Apanavicius shines in Navy’s all-star win

Amanda Apanavicius

PEPPER PIKE—For the second time in as many years, Riverside’s Amanda Apanavicius stepped up to lead her team to a win in the Ohio Varsity Senior Shootout and Underclassmen Showcase presented by ScoreStream.com.

Apanavicius, an Edinboro signee, scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Service All-Stars to a win over the Courage All-Stars in last winter’s Underclassmen Showcase and on Sunday, she scored a game-high 18 to lead the Navy All-Stars to a 77-56 win over the Army in the Senior Shootout.

She scored 14 points in the second half as the Navy comfortably pulled away for the victory.

North’s Samanta Pirosko contributed to the win with 17 points and Brush’s Danajah Sanders pitched in with 14.

Andrews-Osborne Academy’s Gabby Culotta led the Army with 13 points while Geneva’s Hailey Peoples-O’Neil finished with 10.

Kenston’s John Misenko coached the Navy All-Stars while Mayfield’s Ryan Looman guided the Army. The game was an official fundraiser for The Wounded Warrior Project. Each team represented one branch of the United States Armed Forces.

At halftime, Kirtland head coach Bob Bell was named the Ohio Varsity Coach of the Year and Kirtland’s Sydney Snyder was named Ohio Varsity Player of the Year. The Hornets finished the regular season 22-0 then went on to set a new school record with 23 wins in a single season.

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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.