner April 20th.
Also, Firestone senior guard Ramel Mitchell, the City Series Player of the Year the past two seasons, and Kenmore junior guard Andola Dortch, who also was the City Series Player of the Year this past season, will be honored as Players of the Year.
Mitchell, a 5-foot-10 guard who was a first-team Division I All-Ohio selection, averaged 19.2 points a game and helped lead the Falcons to the regional semifinals for the second consecutive year. Mitchell has several Division II offers but his dream is to play at the Division I level. Word is that he has an offer to be a preferred walk-on at Kent State. I'm hoping that works out for Mitchell because he's such a dynamic all-around player, the only downside is his height.
If things don't work out for Mitchell at Kent State, he could still transfer to a Division II school and play right away. But Mitchell isn't looking at that scenario right now.
Dortch, meanwhile, averaged 22 points a game this past season and was a third-team Division I all-state performer. She led the Cardinals to the regional semifinals where they lost to Boardman. The Spartans made it to the state Final Four.
Dortch, 5-7, is a legitimate Division I recruit and has several Big Ten, Big East and MAC schools interested. What sets her apart is that she has outstanding ball-handling skills, she has a consistent outside shot and she can penetrate and finish strong at any time.