Maggie Haney couldn’t wipe the smile off her face.
The Grovetown High School senior may have been anxious all day Thursday and nervous leading up to it, but her pen never wavered when she signed to play basketball for Newberry College (Newberry, S.C.).
“It’s just the gratification that I’ve been playing since I was six,” Haney said. “It’s always been a dream to play basketball in college. It’s finally come true.”
The road to the Division II Wolves, who play in the South Atlantic Conference, began last spring.
“My first visit was in June,” said Haney. “I went to a basketball camp and the coach saw my potential and he pulled me over to the side and told me to come back for more visits. And then I went back for a couple of games and then I went back for some unofficial and official visits.”
While the Newberry coach saw her potential, Grovetown head coach Jaime Echols liked the effort that his backup forward/center gave him on a daily basis.
“She had a super-duper game against Harlem and had to start a couple of games for us in the Christmas tournament and played superbly,” said Echols. “There’s not enough good I can say about her character, about her work ethic. That’s one of the things I hope filters down to our program to all our kids.”
The various visits to Newberry helped solidify her opinion of the school.
“I just liked the campus,” Haney said. “It feels like home; it’s small and everybody there is really, really nice and the coach is so sweet. I met some of the girls and they seem so warm. That was a college that felt like home to me.”
Haney plans to double major in art and sports management with an eye to the future.
“My ultimate goal is to be either be a high school or a middle school coach and be an art teacher so I can do both of my passions at the same time,” Haney said.