Illinois Valley Central senior Emma Hoerr signed to play basketball for William Penn College April 24 at IVC High School.


Illinois Valley Central senior Emma Hoerr signed to play basketball for William Penn College April 24 at IVC High School.

“It was relieving,” Hoerr said. “I’d been looking at schools for a while and so it was nice to finally sign.”

The size of William Penn was, Hoerr said, a factor in her decision.

“It’s a smaller school and academically, I felt like it was the best fit for me,” Hoerr said.

After four years of taking on opponents for the Grey Ghosts, Hoerr hopes to make a little bit of a transition in college in terms of style of play.

“I’m going to play more of the three-guard, rather than the four-guard I’m used to playing in high school,” Hoerr said. “I’m hoping to be able to make more outside shots and also drive to the hoop and score.”

Hoerr was in the final class at IVC that was coached by Paul Mercer, who retired after the end of the 2011-12 season.

“I feel like I’ve learned so much that I can’t explain it all,” Hoerr said. “The biggest thing though is patience. I learned how to adjust and be patient if I’m playing out of position.
“Coach Mercer doesn’t just teach you about basketball though, he teaches you about life and helps you to be a complete person.”

Playing for Mercer is one thing Hoerr will miss about being a Grey Ghost.

“It’s such an honor to have been able to play for four years under him,” Hoerr said. “I can’t imagine having played for any other coach in high school.”

Hoerr also said she will  miss the unique atmosphere of being an athlete in Chillicothe.

“I’ll miss the comfort of a small town,” Hoerr said. “Everybody knows who you are and always congratulates you on wins when they see you. Little things like that are what I’ll miss.”