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Whitehead signs with Chatham University

June 11, 2015
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Canfield High School senior Lynnae Whitehead, daughter of Mark and Lana Whitehead, signed her National Letter of Intent last month to continue her basketball career with the Chatham University Cougars this fall.

While she didn't have a formal signing event, she did let her intentions be known prior to her last day at CHS.

For Whitehead, her basketball journey began in the third grade.

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Canfield High School senior Lynnae Whitehead signed her National Letter of Intent to play for the Chatham University Cougars this fall. She made the choice known prior to the end of her senior year at CHS.

''I started playing in the Upward basketball league at Old North Church,'' she said. ''When I entered fifth grade, I got into coach Pat Pavlansky's middle school program and stayed with it.''

She said in Pavlansky's program, her grandfather, Jim Hartshorn, was one of her coaches.

In high school, Whitehead lettered three years in basketball and two years in softball. She played softball in her freshman and sophomore years, and then dropped it in her junior year so she could play Amateur Athletic Union travel basketball.

For the past two years, she played high school basketball in the winter and AAU basketball on Team Cure in the spring. While her high school career is over, she said the AAU may still compete at tournaments.

It was during an earlier AAU game while she was in the eighth grade that Whitehead learned about Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa. Her AAU team was playing in a tournament at the college, and the team members were able to check out the campus. She plans on majoring in English with a minor in education.

''I plan to teach someday and I want to coach, also,'' she said.

On June 1, Whitehead walked out of Canfield High School for the last time. She said she will miss her teammates and coaches and will look forward to one more game with the AAU team.

''Our team is all seniors, so we try to pick up tournaments we can all get to,'' she said. ''It will be my last hoorah.''



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