LYONS — Nola Basey was destined for the volleyball court.
It’s what brought her parents, John and Kari, together, after all, back when Kari was a player at the University of Nevada and John was a student line judge for the Wolf Pack’s matches. Both went on to play semi-professionally after college.
“Ever since I got exposed to the sport, I just loved it,” Basey said Wednesday.
The 6-foot-1 Lyons High School senior officially parlayed her love for the sport into a college scholarship on Wednesday when she signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball at the University of Denver. Wednesday marked the first day of the early signing period for most sports besides football, track, cross country and soccer.
“It’s just a great feeling to know that everything is all settled,” Basey said. “I want (volleyball) to be a part of my life wherever I go.”
Basey led Lyons to a 14-10 season this fall with 4.2 kills and 2.3 digs per set.
While she might be a small-school rarity as a Division-I college signee, Basey simply joins the club at Lyons.
LHS has had multiple athletes sign with Division-I schools in recent years, including distance runner Andrew Roberts (Colorado State, now at Adams State) and sprinter/jumper Rachel Hinker (Northern Colorado). Basey is a track standout herself, having won the high jump at the state meet last spring, though she’ll focus on her first athletic love in college.
“I’m glad for her to have the opportunity because she’s so talented,” Lyons athletic director Kathy Leiding said.
LANG A BLUEJAY
One top area athlete not signing a letter of intent Wednesday was Niwot’s Harrison Lang. But that doesn’t mean the two-time No. 1 singles state champion doesn’t have his destination set.
Lang told BoCoPreps.com on Wednesday that he’s committed to Creighton University and does still plan to sign during the early signing period, which lasts until Nov. 21.
OTHER AREA SIGNEES
Several other area athletes signed letters of intent on Wednesday, including:
— Boulder swimmer Geoffrey Longhurst, who placed 15th at state last spring in the 200-meter freestyle, signed with Division-I South Dakota State.
— Frederick guard Lucas Adams, who helped lead the Warriors with 11.2 points, 5.7 assists and 2.5 steals per game last season, became the first signee in Western State’s 2013 men’s basketball recruiting class.
— Longmont’s Matt Ayers signed to golf at Hastings College in Nebraska.
— Peak to Peak softball players Jo Bolyard, who led the Pumas at the plate with a .667 batting average and on the pitching mound with 177 strikeouts in 951/3 innings, signed to play at Division-II Colorado Mesa.
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