Presque Isle, ME – Kourtney West, a senior at Ft. Fairfield High School has recently committed to The University of Maine at Presque Isle and will continue her basketball career for the Owls, Coach Gavin Kane reports. West, an All-Aroostook County All-Star becomes yet another local player to stay in the County for her college education and play women's basketball at UMPI.
"We are very pleased that Kourtney is joining our University and our Basketball Program at UMPI," stated Coach Kane. "I have watched Kourtney play for four years and she has really blossomed as a basketball player during her High School career. She really stood out in County Hoops during her senior season. Kourtney is a lanky athlete who is a very capable scorer, she rebounds extremely well, and she can defend multiple positions."
"I am looking forward to attending UMPI because it keeps me close to family and friends, and it allows me to continue doing what I love such as sports. I am going to be majoring in Bio/Pre-Med, which I have always had an interest in going into the medical field, so this program gives me lots of room to make some final touches on a definite career path." West continued, "I am excited to play basketball at the collegiate level with many talented athletes, and continue working on a sport that has been in my heart for many years. I have a few former teammates that also plays for UMPI so I am excited to get the chance to play with them again, and I am super excited to meet new teammates," said West.
"Kourtney has been a 4 year varsity player for us and has improved her game each year, becoming a very good inside/outside player. She has great quickness and can score inside but also step out and hit the three. She uses her length on the boards (back-to-back 19 rebound games this season), passes and runs the floor well. She is a team player and will be a great addition to the UMPI program," said Ft. Fairfield Coach Larry Gardner.
Along with her skills on the basketball court Kourtney is also a skilled soccer player, playing on the team at Ft. Fairfield High School. West will join her teammate Kennedy Bencivenga alond with other friends and former teammates of hers on the soccer field. Head Soccer Coach of Ft. Fairfield, John Ala, spoke about Kourtney as a player. "Kourtney is a very good athlete. She has that extra gear and a strong strike. These abilities are going to make her a threat at the next level." UMPI Women's Soccer Coach, Aaron Marston, also spoke about Kourney. "Kourtney is a great kid with a very positive attitude. She is very coachable and I'm looking forward to seeing her continue to grow and develop at the college level."
The Owls would like to welcome Kourtney to our UMPI Family.