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A Tale of Two Athletes


Two Yellow Jackets are set to create some buzz on the courts of college basketball!
 
Hastings High School seniors Melannie Daley and Lindsay Drozd signed national letters of intent this month, marking their commitment to play Division 1 women’s basketball next year for their prospective schools. 
 
Drozd, a 6-foot-tall guard/forward, pledged her allegiance to Manhattan College’s women’s basketball team, the Jaspers, where she will don a familiar green and white jersey under head coach Heather Vulin. Drozd, who has been tossing a basketball since she was two, has played on Hastings teams since freshman year. 
 
“I’m excited to finally play D1 basketball,” she said. “It’s my dream.” 
 
As an AAU player, she was named a Nike Rose Classic 18U top performer and was a member of the 2018 Nike Nationals Gold Championship team, all while being an honor student at the high school. Drodz’ family, outfitted in Jasper attire, was on hand for the ceremony. 
 
“She’s a very dedicated player and a super hard worker,” said Richard Drozd, her father. 
 
“The amount of effort she puts in is great and I think it’s great that she’s going to take it to the next level. We’re very proud.”  
 
After signing her letter of intent, Drozd credited her coaches and teammates in Hastings with contributing to her success. 
 
“Thank you to everyone for the support,” she said. 
 
Also signing her letter of intent this month was Yellow Jackets point guard Melannie Daley. Daley committed to play for the Northwestern University Wildcats. Hitting the hoops since four-years-old and on Hastings teams since eighth grade, Daley is no stranger to competition. Standing at 5-foot-11, she holds a 19 point and seven rebound record with 85 steals in her junior year career. 
 
“It’s incredible, I’ve been playing for so long and its always been my dream to play for a D1 school,” she said. “Finally getting here and accomplishing that feels amazing.” 
 
It isn’t the first time Daley has been up for a scholarship though, she received her first offer to play basketball from Fordham University when she was in eighth grade. Though her effort to be the best player has been apparent since she was younger, Daley said her time at Hastings has certainly helped in her journey.
 
“Hastings has really helped me get to where I need to be and be the player I am today,” she said. 
 
“Each coach that I’ve had has helped me somewhat throughout this process.” 
 
Now looking forward to her future as a Wildcat, Daley said her choice was obvious from her first visit. 
 
“We were taking a tour around the campus and I just fell in love,” she said. “I felt like that was the place to be.” 
 
She is also looking forward to showing her skills on the court for the Wildcats, a team that competes in the Big Ten Conference of the NCAA.  
 
“I want to bring what I can bring to the team,” she said. 
 
“Being another person to score and get to the rim and help them win another championship.” 
 
Daley said her family shares her excitement.
 
“My parents are super excited that I found a school that I love, and they love as well,” she said.
 
“They’re sending off their first child to college so it’s definitely nerve-wracking, but they know that I’ll be in good hands.” 
 
Though pre-season training for the Hastings High School girls’ basketball team has not taken place due to COVID, the official start of winter sports is on track for January 4th, 2021. 

 

 
Melannie Daley signs her letter of intent to play for Northwestern University with her parents by her side.
 
Lindsay Drozd signs her letter of intent to play for Manhattan College with her family.