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Sammarone signs with Findlay

December 12, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

On Nov. 30, Canfield High School senior Serena Sammarone, daughter of Christopher and Krista Sammarone, signed her letter of intent to continue her basketball career at the University of Findlay after graduation. She is hoping to help take the Findlay Oilers into the national tournament in her freshman year, but is presently focused on a similar move in the local level.

"My biggest goal for my team and I this season is to win a district championship, and also win back to back league championships," Sammarone. "It would also be amazing if we could go undefeated in the league again too."

Sammarone began playing organized basketball while in the fourth grade. She was on a team at the YMCA. She continued to play as she rose through the ranks and got into high school ball. Serena is set to be a four-year letter-winner in girls' basketball for Coach Matt Reel's Lady Cardinals, earning first team all-conference and all-District honors as a junior as well as claiming All-American Conference Red Division "Player of the Year" acclaim. A versatile athlete, she has also earned three varsity letters in track while qualifying for the regional track meet in the long jump last season.

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Supportive siblings, as Serena Sammarone signed her letter of intent to continue her basketball career at the University of Findlay next fall. Pictured are Summer Sammarone, Christopher Sammarone, Krista Sammarone, Serena, and Chris Sammarone.

As for her choice of post graduate schools, Sammarone said she chose Findlay cause it reminded her of home.

"The town felt like home to me, and by that I mean it is extremely similar to Canfield," Sammarone said. "I also loved the sense of really being wanted somewhere. The extreme amount of interest they showed towards me since the beginning was amazing."

"Another reason I chose this school was the opportunity to be able to go in and play as a freshmen," she said. "Lastly since Coach JimWiedie (head coach) has been there they have had more success every single year, I really wanted to be a part of a program that was competitive and could have a chance at competing far into the national tournament."

Whatever the work load at Findlay, it won't be too tough for Sammarone. She is already well versed in how to balance athletics and academics.

"Personally I believe that being extremely busy has helped immensely with my time management," she said. "I know what I have to get done and how much time I have to do it in. I plan ahead to make sure I am never behind on any of my school work. It has made me more organized. It is also a commitment thing, I make sure that what I am doing in school is just as important as anything I am doing on the court or on the track. I am also just as competitive and hardworking with my grades as I am with my athletics. I take a ton of pride in doing extremely well in all I do."

As for the academic side and a major at Findlay, Sammarone said she has not made up her mind yet.

"I am not 100 percent sure what I am going to major in, but I think I want to go to law school," she said.



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