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East boys’ basketball featured athlete: Greensburg Salem’s Waylon Fink

Written by Cara DeCarlo on .

Waylon Fink is a senior, a center, and a hunter. Basketball teams and deer should beware.

Background information: Fink averaged 22 points and 9.5 rebounds in the recent holiday tournament hosted by his own team. Fink was 10 for 17 from the field and had 4 blocks in the tournament’s first game (with Jeannette). In the second (versus Hempfield on Dec. 29), Fink was 11 for 13 from the field.  Although the tournament provides one example of Fink’s solid basketball skill, his productivity has only continued for the Golden Lions. Fink sank 11 points in Greensburg Salem’s January 6 win over Derry and 19 points in Greensburg Salem’s January 7 win over Highlands.

Fink may be even better known for football than for basketball. He is a 6’5” Division I prospect who is beginning the college recruiting process.

“Waylon had a very good football season and is a very good football player,” says head basketball coach Paul Sapotichne. “He is a very good athlete.” Sapotichne also remarked that the two tournament days at Greensburg Salem over the Christmas holiday showcased some of the best basketball he’d ever seen Fink play. Sapotichne explained that Fink uses his size and strength to make physical inside plays.

Regarding Fink’s hunting skills, the Golden Lions have some good-natured teasing. “We sometimes tease him about that. [Fink] and Michael Nowicki are the two hunters on the team,” Sapotichne says. In Sapotichne’s 29 years of coaching, he has never had hunters on the team. Now he has two from Delmont. The fact causes the team to make good-natured “country” comments to Fink and Nowicki.

 Greensburg Salem’s next game is tonight at Section 3-AAA top Uniontown at 7:30pm.