Two Grantsville basketball seniors signed on to play at the next level Monday at Grantsville High School.
Senior center Abby Butler signed a NJCAA Letter of Intent/Scholarship agreement to play at Utah State University Eastern, just before guard Brayle Crosman signed her letter to play with Central Wyoming College.
“I couldn’t think of a better person to share this day with besides Abby, because she’s been one of the people I’ve always looked up to because of her hard work and the way she carries herself,” Crosman said from one end of the table in Grantsville High School’s common area. “The one thing I want to say to younger people here who play sports: Don’t let what somebody else thinks of you hold you back. Let it motivate you to become better, become the person that you want to be, because you are your own limits. You want to go play somewhere? Go play somewhere. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. You be the person that decides what you do with your future, because It’s all up to you.”
CWC competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association, in the Region IX conference against teams like Western Wyoming Community College and Casper College.
“I’m not really as deep as a person as Brayle,” Butler joked from the other end of the table to more than 20 teammates, friends and family members in attendance. “But I just want to say thank you to everyone here and the people who aren’t here that have supported me ever since I was little, growing all the way up from any sport I’ve played, making me the person I am today. I know I wouldn’t be here without you guys, so thanks for all the support.”
Formerly known as the College of Eastern Utah, USU-Eastern is a junior college located in Price, Utah, that competes in the Scenic West Athletic Conference against teams like Snow College and the College of Southern Idaho.
USU-Eastern and CWC played this season during the GW Mechanical Tipoff in early November, a 76-54 win for USU-Eastern.
USU-Eastern went on to 16-16 (6-10 in conference) and lose to SLCC in the second round of the SWAC tournament. CWC went 5-24 overall with a Region IX mark of 3-18 before losing to Gillette College in the first round of the conference tournament.
“I would just like to say how deserving these two are of this opportunity that’s coming their way,” Grantsville girls basketball head coach Megan Vera said. “I think these two are a great example of what discipline, hard work and dedication are. These two really bought into the process, and we talk about that a lot. If you can love and buy into the process, and put in the time, then your hard work is going to pay off, and these two really did just that.”
Butler’s strength is in the low post, but is also a good shooter from beyond the 3-point arc. Crosman is excellent at scoring on the drive and making it to the foul line. Both have the ability to handle the ball.
Both seniors were vital to Grantsville’s success this season, combining for more than 25 points and 15 rebounds per game on average.
Grantsville went 21-4 this season, including a perfect 8-0 run in league before falling in the second round of the Utah High School Activities Association’s Class 3A state tournament.