Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hannah Plybon, Orrville Alums & March Madness

Akron's Hannah Plybon (L) and Ball State's Brandy Woody fight for a loose ball in the first half March 15, 2014 during the championship game of the 2014 Mid-American Conference Women's Basketball Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena. (John Kuntz / The Plain Dealer)
If you're a supporter of Red Rider athletics, you were no doubt smiling this past weekend at the news of 2013 OHS alum Hannah Plybon and the Akron Zips women's basketball team winning the Mid-American Conference tournament.

The win over Ball State at the Q Arena in Cleveland was not only the program's first MAC title since it's inception, but the win also clinched the first ever berth in the NCAA Women's Tournament for the Zips.
Hannah had 9 points (on three 3-pointers) in the win and continues to be a steady contributor.

The Zips received the 13th seed in the "Notre Dame" bracket and will face 4th seeded Purdue this Saturday on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.

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Hannah & the Zips qualifying for "March Madness" got me thinking about how many other Red Rider alums have taken part in the pinnacle of college basketball.  Several names came to mind right away, but I needed reminded of others, and some I had completely forgot.  Thanks to several readers, my memory was jolted and I was able to research the rest.

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