Tooele seniors Emily and Abby Webber are not only twin sisters — they’re teammates and best friends.
Thus, it came as no surprise that come time to decide where they were going to go to college, they wanted to stick together. Fortunately for the Webbers, Mt. Hood Community College, a school located in Gresham, Oregon, came calling, signing the sisters to national Letters-of-Intent to play basketball for the next two seasons.
“I think it’s a really big blessing,” Abby Webber said. “It would be really hard for me to go to Oregon all alone and to start somewhere fresh. Now I can go with my best friend, have lots of fun and it’ll just be like a giant sleepover every single night. I’m really excited and I’m really grateful for the opportunity to go play with my sister.”
Emily agreed, and said that Mt. Hood, located near Portland, seemed like the perfect fit from the time she and Abby visited the campus for the first time last summer.
“It’s been a goal of mine since I was a little kid,” Emily said. “I always wanted to go and play college basketball, and Oregon is such a beautiful place. When we went and visited, it just felt right. I’m really excited that I get to go with Abby, because I don’t think I’d be able to go to Oregon by myself.”
Tooele girls basketball coach Randy Goss said the sisters’ work ethic served as an example to their teammates with the Buffaloes, and helped lift Tooele basketball to new heights since he took over the head job two seasons ago.
“They had a lot of natural talent, but I think from last year to this year, they showed a lot of improvement,” Goss said. “They put in a lot of work in the offseason and I think they’re definitely ready. Junior college, I think, is a great step for them.”
Both sisters said their desire to be the best they could be led them to spend countless hours refining their skills.
“I was here all day, every day for four years almost,” Abby said. “It pushed me to do really well. I wanted to probe myself to my family, my school and my peers that I could do it.”
“You can come to practice every day, but it’s up to you to put in the work and the effort to get where you are,” Emily added. “I would work my hardest at practice, which might not have been the most popular or most likable thing to do, but I just tried to put in the effort every single day and I feel like it really paid off.”
Mt. Hood assistant coach Adam Child was present as the sisters signed their NLIs on Tuesday evening in front of friends, family and other well-wishers at Tooele High School, and said there were certain qualities that made the Webbers a perfect fit for MHCC.
“They’re tall and athletic,” said Child, who noted that the sisters are among nine Utah natives who will be on Mt. Hood’s roster next season. “We press, we run and we get up and down the court super fast, so because they’re athletic, we know they can run with our group of girls, and with their length, they don’t have to just play down low. Character-wise — just talking to their family and coaches, they work hard, they have good grades — they fit what we’re looking for.”