CHADRON – Chadron State College Head Women’s Basketball Coach Janet Raymer announced on Wednesday a class of 15 new players who will join the Eagles this fall.
Three incoming student-athletes from Nebraska, three apiece from Wyoming and Colorado, one each from South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, and Hawaii, and transfers from Utah and Australia, are set to join the CSC squad at the beginning of the next season.
The three newcomers from Nebraska all hail from small towns in the middle of the state. They are guard Carlie Helgoth of Burwell, forward Brooke McCully of Mullen, and forward Elle Ravenscroft of Nenzel. Helgoth was a state qualifier in the long jump for her track and field team, while McCully and Ravenscroft both competed in rodeo.
The Wyoming natives are all guards with championship experience. Liv Castellanos of Campbell County High in Gillette, helped her 2018 team to a 4A state title, and Riley Shaw of Lusk, led her team to a regional title in 2021. Additionally Olyvia Pacheco of Rawlins was a starter on the Miles County Community College team that went 24-2 this past season and won the NJCAA Region XIII crown.
Denver-area guards Liberty Line of Parker, Colorado, and Gianna Principato, of Castle Rock, both led their teams to multiple playoff runs, in the state’s highest classification. Samiyah Worrell, a transfer guard from Peyton, Colorado, starred two seasons at Northwest College in Wyoming, after earning 5A All-State honorable mention for Fountain-Fort Carson High.
Guard Kadyn Comer, of Hill City, South Dakota, helped her Hill City High squad to a regional championship, and she holds her school’s single-game record for steals.
Forwards Michaela Dammann of Osakis, Minnesota, and Claudia Dolliger, of Bourbonnais, Illinois, add size to the lineup, both standing over six feet tall. Dammann was a 1,000-point scorer at Sauk Centre High, and Dolliger was a four-sport athlete who averaged a double-double as a junior at Bishop McNamara High.
Rarely does Chadron State see athletes from the Aloha State, but guard Kyra Tanabe of Honolulu, Hawaii, will join the Eagles coming off two consecutive state Division I titles, in 2019 and 2020.
Two more transfers round out the class of 2021. They are guard Emily Achter of Sunbury, Victoria, Australia, and Riley Aiono of Bountiful, Utah. Achter spent the past two seasons at Casper College, where she helped her team win a Region IX title in 2020 and make the NJCAA national tournament both years. Aiono, another 6-1 forward, played for region rival Northwest College, where she teamed with Worrell to provide the top two scorers for the Trappers.
Coach Raymer also added coaching assistant Cheyanne Hiatt to the women’s basketball coaching staff during the offseason. The former Casper College and Black HIlls State starter assisted at Casper College in a coaching role for three seasons.