Without question, it was an emotional day for Marine City’s Paige Tranchida.
You could see it in her teary eyes when talking about how much her parents have supported her. You could also see it in the emotion of her mom, Tracy, after Paige read a letter from her AAU coach, or with her teammates that also wiped tears away after seeing her hard work paid off.
All of the emotion surrounded the big day for Paige, who signed to play women’s basketball at Lake Erie College in front of her parents, coaches and teammates on Friday afternoon.
“I was thinking about when I started playing in sixth grade, and especially the last couple of years and knowing I wanted to keep playing basketball,” Paige said on what she was thinking about when signing her Letter of Intent.
Ever since starting her basketball career in sixth grade, she’s wanted to continue playing as long as possible. After seeing all the energy at a University of Michigan basketball game in eighth grade, that’s when she really knew college basketball was a dream of hers.
And with the supportive help of her parents, Mike and Tracy, she emotionally thanked after the signing, perhaps realizing her dream wouldn’t have happened.
“I can’t even put it into words,” Paige said. “They’re always supportive 100 percent, and every decision I’ve made they’ve helped with. They always push me to be better too.”
When Paige suits up for the Storm to live out her dream next year, Marine City head coach Jeff Austin knows exactly the type of teammate the Ohio-based college will receive.
“A dedicated one,” Austin said. “She’s there for everything and she works a lot on her game a lot on her own. And she’ll help younger ones and point them in the right direction whenever they need it.”
Austin has worked with Paige since sixth grade, where she turned in her dance shoes for basketball sneakers. While the dancing days are over, that experience has helped her become a force in the post.
“Her footwork is tremendous, and that’s where we see a lot of her potential,” Austin said. “She has great hands and can be physical too.”
While Paige has one more season at Marine City – a promising season, at that – she is already looking forward to seeing the growth of the younger Mariners behind her.
“I think today was kind of the beginning of the dynasty of girls basketball in Marine City,” Paige said.
“I hope our younger girls in our program realize hard work can pay off for them too.”
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