Former Youngstown East Basketball Graduate Honored

YOUNGSTOWN-Aundra Brown, a basketball standout for East High School in the 1980s and later Youngstown State University, will be honored today at the 5th annual Lariccia’s “See them Rise High School Basketball Showcase” at the Covelli Centre.

Brown, a 1987 graduate of East, will be presented the “Mahoning Valley High School Basketball Excellence Award” at the conclusion of the East-Struthers boys basketball game that begins at 4 p.m.

“When you are done playing, you don’t really expect to receive any more honors so this is truly humbling for me,” Brown said. “To be mentioned in the same sentence and now stand among the previous honorees is something that hasn’t yet sunk in.”

Previous honorees are Rex Leach (2013), Bruce Timko (2014) and Dale Blaney (2015).

“When we came up with the idea of this award, Aundra Brown was one of the guys that we had in mind right from the very start,” said Mark Metzka who chairs the award committee that includes South Range Raiders coach John Cullen, former Rayen High School and California University standout Seth Jaffee and Reed Metzka.

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