Foli signs to play hoops at SMWC
Kyndall Foli thought her athletic career was finished, but fate had different plans.
Foli, the 2018 valedictorian at Dugger Union, was preparing to enroll at Saint Marys when she ran into Pomeroys coach Robert Belf.
“Actually it was all a whirlwind,” Foli of said getting a chance to continue her basketball career at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. “I went to go sign up for my classes at Saint Marys and coach Belf approached me and talked for some time.
“He asked if I wanted to come shoot around in the gym. I went about a week later to talk and shoot around with coach Belf. He asked me right then and told me he would love to have me on team. I decided later that week that I wanted to play there.”
Foli, the daughter of Kyle and Crysti Foli, made it official recently when she signed a National Letter-of-Intent to play for the Pomeroys next season.
Foli knocked down eight 3-pointers as a junior to set a then school record.
“I am so excited to continue my basketball career,” said the 5-7 shooting guard. “SMWC is such an amazing school and I love the intimacy the school has.
“I think it’s the perfect school for me.”
Foli was a three-time captain for the Lady Bulldogs. She was team MVP in 2016 and played in the East vs. West All-Star Game this past spring.
Belf said he was happy to sign a recruit that virtually arrived on his doorstep.
“We are quite pleased at this point of the summer to add Kyndall to our roster,” he said. “She is a diligent worker that has the ability to shoot the basketball.”
Foli not only played basketball for four seasons at Dugger Union, but was class president, also for four years.
She was active in the Beta Club and 4-H and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Foli, who will turn 19 on Aug. 20, is thinking about majoring in Medical Technology.
“She will be a solid fit for the school as a student,” said Belf. “She will have an opportunity to contribute to our system.”
Foli knows that she will have to make adjustments to becoming a student-athlete on the next level.
“The thing I’m going to have to adjust to the most is living away from home and time management,” she said. “My parents, grandma, family, and coaches have been the greatest supporters that I could ever have.
“I’m so blessed and grateful for this opportunity.”