Makenna 'The Makennator' Mele Signs With Capital

St. Marys senior Makenna Mele (center) signs her national letter of intent to play basketball at Capital University on Monday. Accompanying were her parents, Tom (left) and Kelley Mele and Roughriders girls head basketball coach Jon Burke.
Sports Editor
“The Makennator” has chosen her future.
Fifty percent machine, 50 percent baller and 100 percent awesome — a designation given courtesy of members of the Cowbell Mafia — St. Marys senior Makenna Mele signed her national letter of intent to compete against the competition next season at Capital University.
The 2017-18 All-Western Buckeye League Second-Team selection will join fellow teammate Sydney Cisco, who signed with the Crusaders last month, and Kenton senior and AAU teammate Kori Barrett from Kenton.
The Crusaders finished 14-13 this past winter and 9-9 in the Ohio Athletic Conference under head coach Dixie Jeffers.
She said she was also looking at Wittenberg College, because her brother, TJ, plays football there, and Edison Community College, which has a successful program and friends in Shania Taylor — a Roughrider alum — and Wapakoneta senior Sarah Pothast — who signed with the Chargers a few months back.
But Capital — a school that was on her radar when she was still playing basketball throughout her senior year — remained her true calling.
During her senior season, Mele played in all 25 games, despite an ankle injury late in the season, shooting 42 percent (125-for-293) from floor, 66 percent (104-for-156) free throw shooter, a team-best 179 rebounds, 41 assists, 38 steals and 24 blocks, numbers good enough for not only All-WBL status, but also an Honorable Mention selection in the Al-Northwest Ohio District Team.
Mele will study early childhood education at Capital.