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Gannon to play for Roberts Wesleyan

Amsterdam's Andie Gannon celebrates after signing her National Letter of Intent to attend and play basketball for Roberts Wesleyan College Tuesday at Amsterdam High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

AMSTERDAM — When Amsterdam senior Andie Gannon stepped foot on the campus at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, she knew it was where she wanted to go after graduation.

Tuesday, the 5-10 senior forward for the Lady Rams basketball team signed her National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Division II Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester.

“Actually, the schools I talked to, I was able to go in and take a tour and got a feel for everything,” Gannon said. “I was able to get a feel for if I would like the school. Overall, the education for what I want to pursue in my career [early childhood education] was very good. The team was amazing. I am so excited to start my year with ‘coach Cliff’ [RedHawks head coach Kevin Clifford] and start my career with people I get along with.”

In her junior season at Amsterdam, Gannon averaged 15.3 points, 9 rebounds and four steals per game, leading to first-team Foothills Council and Class A 10th-team Class A all-state honors.

“She is aggressive, a very good rebounder and very skilled all around,” Amsterdam head girls coach Eric Duemler said. “She can play center/forward and understands what we are trying to do offensively and defensively. She wants to guard the other team’s best player. You put that all together and you have a solid scholarship basketball player. Basically, she averaged a double-double and stepped up in the big games. She is not afraid of the big moment.”

Gannon’s prowess was evident in big games, such as the annual Amsterdam Holiday College Showcase.

As a sophomore, she posted a triple-double in the Lady Rams’ victory over Hanover (N.H.). She backed that performance up last year with a 29-point effort against New Hartford.

“I think when we do the showcases, I do my best,” Gannon said. “I love playing with my team in the showcases.”

Gannon describes herself as a strong, tough player, a style that may suit her well at the college level.

“There is a senior who is leaving and hopefully I can stay strong and tough and take a spot or keep working hard and eventually get there.”

While she says her career highlight at Amsterdam has not happened yet, she is proud to be with her teammates and best friends, Antonia May and Jackie Stanavich, in signing to play basketball at the next level.

“I couldn’t have done anything without them and my teammates,” she said. “I am just so happy for where basketball is going to take me and my teammates, and I am thankful for everything.”

May signed her letter of intent to attend D-I University of Maryland at Baltimore County last Thursday and Stanavich will sign her letter of intent to continue her career at D-II Mercy College.

“I am so proud of the girls and how hard they worked and their leadership,” Duemler said. “Our younger girls look up to them and want to be the next group in line.”

Gannon summed up her decision, saying, “It was very stressful but after I committed, I was very relieved. Every school that showed interest were amazing and anything was just great. I was thankful for everything.”

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