Apr 24, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorShanda Post is moving on to Casper College in her basketball career.
Post made it official last week when she signed a national letter of intent to play next season for the Casper College Lady Thunderbirds. Post is a senior at Lander Valley High School.
Her decision came down to Sheridan College and Casper College.
Post was a Class 3-A all-state basketball selection.
The guard helped LVHS to a spot in the state tournament last month in Casper.
She also was named the Fremont County girls basketball player of the year.
"I'm really excited that I get to play there because it's so close," Post said. "There are a lot of people there that want to go watch me. I know that the coaches at Casper College are really good."
The women's basketball coach at Casper College is Dwight Gunnare.
Post's roommate at Casper College will be Douglas star athlete Kassidy Scott.
Scott also signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for the Lady Thunderbirds.
"I'm really excited to play with her," Post said.
"First off all, Shanda has a lot of high school experience," Gunnare said. "She has played a lot. We really think that she has a good scoring ability. That was the biggest thing that attracted us to her."
Post finished her senior season dropping in almost 18 points per game.
"She can catch and shoot the basketball," Gunnare said. "I also like her aggressive play. She is very assertive. We think that she fits in our program really well."
Gunnare has confidence Post will be able to make an impact right away for the Lady Thunderbirds.
"I really think that it will be an easy transition for her," Gunnare said. "Any time you have players who have success on the high school level, they are usually pretty competitive. They work really hard. I think that Shanda is no different. She will have as good a chance to get playing time on the floor as anybody else."
Casper College finished last season with a 24-8 record, ending up in the Region IX North division at 12-4.
"We started four Wyoming kids this year," Gunnare said.
Elissia Johnson from Cheyenne East will be joining Post and Scott in Casper.
"We feel like we have three very good high school players coming out of Wyoming," Gunnare said. "I feel those three will help our program next year."
Casper College has been to the national tournament twice in the last four years.
"We would like to be one of the top teams in Region IX on a consistent basis," Gunnare said. "Our ultimate goal is to win the Region IX tournament and get to the national tournament. We would like to get back in March next year."
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