With a history in and talent for two sports, the Boardman High School senior has made his choice, and on Wednesday, April 17, Nico DiIanni signed his official intent to play baseball for the Lake Erie College Storm.
The son of Frank and Chris DiIanni, Nico, who holds a 3.6 GPA, was being recruited for two sports through various colleges, having played varsity soccer for four years, earning in his junior and senior years All District, All County, and All Federal League First Team, as well as All Federal League in baseball his sophomore and junior years. His stats for this year aren't compiled yet, but was named Player of the Game against GlenOak on April 13.
Contacted by Lake Erie College about attendance at a recruitment camp, Nico said that with everything easily accessible, he liked the campus. With plans to major in business, he said he is looking forward to the experience of college, and is most excited at the prospect of playing baseball, meeting new guys and getting the team chemistry that he has formed with his teammates at Boardman High School. Having played since the age of five through Boardman Community Baseball with his teammates, "We all know each other front and back," he said.
Photo by Kathleen Palumbo, Town Crier correspondent
Officially an incoming student at Lake Erie College and a member of its baseball team, Boardman High School senior Nico DiIanni signed his intent on April 17 to play for the “Storm.” Nico has a brother Phillip, a junior at BHS, and twin sisters Amanda and Kaila, both students at Youngstown State University.
Nico was quick to credit coaches Bob Beam, Bob Mingo, Joe Gabriel, and Mark Yakobovic -- all four of whom have coached the BHS team since his sophomore year -- for the team's continued success.
He said he's grateful for all of the support he and his teammates had through the years from coaches, players, friends and family.
"Without any of them, it wouldn't be possible," he said. Nico said special thanks go out to his uncle, Tony Cavalier, who over the years has spent countless hours working with him.
Of the recruitment camp, Nico's father Frank DiIanni said his son and approximately 12 other prospective students worked out for the coaches, after which Nico was told the college would be in touch. Following a call the next week, they paid a second visit to the school, and "After meeting the coaches at Lake Erie, he knew," his dad said.
His pride in his son evident, DiIanni said of Nico, "He has used everything he has to his advantage and now he's going to play at the next level. I think I'm more excited than anybody."