Vikings sign all-star Elma guard Katie Colard
May 20, 2010
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Katie Colard, a senior guard at Elma High School, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play women's basketball at Western Washington University. Making that announcement was Viking coach Carmen Dolfo.
The 5-foot-9 Colard received first-team Daily Olympian all-Area and all-Evergreen League recognition in helping Elma to a 21-6 record and the state quarterfinals. A three-time state all-tournament pick, she averaged 20.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists for the Eagles and played in the senior all-state game.
"Katie is a great shooter," said Dolfo. "She has excellent mental toughness and just doesn't get rattled. She's going to bring a lot to our program."
As a junior, Colard was an all-Area pick and league co-MVP on a squad that finished 18-5 and got to the state semifinals. An honorable mention Sporting News All-American, she averaged 20.9 points, 5.3 assists, 6.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals.
In a state quarterfinal game against Prosser, Colard had 35 points, scoring 18 in the fourth quarter. She tied a state tournament record by hitting six three-pointers and broke the standard for made free throws with 15.
Colard will be the third family member to attend Western and compete in athletics. Her brother Kevin was a member of the football team, and her sister Kelly played basketball.
Western graduated four seniors, three of them starters, from a 23-5 team that ranked 25th in the final USA Today/ESPN/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, placed second (14-2) in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings and reached the first round of the NCAA II West Regional. The post-season appearance was the Vikings' 10th in their 11 years as a full NCAA member and 37th in the 39 years of the program.
KATIE COLARD, Guard, 5-9, 18, 8/15/91, Freshman, McCleary, WA
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team Daily Olympian all-Area and all-Evergreen League pick as senior at Elma High School ... Named to state all-tournament team for third straight year and played in senior all-state game ... Averaged 20.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists, helped Eagles to 21-6 record and quarterfinals at Class 2A state tournament ... Team captain, MVP and Coaches Award winner ... First-team all-area and league co-MVP as junior on team that finished 18-5 and reached state semifinals ... Received Washington's Sporting News All-American honorable mention ... Averaged 20.9 points, 5.3 assists, 6.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals ... Had 35 points in state quarterfinal game vs. Prosser, scoring 18 in fourth quarter ... In that contest, tied state tournament record for 3-pointers with six and established standard for made free throws with 15 ... Seattle Times Player of the Week ... Team MVP and captain ... As sophomore, averaged 18.5 points and was first-team all-league pick on squad that placed sixth at state ... Coaches Award winner ... Second-team all-league as freshman and team co-MVP ... Started and lettered four years ... Also earned two letters in volleyball and one in women's soccer ... Second-team all-league and team MVP as senior in volleyball.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in education ... Both her brother and sister competed in athletics at Western, Kevin in football and Kelly in basketball.
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