LAKEWOOD–Sara Halasz, a Lakes High School senior, will begin her freshman year of college at the University of New Mexico (UNM) as a member of the women’s basketball team. Halasz signed a letter of intent for a four-year Division I athletic scholarship with UNM on Monday, Nov. 19 in the Lakes High School library with her parents and teammates cheering her on.
Halasz had offers from several colleges and universities nationwide, but ultimately decided that UNM was her best option.
“My dad got me into the military decision matrix,” said Halasz. “Being a military kid, it was kind of easy. I just went down the list of all the things I liked about each college and then just rated them by number. New Mexico felt like a good fit for me.”
Last year as a junior at Lakes, Halasz was named Western Cascade Conference player of the year, averaging 16.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.6 steals per game. She is the daughter of Col. Scott and Denise Halasz, and lives on Fort Lewis.
Halasz began playing basketball with her brother when she was six years old in her back yard in Fort McClellan, Ala. Since that time, she has lived in South Korea, Washington D.C., Texas and Hawaii. Halasz is also a member of the Baden Elite basketball Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) of Seattle.