Hooper signs volleyball letter of intent with Haskell
Addressing family, coaches and classmates, Sequoyah High School All-State volleyball player Daryl Hooper becomes emotional during her letter of intent signing ceremony on the SHS campus. D. SEAN ROWLEY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH – Sequoyah High School’s senior class has another member headed to the ranks of intercollegiate athletics, with a letter of intent signed on Feb. 14.
Daryl Hooper has agreed to attend Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, where she will be a member of the volleyball team.
“I chose Haskell because it is close to home and closer to my family,” Hooper said. “My family hasn’t been able to come to any of my games. I also really like the atmosphere and culture there. I’m actually from Lawrence, and I love it there.”
Hooper was named to the Small East All-State volleyball team after the 2019 season. At Haskell, Hooper will play under the direction of Alta Malchoff-St. Pierre, who just completed her first campaign as the head coach for the HINU Indians.
“It feels amazing to have everything lifted off and be free and know where I am going to school,” Hooper said. “I thank my family for everything they have done, and also my friends, teammates and coaches.”
Jay Herrin, SHS head volleyball coach, recalled Hooper joining the volleyball team as a sophomore.
“We had a really good returning team, but we were really needing a setter,” Herrin said. “Not having a setter is like a football team not having a quarterback. After only about 10 seconds on the court, everybody could see what, for some reason, I had known for two years what was waiting in the wings. Things took off. We had a great season her junior year. A knee injury set her back, but she handled it well, and she was always very disciplined about doing what needed to be done to play: rehab, grades, whatever it was. You never had to wonder about whether she was going to put the work in.”
With Hooper’s signing, the SHS Class of 2020 has inked nine letters of intent to play collegiate athletics. The eight others are:
• Athan Duncan, football, Missouri Southern State University;
• Lexy Keys, basketball, University of Texas at Arlington;
• Ryleigh Clinton, softball, Eastern Oklahoma State College;
• Madi Voice, softball, Mercer University;
• Lana Gass, softball, Rogers State University;
• Cody Jeanes, basketball and cross country, Bacone College;
• Noah Young, baseball, Bacone College; and
• Kayla Harp, cross country, Arkansas Tech University.