GIRARD — Girard High School will once again be represented on the Pittsburg State women’s basketball team, as Sydnee Crain signed a letter of intent to play for the Gorillas on Thursday inside GHS.
Crain is a multi-sport athlete, leading the Trojans’ basketball and softball teams to a state championship her junior year.
“I’m super excited,” Crain said. “It’s going to be really fun and I’m ready to get going.”
After verbally committing to Pitt State last year, Crain made it official by putting pen to paper.
“Sydnee has really meant a lot to this team,” GHS girls’ basketball coach Brad Herlocker said. “She’s been our point guard from day one, and over the course of her career, we’ve had two undefeated CNC championships and she has three consecutive appearances at state. Our program has come a long way with Sydnee’s help.”
Being close to Pitt State’s decorated program and interacting with the coaches and players throughout the years is what Crain said inspired her to join.
“Coach Lord was a big reason why I chose Pitt State,” she said. “I grew up going to his camps and watching them play, so it’s going to be an honor to play for them and a dream come true.”
Crain will follow in the footsteps of Girard alum Hayden Herlocker, who just wrapped up her collegiate career at Pitt State following a historic high school career at Girard.
“It’s going to be fun because I know coach Lord is going to help push me to be the best I can,” Crain said. “Hopefully, I follow in Hayden’s footsteps. It’s going to be hard because she was a great player, but that’s my goal.”
Although the Gorillas already have a quality roster, Crain believes she has what it takes to make an immediate impact and someday break into the starting lineup.
“The rotation is going to be tough to make,” Crain said. “There’s going to be a lot of seniors and he’s recruited a lot of talent, but I want to be apart of that winning group. It’s going to be super fun.”
With one more season left to play at Girard, Crain wants to repeat as a state champion before it’s all over.
“I hope to make it to state again,” Crain said. “We have a completely different team this year, but we hope to be really good again.”
Crain has played a large role in the success Girard has seen the past three seasons, so an offer to play at PSU came as no surprise.
“It’s exciting for both Sydnee and Pitt State,” Brad Herlocker said. “A lot of people from Girard go to the PSU games, so I know a lot of people will go support her. Coach Lord does such a great job of getting the best local talent and I think he’s done that by getting Sydnee.”
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.