Another west coast standout signs with HU

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2011-05-24
/uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/Athletics/McKee-Kara.JPGHuntington, Ind. - Huntington University women’s soccer coach Ryan Burgher announced the signing of another top prospect from northern California. Escalon High School standout Kara McKee is the most recent addition to the Forester roster.

McKee, a four-year varsity starter for the Cougars, scored 17 goals and helped lead her team to a third place finish in the Trans Valley League (TVL) as a freshman. During her second year, she received TVL Honorable Mention honors and her team again finished third in the league. As a junior, McKee was TVL All-League and team co-MVP. Her team finished second in the TVL. With her final season having just wrapped up, McKee will likely three-peat as one of the top players in the TVL.

McKee has also experienced much success in the club soccer scene. Since 2004 she has played for the Turlock Tornadoes, California Cougars, Cal Nike Rush and Modesto Ajax Turlock. In her time playing club, she has helped her team win the Turlock Turkey Fest, become CYSA District VIII Champions, State Cup Quarter Finalists, Rangers Challenge Cup Champions, US Club soccer Regional Finalist (Super group), Soccer by the Bay Champions, Tracy Orange Crush Champions, Nomads Finalists and Davis Legacy Champions. McKee also competed in the district Olympic Development Program (ODP) tournament and was selected to proceed to the State Tryout.

In the classroom McKee is a 4.0 student and is ranked No. 1 in her class. Her numerous academic accolades include being a three-time scholar athlete and Presidential Academic Award recipient, a TVL scholar athlete and having earned the Golden State Merit Seal Diploma. She also volunteers with the organization Friends Helping Friends.

McKee who plans to pursue nursing says, “I chose Huntington because I know it’s a place that can challenge my character and educational and athletic abilities. I chose it because I know I can glorify the Lord through my athletic and educational abilities and everything will be for Him. I also chose it because it is a place where my relationship will thrive and I want to be surrounded in a setting where the main focus is God. I also chose it because I have close friends, Karina Maldonado and Caitlin Adams, who will be there with me," said McKee. "I am excited because I know that it will present me with positive and healthy challenges by competing in collegiate soccer. I know that I will be blessed with many new opportunities and experiences by being so far away from home. I am excited about growing with the Lord and working on my relationship with Jesus. I am also excited about furthering my education and working hard in my classes; I really enjoy learning new things. I am just excited to be on my own and have a great college experience."

"We are really excited to have Kara join our family here at Huntington. I think it is going to be a great fit for her and a great addition to the University and to the team," commented Coach Burgher. "Kara has played at a high level in California and has been very successful and I'm excited to have her bring that level to our program here at Huntington. Kara will be a defender for us and has the potential to break into the line-up right away. There is no doubt that this addition has made us more competitive."

Kara is the daughter of Anthony McKee and Tracy McKee.
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 14 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 53 NAIA All-America honors and 173 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.
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