Soroco’s Rossi officially signs to play hoops at Eastern Wyoming
Oak Creek — After Soroco senior Jessica Rossi’s first season as a pee-wee athlete years ago, she was presented with a far-too-early-to-answer question.
What did she want to study in college?
“I didn’t understand the question at all,” Rossi admitted. “I was like, ‘I want to study basketball.’”
In front of a big Soroco crowd that included classmates, teammates and family, Rossi put pen to paper Thursday and officially signed to “study basketball” as a student-athlete at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, Wyoming.
Eastern Wyoming head women’s basketball coach Tom Andersen made the five-hour drive through a snow storm from Torrington Thursday morning to watch his newest Lancers basketball player sign. He, along with Soroco girls coach David Bruner and Jessica’s parents, Mark and Ceena, stood behind Rossi at the signing ceremony, where Jessica sat at a table decorated with her Rams jerseys and her new Eastern Wyoming uniforms.
“She’s a hard-nosed kid,” Andersen said. “She’s the kind of kid you want in your program, a great student and a great competitor. I think she’ll have a solid career. She’ll only get better.”
The Rossis are certainly no strangers to Torrington. They have sold cattle in the area in the past and currently have some cattle on a feed lot in town, Jessica said.
But the idea of being an Eastern Wyoming Lancer didn’t come up until January, when Rossi took her official visit, met with Andersen and the coaches and fell in love with the idea of spending her first two years of college in Wyoming. Andersen expressed mutual interest after speaking with Coach Bruner and studying some of Rossi’s game films online.
“We hit it off right off the bat,” Rossi said. “He likes my hustle on the floor. He sees a lot of potential in me.”
Rossi completed her senior season by averaging 16 points and nine rebounds per game, earning her a spot in the Class 2A all-state all-star game late last month. She’s also part of the winningest class in Soroco girls basketball history.
As an active member of 4-H, Rossi said she still plans to show her steer in August’s Routt County Fair before heading off to college.
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