Union point guard Keesha Sarman goes up for a shot against Oakland to open the 2A playoffs last season. The Bobcats won by a 75-45 margin, and advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to Western Mennonite, 66-40. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
Sarman aims to play basketball in college
After finishing her junior year at Union High School, Keesha Sarman will have one more year to star in volleyball, basketball and softball. While Sarman said she loves all three sports, basketball is her potential ticket to a college scholarship and the sport she loves the most.
Averaging 22 points, 8 steals and 6 assists per game last season, Sarman led the Bobcats to the OSAA 2A state quarterfinals and a district championship, but to those who know her best, it is her intangibles that make her an invaluable asset to any team she plays for.
As a quick point guard who loves the dribble-drive and locking ball handlers up on defense, Sarman is always capable of taking over a game at any given moment. At the same time, Sarman is a bona fide star who possesses a rare combination of leadership ability and humility. Consequently, she has become an invaluable asset to the Union High School volleyball and basketball teams, as well as the Union/Cove softball team that won its second consecutive state championship last Friday.
Yet in spite of all of her skill, Sarman is much more comfortable speaking about the talents of her teammates and friends than her own. If someone were to ask Sarman about the strengths of one of her teammates in any given sport, her answer is almost guaranteed to be substantially longer than one addressing her own gifts.
“Keesha is simply the complete package,” Union girls basketball head coach Rhondie Johansen said. “Her scoring is a given, but she inspires the team by always staying so positive and always boosting our team. Keesha is always giving absolutely everything she has in every game and every practice. She is a true leader because she doesn’t expect her teammates to do something she wouldn’t do. She pushes herself to her absolute limits and expects the same from the team.”
Union/Cove softball head coach Paul Phillips wholeheartedly echoed Johansen’s sentiments of his shortstop Sarman, calling her the team’s clear leader.
“She is so positive in everything she does,” Phillips said. “I have never heard her say anything negative even during a bad game. She’s a coach’s dream because she is a great leader that is very coachable and always wants to get better. She will never ever be satisfied.”
Johansen said Sarman’s leadership ability is well-known throughout Union High School, as she was recently elected senior class president.
president. However, Sarman insists that she is never the sole leader in anything she takes part in.