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Dexter's Burleson signs with TRCC

Friday, May 14, 2004

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Dexter senior Hannah Burleson (front row center) officially became the newest member of the Lady Raiders.
DEXTER -- Thursday was a good day for Dexter senior Hannah Burleson.

In the earlier part of the day she was honored by the coaches of Dexter High School by being named the school's Female Athlete of the Year -- for the third straight year.

Thursday afternoon, she became the latest addition to Three Rivers Community College head coach Jack Childress' women's basketball team.

"She's so quick, has the ability to pass the ball, unselfish, likes to work hard, she's a good student -- all those things are things we had this year out of people and she just wants to play the game," Childress said. "She's got a lot of energy and always has a smile."

Although limited in her action during the 2003-04 campaign due to a preseason knee injury, Burleson was instrumental in her team's performance all season long.

Burleson played a big part in the Lady Bearcats' near-comeback victory over the Notre Dame Lady Bulldogs in the Class 3, District 1 Tournament final.

"I am very excited about going to Three Rivers." Burleson said. "I think I made a good choice because they have a really awesome program going."

Childress' Lady Raider squad finished as the No. 5 team in the nation during the 2003-04 season and both Childress and Burleson expect to be a good fit for each other.

"Coach Childress really seems like he is going to work me hard," Burleson continued. "With all of the other girls on the team -- they're all good and I've played against them -- all of us combined I think we'll do good and have a great year.

"I am so excited to get out there and show Coach that I'm ready for college basketball."

Said Childress, "She comes from a good family and a great program that had a great year. In our pecking order, we've probably lost a point guard, but she should probably be able to step right in and contribute.

"She should really fit in with our style of play. I know she likes to guard. I look for some good things out of her and she really wants to come here. That makes the difference. You don't want someone coming here who doesn't want to be here. She could've gone a lot of places in track, and for her to choose to come here is just so exciting."