by jamesc 4/30/2014 5:25:02 PM --
NORFOLK – Two players from Northeast Nebraska and one from the Minneapolis area have signed to play women’s basketball next season at Northeast Community College in Norfolk. Matt Svehla, Hawks coach, said the players are Cameron Eddie of Laurel-Concord-Coleridge High School, Brooke Bauer of St. Mary’s High School in O’Neill, and Jayla Mayes-Jackson, of Eden Prairie High School, in Eden Prairie, MN.
Eddie, a 5’ 8” guard, was a four-year letter winner for the Bears. She was named First Team All-Conference, Second Team All-Area, Nebraska Coaches Association All-Star, and NEN All-Star. She averaged 17.7 points per game in her senior year. Eddie finished with 937 career points, which is fourth in school history.
“Cameron had a great career in high school. She nearly reached the 1,000 point mark and she was a real factor in the success of the Bears’ program,” Svehla said. “Even though her demeanor appears to be somewhat quiet, don’t be fooled. Cameron possesses good strength and she always finds a way to score. She always puts the team first and she is a great addition to our program.”
Bauer, a 5’ 10” forward, was a four-year letter winner for the Cardinals. She was named First Team All- Conference, and a three time All-Area, NEN All-Star. St. Mary’s was 84-17 during her career. Bauer scored 1,352 points and grabbed 801 rebounds in that time.
“Brooke had a fantastic career at St. Mary’s,” Svehla said. “The wins, the records, the all-star teams, etc.., pretty much tell it all. She knows winning and she knows success. She is a hard working player with an ability to score. That scoring potential, and ability to score in different ways, is a great asset. Brooke is an unselfish player who will bring a real winning attitude.”
Mayes-Jackson, a 5’ 8” guard, was the only senior on this year’s Eagles team that took the Class AAAA Third Place title in the Minnesota Girls State High School Basketball Tournament. She was a member of the All-Tournament Team in 2014. Mayes-Jackson also received Offensive MVP in 2011-2012 and was an All-Conference member during her junior and senior years.
Svehla said, “Jayla brings good versatility and athleticism to the guard position. She is good with the ball in her hand, but she also understands how to play without the ball. She has the ability to play at different tempos and she knows how to win. Eden Prairie made a great run in the state tournament and Jayla was a big reason for that.”
Also this spring, Northeast Community College signed Sydney Koel, a 6’2” forward/post from Sioux Falls Washington High School to play for the Hawks next season.
The Northeast Community College women’s basketball team finished the 2013-14 season with a
26-4 record. The team was ranked several times in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Top 25 poll during the past year.