Members of EWU's 2011 recruiting class recognized on variety of lists for stellar senior seasons
The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team will welcome four new members to its squad next season, all of whom have impressive resumes from successful prep careers in the state of Washington. Recently, seniors Kylie Huerta from Kentwood High School and Hayley Hodgins out of Chiawana High School added several more honors to their cache.
For the second year in a row, Huerta was selected as the South Puget Sound League Co-Player of the Year. She was among the top five scorers in the conference with an average 18.4 points per game, while also contributing an average of four assists, four steals and three rebounds per game during the 2010-11 season. Huerta was also a member of the All-SPSL first team, marking the second year in a row the 5-1 point guard has made the prestigious list.
Beyond her conference accolades, Huerta was recognized on the Associated Press 4A All-State Honorable Mention squad for 2011.
As Huerta was making waves on the west side, Hodgins was finding similar success east of the Cascades. Hodgins led the Chiawana Riverhawks to a third-place finish in the State 4A Tournament, which earned the 5-10 senior All-Tournament first-team honors. The Seattle Times also recognized Hodgins at the end of the 2010-11 season as a member of its All-State second team.
Hodgins secured a spot for the second-straight year on the All-Columbia Basin Big Nine first team, and was also a member of the Tri-City Herald All-Area first team.
Outside of her high school season, Hodgins shined in the 18th Annual All-Star Media Classic, which featured top players from the Yakima and Tri-Cities area. Hodgins led the Tri-City All Stars to a 79-71 victory over the Yakima All-Stars with 19 points and four rebounds in the contest. She was named the game's Most Valuable Player.
Eastern's other 2011 signees, Melissa Williams out of Camas High School in Vancouver and Kayleigh Ryan from Lynden Christian High School in Lynden, were both sidelined for much of their senior seasons due to injuries, but continued to excel in the classroom, while working on getting back in the game.
"Melissa had an interrupted senior season because of some issues with her knee" said EWU head coach Wendy Schuller. "But she worked hard on the rehab, and has really impressed us with the dedication to her studies. She is going to be part of the honors program at Eastern when she starts next year."
"All of our incoming freshmen are great students and people," added Schuller. "We are very excited to have them join our program."
Kayleigh Ryan, sister of current Eagle and 2011 All-Big Sky first-team selection Brianne Ryan, also suffered a knee injury that hampered her senior basketball season. But Ryan and Williams should be fully recovered when they start their Eagle careers next fall.