Wright Signs With Canadian University
Sophomore forward Marikah Wright from Bellevue, Washington and Newport High has signed a Letter of Intent to continue her college career at Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta.
Wright is the first Lane player in history to sign with a Canadian school. Marikah averaged 10.85 points per game, 5.45 rebounds and shot 80% at the free throw line last year for the Titans as they advanced to the NWAC championship game. Wright fractured her knee cap in the fourth minute of the championship game after scoring the Titans first four points of the game.
Mount Royal University plays in the Canadian first division and Marikah will be eligible to play three more years of college basketball. Unlike American universities, Canadian colleges are eligible to play five years instead four years in the states.
Marikah was honored with 2nd team All-Southern region recognition for the second year in a row and had been scheduled to play in the NWAC All-Star game before her injury.
SHS’s all-time leading girl’s scorer headed to play for Lane Titans
By Jennie McGhan | Daily Sun News
She is the all-time leading scorer for the Sunnyside High School Lady Grizzlies basketball program, having hit the mark of 1,279 points this past winter.
Jordan Rodriguez will be taking her aptitude for the sport to Eugene, Ore., where she plans to attend Lane Community College.
“I had other college opportunities, but felt the change of scenery would be good for me,” she said.
After two years at Lane Community College, playing for the Titans, Rodriguez plans to further her college career at a four-year university with the goal of earning a degree in physical education.
Officials at the college, said Rodriguez, kept in contact with her throughout her senior year, tracking her season and letting her know they were extremely hopeful she would choose to play for their women’s basketball program.
She was a member of the SHS varsity girls basketball team all four years of high school, averaging three assists her senior year. Her junior year, she and her teammates earned fourth-place honors at the 3A State basketball tournament. In the three games played at State, Rodriguez collected 36 points and 26 rebounds. She hit the 1,000-point mark during the quarter-final tilt at State her junior season.
“I didn’t enjoy basketball as much this year and I am hoping the new experience will help me with a fresh start,” said Rodriguez, who said she wants to rediscover her love of the game.
She said she will miss her parents and siblings most.
“My father has always been my coach,” noted Rodriguez.
But, she knows the future is ahead of her and Lane Community College is helping her reach for her dreams with a full-ride athletic scholarship.
“I will have to pay my living expenses and for my books,” Rodriguez said.
She said she hopes to find an apartment she can share with her new teammates.
In addition to being a standout on the basketball court, Rodriguez will graduate among the top academic achievers for the SHS class of 2015.
Former Willamette High Star Signs With Titans
Kalani Kast, former Willamette High forward and a member of two 5-A State champion teams inked a letter of intent to play for the Titans in the 2015-2016 season.
Kast averaged 7.8 points and 4.8 rebounds her senior season for the Wolverines. She was named first team All-Midwestern Conference. Kalani was a captain in her junior and senior seasons as well as being named Willamette's best defensive player. She was also honored with honorable mention All-Midwestern Conference recognition her junior season.
“Kalani adds another really good rebounder and defender to our frontline” says head coach Greg Sheley. Kalani comes to Lane after attending New Hope Christian College.
Pleasant Hill All-State Selection Signs with Titans
Alix Leavitt, 6'0" forward from Pleasant Hill High has signed a letter of intent to play basketball with the Lady Titans. Leavitt averaged 14 points and 6 rebounds for the Billies while leading them to the Mountain Valley Conference (3A) championship with a 14-1 conference record and 20-4 record overall.
Alix was named the Mountain Valley Conference Player of the Year and was named to the Oregonian's first team 3A All-State squad. She was also named first team all-conference as a junior as well as honorable mention (3A) All-State. In her sophomore season she was named honorable mention all-conference for the Billies.
Along with four years of varsity basketball at Pleasant Hill, Alix played four years of volleyball.
Coach Sheley is very impressed by Alix's athleticism, length and scoring ability. "Alix has the ability to help our already powerful frontline plus she's able to step outside and shoot with range".
Leavitt is the first Pleasant Hill player to sign with the Titans since Cora McVey signed prior to the 2004-2005 season. Welcome to Lane Community College, GO TITANS!
Washington Star Signs with Titans
Jordan Rodriguez, Sunnyside High School, Sunnyside, Washington has signed a Letter of Intent to play basketball for Coach Sheley's women's team for the 2015-2016 season. Jordan averaged 12 points per game this season along with 6 rebounds, 3 assists per game and 3 steals per game.
Rodriguez, Sunnyside's all-time leading scorer received Big 9 Conference First Team recognition for the third consecutive year after receiving Second team honors as a freshman. As a sophomore she was the Big 9 Player of the Year, as a junior she was named second team 4A All- State. Additionally, she was named to the Big 9 Conference All-Defensive Team as a sophomore, junior and senior.
Jordan was also an all-around athlete at Sunnyside High lettering in three sports other than basketball. She played soccer for three years, track for two years and volleyball as a senior.
Coach Sheley is excited to have Jordan on campus next season and expects her to become a major contributor this season. "Jordan is a tremendous all-around player who can play all the guard positions and lock people down on defense" says Sheley.
The entire Titan coaching staff and team welcome Jordan to Lane Community College! GO TITANS!!
Mallory Shields Signs to Play with Women's Basketball
Mallory Shields, Sherwood (OR.) High School, 5'11" forward has signed to play for the Lane Titans next season. Shields was the Player of the Year in 2014 for the Northwest League (5A) and was also 5A 2nd Team All-State. This year she garnered first team All-League recognition in the Three Rivers Conference (6A).
Shields averaged 13.6 points per game, 6.6 rebounds per game and 3.1 steals per game for the Lady Bowmen. Mallory was also a multi-sport performer for Sherwood, playing four years on the volleyball team earning Honorable Mention All-League in her junior and senior seasons and also playing two years of varsity golf. Shields also played two years of summer club basketball for the WVBA Selects before her junior and senior seasons.
Mallory will play guard and forward positions next season for the Titans, Coach Sheley anticipates her contributing right away. Sheley likes her ability to score from the outside and down low but really appreciates her toughness and hard play on the court. "Mallory gives us more depth up front but more importantly gives us depth at more than one position" says the Titan's head coach.