|Sterkel Colorado bound, inks with Rangers|
|November 18, 2016 Jerry Purvis|
Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen Gering senior Emma Sterkel was joined by her parents, Holly (left) and Russell, when she signed a letter of intent to play basketball in 2017 at Regis University in Denver.
Gering guard Emma Sterkel, along with the rest of the basketball team, may be looking forward to a run at the state tournament this winter, but her playing days just got extended.
On Nov. 9, Sterkel signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the Rangers of Division II Regis University in Denver starting with the 2017 – 2018 season.
Sterkel has been playing basketball competitively since the third grade. She has competed with Gering Up, Gering Junior High, Panhandle Explosion, Mountain View High School (Loveland, Colorado), Loveland High School, The Colorado Chill, and Mile Hi Magic.
During her junior year at Gering, Sterkel averaged 11 points, three assists, three rebounds and four steals per game.
Sterkel said playing basketball at the college level is something she’s dreamed about since she could walk. Both her parents played at McCook Community College. Later on, she also grew up watching older sister Rikki play basketball as well as running cross country. Plus, two of her cousins are also coaches.
Sterkel said she’s excited about playing at a school like Regis, although she didn’t know anyone when she first visited. “After getting to know the girls and the staff, it was everything I looked for in a team,” she said. “Outside of basketball it exceeds everything I wanted it to be academically.” She plans to pursue a degree in psychology and education.
Head Women’s Basketball Coach Molly Marrin, now in her second year, is building the team into a strong competitor, Last year, her Rangers team knocked off three of the top 25 teams in Division II, finishing with an 18-11 record.
“Emma is a tough and physical guard that plays fearlessly,” Coach Marrin said. “Her energy and tempo bring everyone she plays with up to a higher level. Her dynamic style of play is going to make her really fun to watch and coach.”
But until next year, Sterkel and teammates are planning to make it to the state basketball tournament. She might also go out for track in the spring, but hasn’t yet decided.