Alumni Update: COURTNEY KEMBLE

Liam Kiffer
Staff Editor

Courtney Kemble graduated from Ketchikan High School almost 4 years ago in 2016. Kemble played basketball for the Lady Kings all of her four years at Kayhi. In her junior year, her team started the current streak of 6 consecutive region titles. After high school, she then accepted a scholarship to play basketball for Centralia College in Washington.
Kemble spoke about how she wanted a transition between high school and a 4 year school.
“I think that coming from such a small town and school, I wasn’t ready to jump into a huge school,” said Kemble. “I wanted an easier adjustment from my high school life to my college life.”
Kemble also noted how basketball played a role in her decision after high school.
“I knew I would play basketball right away at a community college,” said Kemble. “This sounded better than going to a 4 year and possibly having to redshirt or sit on the bench for a couple of years.”
Kemble chose Centralia because of the small town feel.
“It felt like home,” said Kemble. “Every game day, the whole town would pack into the gym to cheer on the boys and girls basketball teams and it reminded me a lot of Kayhi.”
In Kemble’s freshman season, she averaged 19 minutes and 4.93 points a game, while in her sophomore season she averaged 28.8 minutes and 8 points per game.
Kemble spoke about the differences between college and high school basketball.
“It was a lot different than what I expected,” said Kemble. “Coach Smith’s practices were a lot harder in high school. In college, it’s expected that you put in work on your own time.”
Kemble also noted the difference in traveling for games from high school and college.
“In college, It’s a lot of driving to the places we were going to play, instead of flying and staying for a whole weekend like in high school,” said Kemble. “Coming from an island, it was something I wasn’t really used too.”
During Kembles two years at Centralia, she received her associates degree in Biology.
After Centralia, Kemble transferred to Washington State University and became a Cougar. Washington State is a 4 year college that is located in Pullman, Washington and has a little less than 30,000 students enrolled.
“I knew basketball was over for me after Centralia, but I still wanted to find a school that gave me a small town feel,” said Kemble. “Surprisingly enough, WSU was exactly what I was looking for. I stepped onto campus during a football game last fall and fell in love with the family feel.”
Though Kemble got her associates degree in Biology at Centralia, she is now studying accounting at WSU.
“At first, I thought I wanted to go unto the medical field,” said Kemble. “After taking a business elective class, I realized that I loved trying to find the business side of things. After taking an accounting class, I found that I really like figuring out problems and numbers.”
Kemble stated how much she has enjoyed her time so far at WSU.
“I love it. I’ve met some of the best people here and can’t imagine my life without them in it,” said Kemble. “Pullman is a super special place!”

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