Jennifer Gregg (front row center) signs a letter of intent to play basketball for St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. On hand for the signing were (back row, from left) SMWC Assistant Dennis Leek, Northview Girls Athletic Director Jan Gambill, Northview Girls Basketball Coach Bob Medworth, Northview Principal Jim Church, SMWC Head Coach Deanna Bradley, SMWC Assistant Aaron Ballenger, and Jennifer's parents, Stacy and Chris Gregg.
Northview senior Jennifer Gregg, a standout in basketball and softball for the Lady Knights, has dreamed of playing in a collegiate uniform for some time now.
Now that dream is coming true-- maybe two times over.
Gregg signed a letter of intent to play basketball for St. Mary-of-the-Woods College Friday, making her decision to become a Pomeroy-- the college's athletic teams are named in memory of Sister Mary Joseph Pomeroy, a long-time SMWC adminstrator-- official.
Without putting anything into writing, she said she also plans to try on one of the school's softball uniforms in the spring.
"Basketball is my favorite sport," she said. "But I think I will go out for softball. I want to at least try it."
Dennis Leek, an assistant basketball coach at St. Mary-of-the-Woods who also assistant coaches Northview's softball team, said juggling two sports with a full academic schedule is a challenge Gregg could handle.
"She'd be carrying a pretty tremendous load. She'd be a very busy individual," he said. "But sure, she could do it."
According to SMWC Head Basketball Coach Deanna Bradley, she'll have her hands full with hoops alone.
Bradley said Gregg will figure prominently in her effort to rebuild a program that has struggled of late. The Pomeroys followed a dismal 5-23 season in 2004-05 with a marginally improved 8-22 mark in 2005-06.
With Gregg in the picture, Bradley expects that number in the wins column to continue to rise.
"The two things we're looking for is a great work ethic and a great attitude, and she fits those criteria," Bradley said. "That's what's going to help us turn this around."
But she may have to share Gregg with SMWC Softball Coach Mandy Neal, who took a hard look at the Northview second baseman during the Lady Knights' home contest against Terre Haute South April 20.
Gregg led the basketball Lady Knights with 79 steals in her senior season while averaging nearly four assists per game. Batting in the number-two spot for Northview's softball team, Gregg has stolen seven bases in seven attempts and sports a near-perfect .919 fielding percentage through 21 games.