The Lady Titans once again have started to show that they don’t rebuild; they just reload. The team has lost some key players to Division I schools, but has added quality players to next year’s squad.
Head coach Greg Sheley has inked his first All-State player by signing Courtney Walchli, who was named Columbia River league Player of the Year. She also was a First-Team All-State Oregon School Activities Association 5A selection.
Walchli, a 5’8” guard from Hermiston, helped lead the Bulldogs to a fourth-place finish in the OSAA 5A playoffs. In the final game, she finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
“Courtney can play inside and out which will help us next year,” Sheley said.
Also joining the Lady Titans next season will be twins Jordan and Kersey Wilcox, who attended Mountain View High School in Bend.
“We are excited to have Jordan and Kersey,” Sheley said. “They will give us help fill a need at the guard positions and give us depth next year.”
Kersey was named Intermountain Player of the Year, First-Team All-Conference and was a Second-Team OSAA 5A selection.
Kersey couldn’t hide her excitement about joining the Lady Titans and playing for Sheley.
“He is exactly like the coach I’ve never had but have always wanted,” Kersey said. “The leading factor in choosing Lane was that they have a very competitive and successful program.”
Jordan shared the First-Team All-Conference with her sister as they led the Cougars to the playoffs.
The sisters share more than a family bond. They have played basketball together for so long that it is hard to find teammates who mesh better together.
“My sister and I are very close and we play really well together. So, I’m very excited to play at the next level and share this experience with my best friend,” Kersey said.
The college has also added Brandy Jo Blackburn, who is a 6’2” forward from Payette, Idaho.
She was named to the Second-Team All-Conference team and was named her high school team MVP.
“Brandi will give us some size up front and has the ability to block and alter shots,” Sheley said.
Rounding out the top recuits are OSAA 5A Second-Team All-State post Megan Sheilds from Sherwood High in Sherwood, Ore. and Joleen Chanco from Woodcreek High in Roseville, Calif.
The Lady Titans will look to improve on their fourth-place finish in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges playoffs last season.