Paonia guard Sofia Anderson has lived in Westcliffe, Hoehne and Paonia. Although she's been a resident of many cities there is only one place she can truly call home, the basketball gym.
"It's just a safe place for me where I can let go of everything and it's just me and the basketball," Anderson says.
Anderson played at Hoehne her freshman and sophomore year before transferring to Paonia last season. She is a three-time all-conference selection and led her team to a top-five finish in the state tournament each of the last three years.
"I'm very fortunate when she came to Paonia because she holds herself to a high level, she holds her teammates to a high level, she wants to be good," head coach Scott Rienks says.
During her junior year, Anderson was named to the all-state team. She has committed to play for Colorado Mesa next season. Rienks expects nothing but big things for Sofia's senior season.
"To be honest with you we want a state championship and I expect her to help lead us there,” Rienks says. “But with that said we are really pushing the team aspect of it and playing within the team and doing what we need to do there. But, I think that if everything goes like it could go she'll do alright for her end of the year awards."
Anderson is already averaging 19 points a game this season and has the Lady Eagles well on their way for a state title run. Although she'll call CMU her new home next season the reasons why she plays the game will always be the same.
“The love for the sport, the love for the competition and being on the team and having that feeling of family and everything," Anderson says.