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Wiersma sisters pick Oregon State

Greg Stiles

Chassie and Cherrith Wiersma will take their sister act to Oregon State next fall.

The Crater High twins visited Corvallis Thursday, watched the Beavers play Oregon at Gill Coliseum and informed OSU assistant women's basketball coach Trish Sears of their decision on Monday.

NCAA rules prevent coaches from commenting on recruits until they have received letters of intent. The next signing period is in April.

Chassie was offered an athletic ride while Cherrith will walk on but have a financial-aid package.

They're getting two real good players for price of one scholarship, says Crater girls basketball coach David Heard. They've almost guaranteed that Cherrith will be on the team, but they're not in as much of a need for a point guard.

Chassie, a 5-foot-11 wing, earned second-team all-tournament honors in last year's Class 4A state tournament. Through 18 games this season, she paces Crater with a 13.8 scoring average and six rebounds per game. Her 79 percent free-throw shooting leads the Comets, while her 53 percent mark from the floor is second best.

Cherrith, a 5-9 point guard, underwent reconstructive surgery last spring after tearing ligaments in her right knee in the state tournament. She has bounced back to play a steady if unspectacular role for the No. 6 Comets (16-2 overall). She leads the team with 71 assists and 43 steals, and she shoots 54 percent from the field.

This was our best opportunity toward our goal of playing Division I together, says Cherrith.

Although several schools sought Chassie, Cherrith's knee injury turned everything into a waiting game.

We were looking toward Boise State or Pacific (in Stockton, Calif.), then all of the sudden Portland State and Oregon State came out of the blue, Chassie says. I didn't think it would happen this fast.

They are the third and fourth Crater players to play Division I basketball and follow the lead of North Medford center Ericka Brosterhous, who committed to OSU during the early signing period in November.

The No. — reason they wanted Chassie is that she's very athletic, Heard says. They're trying to recruit athletic kids that can run the floor, because they would like to start pressing more. That's the reason why they took Ericka too. Both can run up and down very well.