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Foresthill's Sadie Stroup is first Wildfire to get full-ride scholarship

Senior hoops star signs with Western State Colorado University
By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
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Sadie Stroup wasn’t expecting to get emotional.

But the Foresthill High School senior couldn’t hold back the tears.

Stroup became the first Wildfire in school history Wednesday to score a full-ride scholarship when she inked her name on a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball for Western State Colorado University.

“We’re very proud,” said Foresthill vice principal Cris Everett, who was the emcee of the signing ceremony held at Foresthill’s library. “She deserves it.”

Foresthill basketball coach Sean Namanny wasn’t able to attend the event, but Everett read a letter written by Namanny.

Namanny’s note said that if he had a daughter, he wished she’d be like Stroup and that he can only hope one of his sons marries a woman like her.

He also wrote that Stroup, “is the most complete basketball player I’ve ever coached.”

Shortly after, Stroup became teary-eyed and was unable to read her own speech she had prepared to deliver in front of a room full of family, friends and former coaches.

“When I saw my grandparents cry I was done,” Stroup said. “That’s what did it for me.”

So Stroup called upon good friend Allie Bentley, also a Foresthill student, to read her speech. Also among those in attendance were Stoup’s father Jim, mother Stacy and brother Drew.

Stroup was honored as a student-athlete by the Sac-Joaquin Section Monday with a $1,000 A. Dale Lackey scholarship in Lodi.

In addition to being all-league selections in basketball, softball and volleyball and having a 3.86 GPA, Stroup also volunteers at the Auburn Rotary Club and serves as a counselor for eighth-grade leadership programs. She tutors middle-school students, too.

She plans on majoring in exercise sports medicine with aspirations of going into that field.

Stroup's currently the No. 1 pitcher on the Foresthill softball team, which hosts Forest Lake Christian today at 4 p.m. In her spare time, Stroup’s still working on her hoop skills, as she's practicing with a club coach every Sunday.

While she wanted to stay in California for college, she ultimately decided on leaving the Golden State.

Said Stroup: "I went down there (to Colorado) and it was a perfect fit.”

Reach Matthew Kimel at matthewk@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter@matthewkimel