UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Notre Dame girls basketball senior Emily Durr was presented a certificate Monday, officially nominating her as a McDonald's All-American. Durr will find out Wednesday if she makes the final team for the 13th Annual Girls Game, with the broadcast scheduled on ESPNU for 6 p.m.
Durr was joined on the final nominees list by friend and AAU teammate Mariah Ruff of Oneonta, whose Yellow Jackets team beat the Jugglers in last year's Class B regionals.
In the last state poll, Notre Dame was ranked second in the state in Class B and the Jugglers are leading the Tri-Valley League. Durr has been on varsity since eighth grade, when ND won the Section III Class C title. The Jugglers took the Class B crown last year at the Carrier Dome, but fell to Oneonta in their next game, one short of states.
Durr and her Juggler teammates are focused on the rest of this season, then making another run in sectionals and hopefully states as well. It's Durr's last hurrah as she'll be heading for Division I Iowa State in the fall, after graduation from Notre Dame. But she took some time Monday to reflect on what a nomination to the All-American team means.
"It's really difficult to be nominated and I'm just in awe," Durr said after the presentation at Notre Dame High School. "I never thought I would be here. Starting in eighth grade, just trying to be the best player I could, working every year and it's paid off tremendously and I'm just so honored."
The Jugglers are off until Friday, when they welcome rival RFA, the second place team in the TVL.