Madelyn Fearon signs with Old Dominican University basketball program. (L-R) Seth Fearon (brother), Rachel Fearon (mother), Fearon, Mike Fearon (father) and Edee Fearon (sister). (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Arcanum’s Fearon signs with Old Dominican

Madelyn Fearon signs to play NCAA DII basketball for Old Dominican Lady Panthers

ARCANUM – Arcanum’s Madelyn Fearon, the daughter of Rachel and Mike Fearon signed to play college basketball for the Old Dominican Lady Panthers.

“This is a very exciting day,” said Fearon. “This is my signing day but it really shouldn’t be about me because my parents, my mom and my dad – the support is just endless.”

Fearon, a four year starter for the Lady Trojans plans to major in Education while taking her basketball skills to the next level playing NCAA DII college ball.

Old Dominican is a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC) and includes member institutions: Ashland University, Cedarville University, University of Findlay, Hillsdale College, Kentucky Wesleyan University, Lake Erie College, Malone University, Tiffin University, Trevecca Nazarene University, Ursuline College, Walsh University and future members, Northwood University and Thomas More University.

“They are real young this year,” Fearon said of the ODU Lady Panthers. “Coach explained to me it’s like a rebuilding year this year and they are looking to bring in a really good freshman class so I am open to anything. I am ready to take on a new challenge.”

“I think Madelyn is going to have an immediate impact on her team,” said Arcanum coach, Abbey Moore. “The situation she will be going into is going to have an opportunity for her to go in there and show what she can do to be able to contribute right away to a very successful Ohio Dominican team. I know with her determination and her work ethic that is going to carry over and give her that opportunity.”

Arcanum varsity girls basketball coach and Athletic Director, Abbey Moore is the aunt of Madelyn and served as the Franklin Monroe Lady Jets coach during Madelyn’s freshman and sophomore years before moving to Arcanum to head up the Lady Trojans program.

“This is an emotional one,” said Coach Moore. “Much respect for Madelyn both as a basketball player and a person. She deserves this with all the time that she puts into the game of basketball to be able to have the opportunity to play at the next level. It takes a lot of hard work and commitment and she is the definition of that.”

“As an aunt I am super proud of Madelyn,” Moore added. “I’ve always said our family is high on the list. We have a lot of great role models in our family and with her being the oldest on our side of the family, she has taken that leadership role and that transfer to her team and what she does on the court.”

What looked as if aunt and niece would spend four years of high school basketball competing against each other changed following Madelyn’s sophomore season when the coaching job at Arcanum opened and Coach Moore was brought in to coach the Lady Trojans.

“Coaching against Madelyn was probably one of the toughest things I have had to do as a coach because we’re so darn competitive that even though I love her I still wanted to beat her and she wanted to beat me,” Coach Moore said with a chuckle. “That made for some interesting family Christmases and family Thanksgivings in this time of the year but through those times she always knew that I loved her. We still were competitors but to be on the same team and working together it is something special and it is definitely one thing that I am very thankful for to have the opportunity to be her coach.”

“I feel like her and our team together we make one really good team and I know we have lots of goals set this year as a team,” Moore added. “I feel like it’s going to make for an exciting run.”

“This season is just bitter sweet,” Fearon said. “We just don’t want this season to end and it will be here before we know it. We are putting our heart into it and we are going to do whatever we can to make it as far as we can go.”

Fearon took time to thank the many people that helped her reach her goal of playing college basketball.

“There are so many people to thank – I can’t thank them enough,” said Fearon. “My parents, my brother (Seth), my little sister (Edee), they have followed me to so many AAU tournaments and games and I can’t thank them enough for it. My grandparents and then of course Coach Moore. She has been a huge asset even when she wasn’t my coach I always looked to her for advice. My teammates and Chuck Painter, my AAU coach helped me a lot with the recruiting process.”

 

Arcanum Lady Trojans basketball coach, Abbey Moore and Madelyn Fearon, Old Dominican University Lady Panthers signee. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Arcanum Lady Trojans senior basketball players join Madelyn at her ODU signing. (L-R) Taylor Gray, Meghan McCans, Fearon, Ellie Fout and Hailey Unger. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Arcanum's Madelyn Fearon signs with Old Dominican University Lady Panthers basketball program. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Old Dominican University signee, Madelyn Fearon and high school teammates and friends. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Arcanum's Madelyn Fearon signs to play basketball for Old Dominican. (L-R) John Stephens (Superintendent), Fearon and Jason Stephan (HS Principal). (Gaylen Blosser photo)
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Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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