Ashland University head women's basketball coach Robyn Fralick has announced the signing of North Canton Hoover point guard Maddie Blyer and Massillon Perry forward Karlee Pireu as the Eagles' 2017-18 recruiting class.
"We are thrilled to have Maddie Blyer and Karlee Pireu join the Ashland Eagle women's basketball family," Fralick said. "They are both winners, competitors, great teammates and people. They will fit seamlessly into our culture and core values.
"Maddie is a dynamic play-making guard with the ability to make everyone on the court better. Her leadership and awareness are very strong qualities. Karlee is a tough-nosed versatile player. She can score in a variety of ways and has a knack for rebounding the ball. But more than anything, they are both hard workers and great teammates."
As a junior captain, Blyer averaged 13 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals per game while shooting 41 percent from 3-point range and 82 percent from the free-throw line. She earned third-team All-Ohio, first-team All-Northeast Inland district, first-team All-Stark County, first-team District IV and first-team All-Federal League honors.
"Maddie Blyer has not only been a phenomenal point guard for the Lady Vikings over the past three years, but also an incredible leader and teammate," said Hoover head coach Abbey Allerding. "Her work ethic, character and dynamic play on the court make her a very special young lady to coach. We are so excited for Maddie to be heading to such an established and well-led program like Ashland and look forward to all her future successes."
Pireu is a four-year letter winner at Perry, and has earned two All-Ohio honorable mentions, two first-team District IV and two first-team All-Federal League laurels.
"Karlee Pireu has proven to be the consummate teammate and student-athlete, whether that be in the gym, in the weight room or simply exhorting others to maximize their own personal talents and gifts," said Perry head coach Jeff Couto. "Karlee is easily one of the most determined and hardest-working student-athletes I have ever witnessed in my teaching and coaching career."