PHILIPSBURG — The California University of Pennsylvania will be graduating three senior guards from its women’s basketball team this spring, but maybe this news will make those losses a little less concerning.
Philipsburg-Osceola All-State guard Halle Herrington announced that she will be joining the California program and head coach Jess Strom next season at a press conference at P-O High School. Strom, who was a star player at Penn State, will be in her eighth season as California head coach and her 13th altogether at the school.
Flanked by her parents and coaches from P-O and Cal, Herrington signed her letter of intent on May 3 and will be a Vulcan beginning in the 2019-20 season.
The all-time leading scorer among Centre County players, Herrington will bring a myriad of talents to the Vulcans. She averaged more than 30 points per game three seasons in a row for the Mounties and she finished her career with a total of 2,331 points. She is also known as a master ball handler, solid passer and she led her teams in steals in every year that she played.
“I loved the atmosphere there,” Herrington said about California. “I loved everything about it, from the players, the school, to Coach Strom. Not only that, but the program is one of the best in the country. They are good every year.”
Last year, the Vulcans were 26-6 and finished second in the PSAC Tournament. They then entered the NCAA Tournament and made it to the Atlantic Regional Championship, where they lost to IUP, 68-60.
For Herrington, signing to play in college completes a long-time goal. She has said numerous times throughout her career at P-O that she wanted to continue playing basketball in college.
She will now get that opportunity.