Sara Messler has already had quite the career at Oyster River. She's a four year starter and enters her senior year just 3 points shy of 1,000 for her career. The 5-foot-11 forward led Oyster River to a 14-4 record last season as a junior, earning 1st team all-state honors in Division II.
As a result of her hard work, Messler has been one of the more sought after local recruits from the Class of 2016. She recently made her college decision, committing to Saint Anselm's. The Hawks are a Division II program in the Northeast-10 Conference and located in nearby Manchester, NH.
"I considered all my options and looked at all the different aspects of each school" Messler told the NH Notebook. "I compared size, location, academics, and the basketball programs. When I chose St. A's I just loved how close it was to home and the campus gave me a good feeling that I thought I could have much success there. Also being able to play with two former Crusaders would be so special. It would be like having two big sisters on the team. I was also looking at a few other Northeast-10 schools such as Stonehill and SNHU as well as D-I schools like Colgate. However, St. A's offer to me was for a limited time, so I had to make a decision soon and I couldn't pass up this great opportunity. I felt St. A's was great for me on and off the court."
Messler will join two other NH products on the Hawks roster - Ali Glennon of Bedford and Clairee Putnam of Windham. Like Messler, both of them played AAU for the NE Crusaders. Glennon was named to the NE-10 All-Rookie team last year. Messler will get to play with them for two years - with Messler and Glennon that will give St. A's two kids 5-foot-10 r bigger who can score inside, take their man off the dribble or hit the outside shot.
"After seeing Ali's success it was a great idea that I could have similar success" explained Messler. "She had a great year and I feel we play a similar versatile position where I can offer many options for the team. I think I can help their program right away as well."
Now that she has committed to St. A's and Head Coach Julie Plant, Messler can now focus on having a big senior season at Oyster River. The Bobcats have most of their team back, and are expected to be among the favorites this winter in D-II (along with Portsmouth and Goffstown).
"I think the Oyster River team will need to work hard and keep improving every day" Messler concluded. "We did have a lot of success last year and we will take that and keep pushing forward to be better. It would be amazing to have a successful season with my teammates. We have been playing together for so long and to end on a high note playing for the last year together would unthinkable and amazing. There are a few really good players leaving D-II, but there still good teams out there. I think if we can work hard and play up to our full potential we will have a wonderful season."