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Willis: Fairview sharpshooter Kaufman chooses Middlebury

JEREMY PAPASSO
Fairview top scorer Sarah Kaufman (15.4 average) will play basketball next season at Middlebury College in Vermont.

Sarah Kaufman took the suspense out of things. The Fairview sharpshooter didn’t have to rush in selecting a college, but she now is free to play the remainder of her senior season without a key piece of her future looming above her.

Kaufman, who averages a team-best 15.4 points for coach Rod Beauchamp’s Knights, has decided to study and play basketball at Middlebury College. One of the nation’s most longstanding liberal arts colleges, it represented a perfect fit for the 5-foot-9 guard.

“I was focusing my college search mostly on the academic side,” Kaufman said. “I didn’t want to play Division I, so Division III seemed like a good way to go. It’s a good balance between academics and still playing the sport I love.”

Kaufman has been a four-year contributor for the Knights, including a five-game cameo as a freshman. She has been a key member of the rotation the past three seasons and the leading scorer each of the past two.

She is unsure of her precise emphasis of study, but knows she wants to be in the liberal arts field. She decided on Middlebury after also considering Pomona College (Calif.), Haverford College (Penn.) and Carleton College (Minn.). Kaufman’s mother attended Pomona College, so the Cecil Sagehens absolutely were in the mix.

But the Middlebury Panthers were the better fit.

“I went back for a second overnight visit and spent more time with the teammates,” she said. “I really liked it.”

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