YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Coach Keith Gunther returns plenty of experience from his 16-win team a year ago. Terrance Pankey (19.0 ppg) and Vinny Flauto (12.0 ppg) will lead the group into the new season.

Terrance is our leader,” states coach Gunther. “He’s a standout, committed to West Liberty over the summer. Vincent is not only the best shooter in our program but he’s one of the best in the state.”

Pankey and Flauto will be joined by Geno Lucente (4.9 ppg), Niko Bako (3.4 ppg), Jaden Payne (10.8 ppg), Will Burney (3.7 ppg) and Manny Rivera as all contributors from last year’s team. They’ll be joined by newcomers Da’Shaun Will (a sophomore transfer from Campbell) and Liam Murphy and CJ Leombruno

Ursuline finished last year strong by winning seven of their final eight contests including a stretch where the Irish toppled Salem (64-43), Mooney (52-41), St. Thomas Aquinas (56-36) and Bristol (78-33). Ursuline fell to Howland in the District Semifinal round, 59-50, to end the season.

“We have a great group of young men that are really talented,” indicates Gunther. “We have depth and some pretty decent height. So, our expectations are really high as long as we can stay healthy.”

Ursuline opens the 2022-23 season by hosting Girard on December 2.

Ursuline Fighting Irish
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Keith Gunther
2021-22 Record: 16-9 (4-2), 2nd place in Steel Valley Conference
2021-22 Post-Season Finish: Lost to Howland, 59-50, in the District Semifinal
Last 5-Years: 59-51 (53.6%)

2021-22 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 59.4
Scoring Defense: 48.5

2021-22 Individual Leaders
Scoring: Terrance Pankey, 19.0

2022-23 Schedule
Dec. 2 – Girard
Dec. 6 – at Benedictine
Dec. 10 – at Poland (United Way Classic)
Dec. 13 – at Canfield
Dec. 17 – Grand River Academy
Dec. 20 – Canton Central Catholic
Dec. 23 – at Salem
Dec. 27 – Springfield
Jan. 3 – Harding
Jan. 6 – at Chaney
Jan. 10 – at East
Jan. 13 – Cardinal Mooney
Jan. 15 – Martin Luther King Tournament
Jan. 16 – Martin Luther King Tournament
Jan. 20 – Fitch
Jan. 24 – at St. Thomas Aquinas
Jan. 27 – Massillon
Jan. 31 – Chaney
Feb. 3 – at Howland
Feb. 7 – East
Feb. 10 – at Cardinal Mooney
Feb. 17 – at Bristol