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11/18/2013 11:39:00 AM
Signing day
Bears' 6-1 center Lakin Koski signs with Southwest Minnesota State

By David Richards

Byron High School starting center Lakin Koski signed her letter of intent last week to play basketball for Southwest Minnesota State in Marshall next fall.

The 6-foot-1 Byron senior and captain led the team in blocks her junior year, averaging almost one block per game despite being behind two senior starters on the depth chart.

She also averaged 4.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. She will play forward in college.

"Lakin loves the game, and really has a passion for basketball," said Bears head coach Darren Nelson. "She has improved tremendously over the course of her career, and we expect big contributions from her this year in her senior season."

Koski held her signing event at the high school last Wednesday, surrounded by family, friends, teammates and coaches.

Pierre Ellis, Lakin's traveling coach for the last several years, said he's proud of her for following her dream and said the best is yet to come.

"They haven't seen the best of her yet," Ellis said. "She's the kind of kid that when she's board, she's in the gym practicing for a minimum of four hours."

Southwest Minnesota State is a Division II school.

"I'm looking forward to playing on the team, playing my role and having a dun time there," Koski said.

Koski's mother, Charissa, said she's looking forward to watching her daughter play at the next level.

"I haven't missed a game of hers yet since the seventh grade, and I'm going to do the best to do the same thing in college," Charissa said.

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