An intense competitor, Jennifer Smith played
basketball and volleyball with a “take no prisoners” approach to her
game. She ranks right up there with Jane Rader in ability and
achievements in the two sports.
Although a broken wrist shortened her basketball
career, the 5’11” junior produced career statistics in a single
season. Her statistics for that year for the twenty game season were
spectacular. She had 31 points and 28 rebounds in a single game. She
scored 432 points for an average of 21.6 points per game. She pulled
down 323 rebounds for a 16.2 per game average. She blocked 16 shots.
Her field goals percentage was 47. She made 80 of 127 free throws
for 63%. A team player, she had 85 steals and 84 assists for the
season. She was awarded First Team recognition for All-Conference,
All-County, All-District and The Chronicle Telegram All Star Team.
She was named A.P. – Special Mention All-State. U.P.I. – Honorable
Mention All State. Lorain Journal Newspaper – County Player of the
Week – twice. Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper Player of the Week.
Team Offensive Player of the Year. Team MVP for the Year. She was
also the team Captain.
Jennifer was equally adept at volleyball. She won
three varsity letters and was selected Lorain County’s Miss
Volleyball her senior year and was a unanimous choice for the award.
Among other awards won her senior year were All-Erie Shore
Conference and All-District First Teams. She was the district
representative to the State All-Star game. She was conference MVP
and the Canon Classic MVP. Under her leadership, the Middies were
Erie Shore Champs and earned a regional berth. Coach Faith Riccilli
called her a fine leader and “the strongest hitter in the county, by
far.” Although a wrist injury prevented her from playing basketball
her senior year her accomplishments at Midview ranks her among the
school’s all time best.
Jennifer was listed in who’s who in “High School
Basketball”. She received scholarship offers from several colleges
and universities and decided upon Cleveland State. Her career was
shortened because of a broken wrist.
Jennifer lives in Elyria with her husband Steve.
They have three children. Jennifer coaches volleyball for school and
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