Photo by Joe Chitwood
Front, from left: Scott Seamann, Jodi Seamann and Maddie Seamann. Standing: Hershey Coach Jeremy Thomas and NPCC Coach Dick Thurin.
Hershey senior Maddie Seamann signed a letter Monday to accept a scholarship to play basketball for North Platte Community College. Seamann has played basketball since she was in the first grade and been a leader for the state qualifying Lady Panthers.During her career at Hershey, the team was 80-20. Hershey won two SPVA conference championships and made two consecutive state tournament appearances.
The Lady Panthers brought home the third-place state basketball trophy in 2013.
Seamann credits her development as a basketball player to the late coach Greg Miller.
"I went to every single open gym on Sundays when I was growing up. He really pushed me," she said. "He said I was going to be something special and spent time with me. I really appreciated him." Seamann said she was ecstatic when the North Platte Community College coach texted her with the scholarship offer.
"When I read the text I was super excited, I started jumping around," she said. Seamann hopes to get lots of playing time her first year, but if she doesn't, she will be happy to be a part of the team. She is grateful to get the chance to continue playing basketball and work on general studies courses. She wants to become a librarian when she graduates from college. Her mom Jodi Seamann is happy she is getting to play ball.
"I am really excited that she is going to school close to home,” Jodi said. “I don't think I was really ready for her to go far away just yet.
Her father Scott Seamann said is looking forward to watching her play for the Lady Knights. NPCC Coach DickThurin said Seamann is a good student and a great player.
Thurin expects Seamann to play the post position as the Lady Knights loses two post players to graduation. He hopes she will be able to contribute right away.
Hershey High School Coach Jeremy Thomas said it's a special day to “watch her sign on to play basketball at the college. It fulfills her dream to play at the next level.”
Thomas said her leadership was helpful to the team and especially to the other post players. "The work she put in, and her commitment to the game, resulted in her being a dominant force in both the conference and the state," Thomas said. Seamann was named to the all-conference second team and received honorable mention on the all-state team.
Seamann's fondest basketball memory is holding up the third-place trophy with her teammates at the 2013 state championship.
"I will remember that moment forever," she said.
Seamann will graduate May 10 with 2014 Hershey senior class.