Bandys senior guard Story inks with L-R Bears

Beaming from ear to ear, Bandys’ Jesse Story made her college decision official on Wednesday.

The senior basketball player signed to play for Lenoir-Rhyne University starting next fall.

“I’m excited,” Story said of her basketball future at L-R. “I 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.”

Story visited her parents’ alma mater, Appalachian State, as well as Mars Hill and Davidson before making her decision final in the spring.

“This is a great day for me and the Story family,” said Lady Trojans coach Beth Queen. “We started working with Jesse back when she was age 9 or before that. It’s pretty neat to see them progress, develop and get the opportunity to do something that Jesse has always wanted to do. She’s always wanted to play college basketball. I’m just thrilled for her.”

With the decision over, Story said she has time to focus on other aspects of her life.

“I’m excited for my senior year, and to have this decision out of the way,” Story said. “I hear all my friends talking about college applications and scholarships. It’s nice to not be so stressed about that. I can enjoy the season and school year.”

Story has won 74 of 89 games played in her Bandys basketball career.

With only two key pieces missing from last year’s team, which went to the Regional Semifinals in Greensboro, Story said she anticipates her final year donning the green and gold.

“We lost some key players, but gained some younger players,” Story said. “This is the first class I haven’t played with before. I played with my sister’s class and two classes above me. I’m excited to see how we gel together.”

While Story’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.

“She has a career here first she has to end” Queen said. “We don’t want to be thinking too far ahead because we have some things we have to take care of this year.”