April 21, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - Following in her older sister's footsteps, Deborah Curry, a four-year, three-sport Pullman High School athlete, signed a national letter of intent with the Washington State women's rowing team next season, Cougar Varsity rowing coach Tammy Crawford announced Friday.
Curry, a Pullman native, is an active member of Pullman High School's basketball, volleyball and softball teams. Under Coach Jack Brossman she helped the basketball team earn fourth and fifth place finishes during two state appearances. She was elected to the second team All-League both her junior and senior seasons and voted best defensive player three years in a row. As team captain, Curry averaged 7.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.75 steals per game her senior season. Also a captain on the volleyball team, she made the Palouse leader's list averaging 2.16 kills, and .60 blocks per outing and was an honorable mention to the 1999 All-Palouse volleyball team. Curry was also voted most improved her sophomore year in softball.
"Deb has been a cornerstone of Pullman High School's athletic programs," said Crawford. "She is hard- working, dedicated, and a steady competitior. She's such a versatile athlete and really that's one thing we look for when we're out there recruiting."
Deborah's sister Paula rowed for WSU from 1994-97 and was an integral part of helping push the Cougars' Novice and Second Varsity crews to both Pac-10 and National Championships.
"Having Paula row for us, makes me confident that Debbie will be able to move into our program," said Crawford. "She already has a lot of knowledge of the sport and a good understanding of the physical demands necessary to become a good rower. On her own, Deb has already shown she is a talented athlete and I'm happy to have her on board."
In addition to a busy athletic lifestyle, Curry has maintained a 3.9 GPA which has earned her first team All-Academic selection for each of her three sports throughout her high school career. She also is a member of Federation, Key Club, the Gormet Food Club, and Prom Committee.
Though basketball is her first love, Curry chose to become a Coug when she was offered the chance to attend a four-year institution while competing in a Division I sport. She made the decision to stay in Pullman over an offer to play basketball for Yakima Valley Community College.