Apanavicius signs with Edinboro

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Amanda Apanavicius

Riverside senior Amanda Apanavicius enters her final season of high school basketball with a lot less stress than she had several months ago.

Apanavicius recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her education and basketball career at Edinboro University.

“It took a lot of weight and stress off my shoulders and now I can focus on getting better for this high school season and for my freshman year,” said Apanavicius of her decision. “What led me to sign with Edinboro was most importantly what I want to major in. I want to major in Early Childhood Education and special needs and Edinboro is big for that.”

Edinboro’s coaching staff didn’t have to put in much work to recruit Apanavicius as she traveled to campus each of the past three summers for basketball camp.

“I just fell in love with the campus and the community, but most importantly I love the coaching staff there,” Apanavicius said. “I feel really close and like family to, not only just the head coach and the assistant coach, but all of the coaches on the women’s basketball staff as well as some of the players I have already met.”

A 5-foot-10 shooting guard, Apanavicius is projected to play the same position in college.

“I think this role is perfect for me,” she said. “I have been a shooting guard throughout my whole basketball career.”

Through her first three seasons of basketball at Riverside, Apanavicius has averaged 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists per game.

She has been named honorable mention All-Western Reserve Conference in each of the past three seasons while also earning the same award from the News Herald each year. She also participated in the Ohio Varsity Underclassmen Showcase.

As a senior, Apanavicius plans to continue to set a positive example for her teammates and to lead the Beavers to more wins this season.

“My individual goals for this season are improving my game both offensively and defensively; also, leading my team by example on and off the court,” she said. “I am approaching this season as a building block towards my college future.”

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The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. 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.