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SHS student lands CWC volleyball scholarship


Doug Radunich

With four scholarship offers under her belt, Saratoga High School senior Shelby McGuire is ready to play volleyball at Central Wyoming College (CWC) in Riverton this fall.

McGuire is attending CWC on the academic scholarship she received, but was also offered three other scholarships. Her athletic scholarship came from Tiffany Stauffenberg, the volleyball coach at CWC, while other scholarships included the Hathaway Scholarship and another from the Wyoming Trucking Association of Casper.

A senior volleyball and basketball player, McGuire has played varsity for both sports since her freshman year. She also played volleyball and basketball during middle school, and participated in local Utah Jazz junior basketball as a youngster.

"I'm going to CWC on an academic scholarship but will receive the same money as the regular athletic scholarship," McGuire said. "It's the same commitment."

McGuire said she got to know Stauffenberg well through the college's volleyball camp, which McGuire attended since middle school. McGuire said their close relationship played a big part in being chosen for the scholarship.

"My head coach from Riverton puts on a camp every year for grades 6th through 12th, and I've been going there since seventh grade every year," she said. "She has been recruiting me for the last couple of years and talking to me about it. She said she had seen me grow every year, and that was really helpful. Going to this camp was great because I got familiar with myself, and as a junior and senior, I got to scrimmage with college players at night."

McGuire said she was 12th out of the 15 girls Steffenburg picked for the scholarship and to play for the team.

"I had been emailing her back and forth for a few months, and I went to the central showcase, which is where high school seniors go to college and take tours," she said. "I got to look around the campus. She later contacted me and said she was only signing 15 girls, and that I was the 12th. She recruits from all over, especially from neighboring states."

In addition to getting to play for CWC, McGuire will also be a coach for younger girls at CWC's volleyball camp in June. She said Stauffenberg will put her all of her team's players in as coaches for younger girls at the camp.

"It's a camp I've been going to since seventh grade, and I'll actually get to go again this summer, but as a coach," McGuire said. "She'll take one of her college players, and put them with younger middle schoolers or high schoolers. I won't know who I'm coaching until I get there. I'll also be a chaperone and advisor for the younger girls, since we'll all be living in the same place."

Although going in as undeclared, McGuire said she plans to study business after completing her general classes. She thanked her past coaches, including Scott Bokelman and Matt and Shayley Love, for their support in helping her get this far.

With a busy summer and fall ahead, McGuire looks forward to both being a summer camp coach, and starting her college volleyball career in September.

"I'm excited for the camp, and it will be weird to be on the other side of it coaching instead of being a camper," she said. "I'm excited to see what the season schedule looks like and where we go. We'll have a lot more travel, and it will be fun to play at the collegiate level."


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