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Lauren Flannery, River

In athletic circles, Lauren Flanney is best known for her basketball prowess. That makes sense as the 5-foot-6 point guard dynamo earned a slew of awards this past winter, capped by being named all-Ohio.

Flannery, however, is also one of the OVAC’s premier volleyball performers. She was a second-team all-district honoree last year and a member of the All-Times Leader and All-Valley teams.

The honors student has played volleyball since her junior high days. She plays front middle and back row.

“I like how everyone on the floor is constantly involved,” Flannery said. “Volleyball and basketball are both team sports and require similar athleticism.”

Veteran River coach Judi Curtis is excited about the Pilots’ net fortunes this year with Flannery leading the way.

“We are really looking forward to this season and Lauren is a big reason for our optimism,” Curtis said. “We have a veteran cast returning and Lauren is our leader.

“Lauren is a team player. She is very enthusiastic and athletic,” Curtis said. “She can play anywhere for us. She adds so much to our team.”

As in hoops, Flannery is a four-year starter in volleyball.

“My goal individually is to make an All-Ohio team and our goal as a team is an OVAC championship,” Flannery said. “We have everybody back so we are looking stronger and better than before. I am looking forward to a successful and fun season.”

Flannery helped guide the Pilots hoops team to the the OVAC Class 2A championship while gaining all-state, All-OVAC, all-district and All-Valley honors.

She averaged more than 20 points a game in surpassing the coveted 1,000-point plateau. The highly recruited hoopster has already cast her collegiate lot, verbally a commitment to Division II Lake Erie College.

Her father, Mike, is the Pilots head football coach.

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