Just think of the last four years for former Elizabethtown High School basketball standout Erin Boley.
She’s been named Miss Basketball and the Gatorade National Player of the Year and was recruited by every major college basketball program in the country.
She selected Notre Dame, spent one year there and decided it wasn’t a comfortable fit so she transferred to upstart Oregon. She sat out last season as a transfer and this year helped propel the Ducks to the Final Four for the first time in school history with a win over Mississippi State.
“We knew we were going to have to fight for it and we did,’’ Boley said after the game according to a story in the Register-Guard, the daily newspaper in Eugene, Oregon.
It’s been a storybook career ride for the LaRue County native. More chapters are to come as she still has two years of college eligibility.
The fact that Boley, who averages 12.4 points a game and leads the team with 104 made 3-point shots, is where she is today didn’t come by accident.
Her commitment and work ethic are rare, and she has had immense family support along the way. Her parents, Mary Beth and Scott Boley, were among those embracing the moment last weekend as the Ducks won the women’s regional.
In many ways, it’s been a Boley family journey with Erin’s basketball skills and ambition engineering the path.
She is one of the most accomplished student-athletes to ever come out of the area and her resume speaks for itself, as does her humble nature.
These are wonderful times for Erin Boley and her family.
And now, the Final Four awaits in Tampa with a matchup tonight against Baylor in the national semifinals.
Oregon and Baylor are joined by Connecticut and Notre Dame with the winners advancing to Sunday’s national championship game.
Times like these, many will never come close to experience.
These indeed are the times of their lives for Erin Boley and her family.
This editorial reflects a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.