Long-range bomber Heinold selects Olivet

Bryan Veginski
On to the next stage:?Washington Community High School graduate Lexie Heinold, second from left in front row, signed her National Letter of Intent June 23 to attend Olivet Nazarene University and play women’s basketball for the Lady Tigers. Present for the signing in the Torry Gymnasium foyer were, in front, from left:?Lexie’s mother, Molly Heinold, Lexie’s father, Scott Heinold, and WCHS girls basketball head coach Randy Marchand; second row:?WCHS superintendent/principal Dr. James Dunnan and WCHS athletic director Craig Anderson.

Lexie Heinold’s long hoops career will continue.

The 2008 Washington Community High School graduate will play women’s basketball for Olivet Nazarene University.

“I think it’s going to be a good experience,” said Heinold of playing NAIA?Division I basketball for the Lady Tigers.

ONU, under head coach Doug Porter, relies on its entire roster in playing a run-and-gun style.

The Lady Tigers averaged more than 100 points per game last season during a 24-7 campaign.

Porter’s philosophy is to shoot first. Passing is a distant third. The program relies heavily on the three-pointer, which perfectly suits Heinold.

“The college has a lot to offer me,” said Heinold about the institution located in Bourbonnais.

Heinold set long-distance records at Washington, making 154 threes over the last two seasons.

She was a two-time second-team all-Mid-Illini Conference selection after averaging 13.3 and 12.5 points per game, respectively, in her junior and senior campaigns.

Heinold is trying to work on her speed and endurance before playing for ONU.

Workout programs developed by the team that she described as intense are helping in that goal.

In 2007-08, 12 Lady Tigers logged between 11.7 and 20 minutes per game, so a lot of athletes get involved playing in brief bursts.

Heinold has played basketball since she was 5 years old and the opportunity to continue in the sport was too good to bypass.

Heinold said she intends to major in business.