Haley Wallace to play basketball at Sul Ross
Haley Wallace of Stockdale signs her letter of intent to attend school and play basketball for Sul Ross State University in Alpine. Joining her are (from left) Coach Scott Jones, Athletic Director Josh West, and her mother, Dawn.
STOCKDALE -- There are a number of standout multi-sport athletes in the area, and one shining star in Stockdale is Haley Wallace. Because Wallace excelled in volleyball, basketball, and softball, when it came time to make some post-graduation plans, the options were many. In the end, Wallace chose to play basketball at Sul Ross State University in Alpine.
“Haley is a coach’s dream,” said Lady Brahma Head Coach Scott Jones. “She can play inside as a 4, or outside as a 2 or 3. She played mainly as a forward for me, because she can shoot the ball so well, and drive to the basket if the opportunity presented itself. She isn’t afraid to get in the middle of a scuffle for the ball, as well.”
That sort of versatility and determination is what made Wallace excel in Stockdale, and it will surely aid in her efforts at Sul Ross. Many things will change for her once she moves away, but basketball will remain a constant in her life.
Wallace said she is excited about going to school where she will meet new people, and is sure to enjoy some new experiences. She was honest in saying she is also looking forward to being away from home for “an extended period of time.”
While she is happy to be heading off on this adventure, Wallace said she is also going to greatly miss her family. It is a necessary step, however, as she moves forward in life and pursues her dreams.
Her favorite subject in school is math, and Wallace hopes to become a math teacher and coach one day. She said she will major in kinesiology at Sul Ross. She has set a number of goals for herself, but understands her No. 1 goal must be to keep her grades up and maintain the academic scholarship she is receiving.
Wallace, who said she was motivated to work harder after not making varsity as a freshman, has a number of great memories from her time as a Lady Brahma, but pointed to Stockdale’s game with Hallettsville this season as a highlight of her career. In the end, the Lady Brahmas lost by 2, but it was a back-and-forth game that went down to the final seconds. Wallace tied the game late at one point with a basket from beyond the 3-point arc, and then again from the free-throw line. Still, Stockdale couldn’t quite pull out the win.
“It was so intense,” Wallace said. “It literally came down to those last 3 seconds. I’ll never forget that game.”
The game is going to change for Wallace now, and she is sure to make many new memories. She will leave a large hole to fill in Stockdale, but such is the fate of things in high school athletics.
“I really wish that I would have had the chance to coach her for more than just one year,” Jones said. “She will benefit any program she attends.”
“We are really proud of Haley,” her mother, Dawn, said. “She has really worked hard. She deserves this.”