Flores, Ramsey get athletic scholarships
Two Quincy High School student-athletes officially accepted college athletic scholarships Tuesday.
Soccer standout Gabriella Flores and volleyball sparkplug Kaitlin Ramsey signed the offers during a ceremony in the high school lobby. Relatives, friends and coaches were on hand.
Flores will go to Wenatchee Valley College, with spring training beginning in May. The Central Washington Athletic Conference honorable mention all-league player admits being “a little intimidated” by the step up.
“The competition will be harder – better, bigger, stronger players who are more skilled,” she said.
Flores, the Lady Jacks’ captain last fall, has a 3.9 grade-point average at QHS and plans to study forensics and sports medicine at WVC. She credited former QHS teammate Alex Toevs with helping her improve.
“I also played club ball with her,” Flores said. “We’ve been on the same soccer team since we were 4 years old. She pushes me.”
Quincy girls soccer coach Eric Nelson called Flores “incredibly determined. She has a great motor and she plays with intensity. She came back from a major ACL tear – a phenomenal comeback.”
Flores’ five goals during the 2015 high school season were a third of the goals the Lady Jacks scored all season.
“They (WVC) are getting a great player,” he said. “She’ll be a definite leader on the field.”
Ramsey will attend Spokane Falls Community College. How does she expect the college game to be different from high school?
“There will be harder hits,” Ramsey said. “The pace will be faster. But I have no problem stepping up into a leadership role. I’ve been known as the little Energizer Bunny.”
Ramsey is a guard for the Lady Jacks basketball team, which plays its final game of the season Friday at Toppenish.
She has shown herself to be a scrapper on the court, frequently hitting the floor to battle opponents for a loose ball.
She’s expected to bring the same kind of all-out performance to the college volleyball court this fall. She has a 3.7 grade-point average and will study elementary education at Spokane Falls. After two years there, Ramsey said, she might try to play volleyball for a four-year school.
She said several coaches have been instrumental in making her a good volleyball player. That includes Ramsey’s previous club coach, Tiana Maua, and Quincy girls volleyball coach Nicole Dreher.
“They have helped me so much,” Ramsey said. “I’m looking forward to (playing in college). I know it will be hard work, but I’m ready for that.”
Dreher complimented the 5-foot-2 Ramsey by saying, “She hustles, she works hard and is a team player. She is always wanting to be coached and get better. Kaitlin is a very strong defensive player who isn’t afraid to hit the floor.”
— By Steve Kadel, email@example.com