Gervais’ Schultz Signs With Centralia

By Jeremy McDonald

GERVAIS, Ore.–  Volleyball and Basketball have been an important part of Josie Schultz’ life since she started playing at a young age.  It brought her friends that became family as the Gervais senior is closing in to the halfway point of her final High School year.  Reflecting almost the journey that got her to this point, sitting at the table in the lobby of the school, preparing to sign her Letter of Intent to play Volleyball at Centralia College and verbally committing to play basketball at the school as well.  The latter happens when the NWAC Signing period for Basketball opens on April 1.

“It means a lot because I’ve been playing them ever since I was born and everything.  Everything has revolved around Volleyball and Basketball, it really helped me find friends and family,” Schultz said.  “I’m pretty nervous about (the opportunity), but I’m really excited.  I love the two sports very much and it’ll be hard for me to choose and for them to work with me and play at the next level for both, I’m really excited about it.”

Schultz was a third-team All Tri-River Conference selection for the Cougars this past Fall, helping Gervais to their first State Playoff appearance in 15 years in the process.  All while getting the reps and going through the grind of being one of the go-to athletes for Gervais’ 15-10 squad this Fall.  Embracing the challenge of the role.

“I think it helped me out a lot more because I was able to play a lot more this year than I was last year and just being able to compete the whole game and everything was a real gamechanger,” describes Schultz.  “It helped a lot with my endurance and finishing.”

When it comes time for Schultz to officially sign with the Trailblazers for basketball in a few months, she’ll be part of a rebooting process with the squad that didn’t field a team this season but finished second in the NWAC West Conference in the 2021-22 season.  Reaching the NWAC Round of 16 that year before falling to Portland Community College in the first round.

“I feel like I contribute a lot into building a new program.  I think we’ll be good and we’ll get to play together, work hard and give us a chance against these sophomores  and see what we have to compete against,” Schultz said.

For now, it’s back to help the Cougars Girls Basketball team in making another run at Pendleton and fight for a 2A State Title.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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