Mikayla Jumper

Brookfield’s Mikayla Jumper dives to the hardwood after a loose ball during a recent playoff game against Mogadore.

SHARON – Penn State Shenango women’s basketball Head Coach Daniel Johnson announced the confirmation of Brookfield native Mikayla Jumper to his upcoming 1st-year program.

The 5-foot-7 wing player has played a significant role in guiding the Lady Warriors to a current 17-3 record and a OHSAA sectional championship with a recent 48-41 victory over United Local.

“Mikayla is a hard worker that comes ready to play at every practice and game.” Brookfield High Head Coach Ken Forsythe elaborated.

“Her leadership and willing to help others is a strong attribute that she brings to the table. She is a great role-model for our younger players because of her work-ethic and dedication.”

Johnson spoke of her future with the Lady Lions’ program, as well, “Mikayla is a very good three-point shooter and can guard multiple positions. She fits well into the team’s system. She comes from a great basketball program that has played some of the best teams in their area and she has stepped up.” 

Mikayla plans to pursue her academic goals in the field of nursing.

• Thiel College football coach Mike Winslow recently announced the hiring of Caleb Koval as the program’s wide receivers coach.

 A native of Hershey, Koval played quarterback at Widener University from 2015-18. Koval graduated from Widener in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in business management with a focus on sports management.

 Koval got his start in coaching as Widener’s offensive quality control and assistant quarterbacks coach during the 2019 season. Widener led the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) in total offense, scoring offense, and passing offense in 2019. Under Koval’s tutelage, Widener quarterback Sean McGaughey led the MAC in passing yards and touchdowns and was named an Academic All-Area Performer of the Year by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

•  The Westminster College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee selected basketball senior Daniel Ritter as its Titan Athlete of the Week.

Ritter was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Player of the Week after he averaged 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2.5 assists during a 2-0 week for Westminster. He shot 66.7 percent (16-for-24) from the field, 50 percent (4-for-8) from 3-point range, and 83.3 percent (10-for-12) at the charity stripe. After scoring 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting in an 86-69 win at Thiel, Ritter poured in 30 points on 10-of-17 shooting in a 78-68 victory over rival Grove City. It was his 2nd game this season scoring 30-plus points.

Westminster will next play Geneva (5-1) today for its final road regular season of the year. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. in a matchup between the top two teams in the PAC standings.

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