Shown in the main photo from left (listing the SFCC student and the university they plan to attend) are: Niki House, Culver Stockton College; Sydonia Daniels, Sacramento State University; Apiphany Woods, Idaho State University; Mary Sims, Illinois State University; Antoinette Taylor, Kansas State University; and Tiana Jones, Rockhurst University.
“And then we have two young ladies — Adella Randle-EL and Asia Mosley — all are online to graduate, for a total of eight young ladies leaving State Fair,” said coach Bucher. All but House, Sims and Daniels played two years for the Lady Roadrunners, he noted. Several of his players received awards in late March at the SFCC Sports Banquet.
Three new visiting recruits were present for the signing, as were several friends and host familes.
“To date, we’ve signed four young ladies (for the 2014-14 team) who are ready and looking very good,” coach Bucher said. “Size is looking great, so actually we could be just as good, so a very talented bunch we’re looking at (for next year),” he added.
Coach Bucher is going on his fifth year as head coach at State Fair. He credited assistant coach Jordan Greenleaf for all her help. “She plays an important part with this. We’re excited where the program’s heading, and we want to make sure this happens every year.” Greenleaf was hired by SFCC last August.
The Lady Roadrunners’ and Roadrunners’ basketball teams both advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I National Championships in the same season for the first time in school history. The Roadrunners won a game at the national championships for the first time in program history.
Taylor, Woods and Randle-EL earned First-Team All-Region honors for the Lady Roadrunners. Alecia Cooley earned Second-Team honors. Coach Bucher was named Region Coach of the Year.
SFCC played the Region 11 champion Iowa Western Community College Reviers March 7 in the district final in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and won. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia Weekly Observer.