2 Chiefs commit to play college basketball

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  • Connor Vanderweyst/Columbia Basin Herald Camille Carpenter signs her national letter of intent to play for Southern Utah University.

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    Connor Vanderweyst/Columbia Basin Herald Moses Lake's Kyle Karstetter commits to play basketball for Idaho State University.

  • Connor Vanderweyst/Columbia Basin Herald Camille Carpenter signs her national letter of intent to play for Southern Utah University.

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    Connor Vanderweyst/Columbia Basin Herald Moses Lake's Kyle Karstetter commits to play basketball for Idaho State University.

MOSES LAKE — It’s a rarity for a basketball program to produce a Division I prospect.

Even rarer for the boys and girls’ programs to have one each on the current roster. However, Moses Lake showed the depth of its basketball talent Wednesday afternoon when Kyle Karstetter and Camille Carpenter signed their national letters of intent in front of friends, family and coaches.

Carpenter verbally committed to Southern Utah University in late October.

“It just kind of brings like everything that I’ve worked for for 10 years — it’s finally worthwhile,” Carpenter said. “I’m really excited and it just brings another chapter into my life.”

When she initially gave her verbal commitment, Carpenter described the familial nature of the program and how visiting the campus felt like “Christmas morning.” Carpenter also enjoyed the size of Cedar City and how former Moses Lake High School standout Jordan Loera is a graduate assistant with the team.

“I didn’t really want to go that far to begin with, but having Jordan and the town just like Moses Lake ... it helps with the freshman (feeling) and being away from home,” Carpenter said. “It’s an hour ahead and it’s 14 hours away.”

Southern Utah finished 8-23 overall and 4-16 in conference play last season, but did win its first Big Sky Conference Championship Tournament game against Montana. Carpenter begins her senior season at Moses Lake on Dec. 3 against Mt. Spokane.

“This last high school season I just want to go out there and have fun, have memories,” she said.

Karstetter said his lifelong goal was to play Division I basketball and reach March Madness.

He completed half of those goals in September when he announced his verbal commitment to Idaho State University. Wednesday, in front of friends, family, and coaches, Karstetter made his decision official.

“It means a lot because now — knock on wood — say if I do get hurt, they can’t take anything away since it’s official,” he said. “That’s really relieving.”

The 6-foot-5 win said he had spoken with Eastern Washington, Pepperdine, Alaska Fairbanks, Seattle Pacific, Chico State and Idaho State. Karstetter took official visits to Idaho State and Chico State, and an unofficial visit to Seattle Pacific.

Ultimately, the Bengals separated themselves.

“What stood out about Idaho State was the coaching staff and the team,” Karstetter said at the time of his verbal commitment. “It felt like a family and you could tell all of them were happy being there. The coaching staff is all new and they all have been very successful with their previous teams.”

The Bengals finished 11-19 overall and 7-13 in the Big Sky Conference last season.

Karstetter is optimistic about the future.

“I think I’ll be good because my AAU program and what Coach (Ryan) Looney does are really similar so I’m already doing some of the stuff,” he said. “He really likes to shoot the three so I think I’ll fit in good with that.”

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