Hollenshead To Play Division 1 Basketball
Surrounded by family, coaches and her closest supporters, Hollenshead signed a letter of intent to play Division 1 basketball for Fairfield University last Wednesday evening.
Having made the 5-1/2 hour trek to Connecticut in August, Hollenshead told the “News” she had the opportunity to meet with the coaching staff led by head coach Joe Frager. Excited to have her on board for the 2014- 15 school year, university officials offered her a fullride, which she anxiously accepted the following day.
“I was so relieved I had finally chosen a school that is great both academically and athletically,” said the Southern Fulton High School senior. “It’s great to actually see my dream come true of college basketball and also a full-ride.”
She said that prior to her visit, she had known little about the university but loved it immediately and felt it would be a great fit for her. Undecided on a major at this time, Hollenshead is leaning in the direction of accounting or finance.
Fairfield University women’s basketball team closed out the 2012-13 season with an overall record of 18 and 14 and a MAAC record of 11-7 garnered the team a third-place regular season placement.
A star in the classroom as well as on the court, Hollenshead, the daughter of Needmore residents Joe and Heather Hollenshead, is a starting guard for the Lady Indians basketball team. In addition to setting records for the Indian squad, Hollenshead also runs crosscountry and plays volleyball for Southern Fulton.
With the first day of high school basketball practice getting under way Monday, Hollenshead is excited for her final season as a Lady Indian.
“I plan on doing anything and everything to get our team as far as possible. I’ve gotta make my senior year count. As for school, I’m just trying to enjoy my friends and family as much as I can before I leave for college,” Hollenshead said.
She says she owes much thanks to her dad, Darlene DeShong and fellow coaches, who have invested their time and energy into making her into the player she currently is. She further said her Altoona based PA Pride basketball team and coach Sam Pierce have also influenced her greatly.
“I would not have had this opportunity without them,” concluded Hollenshead. “I also thank my teammates for keeping me going in the past and, of course, the community for all of their support. The Lord has also chosen to surround me with positive people and give me the ability to play and excel.”
My mom, sisters, grandparents and family have also supported me every single day.”