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Centennial’s Brocke commits to Wichita State women’s basketball

Centennial’s Lauren Brocke, center, drives past Boise’s Claire Bonnet, left, and Kirsten Robinson during the 5A state tournament Feb. 19 at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa. Centennial defeated Boise 55-43.
Centennial’s Lauren Brocke, center, drives past Boise’s Claire Bonnet, left, and Kirsten Robinson during the 5A state tournament Feb. 19 at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa. Centennial defeated Boise 55-43. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

Centennial senior Lauren Brocke said she had 18 scholarship offers from Division I women’s basketball programs. While the Shockers were among the last to express interest, they stood out above the rest, and Brocke verbally committed to the Kansas school Sunday.

The 6-foot-2 shooting guard/power forward has played on Centennial’s varsity team since she was a freshman. She averaged 8.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game last year during her third season on varsity, shooting 51 percent from 3-point range and 53 percent overall as the Patriots took second at state.

Brocke said she also considered offers from North Dakota State, Cal Poly and Texas Tech.

“They were kind of late in the recruiting process. They didn’t come in until this last summer,” Brocke said of Wichita State. “They’ve always kind of been behind all the other schools, but they’ve been really good about making me feel like it’s a place that I can call home and a place where I am comfortable.”

EAGLE GRAD WINS CAROLINA LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

Former Mustang Andrew Ely helped the Myrtle Beach Pelicans win their second straight High-A, minor-league baseball title last week.

The Cubs promoted the second baseman/shortstop to High A on June 8, and he hit .237 with one home run and 16 RBIs in 60 games with the Pelicans. He started all four games of the championship series at shortstop, going 3-for-15 with a double and 2 RBIs.

HOMEDALE HIRES NEW BOYS HOOPS COACH

Chad Mann will take over the Trojans’ program this winter after serving as a varsity assistant at Vallivue last season and a student assist at the College of Idaho two years ago.

The 26-year-old replaces Casey Grove, the Trojans’ athletic director who led the program to a 54-36 record in four years. Homedale won its only district title at the 3A level and finished second at state in 2013-14 under Grove.

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