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Garfield G-Men celebrate 14 All-MVAC standouts

Garfield G-Men celebrate 14 All-MVAC standouts


By Tom Nader

Publisher and Editor


The Garfield G-Men celebrated 14 student-athletes that were recently named to the All-Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference Grey Division teams.

Leading the way is the G-Men wrestling team, which placed seven standouts on the All-MVAC teams.

Keegan Sell was named the league’s Most Valuable Player, while Hunter Andel, Joseph Sparks, Aiden Kissell and Camron Lewicki all earned First-Team status.

Deacon Sommer was named to the Second Team and Vince D’Amico was named Honorable Mention.

The G-Men finished as the MVAC Tournament runners-up behind Jackson-Milton, which scored 261 team points to Garfield’s 250.

The Garfield girls basketball program placed four players on the All-MVAC lists.

Senior Laura McCoy and freshman Mandy Cardinal were each named to the First Team, highlighting a historic season for the G-Men that saw the group tie the school’s records for regular-season win total (19) and single-season wins (23).

McCoy, who finished her career with 1,188, with her first three seasons playing at LaBrae, averaged 15.8 points and 3.2 assists per game this season. She also ranked in the top five in Portage County for made field goals (141) and was second in 3-pointers (38).

Cardinal was also a multi-category producer for the G-Men, averaging 12.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game this season. She also tied for the team lead in blocked shots with 16.

Garfield senior Madeline Shirkey was named Second Team All-MVAC. She averaged 9.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game this season as one of the more versatile players in the area. She was also a premier defender.

The fourth Garfield senior to be honored on the All-MVAC team is senior Nora Trent, who was named to the Honorable Mention list.

The G-Men boys basketball program had three players earn all-league status, with sophomore Preston Gedeon spotlighting the group as a First-Team member.

Gedeon had a breakout season, averaging 18.3 points per game. He finished third in Portage County with 152 made field goals, fifth in free throws (64) and tied for fourth in 3-pointers (53).

Senior Jackson Sommer (11.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 51 3-pointers) was named Second Team All-MVAC, while sophomore Nick Eric was an Honorable Mention.

Garfield’s girls bowling team had a pair of First-Team honorees in Dec McIe and Peyton Sledz, while Faith Knipsel was Second Team. The boys bowling team included Most Valuable Player Dylan Justice, while Tyler Bortz was Second Team.

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