Mali Wright puts up a shot Feb. 21 against Gillette at Sheridan High School.Mali Wright puts up a shot Feb. 21 against Gillette at Sheridan High School.

Wright signs as two-sport athlete at Newman University

SHERIDAN — Post high school decisions are tough for any 18-year-old kid. For example, which sport to play after high school, basketball or volleyball?

Mali Wright went ahead and picked both.

The senior Lady Bronc standout signed Wednesday afternoon to join Newman University in Wichita, Kansas in both volleyball and basketball.

“I just couldn’t give up one or the other,” she said, citing family in the area as a key factor in her decision to go to Kansas.
Both of her coaches, volleyball coach Wendi Rubi and basketball coach Sean Yeager were confident that Wright will fulfill the requirements of a two-sport collegiate student-athlete.

“I know she can do it,” Yeager said. “She’s used to playing three sports every year. I think it will keep her fresh, once she’s done with one sport, she has that next one to keep herself revitalized.”

On the hardwood, Wright was the Lady Broncs rock on the post this past season, averaging 6.7 rebounds per game helping her team post the best overall record in 4A, falling just short of a state title berth in March and finishing third overall. Individually, she made 4A All-State and plans to play in the Wyoming-Montana All-Stars game in June.

Playing volleyball, her favorite sport out of the two, she mans the net with her 6-foot height and powerful finishes. After taking 2A All-State volleyball honors at Big Horn as a junior, she was 4A all-conference at Sheridan as a senior after switching schools.
“She’s very dedicated,” Rubi said. “I think she’ll do well because of that dedication, that desire.”

As that dedication paid off Wednesday, there was no hiding Wright’s excitement.

“I just have to work hard this summer,” Wright said. “It will definitely be a challenge (playing two sports). But I’m very happy with my decision.”

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