Green senior Dan Fanelly is sticking with his initial commitment to the College of Wooster.
Fanelly, a 6-foot-6 two-sport athlete, has decided he will continue his academic and basketball careers at Wooster.
Fanelly said he first committed to Wooster on Feb. 9 and then reaffirmed his decision Wednesday after also considering Tiffin and Walsh.
“It felt like the place I wanted to be,” Fanelly said. “I couldn’t make up my mind of which Divisions I wanted to play for a little bit. They have been to every one of my games and showed a lot of interest in me, and I felt like that was the right place.”
Fanelly, who has a 3.6 grade-point average, will get a partial academic scholarship from Wooster. He plans to major in business finance and economics.
Fanelly lettered three years in basketball and earned four in golf at Green. He was a Division I district golf qualifier as a junior and senior. The Bulldogs basketball team was a Division I district finalist his sophomore and junior years, and a district semifinalist his senior year.
“He has probably made the most strides in his high school career as any player we have had,” Green basketball coach Mark Kinsley said. “As a freshman, he didn’t play on the junior-varsity team. He played on the freshman team and worked to get better. He came off the bench on varsity as a sophomore and gave us good minutes. Then, as a junior he started and played well. He really improved a lot as a senior.”
Fanelly earned the Associated Press Northeast Ohio Inland District Division I Player of the Year award this past season and was named to the All-Ohio first team. He averaged 19.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.8 steals per game. He was the team leader in all four categories. His parents, Dan and Carrie, were athletes at Green and Manchester, respectively.
Kinsley, a 1984 Green graduate who completed his 15th season as coach, said Fanelly is the first player in the boys basketball program’s history to be an All-Ohio first-team selection and a district Player of the Year.
“He is a great kid who improved in all aspects, not just on the floor, but also mentally,” Kinsley said. “I think he will continue to improve in college at Wooster, who has a very good program.”
Tennis showdown today
The Copley and Highland boys tennis teams will square off at 4 today indoors at the Paramount Tennis Club in Medina.
The teams have established themselves as the top teams in the Suburban League.
The Indians (13-1, 6-0) feature senior Jarad Pennington, junior Andrew Ong and senior Alan Du in singles play. The doubles units are comprised of brothers senior Austin Aten and freshman Gavin Aten, and junior twins Matt Adzema and Nick Adzema.
Coach Mark Ullman said Copley won the Medina Invitational Doubles Tournament on Saturday with 29 points. Cleveland St. Ignatius and Revere placed second and third. Highland, Ashland, Strongsville, Lakewood St. Edward and Medina also participated in the eight-team event.
The Hornets (10-2, 6-0) are coached by Lisa Reynolds and boast senior Steve Smykal, junior Michael Hutchings and sophomore Joshua Hadler in singles play. Senior Logan Gsellman and junior Vince Luth are doubles players along with freshmen Ben Kelly and Michael Joyce.
Buckeye football coach
Buckeye selected Mark Pinzone as its football coach.
Pinzone, the former coach at Parma Heights Holy Name, will be introduced as the Bucks’ coach May 14 at a regularly scheduled board meeting.
“We’ve hired the best football coach for the Buckeye football program,” Buckeye Superintendent Brian Williams said. “He has extensive experience at the high school level and has a proven track record of success. Mark has a great ability to communicate and will work closely with every aspect of our program, from our local youth teams through the varsity program.”
Pinzone, 42, said the move is a “good fit” for his family and closer to where he lives in Strongsville with his wife, Tami, and two children. He is in his 17th season of teaching law and finance at Brunswick High School. He also owns Pinzone Financial Services in Strongsville and is a financial adviser.
Pinzone resigned from his position with Holy Name following a 16-14 record in three seasons. He served as an assistant coach for 15 years at Brunswick prior to that under coaches Rich Nowak and Tom Fasko. Brunswick was state runner-up in 1995, a state semifinalist in 2007 and a playoff participant 12 seasons in a row.
Nowak and Fasko coached with Pinzone at Holy Name and will remain with him at Buckeye.
Pinzone earned degrees from Ohio University, the University of Akron and a law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He replaces Buckeye’s one-year interim coach, Richard Schuler, who went 3-7 overall, and posted a 3-4 mark in the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division.
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