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Eagles setter Keffury to walk on at New Mexico State

Arroyo Grande High senior setter Maggi Jo Keffury has verbally committed to play volleyball at New Mexico State, she said Monday.

Keffury, an all-PAC 7 and all-San Luis Obispo County first-team honoree last year, currently leads the league with 9.8 assists per set, an average that ranks seventh in the CIF-Southern Section.

Keffury will join the Aggies as a recruited walk-on, she said. She visited the campus in Las Cruces, N.M. two weeks ago, and was won over after being hosted by current Aggies freshmen players, she said.

“I felt like I fit in really well,” Keffury said. “It’s a great town with a lot of stuff that revolves around the school.“The coaches are amazing, and I absolutely connected and bonded with them.”

In 2008, Keffury also had a key role as a sophomore for the Eagles, serving for eight straight points during a pivotal stretch of a five-set win over El Toro in the second round of the Southern Section Division 1-A playoffs.

“She has all the things you want in a setter,” Arroyo Grande coach Ernie Santa Cruz said. “She’s very competitive and athletic, and she has the ability to improve. She hasn’t reached her limit as far as what she can do.”

Keffury is the second Eagles setter in the past three years to secure a Division I opportunity, joining 2009 grad and former teammate Olivia Trudeau. Trudeau, now a sophomore at Seton Hall, is sixth in the Big East Conference in assists per set.

“She watched Olivia for two years, and I think what she saw, she wanted to do,” Santa Cruz said. “She watched what Olivia was doing and applied it to herself.

“And just like Olivia has taken her play to a whole new level in college, she can, too.”

Keffury’s Eagles (12-4, 7-2), the four-time defending PAC 7 champion, will play at home against San Luis Obispo (20-5, 7-1) with first place in the league standings on the line at 6 tonight.

PASO ROBLES MOVES UP IN RANKINGS

Following its 35-10 win over Pioneer Valley this past week, Paso Robles (5-2, 3-0 PAC 7) climbed from No. 8 to No. 7 in this week’s Southern Section Western Division football poll.

Arroyo Grande (7-1, 3-1) and Atascadero (6-1, 2-1) stayed at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, with San Luis Obispo (4-3, 2-1) in the others-receiving-votes category. The PAC 7 is guaranteed to send two teams into the Western Division playoffs, with four at-large bids to be spread out throughout the six-league division.

ATASCADERO HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

Atascadero will induct 10 former athletes, two coaches and two longtime supporters into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 13. The event, at Taft Barn in Atascadero, will start at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $45.

This year’s group is made up of athletes Bob Best (class of 1963), Jerry Bishop (1984), Randy Blankenship (1971), Joe Ernst (1992), Craig Ivie (1986), Jerry McDaniel (1968), Steve Miller (1976), Michala Jarmin Morris (1988), Rolfe Nelson (1965) and Bronc Pryor (1976); coaches Ralph Sachs and Dan Pry; and supporters George Molina and Dave Hamilton.

The honorees will be introduced before the Greyhounds’ Nov. 12 home game against Paso Robles.

For more information, contact Donn Clickard at 712-6356 or visit www.GoHounds.org.

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