Tabor signs HHS?s three-sport standout

Tabor College welcomed another of Hillsboro High School?s elite athletes Monday when Angela Kroeker signed a letter of intent to be a Bluejay.

As might be expected from a three-sport standout performer, Kroeker plans to play volleyball, basketball and participate in track for the Bluejays.

?At least my freshman year,? she said. ?We?ll see how it goes. If it becomes too much, I?ll probably play (only) basketball.?

The fact that the Tabor women?s basketball program suffered through a difficult year and head coach Matt Krebs resigned earlier this spring didn?t have a significant impact on Kroeker?s decision in the end, she said.

?I was kind of uneasy about who they were going to get, and I still don?t know,? she said. ?But I just kind of decided it didn?t really matter. I knew they?d get a good Christian coach. I figured I?d be all right either way.?

Kroeker had been torn between Tabor and Sterling, which has a successful women?s basketball program. But in the end, her decision was based on factors other than athletic success.

?I prayed about it a lot and talked to a bunch of people, with my parents and my grandparents and relatives,? she said.

?I weighed both (schools). I liked the Christian atmosphere at Tabor better. It was just a different feeling to the campus than there was at Sterling.?

Family has another consideration. ?I like to stay close to my family and even though Sterling doesn?t seem very far away, that has a little something to do with it,? she said.

The 5-7 Kroeker will leave an impressive athletic legacy at HHS when she graduates this spring. Since moving to Hillsboro for her sophomore year, she has received all-league accolades for three years in basketball and two years in volleyball.

In track she is the defending Class 3A state champion and school record holder in the discus and was a member of the state championship 4×400 relay team last season.

But for all her skills in volleyball and track, her star has shown most brightly in basketball.

She averaged 16.7 points and nearly four rebounds a game for the Trojans this past season and led them to a 20-4 record and a berth in the state tournament. She shot nearly 45 percent from the field and better than 75 percent from the charity stripe.

Her post-season accolades included being chosen as the Hutchinson News All-Area Class 3A Player of the Year.

The Salina Journal named her third team all-class and first team in Class 3A. She also was named to the second team in Class 3A by the Wichita Eagle and Topeka Capital Journal.

The Kansas Basketball Coaches Association named her to their first team in Class 3A and invited her to play in their annual all-star game.

Kroeker, the daughter of David and Kim Kroeker, has also been active in music at HHS and made the KABC all-academic team, which requires an ACT score of 25 and being among the top third of her graduating class.

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