Pine River standout signs with Alma basketball

Hailey Wanstead excited on going to the next level

Attending Hailey Wanstead's signing in Pine River to play college basketball at Alma College recently were, from left, her parents Eric and Jessie Wanstead with Hailey in the midde; back, from left, assistant Pine River coach Deanna Draper, brother Tristan Wanstead, Pine River head coach Paula Justin, sister Madie Wanstead and assistant coach Jamie Martin.

Attending Hailey Wanstead's signing in Pine River to play college basketball at Alma College recently were, from left, her parents Eric and Jessie Wanstead with Hailey in the midde; back, from left, assistant Pine River coach Deanna Draper, brother Tristan Wanstead, Pine River head coach Paula Justin, sister Madie Wanstead and assistant coach Jamie Martin.

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LEROY – Hailey Wanstead has concluded a standout career at Pine River and is now embarking on a collegiate basketball career which will take her to Alma College.

Wanstead recently signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Alma.

“I liked the campus and the pre-physical therapy (offering) that I wanted to study,” Wanstead said. “It was between Olivet and Alma.  But I like the campus way more at Alma.”

She earned second team Pioneer Dream Team honors and All-Highland Conference first team accolodes by averaging 14.3 points, three assists, eight rebounds and three steals per game.

The Alma program “was pretty successful this year,” Wanstead said. “They only had three seniors leaving.”

Wanstead indicated Alma told her she would be geared toward being a shooting guard. It’s somewhat similar to the role she played at Pine River.

“This year I had to play a small forward at Pine River,” Wanstead said. “Shooting guard is definitely a better position for me.”

Wanstead feels she can offer plenty to the Alma program.

“Shooting is probably my strong suit,” he said.

Wanstead has played varsity basketball about four years. After her freshman season, she started thinking about a college basketball future.

“I wanted to play with more people who cared about the game as much as I did,” she said.

“Hailey was our steady the entire season,” Pine River coach Paula Justin said. “She scored 20 points multiple times this season. She was our leading scorer and rebounder.

“Hailey is a very hardworking and coachable athlete. She put a lot of personal time in the off season to improve her skills. She is also a great student and carries a 3.8 gpa.”

Wanstead will report to Alma by the end of August. She will be doing plenty of work over the summer to get ready.

Wanstead is a three-sport athlete who also runs track and played basketball.

She’s looking forward to college basketball.

“I’m looking forward to playing with people who play the game and want to get better,” Wanstead said.

Hole-in-one

Kim Walters on April 29 scored a hole-in-one at Tustin Trails Golf Course. It was at hole No. 2. She used a 3 iron. It was witnessed by Larry Walters.