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Truckee grad signs letter of intent to play basketball at San Francisco State

Courtesy of Mt. Shasta Area NewspapersMichelle Hoehn, a 2009 Truckee High grad, starred in basketball and volleyball at College of the Siskiyous the past two years. She recently signed a letter of intent to play basketball at San Francisco State University.

Michelle Hoehn was just coming into her own, both on a volleyball and basketball court, when she was selected as the Sierra Sun’s 2008-2009 female Athlete of the Year from Truckee High.

Now, after two years of college ball, her game is polished to shine as she prepares for the next phase of her collegiate career.

Hoehn recently signed a letter of intent to play basketball at San Francisco State University after starring in two sports at College of the Siskiyous the past two years.

and#8220;I’m very excited. It’ll definitely be new to me,and#8221; Hoehn said of moving to the city and#8212; and away from the small-town lifestyle of both Truckee and Weed, where College of the Siskiyous is located.

Her coach in both sports at College of the Siskiyous, California Community College Coaches Hall of Famer Tom Powers, would rather not see Hoehn go. She was among his biggest impact players, making the Golden Valley All-Conference team both years in both sports.

and#8220;Well, you’re definitely going to miss someone who’s been all-league in a couple sports for a couple years. You’re going to miss that a lot,and#8221; Powers said. and#8220;The really good part is she also did wonderfully in school and was a scholar athlete every semester, so really, her time here was well spent. She had just a wonderful career here.and#8221;

While Hoehn excelled on the volleyball court almost immediately, earning a starting position her freshman year in the front row, she played an even larger role on the Eagles’ basketball team. After averaging 14.2 points per game as a freshman, the 5-foot-10 forward led the Golden Valley Conference in scoring as a sophomore, at 17.7 points. She averaged 7.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists.

and#8220;She just really stepped up,and#8221; Powers said. and#8220;Last year she was the only freshman we had starting (on the basketball team). Same with volleyball. So she stepped in with all the sophomores and did a great job.and#8221;

The coach said Hoehn developed a deft shooting touch over the past two years that expanded her game beyond the 3-point line. Combine that with her ability to operate in the post, and she’s become a dangerous offensive weapon, Powers said.

and#8220;She extended her range and became an excellent 3-point shooter, so she really went from kind of being that post player who was a good athlete to someone who could really shoot it,and#8221; said Powers. and#8220;She’s also outstanding around the basket. She has a good perception of where she is in the paint, she has nice jump hooks and can finish, and she can run the floor. She’s just so versatile, and that’s what made her such a good player.and#8221;

Hoehn said she also has become a better passer and a smarter player overall.

and#8220;My basketball IQ has definitely improved,and#8221; she said. and#8220;Playing for Tom and seeing how he runs the game has definitely given me a different perspective. My passing has gotten a lot better, and he gave me some great techniques that helped me with my shot. My shot is probably the strongest part of my game now, and it was one of the weakest things going into college.and#8221;

Powers praised Hoehn’s work ethic as well, pointing out that she often practiced more than five hours a day between her two sports. And she never complained, the coach said.

and#8220;It was very fun. I’m very happy I got the opportunity to do that, because I don’t think anywhere else I could have played two sports for the same coach,and#8221; Hoehn said. and#8220;Sometimes it was a challenge going from volleyball to basketball, just being in the gym for over five hours a day sometimes. But I love sports, so it was not a problem.and#8221;

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