Medway's Hope signs letter to BU

Among the many great stories on signing day, there is Medway girls' basketball standout Sarah Hope who became the first player in program history to sign a National Letter of Intent for Division 1 women's basketball.

Here's more from the release forwarded by Medway dean Michael Rubin:

Medway girls' basketball star Sarah Hope, a member of the Medway High School Class of 2013, today signed her national letter of intent to play basketball next year at Boston University. In so doing, Sarah becomes one of the only athletes in Medway and Tri-Valley League history to sign a Division I Letter of Intent.

With her parents seated next to her, and more than 200 members of the school community, including students and faculty, watching, Medway athletic director Rob Pearl and head basketball coach Joe Iannone sang the praises of Sarah’s work ethic, attitude, and ability, before Sarah signed her letter.

“Three years ago, when Sarah Hope got here, I saw this girl working out in the gym, taking shots and hitting shots that I had never seen anyone make before,” Mr. Pearl said in his opening remarks. “I realized then that we had a pretty special player, and during the past three years, it’s been a pleasure to be the AD during such a great career.”

Coach Iannone focused on Sarah’s innate drive, willingness to sacrifice, and commitment to her goals.

“Sarah made a decision as to what her goal was and went after that goal relentlessly,” Coach Iannone said. “She stayed organized and had the right priorities, and she learned great lessons along the way, that you can prove to yourself that you can do what you want.”

Coach Iannone, a Boston College alumnus, joked that he had to “cheer the other night when Boston University beat my alma mater.”

Sarah spoke briefly, thanking the school administration and teachers, her teammates, her high school coaches, her AAU coaches, Sam Doner and Dave Bikofski of the Bay State Jaguars, and finally thanking her parents, before sitting at the table in the foyer and signing the letter of intent.

The Medway High School Mustangs open play on Dec. 14.