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Three-sport athlete Hopkins signs to play basketball

Posted: November 17, 2014 - 5:43pm  |  Updated: November 19, 2014 - 12:19am
Lakeside's Clarissa Hopkins signs to play basketball for Emmanuel College. From left are: coach Moe McCormack, father, Rob, and stepfather, Scott Miner.  Photo by Scott Rouch
Photo by Scott Rouch
Lakeside's Clarissa Hopkins signs to play basketball for Emmanuel College. From left are: coach Moe McCormack, father, Rob, and stepfather, Scott Miner.

Lakeside High School’s Clarissa Hopkins signed with Emmanuel College on Thursday afternoon.

A three-sport standout for the Lady Panthers, Hopkins chose basketball over volleyball and soccer while signing with the Division II Lady Lions (Frankin, Springs, Ga.) who compete in the Division II Conference Carolinas.

In 2014, Hopkins received Region 2A-AAAAA Honorable Mention after a season in which she led the team averaging 8.3 points-per-game with 2.7 assists- and 2.6 steals-per-game.

Hopkins, who plans to be a biology major with the hope of becoming a veterinarian, will play just basketball while at Emmanuel.

“I really love that sport and I like to commit myself to that one sport,” Hopkins said.

That attitude came as no surprise to Lakeside athletic director and boys basketball coach Jody Hilley who was Hopkins’ basketball coach her freshman season.

“I always thought the world of Clarissa because she was such a hard worker,” Hilley said.

After a visit to Emmanuel a few months back, Hopkins, who had looked at Newberry College and LaGrange College among others, was sold.

“I just really loved the coaches, loved the teammates, the team, the people, they were really nice,” Hopkins said. “I loved the campus and the facilities.”

Signing during the early period was a way to be able to relax and focus on the rest of the year.

“I just like to get the weight off my shoulders, really.” Hopkins said. “I like to sign and not be worried about it.”

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