January 6, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - Kelley Berglund, Port Angeles High's prized 6-3 center who was the Olympic League's most valuable player last year, will take her basketball talents to Washington State University next year, Cougar head coach Harold Rhodes has confirmed.
Berglund averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds as a junior while helping her team capture a share of the Olympic League championship. Winner last year of her team's "best offensive player" award, Berglund is currently averaging 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Roughriders. Port Angeles High takes a 5-1 record into January action.
"Kelley is just what we need," says Rhodes. "She will bring a physical low post presence we don't have. She is strong and has the ability to score down low. We like the fact she enjoys playing the game. She is a strong rebounder, similar to Yvonne Kunze but a better athlete who gets up and down the floor better than Yvonne did."
WSU loses just one senior from this year's club, starting center Sheri Quinton. "Kelley has the ability to come in a play for us right from the start," added Rhodes. WSU will return five juniors, seven sophomores and one freshman next season.
The current WSU starting lineup includes four sophomores and Quinton.
Rhodes said he also expected to sign one additional player during the spring signing period.
Port Angeles, Wash.
Port Angeles High '99
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Mike Knowles...earned three varsity letters...team captain as a senior...also lettered once in cross country (freshman)...as a SOPHOMORE named team's most improved player...club won Olympic League title...during JUNIOR season averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds for 18-3 team that shared league title...named Olympic League's most valuable player and team's best offensive player...CLUB team activities include three years with Basketball Schools, Inc., where she was coached by Sam Lee and Alan Guffey...a member of all-tourney teams at Sacramento in July, 1997 and at the Cream of the Crop Tournament in July, 1998, where she helped her club win the team title.
PERSONAL: Kelley Renae Berglund...born Oct. 7, 1980, at Seattle...parents Kevin and Linda Berglund...one sister, Lindsay, currently a sophomore basketball player at Western Baptist College...two brothers, Travis and Jason...her grandfather Leonard Beil and a cousin Cindy Beil attended WSU...her uncle Leonard D. Beil played basketball at Seattle University...an honor student for three years at Port Angeles High, where she has been on the student council for three years...three years as an outdoor education counselor...church camp counselor for two years and on her church leadership team for three years...sophomore and senior class treasurer and a member of her senior leadership class...assistant coach for local YMCA girls basketball program...wants to pursue a sports management degree at WSU.
RHODES ON BERGLUND: "Kelley is just what we need. She will bring a physical low post presence we don't have. She is strong and has the ability to score down low. We like the fact she enjoys playing the game. She is a strong rebounder, similar to Yvonne Kunze but a better athlete who gets up and down the floor better than Yvonne did."