Anndea Zeigler will have a chance to play basketball in college before family and friends, and she couldn’t be happier.
The Cardinal O’Hara star and two-time All-Western New York first-team selection has verbally committed to continue her career at Canisius College.
The 5-foot-8 Zeigler, the Monsignor Martin Association co-Player of the Year, helped the Hawks win their third straight postseason league title last year.
Zeigler enters her senior year coming off a season in which the guard averaged 15.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game.
“They’ve been there since sophomore year and they’ve been waiting for me,” Zeigler said. “They kept my offer on the table even though I went to other camps. It fit very well and it’s my hometown. … It’s not often you get an offer from local schools so I wanted to take advantage of it and play before family and friends.”
Zeigler has 1,210 career points, 417 away from matching Leah McDonald’s O’Hara record. As a sophomore, Zeigler averaged 15.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game.
While Lancaster product Katie Healy graduated from St. Bonaventure, other locals have earned opportunities with Big 4 schools. Zeigler’s teammate the last two seasons, Summer Hemphill, will enter her freshman year at University at Buffalo. Sarah Young (Sacred Heart) is a freshman at St. Bonaventure. Western New York all-time scoring leader Mckenna Maycock (Randolph) heads into her sophomore year at Bona. Amherst senior Clare Wanzler has verbally committed to Niagara.
“Canisius … they came after her the hardest,” O’Hara coach Nick O’Neil said of Zeigler. “They have a specific role they want her to do. … She had other offers from UB, Stony Brook and La Salle. … It’s a beautiful thing for local kids to stay at local schools.”
Haubeil gets All-USA nod
First team All-Western New York kicker Blake Haubeil of Canisius High School has been selected to the USA Today Preseason All-USA Team.
Haubeil, the Ohio State commit, booted a 61-yard field goal last season and connected on 33 of 35 extra points in helping the Crusaders to an 8-3 record. He drilled the decisive extra point in blustery conditions at Ralph Wilson Stadium during Canisius’ 7-6 Monsignor Martin Association semifinal win over St. Joe’s last November.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder is ranked as the No. 1 kicking prospect in the country by 247 Sports recruiting service.
“Anytime you have a player who is first team All-American it’s awesome for your program,” coach Rich Robbins said.
“We’re extremely proud of Blake. He’s worked very hard to become one of the best kickers in the country. What a blessing it is to have him at Canisius.”
Signing day at Canisius
Canisius graduates Stafford Trueheart, Madut Ayiy and Will Atkinson helped the Crusaders win back-to-back Manhattan Cup and state Catholic Class A basketball championships. On Wednesday they said so long to their school.
The 6-8 Trueheart, the Allen Wilson Buffalo News Player of the Year and state Class A co-Player of the Year, signed with Division I Hofstra on Aug. 2. The 6-7 Ayiy is heading to Division II Daemen, choosing coach Michael MacDonald’s program over Roberts Wesleyan. Atkinson will play at Division III Rochester Institute of Technology.