Hunter makes college hoops decision official

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Sydney Hunter couldn’t wait to fulfill her dream of playing college basketball so on the first day of the early signing period, Wednesday, Nov. 9, she put pen to paper. The McNary senior, who averaged 10.8 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals per game for the Lady Celts last season, signed with the University of San Diego. “I made my decision pretty early,” Hunter said. “I didn’t want to wait any longer to officially sign. I wanted to get it over with. Knowing that I’m going to San Diego makes it less stressful. I can play stress free and that makes it way easier.” Hunter began playing basketball in kindergarten but the game has been in her life even longer. Her older sister, by five years, Devin, was also a star at McNary before signing with Oregon State. “Growing up watching Devin, I wanted to be just like her,” Hunter said. “I just remember this (signing day) was so cool, all her friends and teachers were there. I wanted to do this so bad. She’s a great player. I’ve always been compared to her, growing up. I wanted to show people that I’m not just Devin Hunter’s sister. I’m Sydney Hunter. I’ve got my own name. I want to make my own story for myself. It pushed me to work harder...

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