UMW News BureauUniversity of Montana Western head women’s basketball coach Cara Cocchiarella announces the signing of two new players to Frontier Conference/NAIA letters of intent. BreAnne Watson, a 5’8” forward from Townsend, Mont., and Alaysha Whitworth, a 5’6” guard from Mackay, Idaho, will join the Bulldog program in fall 2011. By Brett Morehouse University of Montana Western head women’s basketball coach Cara Cocchiarella announces the signing of two new players to Frontier Conference/NAIA letters of intent. BreAnne Watson, a 5’8” forward from Townsend, Mont., and Alaysha Whitworth, a 5’6” guard from Mackay, Idaho, will join the Bulldog program in fall 2011. Watson is a 2011 graduate of Broadwater High School (BHS) in Townsend, Mont. During her time at BHS, she was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was recognized as an academic all-state athlete in basketball, cheerleading and track. “We are very happy BreAnne decided to continue her career at Montana Western,” Cocchiarella said. “She is another recruit who comes from a great high school basketball program and she has experienced success in several other sports. As one of the top distance runners in the state, we know that she is physically and mentally tough.” Watson served as a team captain for the lady Bulldog girl’s basketball team while leading them to the 2011 district 5-B championship. On the track, Watson earned fifth place in the mile and second place in the two-mile at the Montana Class B State Championships. Watson is the daughter of Lila Clark and Curt Watson and plans on pursuing a degree in biology with an emphasis in veterinary science and equine studies. Alaysha Whitworth is a 2011 graduate of Mackay Junior/Senior High School in Mackay, Idaho. She was a member of student council and the National Honor Society in addition to serving as a Future Farmers of America chapter president and district secretary. “Alaysha is an excellent athlete who experienced success in three different sports in high school,” stated Cocchiarella. “We are excited to see how she will develop as a basketball player now that she can focus on one sport. She is a tremendous student with a great work ethic and attitude. She will fit very well with the other players in our program.” During her athletic career for Mackay High, Whitworth was a four-year letter-winner in volleyball, basketball and track. On the volleyball court, she was a district 6 all-star and second team all-conference player while leading her team to a sixth-place finish at the state tournament. In basketball Whitworth was named first team all-conference and second team all-state while leading her team to the state tournament and a fifth-place finish. On the track she won 10 state medals over four years and was also a member of a sprint relay team that won the first girl’s state title in any sport in Mackay High history. Whitworth is the daughter of Casey and Suzanne Whitworth and plans to major in biology.
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