Monday, June 3, 2013

Former Sumner Academy, KCKCC basketball star to play at Northwest Missouri


Kansas City Kansas Community College Female Athlete of the Year Alexandria Blaurock gambled and won.

With other colleges dangling offers, Blaurock waited out the hiring of a new coach to complete her goal of continuing her basketball career at Northwest Missouri University in Warrensburg.

“One of my friend’s brothers played football at Northwest and I started going to football games in ninth grade,” said Blaurock, a graduate of Sumner Academy.

That interest carried right on through the basketball seasons.

“I had my mind set on the school. I really like the town, watched them play, felt comfortable and thought I would fit in.

“Then the former coach left and I had to wait out another three weeks for them to hire a new coach so I waited and gambled that he would like me and he did.”

“She had her goals set where she wanted to play and fulfilled them,” said KCKCC Coach Valerie Stambersky. “She had a great season and is very deserving. She’s one of the hardest workers I’ve ever coached.”

Blaurock said she was looking forward to going from an urban city to a smaller community like Warrensburg. “They really come out and support their teams.” An NCAA Division II member, Northwest Missouri over the last several years has been a national powerhouse in football.

Signing with Northwest culminated an outstanding career at KCKCC.

“It was close to home and it was the right decision,” said Blaurock. “I really grew as a player and going to Sumner Academy helped me academically.”

A second team all-conference selection, Blaurock led the Lady Blue Devils in scoring (8.9) and 6.0) rebounding to earn MVP honors.

Carrying a 3.80 grade point average, she was named to “Who’s Who in American Community Colleges” and the KCKC Female Athlete of the Year with more to come.

“She’ll be named to the Academic All-American team when it comes out later this summer,” said Stambersky.

PHOTO: With her mother, Michaelle Blaurock, at her side and coaches Alicia Roth (left) and  Valerie Stambersky looking over her shoulder, Kansas City Kansas Community College basketball standout Alexander Blaurock signed to continue her basketball career at Northwest Missouri. (KCKCC Photo by Alan Hoskins)