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Three-sport standout Katie Keller signed her letter of intent Friday morning at Eastern High School, committing to join the Ursuline College women’s basketball team. “Ursuline had my major, fashion merchandising, and not a whole lot of schools have that major,” Katie Keller said. “When they contacted me about playing there and I learned that they had it, I knew I wanted to go there.” Katie is currently second in the EHS senior class with a 4.177 GPA. She was named to the AP all-district third team for her efforts on the basketball court this season and also earned District 13 first team honors. “I’ve coached Katie since fourth grade,” said Eastern head coach John Burdette. “She’s always worked hard, there’s never a time when you have to question if she’s putting effort into it. She likes to work hard in practice and that’s what enabled her to get the scholarship and go to college” Not only was Katie a part of this year’s 2014 OHSAA Division IV State Championship team, she has also competed at the regional level in track and was a part of state semifinalist teams in volleyball and basketball. “Basketball is my favorite, I love it,” said Katie on choosing between he three sports. “It’s the sport I’ve been playing the longest and I’ve had a passion for it since I was little.” Katie capped off her basketball career at Eastern in the best way possible, a state championship. In the state semi-final Keller marked six points, 12 rebounds and five blocks, while turning in a six-point, five rebound performance in the state final. “Her senior year is really when Katie stepped up and became a really good basketball player,” Eastern head coach John Burdette said. “There will be a little transition period but I have a lot of faith that with her work ethic and her basketball IQ. She will be fine at the next level. ” Ursuline is a private college founded in 1871, is located 10 miles outside of Cleveland in Pepper Pike, Ohio. The Arrows compete in the Greater Midwest Athletic Conference in the NCAA Division II. Pictured, sitting in the front row from left, are Roger Keller, Jenny Keller, Katie Keller, Rodney Keller, Ross Keller and Rosemary Keller. Standing in the back row are Eastern principal Shawn Bush, Lady Eagles head coach John Burdette and EHS athletic director Sam Thompson.


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