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Beaming from ear to ear, Bandysâ€™ Jesse Story made her college decision official on Wednesday.
The senior basketball player signed to play for Lenoir-Rhyne University starting next fall.
â€śIâ€™m excited,â€ť Story said of her basketball future at L-R. â€śI really like the coaches and team. When I got to interact with them, I felt accepted from the beginning. A lot of times when you go places, it felt awkward. I also wanted to be close to home.â€ť
Story visited her parentsâ€™ alma mater, Appalachian State, as well as Mars Hill and Davidson before making her decision final in the spring.
â€śThis is a great day for me and the Story family,â€ť said Lady Trojans coach Beth Queen. â€śWe started working with Jesse back when she was age 9 or before that. Itâ€™s pretty neat to see them progress, develop and get the opportunity to do something that Jesse has always wanted to do. Sheâ€™s always wanted to play college basketball. Iâ€™m just thrilled for her.â€ť
With the decision over, Story said she has time to focus on other aspects of her life.
â€śIâ€™m excited for my senior year, and to have this decision out of the way,â€ť Story said. â€śI hear all my friends talking about college applications and scholarships. Itâ€™s nice to not be so stressed about that. I can enjoy the season and school year.â€ť
Story has won 74 of 89 games played in her Bandys basketball career.
With only two key pieces missing from last yearâ€™s team, which went to the Regional Semifinals in Greensboro, Story said she anticipates her final year donning the green and gold.
â€śWe lost some key players, but gained some younger players,â€ť Story said. â€śThis is the first class I havenâ€™t played with before. I played with my sisterâ€™s class and two classes above me. Iâ€™m excited to see how we gel together.â€ť
While Storyâ€™s future is set, Queen reminded her that there is still one season of basketball left for her to make a lasting impression at the school.
â€śShe has a career here first she has to endâ€ť Queen said. â€śWe donâ€™t want to be thinking too far ahead because we have some things we have to take care of this year.â€ťView more articles in: