UMW News Bureau
Montana Western women's basketball coach Cara Cocchiarella announced the signing of three Montana prep standouts and one junior. By Wally Feldt
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="180" caption="Randi Lynn Arnold"]
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="166" caption="Kelsey Cavill"]
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="161" caption="Heather Earhart"]
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="184" caption="Kassi Kerbs"]
University of Montana Western women’s basketball coach Cara Cocchiarella announced the signing of four new recruits to Frontier Conference/NAIA letters of intent. Randi Lynn Arnold, a 5-foot-9 post and forward from Hot Springs, Mont.; Kelsey Cavill, a 5-foot-6 guard from Harlowtown, Mont.; Heather Earhart, a 5-foot-4 point guard from Plains, Mont.; and Kassi Kerbs, a 5-foot-5 guard from Burley, Idaho will all join the Bulldogs in the fall.
Arnold will graduate this spring from Hot Springs High School where she earned all-conference and all-state honors. During her senior season she averaged 9.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game. Arnold averaged a double-double in each of the last ten games of her senior season.
“Randi had a successful high school career and finished her senior year with great stats,” Cocchiarella said. “We look forward to working with Randi. She has a lot of potential as an athlete."
Arnold also competed in volleyball, track and softball. She was selected to Hot Springs High School’s honor roll and received academic all-state honors. Arnold will major elementary education. She is the daughter of Dewey Arnold and Jim and Paula Stobie.
Cavill will graduate this spring from Harlowtown High School where she earned all-conference and all-state honors. She was a member of the Harlowtown squad that went 51-2 the past two seasons and finished third at the 2010 Class B state tournament. Cavill averaged 11 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 3.5 assists her senior season. For her career, she averaged 12 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and two steals per game.
“Kelsey comes from a very successful high school program,” Cocchiarella noted. “She plays hard and will be a good addition to Montana Western basketball. We are excited to have her join the team.”
Cavill also participated in volleyball and track. She maintained a 3.4 GPA and received academic all-state honors and was selected to the National Honor Society. Cavill is the daughter of Wayne and Leslie Cavill and will major in health and human performance.
Earhart will graduate this spring from Plains High School where she was a three-time all-conference selection. She averaged 11.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.3 steals. Earhart was a three-time team MVP and best offensive player.
“Heather is a good student and is very familiar with what it takes to be a leader on and off the court,” Cocchiarella said. “She played a crucial role on her high school team and we are excited to watch her progress as a player here at Montana Western.”
Earhart also competed in volleyball and track. She maintained a 3.9 GPA and was selected to the National Honor Society and received academic all-state honors. She is the daughter of Kim and Denise Earhart and will major in elementary education.
Kerbs transfers from Walla Walla Community College. She is a 2009 graduate of Burley High School of Burley, Idaho where she earned all-conference and all-state honors and was selected the 2009 conference player of the year. During her prep career, Kerbs averaged 19.6 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals per game. During her first season at Walla Walla, she was a member of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community College championship team.
"Kassi is a good student who has experienced a lot of success on the basketball court in high school and at the collegiate level,” Cocchiarella said. “She is a proven scorer who also understands the importance of working hard on other areas of the game."
Kerbs has also excelled in the classroom. At Burley, she was selected to her school’s academic top-ten and to the National Honor Society. At Walla Walla, she was selected to the vice president’s list. She is the daughter of Gordon and Jeanne Kerbs and will major in business education.