Karli Anker has transferred to Archbishop Hoban for her senior year after spending the past three years as a star on the Manchester girls basketball team.
Anker announced the transfer on Twitter on Tuesday night. She was selected for the All-Northeast Ohio Inland District and All-Ohio teams in Division III as a freshman, sophomore and junior while at Manchester. She also received All-PAC-7 honors in each of her three seasons with the Panthers.
"Thanks to the Manchester community for the continuous support the past three years. Time for a new chapter, let's get it," Anker tweeted Tuesday night.
Anker scored 1,350 career points in three seasons at Manchester according to Shawn Zavodney, who stepped down as the Panthers coach after the season.
Anker's junior year included a triple double in a regular-season game against Ellet, and she led Manchester by averaging 20.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.7 steals and 2.9 assists per game. The Panthers finished the season 10-14.
Hoban coach Pamela Davis said Wednesday that Anker has enrolled at Hoban.
"I haven't had a chance to see her play, but I have read many articles in your paper about her being a huge threat and a great player in the PAC-7," Davis said. "She plays the guard spot and with all of her accolades that she has won, she is obviously a very good player.
"She will go from Division III to Division I, so she is really going to have to work to come to our standards and maybe adjust to our style of play. ... We like to get up and down the floor and pressure our opponent. She is going to have to work her way into the lineup and get minutes. She will have an open opportunity like everybody else."
Anker scored a combined 63 points in Manchester's two tournament games this past season – a 65-55 win over Rittman and a 58-47 loss to Tuslaw, the eventual Wooster Division III district champions.
Anker averaged 20.2 points and grabbed over 100 rebounds as a freshman, and then averaged 20.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 3.2 assists per game as a sophomore.
Davis said that after Anker enrolled, she worked out with the Knights during socially distanced training sessions with plenty of hand sanitizer due to the coronavrius pandemic.
Davis guided Hoban to Division I sectional and district titles and a 20-6 record this past season, her first with the Knights. Hoban also won the North Coast League Blue Division championship.
Davis said she is not sure if Anker will be eligible to play all or half of the upcoming season.
"I am not exactly sure," said Davis, who is a speech-language pathologist. "That would be up to her family. I don't know if they are staying where they have lived or they have moved. I just know that she enrolled at Hoban, so we officially welcomed her."
Manchester first-year coach A.J. Hite could not be reached for comment regarding Anker.
Hite served as Manchester's athletic director for three school years from 2014-2017 and has over 20 years teaching experience. He was also a Panthers assistant boys basketball coach for 14 years under Gene Schindewolf.
Hite is a 1991 graduate of Barberton High School, and also earned degrees from the University of Toledo (1995) and the University of Akron (2007).
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