Truckee’s Michelle Hoehn to play volleyball, basketball in college
First Kelly Stephens, now Michelle Hoehn. Coach Tom Powers is diggin’ this flow of Truckee talent.
“If we can get one every two years, we’ll be happy,” said Powers, head women’s basketball and volleyball coach at College of the Siskiyous, located in Weed, Calif., at the foot of Mount Shasta.
Powers just lost a scrappy guard from his basketball team in Stephens, a 2007 Truckee grad who wrapped up her sophomore season this past winter. But with the loss he gains a proficient, 5-foot-10 post player and Truckee product in Hoehn.
And that’s not all, as the first-team All-League and All-State basketball player comes with equivalent skills on a volleyball court.
“With her ability she should see court time in both sports,” said Powers, who’s coached the women’s basketball team for about five years and the volleyball team for more than 20 years. He was inducted into the California Community College Coaches Hall of Fame in 2001.
Powers knows of Hoehn’s basketball prowess through game film and word of mouth. He recently watched her play volleyball with her club team, attending the Far Western Regional Tournament in Reno last month.
“Michelle is a real good all-around athlete. She’s a smart player, so she should be a good addition for us,” he said. “She’s also a very nice young lady. Everybody I’ve talked to had nothing but positive things to say about her. I think she’ll be a good fit here.”
Truckee volleyball coach Nicole Annaloro credits Hoehn’s quick footwork, athleticism and tireless work ethic for her ability to cross over between the two sports.
“She’s a great athlete,” Annaloro said. “She moves well on the court, which is why she’ll be able to play both volleyball and basketball in college.”
Besides her mobility, Annaloro said Hoehn has a deceptively fast arm swing that led to powerful kills her senior season, when she was voted to the All-League and All-State second team.
“It was almost like a sneak attack for us on the right side, because defenders didn’t expect her arm to be that quick,” the coach said. “She’s a definite offensive threat.”
Hoehn’s power was on display during the NIAA 3A state championship tournament this past fall, when she and her Wolverines muscled their way to the title match for the second straight year.
“She just developed and came into her own as a senior,” Annaloro said.
At College of the Siskiyous Hoehn will compete for a starting job on a volleyball team that finished 22-12 last year and a basketball team that finished 20-11. Both teams struggled through injuries, said Powers, who expects great things from both squads next year.
“We could have the best (volleyball) team we’ve ever had here next year, hopefully. And our basketball team is young but very talented,” he said.
College of the Siskiyous plays in the Golden Valley Conference with Feather River, Lassen, Shasta, Redwoods and Butte.
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