Morgan Wille, a Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School senior, puts up a lay-up during a January 2012 game against Hanna-Elk Mountain in Baggs, Wyo. Wille will represent Baggs in multiple basketball tournaments over the summer, including the Wyoming vs. Montana All-Star event. She will also be playing basketball as a freshman for Sheridan College.

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Morgan Wille, a Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School senior, puts up a lay-up during a January 2012 game against Hanna-Elk Mountain in Baggs, Wyo. Wille will represent Baggs in multiple basketball tournaments over the summer, including the Wyoming vs. Montana All-Star event. She will also be playing basketball as a freshman for Sheridan College.

LSRV senior preps for busy summer of hoops

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“I wouldn’t trade my last couple years for anything, they’re a really great group of girls.”

— Morgan Wille, LSRV senior, about her time playing high school basketball

BAGGS, WYO. — 2012 has been a big year for Little Snake River Valley School’s Morgan Wille, and will continue to be in the coming months.

After her basketball team capped an undefeated season by winning the Wyoming 1A state title, the Baggs, Wyo., senior thought there couldn’t be a better way to end her high school hoops career.

She couldn’t have known then that there was more in store.

Wille was recently selected by Sheridan College for the Wyoming vs. Montana All-Star event scheduled for this summer. Wille, who will be attending the school in the fall following her graduation from LSRV, will play in the basketball tournament for college-bound high school seniors on in June in Sheridan, Wyo., and Billings, Mont.

“It’s a great honor to be picked for it, especially coming off such a great year with my teammates,” she said. “I’m really excited for it.”

The roster for the event mixes the top 10 players in Wyoming, 1A through 4A.

“The only person going who I’ve ever seen play is a girl from Rawlins who we played in basketball camp,” she said. “It’ll be intimidating, but I think I can learn a lot from the girls from bigger schools.

“I want to work on getting the ball inside, because I know these girls have a lot of experience at post, and I don’t, so it’ll be good to work on that and play at their level.”

Wille said she hopes her speed all over the court will impress girls from Laramie, Cheyenne and other larger schools.

The summer before her freshman year of college will include more than one basketball get-together. The Wyoming All-Star game features 1A players from the north and south parts of the state facing off later in the summer.

“It’ll definitely be good to get one out of the way, so that way I can be prepared,” Wille said.

In March, Wille was recieved all-state honors, which she also nabbed in 2010 and 2011.

Teammate Caelee Criswell also was named to the girls all-state team, as were fellow Baggs athletes Rex Stanley, Miles Englehart and Morgan’s cousin, Daniel Wille, for the boys team.

Wille said growing up playing with the same teammates year after year has been one of the things she has enjoyed about Baggs basketball.

“I wouldn’t trade my last couple years for anything, they’re a really great group of girls,” she said. “I started in junior high, but the funny thing was I didn’t really like basketball very much at first, I liked volleyball more. I guess playing at the high school level and varsity, it just became all about basketball.”

Wille said she hopes to transfer from Sheridan to University of Wyoming or Colorado State University, possibly getting more involved in the basketball programs at either school.

“I know the coach at Sheridan wants me to start at point guard, and that’s probably what I’ll do no matter where I go,” she said. “I like working the perimieter.”

Regardless of where she plays, she said academics will come first.

“Having three sports in high school, it’ll be kind of the same in college, so I don’t think the transition will be too hard to do basketball and school,” she said. “

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