For the last few years, Courtney Fines has been debating whether to play basketball, volleyball or softball after she graduates high school.
If she gets her way, she’ll be representing the Lake Region State College Royals on both the basketball court and the ball diamond. Fines, who lives just east of Brandon, has committed to the junior college in Devils Lake, N.D., to play basketball and if one of the softball team’s international recruits opt not to come, she may get on that team as well.
Choosing between sports was tough for Fines, who turns 18 next week.
The 5-foot-2 point guard helped the Elton Sabres finish sixth in each of the last two provincial AA high school basketball championships and received the players’ choice award both times. She was also named a A/AA/AAA second-team all-star. She has also played softball with the Westman Magic for a number of years, although she’s switching to the Winnipeg-based Smitty’s Terminators this season.
On the volleyball court, Fines, a setter, guided the Sabres to this year’s AA provincial title and was named MVP in the process. She was also an all-star in both of the two previous provincials and was named to Manitoba’s graduating all-star team.
When push came to shove, it was Royals head coach Duane Schwab who impressed Fines enough for her to pick basketball as her primary sport.
“I honestly wasn’t dead set on what sport I was going to end up playing,” she said. “I love all three sports equally. Just because of the coach, that was basically the reason I picked basketball. And I had a great high school season with basketball.”
Fines, who will study physiotherapy and athletic therapy, will receive a partial scholarship. She’s not sure what her long-term plan will be after her two-year commitment to Lake Region State College, but she’s looking forward to starting her new life.
“I’m so excited for it,” she said. “It will be a huge change moving out and all, but I’m ready to see what it’s like. I’m excited to just be with the team and have a good season hopefully.”
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 16, 2014