Nov. 11, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming Cowgirl head basketball coach Joe Legerski today announced the signing of four student-athletes to attend the University of Wyoming. Three will join the program in the fall of 2006, while one will enter school in January of 2006.
"We're extremely pleased with the signing of Gemma Koehler, Mallory Cline, Tahnee Robinson and Aubrey Vandiver," said head coach Joe Legerski. "It's our third recruiting class while continuing to build this program and these four players will help us do that. We had needs to fill in getting stronger and bigger in the front court and in signing these individuals we were able to do that."
Here are the signees:
Gemma Koehler, 6-1, Forward, Geelong, Australia (Sacred Heart):
A two-time Junior All-Australian Camp selection in 2002 and 2003 while attending Sacred Heart High School. More recently, she represented the Victoria Province for the Under 20 team that won the gold medal in 2005. Koehler was also a member of the Under 20 `Gem's" Australian basketball squad and earned a scholarship to play at the Australian Institute of Sport in 2004. She selected Wyoming over several schools. Gemma is the daughter of Russell and Jenni Koehler. She has two sisters, Abby and Madison.
"Gemma will join the program in January of 2006, and will redshirt during the spring. She gives us a physical presence inside, and has all of the skills to play down low, but also has the ability to step out on the perimeter. Gemma understands the game, and it will benefit her to play with the team for a semester before she enters regular season competition next fall."
Mallory Cline, 6-4, Center, Wiley, Colorado (McClave HS):
A two-time Colorado Class 1A All-State selection while attending McClave High School. As a sophomore and junior, she helped lead her team to victories in the last two Colorado Class 1A State Championship games with victories over Julesburg and North Park. Her team has posted an overall record of 74-1 during her three year career and they will take a 50-game winning streak in to the season. For the last two seasons, Cline has averaged a double-double with 10.9 points and 10.3 rebounds as a sophomore and 12.5 points and 10.5 rebounds as a junior. She is currently coached by Dick Peecher. An excellent athlete, she has also excelled in both volleyball and track. Cline is a two-time All-Conference selection, while being named to the All-State team her junior year. An excellent student, she carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average and is a member of the National Honor Society.. She is the daughter of Stan and Lora Cline.
"Mallory is a big time post player who has the ability to give us a presence on the inside game. She comes from one of the top programs in the state of Colorado, and will give us depth to that position."
Tahnee Robinson, 5-10, Guard, Fort Washakie, Wyoming (Lander Valley HS):
A three-time All-Conference and All-State selection at Lander Valley High School. She averaged 28.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.8 assists as a junior while leading the Tigers to a conference and regional championship, along with a third-place finish in the Wyoming Class 3A ranks. During her freshman and sophomore years, her teams won the 3A West Conference championship, while finishing second in the regionals and third in the state. She was coached in high school by Spike Robinson. A three-year letterwinner in basketball, she also excelled in volleyball where she was an All-Conference and All-State for three years in a row. Robinson has played the last three summers for the Mile High Magic, where she earned All-Tournament team honors at the End of the Oregon Trail Tournament and the NIKE River City Classic. The team was coached by Carl Mattei. One of three children of Tim and Sara Robinson, she has two brothers.
"Tahnee has the ability to put up big numbers anytime she is out on the court. She is a great shooter from the outside, but also can get to the basket and take over a game. We'll be able to use her in several spots on the court and is really a great addition to this basketball program."
Aubrey Vandiver, 5-11, Forward, Laramie, Wyoming (Laramie HS):
A First Team All-Conference and All-State selection, while attending Greeley West last season. She helped her team to a conference and regional title, while they finished as the Colorado Class 4A state runner up in 2005 with a record of 26-2. As a sophomore, she earned Honorable Mention All-Conference honors, while attending high school in Ohio. A three-year letterwinner in basketball, she will play for head coach Bruce Schmidt at Laramie High School. An excellent student, she was a member of the National Honor Society and on the honor roll. She selected Wyoming over several schools. One of five children of Shaun and Danielle Vandiver, she has two brothers and two sisters.
"Aubrey brings a tough mentality and competitiveness to the program. She can play either the three or four spot, while being an excellent rebounder and developing her skills as a perimeter player."