Soldotna seniors Aliann (bottom left) and Danica Schmidt (bottom right) sign their letters of intent to play college basketball Thursday at Soldotna High School, with parents, Margaret and Curtis Schmidt, by their side. (Photo provided by Kyle McFall)

Soldotna seniors Aliann (bottom left) and Danica Schmidt (bottom right) sign their letters of intent to play college basketball Thursday at Soldotna High School, with parents, Margaret and Curtis Schmidt, by their side. (Photo provided by Kyle McFall)

SoHi’s Schmidts sign to play college hoops

Soldotna seniors Aliann and Danica Schmidt signed letters of intent to play college basketball Thursday afternoon in a ceremony at Soldotna High School.

Aliann signed to play at NAIA powerhouse Eastern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon, a program that finished 29-4 overall last season. Schmidt will be pursuing a nursing degree.

Danica signed to compete at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington, a community college that competes in the Northwest Athletic Conference and went 21-10 overall last season.

Both Schmidts, the daughters of Curtis and Margaret Schmidt, were instrumental in bringing the Stars girls program back to prominence following the 2014 merger between Soldotna and former Skyview high schools. The twin sisters helped return SoHi to the Class 4A state tournament after a five-year drought, leading the Stars to a 25-6 overall record and a runner-up finish in the NLC tournament.

Both were first-team Northern Lights Conference members in 2019. It was the second time Aliann had earned a first-team designation and the first for Danica. Aliann finished her prep career at SoHi with over 1,000 points and 800 rebounds, while Danica reached the 700-point mark with over 600 rebounds and 300 assists.

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