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College women's athletics: Lady Jays sign four new players

WORTHINGTON -- The Minnesota West Community and Technical College women's athletic programs are restocking players, and the basketball program secured three signings, with an option on a fourth, on Wednesday. Ashlyn Rosenberg of Worthington, Emil...

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New Minnesota West Lady Jays athletes came together for a signing ceremony on Wednesday. They are (front, from left) Emily Schroer, Lexie Ramsey, Kiana Leighty and Ashlyn Rosenberg Coaches Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka and Jeff Linder are standing in back. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

 

 

WORTHINGTON -- The Minnesota West Community and Technical College women’s athletic programs are restocking players, and the basketball program secured three signings, with an option on a fourth, on Wednesday.

Ashlyn Rosenberg of Worthington, Emily Schroer of Fulda, Kiana Leighty of Heron Lake-Okabena and Lexie Ramsey of Central Lyon signed on to play for the Lady Jays.

Rosenberg, Schroer and Ramsey will play basketball for the Jays next winter. Leighty will play volleyball, with an option to add basketball, too.

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The 2017-18 Lady Jays basketball team graduates four starters from a squad that captured the Southern Division championship, hosted the region tournament and placed second there after losing in double-overtime in the title contest.

“It’s nice to have four kids signing at one time,” said Lady Jays basketball coach and women’s athletic director Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka. “Right now we’re at about nine (on the basketball team), and hopefully we’ll be able to get a few more.”

The Lady Jays were strong in the post last season. Next winter, guard play looks like a strong area.

Rosenberg has the height of a forward or post, and Hayenga-Hostikka believes she’ll continue improving her game at the college level. Schroer was an All-Red Rock Conference player as a junior, but missed her senior season after injuring her ACL. Now that she’s healthy, she brings good shooting ability and solid ball-handling skills to the West team.

Leighty is an outstanding volleyball player who also earned All-Red Rock Conference honors in basketball. Ramsey is quick, can hit the outside jumper, and exhibits a natural defensive intensity.

Doug Wolter joined the Worthington Globe in December of 1983 as a sports reporter. He later became sports editor, and then news editor and managing editor. In 2006 he moved to Mankato with his wife, Sandy, and served as an editor at the Mankato Free Press. In 2013 he and Sandy returned to Worthington to take up the job of sports editor at The Globe, and they have been in Worthington since.

Doug can be reached at dwolter@dglobe.com.
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