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Hoisting high hopes
Megan Hoisington exudes quiet confidence on the basketball court. Shell grab the tenacious board, stick her hand high in her defendees face and show perfect poise in driving strong to the hoop.
But on Wednesday, surrounded by her teammates and friends, family and coaches, Hoisington looked a little uncomfortable. Maybe not nervous, as she said repeatedly, but certainly a little out of her element.
Can I sign now? Hoisington cautiously asked Central Kitsap coach Denise Baxter.
You can sign now, Baxter said.
Looking relieved, Hoisington proceeded to sign a commitment to continue her basketball career at the collegiate level for Seattle Pacific University, one the countrys top NCAA Division II womens basketball programs.
SPU went 30-3 last season, 17-1 to win the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, falling in the NCAA Division II title game, 70-53, to Washburn (Topeka, Kan.).
I am excited. Really excited, Hoisington said after signing Thursday at CKHS. It was a few years of work. Basically, without my parents and coaches, I couldnt have done it.
Hoisington will be a familiar name to those within the SPU hoops community, as Megan begins to follow in the footsteps of her father, Greg, and uncle, Doug. Greg Hoisington played for the Falcons from 1979 to 1982, leading the team in field goal percentage in 1980, shooting .555, and putting up 12.7 points and 6.5 rebounds his senior year. Doug Hoisington played from 1978 to 1980.
Its neat. Im looking forward to that, Megan Hoisington said of following her family ties. My uncle played there too, so its kind of neat to follow in their footsteps.
Greg Hoisington was excited his daughter is attending his alma mater.
Its exciting, he said. Thats where I played. And its not far enough away that we cant go watch. Shes worked hard for it.
A key player in CKs stateward run last season, Megan Hoisington averaged 15 points and 9.5 boards per game. But with a 3.968 grade-point average, she has also excelled in the classroom. Those two skill sets combined, she said SPU was simply the best fit.
They have a lot of help with athletes, she said. And I like the smaller size. Its a little more one-on-one.
I know it sounds weird, but Seattle Pacific has been a dream of mine since elementary school, she said. Its just kind of unrealistic how it happened to work.
Hoping to become an orthopedic surgeon or physical therapist, Megan Hoisington said she also visited with Western Washington University (Bellingham) and St. Martins University (Lacey) before deciding on SPU.
SPU felt like a perfect place for me, she said. I love the people on the team and the academics. Its going to be really good for me.
Greg Hoisington couldnt have agreed more.
Playing college basketball was such a great experience, he said. Shell be happy.
While Megan Hoisington has always been a stellar rebounder and defender, Baxter said it was the development of her offensive game that has given her the ability to rise to the occasion.
Shes gotten a lot more explosive offensively, Baxter said. Shes always been a good rebounder. Shes really balanced out. All that training and select ball really helped her in those aspects of the game.
Megan Hoisington said her parents and all of her coaches played an instrumental part in her development as a player and a person. In addition to playing for CK, Hoisington has also worked with Glenn Nelson and Chris Bown of NW Hoopgurlz in Seattle and Jeremy Landis of Westside Hoops in Poulsbo.
They have been with me through everything, Megan Hoisington said of her family. Theyve supported me and without them, I wouldnt have been where I am. And my coaches helped me become the player I am.
One difference Greg Hoisington said between his experience and his daughters will be the fact that Megan will be attending on scholarship, something he had to fight for in his playing days.
Its good (for her), he said. When I went I walked on out of Meadowdale (High School in Lynnwood). I played JV and got a partial scholarship my sophomore year. So this is a little easier way to do it.
Another reason Megan Hoisington said she was happy with her choice was the proximity to her family right across the water.
My little sister can come across on the ferry and we can go to lunch, she said. My mom and dad can come over too.
With the CK girls season close to getting underway, Megan Hoisington said shes getting ready for another strong year on the hardwood.
I think were going to be a strong team, she said. Were all really pumped for the season. Im getting excited.
Aiding her preparation for the season is knowing shes already got a home after graduation.
Its nice to know where Im going, she said. Im just really looking forward to helping the younger girls that are looking to improve. Its really relieving to know where Im going, especially when its somewhere I know I really want to be.