SACKVILLE, N.B. – Three Cumberland County graduates are joining the Mount Allison Mounties women’s basketball team.
Twins Lauren and Ashley MacEachern of Amherst and Sydnee Balser of Springhill were announced as recruits Friday by Mounties’ coach and former ARHS Vikings’ coach Matt Gamblin.
“Lauren and Ashley while being identical twins bring a variety of different skills to the Mounties. Lauren has long been known province-wide as a great shooter, but also gets to the basket well and she has a very strong basketball-IQ,” Gamblin said. “Lauren’s provincial team and championship experience will serve her well over her university career.
“Ashley can play multiple positions and rebounds the ball very well wherever she finds herself on the floor. Ashley can do a little bit of everything offensively but really stands out on the defensive side of the ball. Having coached previously at Amherst High, I know the girls well and expect great things from them as they move to the next level.”
Both players are excited about playing at Mount Allison.
“I am very excited to see what the future holds at Mount Allison over these next few years, and I can’t think of a better way to begin the next chapter of my journey then to represent the Mounties through the sport I have loved my whole life.” Lauren said.
Ashley said Mount Allison will give her what she needs academically and athletically.
“With my high school career coming to an end I have a lot of mixed emotions, but I am confident in the fact that Mount Allison University was the right choice for me and will give me what I need academically and athletically. I look forward to what the future will hold and I can’t wait to truly be a part of the Mountie Family.” Ashley said.
Lauren MacEachern was a member of the Nova Scotia Canada Games team last summer while her sister, Ashley, has long been a versatile, standout player in high school and on various club teams.
Balser starred with the Springhill High School Lady Golden Eagles.
“Sydnee is as pure a scorer as there was at the high school level this past season,” Gamblin said. “Sydnee’s speed and finishing ability on the break are unique, and will be fun to watch for Mounties fans over her career at Mount A. She can shoot, use both hands and moves very well off the ball. We are very excited about the skill-set that Sydnee brings the Mounties.”
Balser said she’s looking forward to the challgne.
“I’m looking forward to joining the Mounties with new teammates and coaches, it will be a great growing experience for me both as a basketball player and as a person. I’m also very excited to be attending Mount A to help better my knowledge as I pursue my future career as a social worker,” Balser said.
Other recruits include: Sarah McGeachy and Sara Ripley of Fredericton, Erin Steeves of Moncton, Jillian Edwards and Becky Miller of Halifax, Danielle Park of Grand Manaan, N.B. and Katie Cundiff of Calais, Me.
“I am very pleased with the championship players we have added with our recruiting class this year,” Gamblin said. “We are bringing in well-coached players from very established programs who are used to winning. Every one of these recruits comes to Mount Allison with very high academic standing and will be great student-athlete representatives for years to come…..the future is very bright.”