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Parker’s Shepler to play at Clarke University

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Gazette staff
March 9, 2011
— Savannah Shepler’s high school basketball career ended on a sour note.

The Janesville Parker senior tore the ACL in left knee in January and will miss the rest of the Vikings’ season.


Clarke University (Iowa) women’s coach Don Adams, however, saw enough of Shepler’s talents to offer her a partial scholarship to the NAIA school.


Although her high school career was cut short, Shepler is rehabilatating the knee with hopes of making an impact next season with the Crusaders.


“I’m hoping for the best,” Shepler said. “It’s usually a six-to-eight month process to get back into playing shape, but I’m hoping to go full-force in less than six months.


“I had the surgery on Jan. 28, and my doctor said at my check-up last week that I’m progressing faster than usual.”


Adams originally recruited Shepler to play at Beloit College, where he was the head coach for five years before taking over at Clarke to begin the 2010-11 season.


Shepler was a four-year varsity player for Parker, and will join Janesville Craig’s Amanda Hamilton and Orfordville Parkview’s Stephanie Aasen at Clarke.


“Coach Adams told me they’re looking for somebody to come in who can dribble and hit the jump shot,” Shepler said. “That’s what I like to do is shoot, so it sounds like a good fit.


“I was also thinking about Loras (College), but when Stephanie and I visited Clarke, we both really liked everything about it. The campus is nice, everybody in the program was nice to us, and it’s a perfect distance from Janesville.”



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