Cassie Hale grew up playing three sports yet always had a special attraction toward basketball. After finishing her junior year last season, Hale thought her playing days might be over in the spring of 2012. But over the summer, several colleges contacted Hale about her hoops future. Now, Hale's career will extend at least a few more years — and she gets to continue her multi-sport role. The Camdenton High School senior signed a letter of intent on Wednesday, Feb. 15 to attend Cottey College, where she'll play volleyball and basketball.


Cassie Hale grew up playing three sports yet always had a special attraction toward basketball. After finishing her junior year last season, Hale thought her playing days might be over in the spring of 2012.

But over the summer, several colleges contacted Hale about her hoops future. Now, Hale's career will extend at least a few more years — and she gets to continue her multi-sport role.

The Camdenton High School senior signed a letter of intent on Wednesday, Feb. 15 to attend Cottey College, where she'll play volleyball and basketball.

"It was a homey school," Hale said. "I liked the way the coaches coached. I have a really good relationship with them. I'm able to talk to them."

Hale will play for basketball coach Dave Ketterman and volleyball coach Marla Foreman at the all-female junior college located in Nevada, Mo.

"I like the fact that it's an all-girls school," Hale said. "I'll make good bonds and friendships. And I'll get a lot of experience playing at a JUCO, so I'm excited about that."

The Comets compete in Division II, Region XVI of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Outside the region, Cottey also competes against an array of JUCOs, private schools and JV teams around Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas.

The volleyball Comets finished 5-22 last fall. The basketball team is currently 6-15.

Hale thinks her past experience of playing more than one sport will help her in college.

"At first I was worried but I've done three sports since I was really little and I did it all four years in high school, so I think I can take it," Hale said. "I wasn't really ready to give up on either sport. I feel I'll be able to handle it, even if it's harder in college."

At CHS, Hale has been a varsity veteran in volleyball, basketball and soccer. She's earned some form of postseason honor in all three.

There have been plenty of victories along the way, but Hale said it's the summer camps, bus rides and hotel stays that she'll remember most.

"The games are definitely fun, but it's outside of the gym where you become more of a team," she said.

Hale will be on the soccer team this spring, where she returns as a four-year starter. The Lady Lakers are coming off their first district championship in program history.

As a midfielder, the versatile Hale finished with six goals and four assists last season.

"We're going to come out strong," Hale said. "We did lose a couple really good players, but we have a lot coming back and some great new players coming in. I think we have an even greater chance at winning districts again."