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Eagles ink two Valley Christian standouts for 2017-18 recruiting class
Timmer, Wolph led Trojans to 31-3 record, state finals appearance last season

Embry-Riddle women's basketball coach Rebecca Burke stands over Megan Timmer, left, and Bethany Wolph, as they sign to play for the Eagles during the 2017-2018 season. Timmer and Wolph play for Chandler-based Valley Christian and led the Trojans to a 31-3 overall record and Division III state finals appearance in 2015-2016. (Courtesy/ERAU Athletics)

Embry-Riddle women's basketball coach Rebecca Burke stands over Megan Timmer, left, and Bethany Wolph, as they sign to play for the Eagles during the 2017-2018 season. Timmer and Wolph play for Chandler-based Valley Christian and led the Trojans to a 31-3 overall record and Division III state finals appearance in 2015-2016. (Courtesy/ERAU Athletics)

PRESCOTT — The Embry-Riddle women’s basketball program announced the signing of two players late last week, obtaining commitments from Chandler-based Valley Christian teammates Megan Timmer and Bethany Wolph for the 2017-2018 season.

Timmer, a 6-foot forward who already amassed the coveted 1,000-point mark in scoring entering her senior season, was a first team All-Division III performer in 2015-2016 and section player of the year.

“Megan is an extremely talented player, with the ability to play inside and out,” first-year Embry-Riddle head coach Rebecca Burke said. “She will enable us to stretch the floor, and brings a unique skill set that will be very effective in our system.”

Timmer averaged 17.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game her junior year, leading the Trojans with 61 3-pointers made. During the recruiting process, Timmer said Burke’s mindset “connected” with how she plays her own game.

“That was important to me. I’ve had other coaches offer me, but it didn’t seem that I was that important, and coach [Burke] made me feel like I was very important to them,” Timmer said. “I loved the campus, I loved the school. Everything seemed right.

Valley Christian finished 31-3 overall last season and made a run at the Division III state championship before losing 58-55 to South Mountain in the state finals.

Despite playing in only 11 games last season due to a knee and hand injury, Wolph, a 5-foot-5 guard, averaged 11 points per game for the Trojans her junior season and has hit 117 3-pointers in her career, shooting at a 38 percent clip in three seasons.

“Bethany is a knock-down three-point shooter that has a very good feel for the game, and special court vision,” Burke said. “We are excited to welcome Bethany and her family into the program.”

Wolph said she’s “excited” to continue playing a basketball with her longtime friend, Timmer.

“I’ve known her since fourth grade, and we’ve played basketball since the day we met,” Wolph said.

The NCAA’s early signing period for national letter of intent athletes intending to play basketball at their college of choice is Nov. 9 through today. Despite Embry-Riddle being an NAIA program and not required to follow the same bylaws, the Eagles follow the “standard signing periods,” Burke said.

Embry-Riddle, recently claiming a 75-70 victory over Warner Pacific College on Nov. 12 to end a three-game losing streak, currently has 10 freshman and one junior transfer on the roster.

NEXT UP

Embry-Riddle (4-3, 0-0 Cal-Pac) travels to Santa Clarita, California, to play The Master’s College on Friday, Nov. 18. It is the first of eight straight road contests before returning home to host Arizona Christian on Friday, Dec. 30.

Brian M. Bergner Jr. is a sports writer and columnist for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Periscope and SoundCloud at @SportsWriter52, or on Facebook at @SportsAboveTheFold. Reach him by phone at 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.

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