It didn't take Posen girls basketball coach Karl Momrik long to see what a special player Korynn Hincka was going to become.
"I think it happened when we brought her up to the varsity in 8th grade," Momrik said. "You could see something special immediately in her game and to score 200 points and 200 rebounds in her first year, you just knew something good was going to happen."
Over the next three seasons, Hincka blossomed into a stellar all-around player and caught the eye of dozens of colleges, but one school in particular peaked her interest.
Hincka inked a letter of intent to play with Grand Valley State, signing in front of family and friends on Wednesday at Posen High School.
"It's definitely a big relief. It takes a lot of stress off and it's really really exciting to have this all done with," Hincka said. "They had my field of study (physical therapy or chiropratic medicine), so that was the first thing and the second thing was that I fit in really well with the team and the coaches are great and it's an absolutely beautiful school."
Hincka chose Grand Valley over Ferris State and visited the campus three times before making her decision in early July. She received letters of interest from at least two dozen schools including Notre Dame, Dartmouth, Montana State, Marquette and, but opted for a school closer to home from among several in-state schools.
The first letter she ever received was from Oakland University as a freshmen and over the next few years, she sorted through the letters and worked it down to a handful of schools where she took visits.
Since suiting up for the Vikings, Hincka has been nearly unstoppable as Posen's starting center. She's averaged double digits in points and rebounds each of the last three seasons and last season she became the program's all-time leading scorer. She's been named the All-Alpena News Player of the Year three years running and has garnered first-team all-state and all-conference selections each of the last two seasons.
Lakers' coach Janel Burgess first saw Hincka on the AAU circuit and traveled to Posen to watch a game last season. In Hincka, Burgess sees an incredible athlete who's versatility will be a big help in the front court.
"As we started to watch her, we saw a tremendous athlete, who has just continued to mature and her skills will continue to get better and better," Burgess said. "She'll be a very versatile player for us inside and out. She has the ability to run the floor, catch the ball, move around the floor and finish at the net."
With her college decision stored away, Hincka can focus her attention on her final season with Posen. The Vikings have won district titles in each of the last four years and North Star League titles in each of the last three, but Hincka and her teammates are aiming to capture the first regional title in program history. Posen came awfully close last season, losing in the regional final to eventual Class D state champion St. Ignace, 78-68, in a game where Hincka scored a career-high 40 points.
Momrik said Hincka's signing marked a great day not only for her and her family, but for the community as well.
"I'm really happy for Korynn, happy for her family and it's a great day for Posen High School to have a kid go to such a good school; it really means a lot to our school, that one of our Lady Vikings has a chance to elevate her game at the next level," Momrik said.
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