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Kirklyn Porter will be continuing her basketball career at Emmanuel College
Kirklyn Porter (center) signs her letter of intent to play college basketball at Emmanuel College as her parents watch. - photo by Rio White

Dawson County High School hosted a signing day Wednesday, Nov. 9,  for senior Lady Tigers basketball player Kirklyn Porter, who penned her letter of intent to play for Emmanuel College.

“I just want to say thank you to everyone who supported me, from the coaches to my family,” Porter said. “It came with a lot of grace and patience.”

Held in front of a crowd of extended family, coaches and students, the event had special meaning in the Dawson County community, as it marked the collegiate commitment of the Porter family’s youngest daughter.

Kirklyn’s older sisters Peytan and Hannah, as well as parents Kirk and Tanya, played basketball for DCHS.

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Speaking at the event in support of Kirklyn were her family, current head coach Will Anglin, former head coaches Eric Herrick and Steve Sweat, and assistant volleyball coach Kristi Creegan — who was also one of Porter’s summer basketball coaches.

Porter sits in front of her many past and present coaches. - photo by Rio White

“When you coach for a long time you come across special players,” Herrick said. “She’s gifted with great athletic ability and really shoots it well. Ever since I’ve known her she’s talked about playing in college, so it’s really exciting to see her fulfill that dream.”

Over the past three seasons, Porter established herself as the leading scorer for the Lady Tigers, earning First Team All-Region honors last year.

Many of those who spoke about her highlighted how both her abilities on the court and character helped earn the collegiate opportunity. 

“Every person that’s coached her…has said the same thing — she’s a hard worker and a great teammate,” Anglin said. “[This season] I’ll just get to sit back and enjoy watching her achieve her dreams.”

“She gives everything she has, and that’s who Kirklyn is,” Creegan said. “She’s like my niece — she’s my family.”

Porter’s parents recall stories about her path to athletic success. - photo by Rio White

Sweat, the longtime Lady Tigers coach who retired after Porter’s freshman season, relayed a message that emphasized how proud so many in the community are of her.

“I know the work that she’s put in. I’ve known the down times and the wonderful times,” Sweat said. “I don’t know how many times I’ve texted her ‘believe in yourself.’ You watch what she does and you’ll be able to see good things.”

Porter will begin her senior season this Saturday as the Lady Tigers host Creekview at 2:30 p.m.