Arneach signs for two sports

Apr 22, 2020 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer

Savannah Arneach, a senior at Wind River High School has signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball and basketball at Highline Community College in Washington.

The school is located in the Seattle area town of Des Moines, Washington, and is one of the larger community colleges in Washington State, with an enrollment of 17,000 students.

A member of The Ranger's all-Fremont County teams in both volleyball and basketball, Arneach was the Class 2-A Southwest basketball player of the year. She was named all-state in volleyball in 2018 and 2019 and all-state in basketball in 2019 and 2020.

She was recruited by Casper College, Central Wyoming College, Williston State in North Dakota, and several schools in Arizona.

"Highline was the only school that I visited," Arneach said. "I liked the environment and the trees. There is so much you can do there. It was the only school that offered me volleyball and basketball."

Arneach is an honor student at Wind River, carrying a weighted grade point average of 4.2. She plans to major in nursing and continue her education, and possibly her athletic career, at a four-year school after Highline.

Arneach is a versatile 6-0 player that can dominate the front row on a volleyball court. She is possibly more versatile in basketball, where she can play all five positions.

Highline head coach Daimen Crump recruited Arneach as a point guard, a position she rarely played in high school.

"He said something about me being an all-around player and that he wanted me to play the point," Arneach said. "I'm kind of nervous, but excited at the same time."

The Thunderbirds had a Northwest Athletic Conference record of 8-6, with an overall mark of 10-14 when the season was ended by COVID-19 pandemic closures.

Highline had qualified for the post-season when basketball was canceled.

Thunderbird head volleyball coach Chris Littleman plans to use Arneach in the middle or as a right-side hitter, positions she dominated in high school.

"All the coaches were super nice. They made me feel right at home," Arneach said.

Thunderbird volleyball finished near the top of the tough NWAC, with an overall record of 20-7 and a conference mark of 10-2.

The NWAC is a huge, 31-member school conference, with schools from Washington, Oregon and Idaho divided into four regions. Highline competes in the Western Region.

Arneach will spend time in the weight room to prepare for the physical nature of JUCO women's basketball next fall.

"They said they were going to bulk me up," Arneach said.

Arneach, along with all of her fellow students in Fremont County, is finishing this school year online.

"It's hard, honestly, because of the quarantine," she said. "I'm moving along with all my classes and hoping we get a graduation."

Arneach competed all four years in volleyball, basketball, and track for the Cougars. She led Wind River to their first-ever appearance in the Class 2-A volleyball state championship game, where they finished runner-up.

Arneach was a member of the defending Class 2-A state champion 4x400 meter relay team, and also placed in the 400 and 800 meter runs.

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