Friday, October 22

    Hamilton chases dream to Hiram

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    North senior Cece Hamilton chased down a dream when she committed to continue her education and basketball career at Hiram College.

    Hamilton announced her decision on Sept. 30.

    “I feel very happy and grateful that I have the opportunity to play at the next level,” she said. “I’m excited to be challenged.”

    Hiram offered everything Hamilton was looking for in a college and a basketball program.

    “Hiram feels just like home to me,” she said. “The coaching staff and players are all great people that I want to be around. I feel like I can grow there as a person and basketball player.”

    It didn’t hurt that former North standout Taylor Valaitis plays for the Terriers.

    “I feel even more comfortable knowing I’m going to be playing with an old teammate,” Hamilton said. “I looked up to her my freshman year and she’s always been a good friend. I can tell she really loves playing at Hiram, which makes me even more excited.”

    Hiram recruited Hamilton to play point guard.

    She has averaged 2.9 points and 2.3 assists per contest in 62 games in her first three seasons at North.

    “I look forward to making the transition to the next level of competition that Hiram brings,” Hamilton said. “The best is yet to come and I’m focusing on getting better every time I pick up a basketball.”

    As a senior, Hamilton hopes her hard work results in more scoring opportunities, but she’s also looking to contribute to the team in any way possible.

    “Individually, I hope to grow in not only my scoring abilities but also my leadership contribution to the North program,” she said. “As a team, we look to approach every game like a Super Bowl. We hope to grow both on and off the court to be ready to make a run in the playoffs.”


    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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