Cougar star Arrington to play college hoops at Western Wyoming

May 29, 2014 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

PAVILLION -- Macayla Arrington continued a family tradition Wednesday afternoon. signing a national letter of intent to play basketball this winter at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs.

The Arrington pipeline started when sister Kallie Arrington graduated from Wind River in 2005.

Megan Arrington played with her sister for a year in college at Western.

Macayla graduated from Wind River on Sunday afternoon.

"It's very much a dream come true," Macayla Arrington said. "It started when I was little."

Arrington knows it's special to be able to play at the same place as her sisters.

"I wasn't sure that it would happen," Arrington said. "After getting an offer, I had to change my options and see what is going to be in my best interest."

Western Wyoming is searching for a head coach following the resignation of Ken Swartz.

"We are not sure about the head coach," Arrington said.

Assistant Mike Swenson was with Swartz for four years on the bench in Western, and he is in the running to be the next head coach.

In the classroom, Arrington wants to study for a nursing degree.

"They have a pretty good nursing program," she said.

The recruitment process started for Arrington two months ago. She tried out for the team in the first week of April.

"It was a good three weeks before they called me with an offer," Arrington said.

She played in the post in high school basketball, but she knows that might change on the junior college level.

"The girls that I would be going against in my conference are all above 6-0," Arrington said. "I will have to mold to fit another position. I'm up for the hard work of it, and I'm excited to get started."

Arrington has received her summer work assignment in preparation for next season.

"That consist of lots of lifting and running," Arrington said. "A large part of it is lifting is to get stronger overall."

Proud coach

"I think that it's amazing," Wind River girls basketball coach Justin Walker said. "She deserves every ounce of it.

"She had the goal, and she did not let up the last four years to reach it."

Arrington was a team captain this year for the Lady Cougars.

"She had a fantastic senior season for us," Walker said. "She had a lot of double-doubles for us."

Western Wyoming plays in the Region IX North women's basketball division.

"Macayla is one of the most fundamentally sound basketball players that I have ever coached. I'm just excited to see what she does," Walker said.

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