Akron native Evan Payne has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball on scholarship at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Calif.
Payne, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, has attended four high schools in the past three years: Walsh Jesuit, Huntington Prep in West Virginia, Firestone and Kingdom Prep Academy in Georgia.
“We are very excited to have Evan Payne joining the LMU program,” Lions coach Max Good said. “When in Ohio he was considered one of the top 10 recruits from the state and coming out of prep school he was considered one of the top six post-graduate players. And he has earned that praise. We have been very impressed with his overall game.”
Payne was an Associated Press Division II All-Ohio selection as a junior at Walsh and the Northeast Ohio Inland District Player of the Year. He averaged 24.5 points, four rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks per game that season, his final at Walsh. He then transferred to Huntington Prep and played basketball part of his senior year, before coming back to Akron and attending Firestone.
While a student at Firestone, Payne qualified for the Division I state track and field meet and finished second in the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 8¼ inches. His personal best jump for the Falcons was 23-4.
“Evan is a gifted athlete and a natural scorer,” Good said. “He is very good at attacking and a terrific shooter. He can really finish well. He is not just a really gifted athlete, he is a very good basketball player.”
Payne set the Walsh single-game basketball record for scoring, twice reaching 37 points.
Farrell signs with Trine
St. Vincent-St. Mary senior Andy Farrell has signed a national letter of intent to continue his academic and baseball careers with Trine University, a Division III school and a member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
Farrell is set to earn his fourth varsity letter this spring with St. V-M as a pitcher. He has compiled a 2.74 ERA for the Fighting Irish.
“I have been blessed with the opportunity to coach Andy on the varsity level as a member of our pitching staff for four years,” St. V-M coach Anthony Boarman said. “Andy has played a huge role in the transition of this program with his selflessness, dedication, and work ethic the past four years. On and off the field, Andy deserves everything that he has earned up to this point. Andy will be pursuing a career in mechanical engineering and I have no doubt that he will be successful because he has always put his academics first and understands the importance of getting the job done in the classroom.”
Robinson sprints on
Garfield sprinter Troy Robinson is enjoying a solid senior track and field season in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
Golden Rams coach Justin Dimengo said Robinson is undefeated in both events. His best times are 10.7 seconds in the 100 and 21.9 seconds in the 200.
Moorer sets school record
Copley senior Douglas Moorer Jr. set a school record Tuesday in the discus with a throw of 164 feet, Indians coach Johnnie Legrair said.
The Copley boys and girls track teams defeated Cloverleaf in duals.
Moorer has played an integral part in Copley’s success this season in the shot put and discus events.
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