CC-Crystal graduates to play hoops at Alma


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:44 am on Friday, August 10, 2012

Carson City-Crystal’s Maxxton Jolls (24) goes up for a rebound against Belding in a game in January

CARSON CITY — Two Carson City-Crystal basketball players will be playing at the college level.

Maxxton Jolls and Sara Schneider will be playing for the Fighting Scots this winter.

Jolls said he made his decision “about the end of the school year,” he said.

Jolls was being looked at by a few colleges, he noted.

“I was being recruited by Albion, Aquinas and Concordia,” he said.

A visit to Alma, though, sealed his decision.

“I went to go watch some games at Alma and I really loved how the coach was coaching and it overall felt like home to me,” Jolls said.

Jolls thought he had a chance to be a starter on the Alma team.

“I feel like my chances are pretty good but I need to work hard,” he said. “There are a lot of good players coming in.”

Schneider decided shortly after her senior season of basketball ended that she wanted to be a Scot.

“This year I had been looking at all the different colleges I wanted to play at,” Schneider said. “Around February after the season was done I decided I wanted to play for Alma.”

There were a number of things that swayed Schneider’s mind when it came to choosing Alma.

“There were a lot of different factors,” she said. “Financially it was better. When I visited there I liked it. It’s isn’t too far from home. Pretty much everything all came together.”

Sara Schneider takes a shot in front of two Laingsburg players during a game in February.

Schneider tore her anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee towards the end of the season last year. But she said that didn’t scare off any of the schools that were recruiting her.

“I was talking to Olivet and Adrian,” she said. “They knew they had a setback but they said they had players who went through it and recovered.”

It’s actually going to take Schneider a bit of time before she can join the Scots, she noted.

“There’s only so much I can do because of my injury,” she said. “I should be cleared at the beginning of September, and then we’ll see where I’m at.”

But once Schneider is able to join the team she expects them to be good.

“I think they’re heading in the right direction and I want to be a part of that,” she said. “They’re focused and hopefully they will have a good season.”

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