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Kelsie Peterson Signs with Grace College

March 28, 2014
By Tom Schermerhorn of West Noble High School

West Noble High School’s Kelsie Peterson signed her letter of intent today to play for the Grace College Lancers next year in Basketball.  Peterson, a 3 sport standout for the Chargers, decided on the NAIA school located in nearby Winona Lake largely because of the environment she witnessed while visiting the campus.  “The facilities are top notch and I really enjoyed my visit with the people in the Education Department at Grace.  It feels like a family and that is what I was looking for in a college.  The players and coaches all seem to work together at Grace and I believe in the program that Coach Blum has put in place.”

Grace College Head Coach Scott Blum likes what he is getting in Peterson.  Peterson was a 4 time All NECC performer, she was the 2nd All Time leading scorer in West Noble Girls Basketball History, and she recently was invited to the Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 60 workout.  Peterson did this while also being one of the top players in the area in both volleyball and softball over the past 4 years.  “She obviously has an opportunity to be an impact player in our program.  We feel like we are getting one of the better players in the state of Indiana.  We are coming off of our 4th consecutive winning season and finished 4th in the Crossroads League….we are looking to move up with the loss of only 1 senior.”  Blum knows how to build a championship culture.  He was a member of the 1992 NAIA National Championship Grace College Basketball Program.  Coach Blum was also the All Time leading scorer in Grace College history while making the Indiana All Star Team in 1988 while attending Oregon Davis High School.

While Coach Blum is excited for the soon to be freshman, West Noble girls basketball coach Dale Marano is having mixed emotions.  While he obviously is excited for the opportunity that Kelsie now has, he seemed a little reluctant to part ways with the 4 year starter.  “The best thing about Kelsie is that she is a better person than she is a player, and that is saying a whole lot!   Grace is getting an excellent student athlete that will represent that College very well.  West Noble is going to miss her leadership and unselfishness next year on the court, but we look forward to watching her continued growth both on and off the court.” 

Kelsie is the daughter of Dave and Terri Peterson.  Congratulations Kelsie and good luck.

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