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Hastings High School Student Signs National Letter of Intent

8 girls at signing table, two basketballs on tableHasting High School senior Paige Martin’s childhood dream of playing Division I college basketball is becoming reality.

The Hastings High School senior put the pen to the paper this week, signing her national letter of intent in front of her coaches, teammates, and family. The Yellow Jackets forward and guard will be playing NCAA Division 1 women’s basketball for St. Francis College come next fall, trading in the Hastings green and yellow for the Brooklyn college’s blue and red.

“I am so grateful to be able to play in college,” said Martin. “Not everyone has this opportunity, and I am really grateful for it.”

The student-athlete said her long standing basketball career started when she was only in first grade.

“It has always been my outlet for everything, and I love it.” she said. “I got into it because of my dad. He played basketball and football in college, and he saw my height and really pushed for me to play.”

Martin has been a standout player. Last year, she was selected as Journal News’s athlete of the week. Martin said she is ready to further her skills and talents as a St. Francis College Terrier.

“College basketball is a whole different atmosphere,” she said. “Learning a new style and developing my game to bring it to the next level is what I’m most looking forward to.”

Girls at signing tableMartin said she was drawn to St. Francis College because of its impressive standing in intercollegiate women’s basketball, having been a member of the Division I Northeast Conference since 1988. Attending St. Francis will allow her to fulfill a lifelong dream of living in the Big Apple.

“I’ve always wanted to live in New York City,” she said. “So, I get to be there and also be close to my family so they can come and watch me play.”

Martin is currently staying focused on the court here at Hastings High School.

“We were able to win last year which was amazing and I hope we can do it again this year,” she said.

Martin, who is considering pursuing business management at St. Francis College, said that although she is excited to be a Terrier, she will always be proud and thankful to call herself a Hastings Yellow Jacket.

“I have been so grateful to be able to play for this team and the school,” she said.