(Editor’s note: Montana Tech media release)
BUTTE – Montana Tech head women’s basketball coach Carly Sanon announced the first recruit signing for the Orediggers Thursday. Townsend’s Tavia Rooney signed a letter of intent to attend Montana Tech next fall.
Rooney, a three-time first-team all-state selection, finished her career with 1,297 points and 1,022 rebounds. The Broadwater High School product averaged 14 points and nine rebounds a game as a senior. Rooney turned in 19 double-doubles and had 51 during her entire high school career. Rooney also averaged more than two blocks per game, finishing with 60 on the season.
“As soon as I saw Tavia play, I knew she had to be an Oredigger,” said Sanon. “She is super athletic and gravitates to the ball. She is very competitive and a tenacious rebounder. She is a great addition to our program.”
“After making my formal visit to Tech, I felt really confident about what this program had to offer. Coach Sanon and coach (Jasmine) Porter made me feel like I was already a part of their basketball family; they made me feel like I had something great to offer. I was also able to visit with some of the professors and it with no doubt felt like home,” said Rooney.
Rooney was named to the all-tournament team at the Class B state tournament in 2018. Rooney was also a USA Today second-team selection.
Rooney competed in volleyball for the Bulldogs, as well. The two-year team captain was selected all-conference.
Rooney was named academic all-ttate eight times in the two sports. She is a member of the National Honor Society.
“Montana Tech is the complete package and I cannot wait to be an Oredigger. Tech was the best option to pursue my degree in the medical field as well as be part of the women’s basketball program,” said Rooney.
Rooney plans on pursuing a degree in applied health and safety science.