Three Falcons cagers selected to All-AAC team
April 1, 2020


The 2019/2020 season was certainly not as satisfying for the Fitch boys basketball team as recent campaigns have been.

Fitch floundered to a sub. 500 record and was bounced by Canton GlenOak from the Division I state tournament in the opening round. That heartache was quickly remedied when the All American Conference called three Falcons to its all-league team shortly after the season concluded.

The leader of that pack was picked for the AAC's first team for the second straight time. Superstar scorer Todd Simons was sensational as a sophomore and became more electric in his junior year. He led the Falcons in scoring by averaging a tick below 22 points per game. The lengthy 6-foot-2 athlete also grabbed 5.5 rebounds per contest. A year ago, Simons finished second to Boardman's Derrick Anderson for AAC Player of the Year honors. This season, Simons was right behind the Spartan again. He also received respect from the state as Simons was named 2nd team All-District and Honorable Mention All-Ohio.

"Being named (to the 1st team) for the second straight year is so well deserved," said Fitch head coach Brian Beany. "He led us in scoring and was solid across the board in other categories."

Although the coach continued the compliments, he became a bit dour when discussing the state selections. Beany believed Simons should have had more accolades than he actually received.

"(Simons) got the short end of the stick," said Beany, speaking of the All-State Honorable Mention. "As far as the districts, I'm kind of disappointed. Only one kid had more points than he did (on the first team)."

With Anderson trading in his sneakers for a cap and gown, the Most Valuable Player in the AAC next year should be Simons' for the taking.

"I hope to see him get the Player of the Year as a senior," said Beany,

Another Fitch senior that sizzled in 2019/2020 was backcourt player Kris Brown. The 6-foot shooter scored 10.7 points per game and finished second on the team in 3-point percentage. Brown was the Falcons' leader in free throw percentage as well. His biggest game of the year was against rival Canfield when Brown beat up the Cardinals for 28 points. In Fitch's final regular season game versus the conference champion Spartans, Brown buried six 3-pointers. Fitch's coach was impressed with his senior's numbers, but even more excited to mention how much dedication Brown displayed throughout the summer.

"(Brown) had a great statistical year," said Beany. "He put a lot of time in during the offseason. Losing his ability to score (next year) will hurt."

Brown may be graduating, but the third Falcon to find his way onto the All-AAC squad will still have two more seasons of eligibility remaining. Sophomore Devin Sherwood was spectacular as a first time starter earning 2nd team All-AAC recognition. He translated his leadership abilities as Fitch football quarterback into a starring role in the basketball team's backcourt. Sherwood nearly made 10 points per game and was the team leader in 3-point percentage. His most fantastic outing came against mighty Warren Harding when he tallied 24 points. That output came after the New Year when, according to his coach, Sherwood really showed how mature he became on the basketball floor.

"(Sherwood) had a great sophomore year," Beany said. "Once he settled in in the middle of the season, he caught a groove. He played against kids that were older than him most of the year."

The combination of Sherwood and Simons next season should have the Falcons rebounding from their ten win winter. Coach Beany will have some other returnees that will also be huge contributors, but in his pair of All-AAC players, he will have a great foundation.

"We're excited to have them two more years," Beany said. "Todd and Devin will be two good pieces to build around as long as they stay healthy."


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