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Maxwell commits to SFU

Girls basketball

Everett star athlete Kaitlyn Maxwell made a verbal commitment to play college basketball at Division I Saint Francis University Monday.

“Ever since the coaches first contacted me, I have been praying about it,” Maxwell said. “When I visited the campus, I felt like I belonged and could envision myself going there. I felt like God led me there, and I didn’t want to do anything that wasn’t in God’s plan.”

Maxwell let her high school girls basketball coach, Keith Moyer, know of her decision Monday morning.

“She made her official visit this weekend and called me on her ride to school today to tell me she committed to Saint Francis,” Moyer said.

Maxwell was an Altoona Mirror first-team all star in three sports, soccer, basketball and track and field, last year as a junior. She led the Lady Warriors to their first appearance in the PIAA basketball semifinals and won a PIAA bronze medal in the 400-meter dash and a fifth-place medal in the 800-meter run.

“I sat down with her this summer and asked her what interests were before we started this process, and she said she wanted to pursue basketball,” Moyer said. “She’s been in contact with a lot of schools, and so have I. Saint Francis showed the most interest, came to watch her work out, spent time with her family and she felt comfortable with their coaching staff.”

Before Monday’s announcement, Maxwell had never committed publicly to one sport over another.

“I always say my favorite sport is whatever season it is,” Maxwell said. “But I guess I picked basketball, one because it is indoors and it’s a controlled climate where I can practice anytime and two because I can’t see myself running for four years straight. Dribbling a basketball four years straight seems like a lot more fun, and it is God’s plan for me to play basketball.”

Moyer was happy to see Maxwell’s situation get settled before the basketball season tipped off.

“I’m so happy for Kaitlyn to find a home,” Moyer said. “I never had a player work as hard as she does both athletically and academically. This takes the pressure off her. The recruiting process can be overwhelming, so it’s nice she has a home and can enjoy her senior season.”

Loretto’s relative proximity to Everett played a role in Maxwell’s decision.

“Playing close to home was something she desired,” Moyer said. “Academically it’s a great school. It fits what she’s looking for, and it’s an up-and-coming basketball program.”

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