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Fitch hosts two Div. I signings

November 21, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Fitch seniors Megan Sefcik and Cali Mikovich held a joint signing last week as they committed to continuing their sports and academic careers next fall. Sefcik will play basketball at the University of Akron while Mikovich will hit the softball diamond at Youngstown State University.

Mikovich, the daughter of Alan and Michelle Mikovich, has had a strong career at Fitch as she enters her final season as a Falcon. So far in her career, she has racked up honors including 2013 Player of the Year, First Team All American Conference and Second Team All District in 2013, placing 16th in the OHSAA with a 28 consecutive game hitting streak and 17th in the OHSAA with the most hits in a season at 61. She posted a career 99-1 steal attempts to date and has earned a lot of respect from her Fitch softball coach Melody Ward.

"She is one of those athletes I have had the privilege to coach," Ward said. "She has been a pivotal player to our program and in my 10 years of coaching, she is among the best."

Mikovich is a member of the National Honor Society and said she chose YSU as a nice fit for her future plans.

"It's close to home and when I toured the campus, I loved the atmosphere," Mikovich said. "My last season at Fitch will be exciting, but it will also be sad after the past four years."

Mikovich plans on majoring in business and said YSU has a good program. She said when the decision was made, academics was the key factor.

Sefcik, daughter of Mark and Cheri Sefcik, also racked up a long list of honors in her basketball career at Fitch. In her freshman year, she was named Second Team All Federal League, Second Team All Northeast Ohio Inland District, and received Honorable Mention All State.

In her sophomore year, she was named First Team All American Conference, First Team All Northeast Ohio Inland District, and Special Mention All State. She continued the honors last season being named First Team All American Conference, First Team All Northeast Ohio Inland District, Special Mention All State and made the 1,000-Point Club at Fitch.

Sefcik's head coach at Fitch, Stacie Cepin, said it has been 20 years since the team had a Div. I signing, and Sefcik has earned it.

"Its been a blessing to coach her," Cepin said. "She models what a student athlete should be. Akron is lucky to get her in her next stage of life."

Besides being a key member of the Falcons' court, Cefcik also stayed with the game she loved by playing on an AAU traveling basketball league. Her AAU coach, Carlos Shearon, spoke highly of her outgoing personality.

"Sometimes you get a player whose presence tells you who they are," he said. "People love playing [basketball] with her and just being around her."

At Akron, Sefcik said she found a good fit for her academic pursuits and while she is excited to be part of the Akron team, she will miss her Fitch teammates.

"I like the atmosphere at Akron and the way I was welcomed on my first visit," Sefcik said. "My final season at Fitch will be a bittersweet moment though."

Sefcik plans to pursue a degree in early childhood education.



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