X-Statics "lifer" Rachael McCracken signed with Western Nebraska Community College April 3, 2013...
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Long-time X-Statics players Sabrina & Sandrina Hallahan sign to play at North Platte Community College...
As published in the Brush News Tribune, by Lisa Mehring/News-Tribune
Hallahan twins sign with NPCC
Two Brush High School athletes signed letters of intent Nov. 17 to attend North Platte Community College in 2012 on identical two-year volleyball scholarships.
Brush High School seniors Sabrina Hallahan, left, and Sandrina Hallahan signed letters of intent to participate in volleyball at North Platte Community College in North Platte, Neb. next fall. Pictured in front, are Dennis Hallahan, Sabrina Hallahan, Sandrina Hallahan and Raina Hallahan. Back row, from left are BHS volleyball coach Audrey Rosenbrock, North Platte Community College Head Volleyball Coach Sally Thalken and the girl's club volleyball coach Brian Grennan. (Lisa Mehring/News-Tribune)
Brush residents Sabrina and Sandrina Hallahan are known for making the same decisions – whether it is their love for jazz and tap dance, potential career choices or in attending the same college on volleyball scholarships. “We’re a lot alike,” Sabrina Hallahan said with a laugh, “we try to avoid it.”
The girls signed letters of intent in the company of their parents, Dennis and Raina Hallahan, as well as other family members, friends and coaches on Thursday.
North Platte Community College Head Volleyball Coach Sally Thalken spoke to the sisters on a variety of topics including her excitement to work with quality individuals who will represent the college in a positive light.
“Today is a special day, I hope you understand the importance of recruiting good students like you girls,” she said. “To snap two kids of their size, ability and passion for the game … we’re fortunate to get them. I feel pretty lucky, these kids are very versatile.”
Additional words of encouragement were reflected across the room.
“Ladies, this is awesome,” said BHS volleyball coach Audrey Rosenbrock.
The girls’ club coach, Brian Grennan, agreed. “You’re going to a great program with great coaches,” he said. “I think its going to be a great fit.”
The Hallahan sisters played high school volleyball all four years and club volleyball since they were in fifth-grade. Sandrina plays left/right hitter, while Sandrina plays middle hitter. In college, the girls will be versatile in their positions on the court.
“We didn’t recruit you to be water girls,” Thalken said with a laugh, “you’ll earn those spots. I expect you to relax and enjoy [life] until August.”
The girls are looking forward to a faster, more competitive venue with girls who want to be there and who want to win games.
“I was nervous to come here,” Sabrina Hallahan said with a laugh. “I’m just excited for college ball."