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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: ELMIRA'S MEGAN FEDOR SIGNS TO PLAY AT D2 ST. THOMAS AQUINAS (2022-04-19)

By Brian Fees
Southern Tier Sports Report
Elmira standout Megan Fedor was one of the best players in Section 4 this year. Next year she’ll be playing at the collegiate level as she signed with Division II St. Thomas Aquinas.

“We are so proud of Megan,” Elmira coach A’Don Allen said. “She has worked so hard to become the best basketball player she can be. She is just scratching the surface of her potential. St. Thomas is getting a great basketball player who should have the potential to contribute right way.

“I’ve been telling Megan how good she could be since seventh grade and she is finally seeing the fruit of her hard work. She is a fantastic basketball player and even better she is a great leader and teammate. Can’t wait to see her thrive at the next level.”

For Fedor she knew when she went to the school that it was the place for her.

“When I went on a visit I loved the atmosphere, the team was really nice, the campus was beautiful and I really liked it there,” Fedor said.

“It was a long process, when I started getting looks in the beginning there were some schools then I got it really narrowed down to two or three and I really loved it there.”

Fedor did a little of everything for the Express, averaging a double-double with 13.3 points and 12.4 rebounds a game, along with three steals, three blocks and three assists per game.

She broke the school record for rebounds in a game with 23 against St. Mary’s and she was named all-STAC and to the BCANY first-team as one of the best 15 players in Section 4. She was part of the all-STSR basketball team as well as the Sports Reports All-Region team.

“She is one of the most versatile players we have ever had in the Express program,” Allen said. “She handles like a guard at 6-foot and she can jump out of the gym and was a walking mismatch in almost every game she has ever played. Megan is an honor roll student who is an even better person than she is a basketball player.”

For Fedor the whole recruiting process was a bit different with Covid, but in the end things worked out perfectly.

“It definitely made it more stressful and harder to figure out what I wanted to do,” Fedor said. “But, I think just being able to have the opportunity is amazing.”

She joins alum Zaria Thomas as the second player from the Express program to play for St. Thomas.

For Fedor she has talked to Thomas a lot and picked her brain about what to expect.

“She was definitely very helpful in giving me a lot of advice and that was encouraging,” Feford said. “It was definitely nice being able to talk to her and her being there so long and being able to give me great advice.”

Seeing Thomas have success at St. Thomas Aquinas also helps Fedor believe she can have success there as well.

“She is a great player and a big inspiration,” Fedor said.

For Fedor as she talked to St. Thomas Aquinas she really liked everything about the school.

“When I first started talking to coach he was very supportive and helpful when I got there and I felt the connection all the way,” Fedor said. “Him and the team were very amazing.”

Fedor hopes to to make a big impact in her first year in college.

She knows the coaches liked that versatile she has and how well she gets up and down the court, but she also wants to keep getting stronger and working on the fundamentals.

Fedor knows that playing in college will be different with bigger players for her to face, but she’s ready.

“It’s going to be different and it’s going to take some adapting,” Fedor said. “But, I think I’m ready.”

For the Elmira standout it helps make the rest of this year easier now that she’s made her college choice.

“A lot less weight on my shoulders, a little less stressful now, I’m ready to go and play there,” Fedor said. “I am ready to play along with some new teammates.”

Along with having good athletics, the school has the academics that Fedor wants, as she plans to major in exercise science.

“They have my major and they have very good academics,” she said.
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IN PHOTO: Elmira’s Megan Fedor. . . PHOTO BY BRIAN FEES


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