CANTON More than two decades after wrapping up a standout career at Jackson High School, Jenny (Woodward) Malandro is still making history.
Malandro, who still ranks among the program’s all-time leading scorers, was inducted into the Stark County Amateur Basketball Association Hall of Fame in an event held last month at Tozzi’s Restaurant. Malandro is just the second woman honored by the association, having been a standout at Jackson and later going on to play at Youngstown State, where she was a co-captain on a team that went 24-4 in the 1990-91 season.
The honor made a big impact on Malandro, who now lives in Pennsylvania but was able to return for the banquet.
“Basketball and the Stark County area have both been such important parts of my upbringing and life, so being inducted into the Stark County Amateur Basketball HOF means a great deal to me,” Malandro said.
It was the 75th banquet for the SCABA, which also honored former Massillon standouts Fred Dorsey and Floyd “Duke” Pierce, former Canton McKinley star Lonnie Richardson and former Canton Central Catholic guard Tom Waseity, along with contributor Tim Haverstock. The six individuals gathered at Tozzi's to reflect on their careers and be recognized for what they contributed to basketball in Stark County.
Malandro noted that part of the reason the honor was so big for her is because of players like the six with whom she was inducted and many others, including former Jackson standouts such as Jami Bosley, who have started their careers in the area and continued them at the next level..
“There have been an incredible number of talented men's and women's basketball players to come out of the Stark County area. Many of those players went on to represent the Canton area at the college level,” Malandro said. “As our team traveled to different parts of the country, I was always sincerely proud to be announced as ‘a 5-foot-8 guard out of Canton, Ohio,’ so being inducted into the Stark County Amateur Basketball Hall of Fame means a great deal to me and my family.
Malandro made a return to Jackson last season to recognize then-junior guard Taylor Mikesell after Mikesell joined the program’s elite 1,000-point club. Mikesell went on to set a new school scoring record.
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