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Beadle opts for George Fox University

Modified: Saturday, Mar 23rd, 2013

Monte Vista Christian High’s Sydney Beadle shoots a free throw during the team’s game against Alvarez last month at Monte Vista Christian School in Watsonville. (Glenn Cravens/Register-Pajaronian file)

WATSONVILLE — When Monte Vista Christian High center Sydney Beadle made her return to the lineup in the fateful third encounter against Watsonville on Jan. 29, she knew there was a guest in the stands watching her play in person.

It was a representative of George Fox University’s women’s basketball team.

As Beadle was deciding where to go for college in the fall, that moment stood out. The George Fox women’s basketball team was three days removed from a big win against Pacific of Oregon and made sure to check out the Monte Vista Christian center.

Beadle had 13 points as the Mustangs went on to win the season-changing game.

There were other moments that sealed Beadle’s decision to commit to the Oregon school, but that one came to mind.

When she signs her letter of intent on Friday, it’ll be the finishing touches on what Beadle hopes is the beginning of a long-lasting friendship.

“I’m ready. I’m so excited,” Beadle said.

Having a coach at that game was also a defining one for Barbara Beadle, Sydney’s mother. It reaffirmed her beliefs of what the school can do for Sydney.

“George Fox was the one school that didn’t make me want to throw up,” Barbara Beadle said. “You’re so nervous talking to these schools, but the coaches there were great. As a parent, I’m excited for her.”

George Fox is an NCAA Division III school located in Newberg, Ore., located less than an hour south of Portland. The premiere team on campus is the women’s basketball squad, who has had two decades of winning seasons.

The Bruins won the 2009 Division III national championship and finished the season with a 32-0 record. This past season, they were 19-7 overall and 12-4 in the highly touted Northwest Conference.

For the complete article see the 03-23-2013 issue.

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