As the Fall semester begins to attract students to the Gillette College campus this week, Will Rider, head women’s basketball coach for the Pronghorns, announced the signing of his last two recruits to National Letters of Intent to play this coming season.
Alicia Carline is a 6’ 2” post player from Freyberg High School in Palmerston North, New Zealand who brings size and experience to the line-up. Alicia will replace fellow countrywoman Chanee Amato who chose not to return to Gillette College this Fall and in so-doing, will now join her friend Freya Newton as the 2nd New Zealand player to join the Pronghorn roster. They are former teammates who are quite familiar with one another having played high school and International Club ball together the past 4 years. Coach Rider stated that, “Alicia is a very athletic and gifted post player who moves well in the lane, can pass the ball as well as score, and can be a defensive force in the middle with her shot-blocking abilities. It is fun watching Alicia and Freya play off of each other which will provide some fun and exciting hoops for the basketball fans in Campbell County. It won’t take long for players and coaches in Region 9 to take notice of their abilities.” Alicia is the daughter of Ms. Angela Parker and is considering a major in the field of Criminal Justice studies.
Breanna Thomas is a 5’ 8” guard/forward from Judson H.S. in San Antonio, TX and is the final signee for the Pronghorn program. The Texas native had contacted the Pronghorns early in the Spring but due to the fact that they had already filled their roster with perimeter players, Coach Rider wished Brianna the very best but would hold onto her information in case anything changes. That is exactly what happened when Anastasia Champlin decided not to return to the team which left a spot open for another perimeter player. Coach Rider states, “We were able to make contact with Breanna and were fortunate that she had not yet signed with anyone. She is a versatile, quick, and athletic forward who can play a number of positions on the floor both offensively and defensively. We are excited to have a player of her caliber on our team.” Breanna is the daughter of Doris Brown & George Thomas and plans to major in Journalism.