Holds the distinction of being the first Akron U player to be named to an All-American team and one of a handful of athletes in Akron history who have played on a state high school championship basketball team. In 1935 he was an All-City basketball and football player at North High being named captain of the All-City football team in his senior year and winning 10 letters during his years with the Vikings. He went on to earn nine letters on the Hilltop ... three each in football, basketball and track. Following the 1938 season Fernella was named honorable mention on one of the All-American teams. At the end of his Akron U career he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles but decided to forego a pro career.