College Bound: Abby Wahl

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After a very successful four-year career at Heritage Hills that saw her become the Patriots all-time basketball scoring leader (boys and girls), she will be continuing her basketball career in Charleston, Illinois as a member of the Eastern Illinois Panthers.

A Q&A with Heritage Hills alum Abby Wahl who will be playing collegiate basketball at Eastern Illinois University.

What was the biggest factor into your decision to play sports collegiately? I have always dreamed about playing collegiate basketball and my family had an impact on that as well. My dad played college basketball and I grew up watching my brothers play, I always loved the sport and didn't want to give it up after high school.

What stood out about Eastern Illinois University over other schools that you visited? Eastern Illinois was the first Division I offer that I received and I didn't wait much longer to accept. I fell in love with the coacing staff, team and the campus. It felt like a perfect fit and I didn't want to miss the opportunity. I also liked the distance from home and the location, which is in a small town like I grew up in.

During your time at Heritage Hills, who or what do you feel most prepared you for playing sports in college? All of my coaches have helped me become the player that I am today. Coach (Kim) Brown always pushed me to do my best because she knew my goal from the start and she really helped me get to this point. My AAU program, coaches and staff at EBA (Evansville Basketball Academy) really helped prepare me and helped me with the process of recruitment. Lastly, my family was always there to support me — my dad coached my youth travel teams and my brothers were always there to practice with me. My parents sacrificed summers and weekends to take me to tournaments and that made a huge impact.

What was your biggest accomplishment during your time at Heritage Hills? My biggest accomplishment in high school was setting the all-time career scoring record at Heritage Hills because all of my work, and those that had helped me, had paid off. Also, it wouldn't have been possible without my teammates and all of their hard work.

If you could describe your high school athletic experience in one word, what would it be? Unforgettable

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