Clancy to sign with GCCC; Hesser to Pittsburg State
By The Telegram
South Gray's Chase Clancy will sign on Monday with Garden City Community College after making a verbal commitment. Drew Brown of Syracuse will be headed to Southwestern College to play for the NAIA school in Winfield. Lakin's Dylan Shalberg remains undecided but is considering either Garden City Communtiy College or Ottawa University.
Brigit Hesser of South Gray is off to play at Pittsburg State University for the Lady Gorillas in NCAA Division II, while Dighton's Kaylee Cramer has signed with Pratt Community College to play volleyball. Syracuse's Kylee Hedberg will attend Wichita State University to pursue a nursing degree and won't be playing at the collegiate level.
That is how things stood on Thursday with some of the 2010 Telegram area basketball players who were recently named to the All-Area teams.
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Cramer, a three-time Telegram All-Area basketball selection and an honorable mention All-Area volleyball pick this past fall, has signed a national letter-of-intent to play volleyball at Pratt Community College.
Cramer, a 3.63 GPA student and a dual sport four-year letter-winner, earned All-League and All-Area honors in both volleyball and basketball. Cramer was a four-year starter and highly recruited in both sports, but chose to continue her athletic career in volleyball.
For three straight years Cramer was voted MVP and Most Inspirational on her high school volleyball team. For two years she was selected to the Western Kansas Liberty League all-league team, and despite an ACL injury that sidelined her for part of her senior volleyball season, still garnered postseason honors in both sports.
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Scott City's Jade Glunz, a 5-8 forward, has verbally committed to play basketball at Barton County and plans to sign in the near future, according to SCHS girls basketball coach Mark Campos.
Justine Woofter, a 5-9 forward for Campos, has already signed a letter-of-intent to play at Sterling College. Woofter was also a first-team All-Area volleyball selection last fall.
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Syracuse's 6-2 senior guard Brown will sign with Southwestern College on April 16 during his visit to pre-enroll, according to his father, Kent.
Brown had verbally committed to the Moundbuilders during the regular season in which he averaged 14.3 points for the 18-5 Bulldogs. He was also a unanimous all Hi-Plains League selection this past season.
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Clancy led the Rebels to a 25-2 record this past season and a Class 1A state runner-up finish. A 6-0 guard, he averaged a Telegram area high 25.2 points a game and was named to The Telegram's first team All-Area for the second consecutive year and was also named The Telegram's Player of the Year.
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Hesser was one of the leaders for the South Gray Lady Rebels Class 1A state championship team and verbally committed to PSU in the fall. Her front court teammate, 5-10 forward Kayla Thomas, has verbally committed to Seward County and is expected to sign her letter.
Hesser was a two-time All-Area selection by The Telegram, while Thomas was named to the first team All-Area list her junior year while being named Hesser averaged a team-high 16.1 points a game her senior year while Thomas averaged 12.9 points and 8.5 rebounds a game.
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Garden City High School basketball standouts Patrick Garcia and Carly Schmale will sign letters-of-intent on Monday afternoon to play next year with the Garden City Community College men's and women's Broncbuster teams.
Garcia is the first GCHS signee for coach Kris Baumann since Bobby Wesley signed two years ago. Schmale, a 6-2 post player and third team Telegram All-Area selection, follows in the footsteps of former teammate Marisela Rodriguez, who was the Jayhawk Conference West Division Freshman of the Year this past season.
GCHS multi-sport performer, Syd Sassaman, will sign at Fort Hays State University to play golf for the Lady Tigers next fall.
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Ingalls' 6-5 center Marty Wendel made a verbal commitment to play at Colby Community College next year after being named to the All-Area second team. He averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulldogs this past season.
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Rash, a 5-5 guard, has verbally committed to play at Pratt Community College and is expected to sign.
Rash was a second-team All-Area selection her junior year before tearing her ACL in the left knee midway through her junior season. She was a third team selection this past year. In addition, Rash has proven to be one of the area's top multi-talented athletes by winning the Class 3-2-1A state golf tournament last fall and was a three-event medal winner at the Class 2A state track meet her sophomore season.
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