Soroco’s Rossi named to all-state basketball game, commits to college
Steamboat Springs — Soroco High School senior Jessica Rossi is just along for the ride, as she puts it.
In the matter of a week, Rossi’s ride on the basketball court has been extended a bit longer.
A decorated three-sport athlete and formidable member of the Rams’ girls basketball team since she was a freshman, Rossi found out her high school hoops career isn’t quite over and that her college career just got a lot clearer.
Rossi is one of 16 Class 2A girls players from across the state who were selected to play in Sunday’s Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports All-State Game at Arvada West High School on the Front Range. She is the first Soroco product to be selected to the all-state game since her sister, Sarajane Rossi, was elected seven years ago when Jessica was a sixth-grader.
Jessica Rossi’s wild week didn’t end there, though. On Tuesday, she verbally committed to play basketball at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, Wyoming.
“The recruiting process just went bam, bam, bam,” Rossi said. “Since I was a junior, I have been looking hard into schools. Right now, I’m just going along for the ride. I’m loving it.”
Rams girls basketball coach David Bruner — who Rossi said played an integral role in her swift recruitment to Eastern Wyoming — recently traveled to Denver with Meeker coach Greg Chintala to help finalize the two, eight-girl rosters for Sunday’s all-state contest. Akron coach Rick Agan will coach one squad, and Hoehne coach Beth Kreutzer will coach the other.
Bruner explained that part of the nomination process for the all-state game was dedicated to making sure players who frequently play against each other in the regular season get the chance to be teammates on Sunday. Meeker’s sensational guard Sydney Hughes (21 points per game in 2014-15) will be on Rossi’s roster.
“Sydney and I are friends in person, but in sports, we’re rivals and always have been,” said Rossi, who finished this winter averaging 16 points and nine rebounds per game. “We finally get to suit up for the same team.”
Rossi is a member of the Soroco track and field team,but won’t be competing Saturday in Parker at the Sabercat Invitational. She’ll instead be practicing with her all-state teammates, posing for team pictures and taking part in that evening’s players banquet.
Then Sunday’s game tips off at 10:30 a.m. It’s a bridge between one illustrious hoops career to the next chapter.
“She’s one of the hardest working kids I’ve coached, and this is my 20th year,” Bruner said. “I’m proud of her. Now she can finish her high school career that way and start another career in college.”
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