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College women's athletics: Lady Jays sign four new players

New Minnesota West Lady Jays athletes came together for a signing ceremony on Wednesday. They are (front, from left) Emily Schroer, Lexie Ramsey, Kiana Leighty and Ashlyn Rosenberg Coaches Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka and Jeff Linder are standing in back. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

WORTHINGTON -- The Minnesota West Community and Technical College women’s athletic programs are restocking players, and the basketball program secured three signings, with an option on a fourth, on Wednesday.

Ashlyn Rosenberg of Worthington, Emily Schroer of Fulda, Kiana Leighty of Heron Lake-Okabena and Lexie Ramsey of Central Lyon signed on to play for the Lady Jays.

Rosenberg, Schroer and Ramsey will play basketball for the Jays next winter. Leighty will play volleyball, with an option to add basketball, too.

The 2017-18 Lady Jays basketball team graduates four starters from a squad that captured the Southern Division championship, hosted the region tournament and placed second there after losing in double-overtime in the title contest.

“It’s nice to have four kids signing at one time,” said Lady Jays basketball coach and women’s athletic director Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka. “Right now we’re at about nine (on the basketball team), and hopefully we’ll be able to get a few more.”

The Lady Jays were strong in the post last season. Next winter, guard play looks like a strong area.

Rosenberg has the height of a forward or post, and Hayenga-Hostikka believes she’ll continue improving her game at the college level. Schroer was an All-Red Rock Conference player as a junior, but missed her senior season after injuring her ACL. Now that she’s healthy, she brings good shooting ability and solid ball-handling skills to the West team.

Leighty is an outstanding volleyball player who also earned All-Red Rock Conference honors in basketball. Ramsey is quick, can hit the outside jumper, and exhibits a natural defensive intensity.

Doug Wolter

Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.

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