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Like many multi-sport prep athletes Ethan O’Donnell had a decision to make when it came to continuing his athletic career at the collegiate level.
For the multi-talented O’Donnell the final selection of sports came down to basketball or baseball.
On Tuesday the Liberty High senior finally made his decision – both.
O’Donnell announced he was committing to Coe College where he will play both basketball and baseball with a post on social media Tuesday afternoon.
“I would like to thank my family, coaches and everyone who has supported me along the way,” O’Donnell wrote on Twitter. “I am excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic, basketball and baseball careers at Coe College.”
A four-year varsity starter in both sports O’Donnell has been a cornerstone in the building of both the basketball and baseball programs at Liberty High.
O’Donnell had his best season on the basketball court last winter helping the Lightning to a 7-6 record and the program’s first ever appearance in a sub-state final.
A 6-foot-4 forward, O’Donnell averaged a career-high 10.3 points per game while grabbing 5.2 rebounds and leading Liberty High 3.3 assists per game.
O’Donnell shot a team-best 83 percent from the free throw line and was second on the team with 1.1 steals per game.
A right-handed pitcher, O’Donnell has been a stalwart in the Liberty High pitching rotation the past several seasons.
He went 3-2 with a 3.99 ERA while ranking second on the team with 47 1/3 innings pitched as a sophomore in 2019.
Last season O’Donnell went 2-0 with a 2.06 ERA in 17 a team-high innings allowing just 16 hits and four walks while striking out 16.
Coe College is a NCAA Division III member and is part of the American Rivers Conference.