MEDFORD, Ore. — One of the most successful seasons in 6A girls basketball history culminated Friday with all six of the South Medford seniors signing National Letters of Intent to play college basketball. It seemed a fitting way for the second undefeated 6A girls basketball state champions in Oregon history to wrap up their season.
"I've built a lot of bonds with these girls," Toni Coleman, who will play basketball at California State University-Chico in the fall, said on Friday. "Having this season, this last one, it really meant the world to me to have that opportunity."
There's only one other team to ever accomplish the feat of being an undefeated state champion was the 2012 South Medford team. But when Tom Cole compared those two teams, he said this 2021 team is easily the better of the two. Talent-wise, Cole said they're very similar with the edge going to this year's team. But the biggest difference was the fact they were able to accomplish such a feat amongst the challenges the season provided.
"I'm really, really proud," Cole said of his team and the seniors.
The next steps for all the seniors will soon begin. They're set to head to their college programs soon to start workouts with their new team. For many of them, it will be the first time they aren't playing on the same team since they were in middle school. All six of the seniors will be on at least some scholarship.
Seniors headed to college:
Laini Dahlin — Lane Community College
Bella Stone — University of California-Santa Cruz
Shakia Teague-Perry — Southern Oregon University
Emma Schmerbach — Linfield Univeristy
Toni Coleman — California State University-Chico
Kaili Chamberlin — McNeese State University