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Pyles to continue hoops career in Wash.
by Derek Clarkston
May 21, 2014 | 89 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kodiak’s Megan Pyles signs a national letter of intent to play women’s basketball at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash., on May 14 at Kodiak High School. Her mother, Tammy, and father, Bill, look on. (Derek Clarkston photo)
Kodiak’s Megan Pyles signs a national letter of intent to play women’s basketball at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash., on May 14 at Kodiak High School. Her mother, Tammy, and father, Bill, look on. (Derek Clarkston photo)
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Midway through signing her national letter of intent, the pen Megan Pyles was using dried up.

Just like on the basketball court, Pyles did not miss a beat.

She simply asked for another pen, which drew chuckles from the crowd of family, friends and coaches watching the ceremony on May 14 at Kodiak High School.

“I thought that pen was working. It was going pretty good. It just died,” Pyles said.

Pyles’ mom, Tammy, said the mishap was fitting.

“That is Megan,” she said. “Most people don’t forget Megan when they meet her. She is just that outgoing.”

Pyles, a forward that starred on Kodiak’s girls basketball state championship team that went 27-0, will be playing for Clark College in Washington state next fall.

Clark is a community college in Vancouver and is a member of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. Clark went 26-4 last season.

Pyles’ father, Bill, said several NWACC schools were interested in his daughter, but in the end she decided to go to Clark.

“After state he (the Clark coach) was there,” she said. “He pretty much convinced me. My dad and my mom liked him a lot, and they have a good nursing program.”

Pyles had a phenomenal state tournament, averaging a team-best 14 points in three games — double what she averaged during the regular season. Pyles carried the team in its opening-round win over Dimond with a career-high 25 points and 12 rebounds.

“It was fun to see her do that, because she has worked and worked,” Tammy said. “She never was the big scorer like that. It was fun to see that she could do it.”

Pyles played a key role in Kodiak’s pressing defense this past season. Her wingspan was perfect to defend the inbounds pass. She was also one of the team leaders in rebounds.

“Her confidence just rose this season,” Kodiak coach Amy Fogle said. “The last 15 to 20 games she just got better and better. I think she was starting to see some success from her hard work.”

Pyles said she has only been to Washington once. Her older sister, Emily, played basketball and softball for a year at Peninsula College in Port Angeles.

Pyles is looking forward to getting back on the court, but she never thought it would be wearing a college uniform.

“I didn’t really think I was going to,” she said. “I was just focusing on nursing, but this is a great bonus.”

Pyles is getting an athletic scholarship to play for Clark.

Tammy said her daughter started playing basketball at the age of 6 and had to play up a division in the city ran Little Dribblers program. She also wrestled and played softball and soccer.

Through all of that, she broke her right arm — her shooting arm — three times and her thumb once.

“They were just fluke accidents,” Tammy said.

Both Tammy and Bill are sad to see their daughter leave home, but also eager to follow her college career.

“We are just excited for her,” Tammy said. “We hate to see her go, because she sure makes are live enjoyable. She keeps us on our toes.”

Contact Mirror writer Derek Clarkston at sports@kodiakdailymirror.com.



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