Mingo Central senior Chrissy Farmer has signed with West Virginia State to play basketball and continue her education.
“I was a little nervous about making my decision,” Farmer said. “But, I’m sure I made the right choice. State will be like a second home.”
Farmer also received interest from Rio Grande (Ohio), Concord and the University of Pikeville.
“My parents are glad because it’s close to home,” Farmer said. She already knows who her roommate will be at W. Va. State. Rachel Ward, who was a standout for George Washington High School in Charleston, is also attending W.Va. State. Ward played in the Consol Energy All-Star game with Farmer this past weekend. The two have already become friends. Farmer says that will help with her transition to college.
Mingo Central girl’s coach David Hanshaw spoke briefly before the ceremony which was held in the school’s auditorium. “I use the three “D’s” to describe Chrissy,” he said. “Determination, desire and dream. Chrissy is the hardest working player I’ve ever coached.”
“She works hard in the off season to improve her game,” Hanshaw added. “We’re all proud of her.”
Mingo Central coach Julius “Boo” Hatcher, who coached Farmer in the all-star game this past Saturday, talked about the history of W.Va. State.
He said that Farmer had “character and was a good citizen.”
Hatcher also said Farmer was a point guard that can shoot and encouraged her to continue working on her offense.
Farmer averaged 8.1 ppg., eight assists and three steals this past season for the Lady Miners. She was an honorable mention selection on the Class AA All-State team and first team member of the Williamson Daily News All-Area team the past two seasons.
The W.Va. State Yellow Jackets are coached by David Smith. They have long been a member of the WVIAC, but that conference had folded. The women’s team finished with a 13-14 record last season. The Yellow Jackets will be playing in a new conference this fall.