Poised to repeat; Titans reload

04/23/2009 10:40

LCC already has signed four players for next year

Trey Caldwell

Issue date: 4/23/09 Section: Sports
 
Makenzie Ficek, who helped lead North Eugene High School to the 5A State Championship will join Susan Smith, Andrea Anderson and Kaitlyn Kronberger at LCC next year. The Titans are still awaiting the decision on two other potential signees. Photo by JB BOTWINICK/The Torch
Makenzie Ficek, who helped lead North Eugene High School to the 5A State Championship will join Susan Smith, Andrea Anderson and Kaitlyn Kronberger at LCC next year. The Titans are still awaiting the decision on two other potential signees. Photo by JB BOTWINICK/The Torch

Recruiting season has nearly concluded for the defending Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges champion LCC Titans women's basketball team. At press time, the Titans have received official commitments from four players, and are awaiting decisions for two others.

The players who have already agreed to join the Titans are Mackenzie Ficek, a 5-8 guard out of North Eugene High School; Susan Smith, a 5-4 point guard from Churchill High School; Andrea Anderson, a 6-0 center from Sheldon High School; and Kaitlyn Kronberger, a 5-9 forward from Cottage Grove High School.

"It's a really good start," Head Coach Greg Sheley said. "All of the players we signed so far are all-league. We will see how the others pan out. We still have a couple of really good players we are hoping decide to sign with us, but overall, a really good start." Ficek was a first-team All-Midwestern league selection and honorable mention for 5A all state.

Smith is a first-team All-Midwestern league selection as well.

Anderson is a first-team All-Southwest league selection. Kronberger was player of the year in the Sky-Em league, as well as first-team all state at the 4A level.

"I like the fact that all are from our county, which is nice," Sheley said. "We got three from Eugene and one from Cottage Grove. It is our goal to keep the best players from here as local as we can."

The Titans were stacked with freshman contributors all season, meaning that the bulk of this year's title team will be back next season, led by NWAACC Southern Region All-Stars first-team selection Theresa Brown, and second-team selection Carmen Williams. LCC will also welcome back Women All-Tournament first-team selection Kourtney Parks.

With an abundance of returning talent for next year, Sheley is excited about the possibilities for his team. "Susan and Mackenzie are going to have a good chance to battle for a starting spot. Andrea and Kaitlyn should give us really good depth," Sheley said. "It will just make us that much tougher to beat."

There are three sophomores moving on to four-year colleges for next season. Sheena Cole, Southern Region All-Star first-team and All-Tournament second-team, has verbally committed to New Mexico-Highland University. Jennifer Kimbrow, who was the tourney's Most Valuable Player, has decided on Mesa State, a Div-II school located in Grand Junction, Colorado. Melissa Montes will walk-on at Northwest Christian University.