Shoshoni's Thompson to play hoops at CWCApr 24, 2015 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
She is the 2015 Fremont County girls high school Player of the Year.
SHOSHONI -- Olivia Thompson, the 2015 Fremont County Girls Basketball Player of the Year, signed a national letter of intent Wednesday afternoon to play for the Central Wyoming College Rustlers.
The Shoshoni High School senior is the first signing announced by CWC head coach Serol Stauffenberg.
"She is going to be a tough matchup for a lot of teams because she is so athletic," Stauffenberg said of the 5-foot-9 Thompson. "She brings her size and athleticism, which is a perfect combination for college basketball.
"We are excited to get local kids. She is clearly one of the best in Fremont County. "
Thompson was heavily recruited by the Northwest College basketball program.
"I was pretty open-minded the whole time until the last couple of days," Thompson said. "It's just what I felt comfortable with and what I wanted to do with my future."
In the classroom, Thompson is planning to study athletic training.
Thompson was a two-time Class 2-A all-state basketball player at SHS.
"My career at Shoshoni was unforgettable," Thompson said. "It's something that I will take with me. I learned a lot. I wouldn't change it for the world."
SHS coach Max Mills has watched Thompson became a standout player the last couple of years.
"It's very cool that she is staying close by," Mills said. "I'm excited to be able to watch her play next year. Any time you have a kid go to the next level that says a lot about the work ethic, and everything they had to put into to get there.
Thompson was joined by her family and coaches Wednesday afternoon in the signing ceremony.
Olivia is the daughter of Tim and Lynn Thompson.
"My family is huge," Thompson said. "They pretty much come to every single game. They are just always there."
Sister Brianna Thompson is a freshman at SHS. Cheyenne Thompson is a sixth-grader.
"There are many more years to come for Thompsons," Olivia said.
In four years at SHS, Thompson scored 1,332 points.
She averaged 14.6 points per game this year, which was No. 1 in her conference.
Thompson pulled in 11.21 rebounds a game, making her the top rebounder in the league.
"First and foremost, Olivia was a great teammate," Mills said. "In the three years that I had her, it was always full speed."
Thompson burst onto the high school scene four years ago after winning the Class 4-A cross country individual title.
"It's something that has stuck with me throughout high school," Thompson said.
Thompson ran for the Riverton Wolverines because SHS doesn't have a cross country team.
"It was amazing," Thompson said. "I have more appreciation for it my senior year looking back more than I did my freshman year because I was so young."